Taipei Night Markets

The Chinese food served up in Taipei runs the gamut from extravagantly presented haute cuisine fit for an emperor to snacks targeted at the teeming masses. And interestingly enough, some of the tastiest morsels in town are not to be found in the elegant surroundings of five-star dining rooms, but rather in the unpretentious road-side …

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Macau Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Handover

Before the British established their base in Hong Kong, Macau – a one hour's jet foil ride away - was at the centre of East-West trade. It was also an important religious centre. This is reflected in the many Catholic churches that continue to dot the landscape. The city's most famous church, St Paul's, was …

What Can the Travel Industry Do to Fight Global Warming?

A global campaign to help the travel industry respond to climate change, reduce its carbon footprint, and move toward a Green Economy was launched at the Copenhagen Climate Summit Monday in Denmark. Called Live the Deal, it represents a new commitment to reducing the carbon footprint. “The targets and mitigation actions that countries develop and …

Beijing Slips Shanghai the Mickey

Government officials and the tourism industry in Hong Kong breathed a collective sigh of relief last week when they learned that the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in Beijing had mandated an area of only 116 hectares for Shanghai Disneyland – a far cry from the 400 hectares that had been widely reported in …

Malaysia Registers Highest Climb in Tourist Arrivals

Known for its sandy beaches, world class golf courses, mega shopping malls, thriving street markets, colonial hill stations, and yummy cuisine, multicultural Malaysia registered the highest increase in international visitors in September, according to figures released Wednesday by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The strong 25% growth in arrivals reflects the country's growing popularity …

Call for Travel Industry to Help Fight Global Warming

Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) have a role to play in fighting global warming. Bodies representing the travel industry are no exception. According to Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) CEO Greg Duffell, members of his body should lobby their governmental representatives in advance of next week’s COP15 climate change summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Kyoto Protocol to …

Golf Tourism Grows in Southeast Asia

A leading Southeast Asian golf tour operator has reported a 23% increase in turnover for the 12-month period ending last month. The boost in golf holiday traffic runs counter to the largely sluggish demand in global tourism. It also belies the negative travel perceptions prompted by Thailand's ongoing political disquiet. Bangkok-based Golfasian has expanded its …