Tag: tourism

Berlin bans snapshot ‘soldiers’ at Checkpoint Charlie

The classic souvenir photo with two "American soldiers" at Checkpoint Charlie, once the border crossing from West Berlin to the East, may be off tourist checklists for good. The people dressed in border guard uniforms charging visitors for snapshots have now been ordered by Berlin...

Justice minister questions media after demonstrations against Criminal Code bill

Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly lambasted critics of the criminal code bill after a massive protest at Parliament this week. He questioned the media companies that are campaigning against the bills, which include a revision of the anti-corruption laws which critics say will...

The Bahamas urges tourists to return to the islands after hurricane Dorian

In the aftermath of hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas still remains more or less the same. While the powerful tropical cyclone battered the islands and left several places in severe states of catastrophe and ruin, some that house the country's best known beaches and resorts...

Batam still a popular destination with tourists despite haze in the region

Tourists from Singapore and Malaysia have not stopped flocking to Batam despite the unhealthy air quality the Island experienced since the beginning of the week. The Jakarta Post on Thursday said there were no signs of a decrease in the number of passengers travelling on ferries from...

Indonesia faces resistance when it comes to halal tourism plans for Lake Toba

The Indonesian government has been pushing to develop new tourist zones with the 'halal tourism' concept to attract foreign visitors to islands besides Bali. The idea to push for “halal tourism” is to attract Muslim tourists from abroad, but, in some areas of the country, those...

Fishing for plastic on Amsterdam’s eco-friendly canal cruises

by Sara MAGNIETTE Equipped with fishing rods and thick gloves, a group of people peers into the water from one of the many boats that line Amsterdam's famous canals. But it's not fish they're hunting on their cruise along one of the Dutch capital's most famous...

Malaysia the Halal hub: Now with the first global halal-friendly hotel certification

After the first 'Halal' airline in the world with the failed Rayani Air, Malaysia had the first 'Halal' lifts in the world. It also has the first 'Halal' or Muslim-friendly prison in the Islamist-controlled state of Terengganu which obtained Malaysia’s Halal Verification Certificate (MHVC). The Independent...

Overtourism: 20 cities that could be the next to suffer – will they cope with the rise in visitors, or struggle?

Tourism is one of the key economic boosters in any country but as tourism numbers increase yearly, many destinations struggle to cope with the impact of rising numbers of visitors. Overtourism is real and cities like Amsterdam, Venice, Barcelona and Paris are some of the...

Hong Kong outranks Singapore in travellers’ bucket list

Ever dream of visiting Phuket's wide sandy beaches, climbing China's Great Wall, or getting lost in Tokyo's streets? According to a recent study, these destinations are among the top choices in travellers' bucket lists. Hoppa.com, an airport bus company, conducted a study to reveal the...

Malaysia calls for “objective assessment” as the country is included in US “kidnapping” list

The US released a new travel advisory dated Apr 9 stating a new risk indicator for US citizens wanting to travel elsewhere. The “K” indicator is intended to specify countries with a high risk of “kidnapping and hostage taking by criminal and terrorist actors...