The tourism industry in Southeast Asia shows signs of rapid development — never more evident than at the 37th Asean Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, Thailand, last month. Data collected from 2017 and shared at the meeting revealed 125 million international tourists in 2017 — a growth of 8.4 per cent from 2016.
One of the primary areas of focus at the forum was the region’s growing demand for cruise travel. The Cruise Line International Association‘s most recent Asia Cruise Trends report revealed staggering statistics. The number of ships deployed in Asia grew 53 per cent since 2013, with passenger capacity nearly tripling from 1.5 million to 4.2 million. Sailings in and through Asia increased 142 per cent from 861 cruises and voyages in 2013 to 2,086 in 2017. Southeast Asia alone contributed close to 20 per cent of Asia’s overall cruise passengers.
In response to the rising demand in Southeast Asia, the Singapore Tourism Board and CLIA announced a three-year partnership intended to boost the cruise industry in Singapore and Southeast Asia. The partnership includes travel agent training, marketing efforts, port development and the exchanging of technology and other best practices.
“As Southeast Asia’s cruise industry is still in a nascent stage of growth, this partnership draws on CLIA’s expertise, networks and platforms, as well as STB’s strong understanding of regional travel trade and market nuances, to shape and spur growth in this region,” said Lionel Yeo, chief executive, Singapore Tourism Board.
In May this year, Taiwan became the first Asian country to legalize same-sex marriage. In celebration, Taipei’s annual Pride Parade was especially festive, with 170,000–250,000 people in attendance — a record number for what was already the biggest pride parade in Asia.
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Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts plans to open a new hotel and private residences in New Orleans in late 2020. The first Four Seasons property in New Orleans is slated to open inside the World Trade Center, adjacent to Ernest N. Memorial Convention Center. The World Trade Center is currently undergoing renovations, with plans including a new podium and public spaces. The hotel plans feature four food and beverage outlets, retail space, a spa, rooftop pool and meeting and event spaces.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
InterContinental Yokohama Pier 8 opened as the second InterContinental property in Yokohama earlier this fall. The property, with its 173 guestrooms and suites, provides a relaxing atmosphere away from the hubbub of the city with views of the waterfront.
American Airlines now provides a passport-scanning feature on its mobile app. American Airlines is the first airline to offer a service of this kind. The passport chip-scanning feature transmits passport information to the airline, so passengers do not need a customer service agent to recheck their passports when arriving at the airport for international flights.
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