Between 12 and 13 million tourists are expected to visit the city-state this year, bringing with them tourism receipts of around 23 billion SGD (Singapore dollars), according to the Trade, Industry and Education minister S Iswaran.
Already the world’s largest online travel portal in revenue terms, this hasn’t stopped Expedia from eyeing the Indian travel industry as its next big market. Can Expedia garner a significant share of this market? Only time and India travelers will tell.
The average cost of a one night’s stay in a Thai hotel dropped by almost 3% last year, making the country one of the best in the world as far as low-cost accommodation rates go.
Singaporeans are ready to embrace Earth Hour at 8.30pm tonight. Perhaps more than anyone else, they can readily appreciate the virtues of air conditioning, with the tropical city state typically experiencing temperatures of above 30˚C throughout the year. Anyone who does switch off for Earth Hour is making a big, but definitely worthwhile sacrifice.
More and more travel companies are interpreting Eastern Europe as the next big thing in tourism, a report from PhoCusWright says. An upcoming study is set to report on emerging holiday destinations such as Poland and Russia, and put the spotlight on what they have in store for travelers.
Thursday night saw a strong earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale strike north east Myanmar, shaking up a region that is already on edge following the recent events in Japan. The powerful Burma quake was reported by the USGS in a fairly remote area of the country.
While the unfolding nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan grips the world’s attention, thousands of curious tourists are converging on the Ukraine to enjoy unofficial tours of its very own disaster site, Chernobyl. This has to be the most unusual, even eerie touristic attractions imaginable.
The suave looking businessman reclines back in his chair at the blackjack table in Danang, Vietnam’s new Crown Casino, and leisurely sips his drink while waiting for his female companion to get some more chips.
Asian festivals are traditionally amongst some of the most explosive and exciting to be found anywhere in the world, and they are steadily gaining a big following from overseas travelers looking to join in the fun. Today we highlight five of the most popular, not-to-be-missed festivals set to take place this year.
Figures released by the IPK International Consulting Group showed that the number of outbound trips reached record levels in what was a fantastic year for global tourism. With the world looking for good economic news, JPK’s date is certainly a welcome surprise for many.
Travelers may soon be able to enjoy the delights of South East Asia; shopping in Singapore, surfing in Bali, partying in Bangkok and cruising up the Mekong, all with just one visa, if ASEAN get their way.
Aston International yesterday announced the opening of a luxury new resort in the town of Ubud, Bali; the Royal Kamuela Villa resort. The Royal Kamuela at Monkey Forest, is sure to get jet-setters excited. A stunning development on a grand scale, the resort boasts of 12 luxurious pool villas, featuring a whole host of luxurious services and facilities, including a full-service wellness center, private servants for each separate villa, and a stylish bar/café/restaurant set amidst a the backdrop of lush tropical gardens.
This weekend sees the vivid colors of the Holi Festival in India explode into life once more – a spectacular two week Hindi celebration that marks the triumph of good over evil. Beginning with a series of bonfires lit up across the nation on Holika Dahan, the eve of the Holi Festival, the real action kicks off the day after as revelers take to the streets in an orgy of dancing, singing and colored powder being thrown everywhere.
The Airports Council International today announced that Beijing airport has officially overtake London Heathrow as the world’s second busiest, behind Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in the US.
The Sapa region of North Vietnam, a hugely popular tourist destination in the Southeast Asian country woke up to snowfall this morning as temperatures across the region plummeted to the lowest levels recorded in over a decade.