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Royal Brunei Airlines Takes On Tourism Promotion for a Whole Country

Royal Brunei Airlines Takes On Tourism Promotion for a Whole Country

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The national carrier has set a target of doubling visitor arrivals to Brunei by 2021. But news of the country getting closer to the full implementation of Sharia law could be unsettling for many potential tourists.

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China Extends May Day Holiday to Stimulate Spending

China Extends May Day Holiday to Stimulate Spending

Bloomberg News

China’s move to lengthen this year’s May Day holiday could give a boost to travel and dining out. But it all depends: If confidence in the economy is low, people still might just stay at home and watch a soap opera.

1 month ago

Election in Indian Ocean Archipelago Comoros Spurs Talk of New Tourism Investments

Election in Indian Ocean Archipelago Comoros Spurs Talk of New Tourism Investments

Faiza Soule Youssouf and Kamlesh Bhuckory, Bloomberg

AccorHotels and Club Med declined to comment about whether the outcome of the presidential election in Comoros would dictate their investment decisions in this archipelago in the Indian Ocean. Comoros is beautiful, but too unstable and small for the typical Western brands.

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The Future of Business Travel in Asia Is the Future of Business Travel — Period

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Clever startups operating in Asia are helping to reshape the future of travel booking in the region. Their innovations could soon spread across the world — benefiting business travelers everywhere.

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Skiers Are Venturing Beyond Crowded Paths in Search of Prime Powder

Skiers Are Venturing Beyond Crowded Paths in Search of Prime Powder

Dylan Griffiths and Boris Groendahl, Bloomberg

Overtourism is as much of an issue on ski slopes as it is in Venice, Amsterdam, and Dubrovnik. Advances in design and safety equipment are making it possible for skiers to flee the crowds for less-packed snow.

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Thailand Tourism Gets a LGBTQ-Friendly Boost

Thailand Tourism Gets a LGBTQ-Friendly Boost

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

Thailand is advancing same-sex partnership legislation. And one of the nation’s biggest industries, tourism, is set to benefit.

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Lessons From Kashmir: When Violence Threatens a Fragile Tourism Economy

Lessons From Kashmir: When Violence Threatens a Fragile Tourism Economy

Sarah Khan, Skift

Despite conflict and instability, tourism remains an important part of Kashmir's economy. But travelers should be cognizant of a lot more than safety if they choose to visit the region.

2 months ago

Malaysia’s Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland

Malaysia’s Sovereign Fund Considers Selling Legoland

Joyce Koh and Elffie Chew, Bloomberg

Malaysia‘s new government is building blocks to reduce the deficit left by the previous administration. Legoland Malaysia, owned by the national sovereign fund, Khazanah, could be sold if the price is right.

2 months ago

Pilot Shortage Threatens to Stifle Asia’s Tourism Boom

Pilot Shortage Threatens to Stifle Asia’s Tourism Boom

Kyunghee Park, Bloomberg

Asian airlines are scrambling to build academies to train new pilots. But tourism economies are increasingly being hurt by the dearth of pilots. The industry needs to come together with better solutions to solve this looming labor crisis.

2 months ago

Chinese Tourists Are Moving Away From Government-Licensed Group Tours

Chinese Tourists Are Moving Away From Government-Licensed Group Tours

Aaron Minter, Bloomberg

As Chinese travelers have become wealthier and more experienced, they have less use for the government-approved group tours that bring a high volume of visitors to global destinations. This trend has reduced China's power to control where tourists spend their money.

2 months ago

Singapore Developer Wants to Turn Sentosa Cove Into the Next Bali

Singapore Developer Wants to Turn Sentosa Cove Into the Next Bali

Pooja Thakur, Bloomberg

Comparing Sentosa Cove to Bali might be a bit of a stretch, but the former could use some rejuvenation regardless.

2 months ago

Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

Malaysia Turns to Tourism to Correct Palm Oil’s Bad Image

Anuradha Raghu, Bloomberg

Palm oil, a huge industry for Malaysia, is taking a beating from consumer concerns over palm’s links to deforestation and threat to animal habitats. The government's year-long 'Love My Palm Oil' campaign is spilling over to the tourism sector. Can this be a new tour for the industry?

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