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 …

Mongolian Travel Guide Launched

“As a long time American expatriate and former foreign correspondent, I have led a very nomadic life. But while spending much time in Asia, the thought of visiting Mongolia, that legendary home of the world's nomads, had never occurred to me.” Thus begins Carl Robinson in the preface of his just released travel guide, Mongolia, …

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 …