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  • BUSINESS

    Road to recovery

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 20/08/2018

    » Plastics offer many advances that improve everyday life -- from packaging that helps reduce food waste to life-saving innovations in the medical field. At the same time, plastics are seen as a key contributor to a global environmental catastrophe because not all plastic waste ends up where it should.

  • BUSINESS

    'Sleeping elephant' awakens

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 20/08/2018

    » Umesh Thakur says he has never had it so easy and comfortable. The 30-year-old lentil vendor in Greater Noida, 40 kilometres east of New Delhi, has more than doubled his profits, built a new house, opened a new shop and bought furniture, a deep-freezer and two high-end mobile phones in the last six months.

  • OPINION

    Dark enough for you?

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 20/08/2018

    » 'Dark tourism" is an interesting concept that did not come to my attention until I watched a Netflix series recently. Few countries actively promote offbeat or slightly dangerous pursuits but it's a niche with potential, if managed carefully -- even if it's hard to explain to your insurer.

  • OPINION

    Budget airline blues

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/08/2018

    » My latest visit to Phuket was very pleasant despite the on-and-off rainy season showers. Walking on the busy streets and beaches there, I had no sense that it was the low season. But what impressed me the most was the hospitality of the local people, from massage therapists to people on the streets whom I asked for directions, and the waitress at a well-known coffee shop.

  • BUSINESS

    China's new travellers

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/08/2018

    » When the tour boat Phoenix capsized and sank in rough seas off Phuket on July 5, the lives of hundreds of Chinese people changed forever as they dealt with the loss of 47 loved ones.

  • BUSINESS

    Under the influencers

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/08/2018

    » Chinese travellers are now keen to explore more exotic and remote places such as Egypt, Africa, or even the North Pole. For businesses looking to attract more Chinese customers, it's essential to appear on their preferred social media platforms and to tweak offers to match changing preferences.

  • BUSINESS

    Rethinking the Internet of Things

    Asia focus, Published on 13/08/2018

    » At a telecommunications conference hosted by Huawei late last year, I told a group of senior executives looking for growth opportunities in a saturated market that one billion new mobile subscribers were just waiting for their services. Then, I showed them a photo of a cow.

  • BUSINESS

    Expediting e-services

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/08/2018

    » Governments and state enterprises play an important role in providing online public services, but involving the private sector can lead to more and better innovations, says a regional expert on Internet of Things (IoT) applications.

  • BUSINESS

    Cambodia struggles to expand health coverage

    Asia focus, Published on 13/08/2018

    » Health services are a challenge that no government can ignore. For developing countries such as Cambodia, funding a system in which every citizen has access to a minimum standard of decent care is doubly challenging.

  • BUSINESS

    The Communicator

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 13/08/2018

    » High turnover is a growing headache for businesses worldwide, especially as more people leave the corporate world behind for a life of entrepreneurship. You can't keep everyone, but building human relationships goes a long way toward making your company more desirable, says Gerrit Bouckaert.

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