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    Tourism's new star

    Asia focus, Nithi Kaveevivitchai, Published on 12/03/2018

    » Japan is in the midst of a historic tourism boom, thanks to a weaker yen and eased visa restrictions, prompting the government to set some even more ambitious targets. The foreign influx could not come at a better time, given that the rapidly ageing society is looking for new drivers to reinvigorate its economy.

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    Double the fun

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 22/01/2018

    » Sailing on the equivalent of a floating Macau, viewing spectacular shows and enjoying all-day indoor and outdoor entertainment are par for the course on the new generation of cruises serving the growing Asian leisure travel market.

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    One cup at a time

    Asia focus, Published on 19/02/2018

    » For many, the city is the place for pursuing opportunities, but one woman has chosen to do the opposite. Jitchanok Tahwichai, 27, is part of a new trend powered by young people making their mark in the countryside and paving the way for sustainable community-based tourism.

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    A peaceful gateway

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 09/11/2017

    » Mention Fukuoka and travellers to Japan are not sure if they should pay the city a visit. Compared to metropolitan Tokyo, enchanting Kyoto and lavender-infused Hokkaido, Fukuoka is lesser known.

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    The New Koreans: Portrait of pride, prosperity and defiance

    Asia focus, Alexi Demetriadi, Published on 11/09/2017

    » "If you didn't know who he was, he just seemed like an old Korean gent," says Michael Breen. "He was polite, humorous, diplomatic. But because we knew who he was …"

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    Epic attraction

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 18/09/2017

    » Anakagung Susila Panji believes it is inappropriate to connect the Ramayana with religion. The head of Wiraga Sandhi, an Indonesian dance troupe currently performing different episodes of the Hindu epic across India, he works with Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist and Christian performers. Most of the 300 artists belonging to the group back home on Indonesia are Muslims.

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    Genting gets a makeover

    Asia focus, Published on 26/06/2017

    » The Genting Highlands in Malaysia usually bring to mind images of cards, rolling dice and the chiming sound of coins when bettors hit slot machine jackpots. The 53-year-old casino has long been a magnet for visitors from Southeast Asian nations. In the old days, punters needed to pile into coaches to climb the steep hills as high as 1,830 metres above sea level to place their bets at tables on the mountaintop.

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    Aloha America

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/02/2017

    » A perceived rise in anti-foreigner sentiment in the United States has not diminished the desire of AirAsia X to connect Southeast Asia with America. The low-cost carrier last week launched its first US-bound service, from Osaka in Japan to Honolulu in Hawaii, especially Japanese tourists to Hawaii, AirAsia X and its regional budget peers are also adding aircraft to their fleets to meet steadily rising demand for cheaper flights.

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    Hotels hone digital strategy

    Asia focus, Published on 15/08/2016

    » The digital revolution is challenging the hospitality industry on many fronts, from changes in the way people plan and book travel to the technology needs of guests.

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    Don Mueang Terminal 2 reopens

    Amornrat Mahitthirook, Published on 24/12/2015

    » Terminal 2 at Don Mueang international airport reopened its doors on Thursday, with the operation running smoothly, except for some hiccups involving support facilities.

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