Tag: tourism

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...

Tourism to Vietnam attracting multi-billion hospitality investment

New world-class integrated resort HOIANA at forefront of major projects that will further transform Vietnam’s tourism sector Vietnam saw a record number of international arrivals in 2016 – more than 10 million tourists and a 25% increase over the previous year – and 2017 is...

What’s the price for a journey to this island paradise?

THIS is what experts in the field of tourism in Malaysia and Mauritius are discussing, along with those from Algeria, Turkey and Kazakhstan. And there are no easy solutions, given that the eco-friendly and well preserved natural beauty of the jewel of the Indian Ocean is a costly tourist destination,...