Tag: tourism

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...

Johor hawkers hit as Singaporeans seek other tourist destinations

Johor has long been a popular destination for Singaporeans in need of a quick weekend rest and recreation session, but recent tourism data report that Singaporeans might have started looking for other options. Singaporean tourist arrivals in Johor have significantly declined. Only 10.62 million Singaporeans...

Controversy over Japanese memorial in Kedah, Malaysia

Malaysian tourism authorities recently restored and unveiled a World War II memorial for Japanese soldiers in Kedah. The stone monument was built in 1941 to commemorate three Japanese soldiers killed on site while guarding a bridge against the British and Allied troops. Malaysians were, however,...

Japan charges “sayonara tax” to all departures from Jan 7, revenues to boost tourism

Starting January 7, 2019 all travellers exiting Japan will shoulder the departure levy, called “sayonara tax” amounting to 1,000 yen (S$12.20). The tax will affect both Japanese and foreign travellers leaving by plane or by ship. It will be added to the airfares and ship...

Tourism experts deliver bold, innovative ideas to MTI to elevate Singapore tourism and eye the Greater Southern Waterfront and Pulau Brani as locations

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) has some impressive intentions to elevate Singapore's tourism sector. At a tourism industry event on Wednesday, October 17, tourism specialists gave their recommendations to the MTI on how Singapore can distinguish itself from competing nations' tourism offers. The...

More Singaporeans now visiting North Korea after historic Trump-Kim summit

Yes, you read that right. While there are still a lot of people visiting South Korea because of the Kpop craze, more Singaporeans than ever have signed on to tour North Korea on the heels of the historic Trump-Kim summit in June. To date, 150...