imageChangi Airport's new Terminal 4 opens doors to public

Summary (Aug 2017): Changi Airport's new Terminal 4 opened its doors on Monday (Aug 7) to the public for a limited time before operations begin. Until Aug 20, registered guests can visit the terminal from 9am to 6pm daily. Visitors will be let in to the terminal at 10-minute intervals, with 1,500 people entering the terminal every hour, said Changi Airport Group (CAG). Read More!

imageTourist spending in Singapore increases by 15% due to higher visitor arrivals

Summary (Aug 2017): Tourist spending in Singapore has increased by 15% in the first quarter of 2017, with tourism receipts reaching SG$6.4 billion, according to Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) Q1 2017 Tourism Sector Performance report. Read More!

 Thailand FlagThailand Sees Tourism Rise As It Promotes Local Experiences

Summary (Aug 2017): Thailand in 2016 reached the 30 million mark in international visitors for the first time; the nearly 33 million visitors in 2016 were an 8.91% increase over the previous year, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is projecting 35 million will come in 2017. Read More!

 Thailand FlagThailand registers 15% growth in Indian tourist arrivals in first half of 2017

Summary (Aug 2017): India is ranked sixth in terms of tourist arrivals in Thailand, and South India contributes around 30 per cent of the overall footfalls. As many as 8 lakh Indian tourists visited Thailand till July this year, which has gone up by 16 per cent compared to 2016. “We expect the revenue from the Indian market to increase by 14 per cent this year,” said Sriporn Bhekanandana, Deputy Executive Director, The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Read More!

Malaysia-FlagTourism Malaysia taking steps to ease immigration congestion at airports

Summary (Aug 2017): Tourists usually get a first glimpse of a country at the airport. The first impression there counts and will affect the rest of their holiday and time spent in Malaysia, states Siew Ka Wei, Chairman of Tourism Malaysia. Read More!

Malaysia-FlagMalaysia revises tourism tax to a flat rate of RM10 per night

Summary (Jul 2017): Foreigners staying at paid lodgings in Malaysia will be charged a flat rate of RM10 (US$2.30) per night as tourism tax while Malaysians will now be exempted from it completely, Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz said on Wednesday (Jul 26). Read More!

 imageSingapore sets sights on tourists from tier-II cities

Summary (Feb 2017): Tourists from tier-II cities like Madurai, Trichy , Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi have become Singapore-savvy. They went on cruise tours and stayed in upmarket hotels in the city-state in 2016. STB regional director for South Asia, Middle East and Africa, G B Sridhar, said, "We have completed a four-city road show and will focus on Trichy, Kochi, Amristar, Pune, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Kolkata this year. Many of the tier-II cities have good air connectivity to Singapore. There are 230 weekly flights from 15 cities in India," Read More!

imageSTB & JTB team up to attract 90,000 Japanese to Singapore

Summary (Feb 2017): The MOU, which is the first between STB and JTB, a travel agency which aims "to promote Singapore as a key destination for 2017 to Japanese travellers" for both business and leisure. STB will collaborate with JTB in product development, marketing, sales and public relations efforts targeted at prospective travelers. It is hoped that the year-long campaign, which will last from April 2017 to March 2018, will attract 90,000 Japanese visitors to Singapore. Read More!

Hong Kong FlagHong Kong Tourism Board targets Indonesian travellers with halal dining

Summary (Feb 2017): Wego co-founder Craig Hewett said that, “We are specifically tailoring campaign activities to Indonesian interests including increasing the awareness of the Muslim-friendly aspects of Hong Kong, its large variety of halal dining options, family friendly, hipster and heritage locations.” And, Simon Wong, regional director, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong Tourism Board, shared, “Indonesia is an important source market for Hong Kong and we are glad to partner with Wego to attract more Indonesians to visit and re-visit Hong Kong and discover the best and most authentic experiences Hong Kong has to offer.” Read More!

Hong Kong FlagHong Kong tourist industry representatives cry foul over scrapping of Tsim Sha Tsui promenade revamp

Summary: Tourism industry representatives said they were disappointed at the government’s decision to scrap a plan to develop an extension to the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade, noting that they were counting on a more ambitious revamp of the Avenue of Stars to reinvigorate its fading attractiveness. Read More!

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