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Competing for fun

PAMELA CHOW
In Asia, the business of fun is a serious industry as attractions keep up the amusement war through constant reinvention.

Clutching at straws of recovery

MARISSA CARRUTHERS
Nepal tries to solidify signs of recovery by diversifying into eco- and spiritual tourism, but still faces infrastructaure and pollution issues, Marissa Carruthers reports

In a state of vast potential

S PUVANESWARY
Although lacking direct flights from China, Sarawak could see Chinese inbound tourism take off thanks to new major incentives and partnerships. By S Puvaneswary

Room shortage in KL as SEA Games rolls into town

S PUVANESWARY, KUALA LUMPUR, AUGUST 16, 2017
As the 29th SEA Games and the 9th ASEAN Para Games are set to take place in Kuala Lumpur later this week, inbound agents are considering farther accommodation locations or shortening touring time in the destination for their Middle Eastern clients due to a lack of rooms in the capital city.

Tauzia rolls out new midscale brand, eyes SE Asia expansion

MIMI HUDOYO, JAKARTA, AUGUST 15, 2017
Indonesia's Tauzia Hotel Management has announced a new hotel brand and expansion plans in South-east Asia.

New Shan Travel gets sports tourism packages rolling for SEA Games

YIXIN NG, SINGAPORE, AUGUST 17, 2017
Singapore's New Shan Travel is taking a big step into the sports tourism arena with packages for the coming SEA Games.

Philippines grants visa on arrival for Chinese tourists

MANILA, AUGUST 18, 2017
The Philippines is implementing visas on arrival to Chinese visitors to boost tourism and investment, announced the Bureau of Immigration (BI) yesterday.

Malaysian trade still at odds with new tourism tax

S PUVANESWARY, KUALA LUMPUR, AUGUST 15, 2017
Hoteliers in Malaysia continue to challenge the coming tourism tax, saying that details still have not been made official with two weeks to go before its scheduled implementation.

Aviation roundup: SIA-Avianca codeshare agreement, Qatar Airways and more

AUGUST 17, 2017
Here's our weekly roundup of new air routes.

Keeping the land fertile

MARISSA CARRUTHERS
Ecotourism has been a lifeline for northern Vietnam, a region known for its remarkable landscapes and cultures, but can it prevent over- commercialisation and overexploitation? By Marissa Carruthers