Asia

China says No to Christmas, but Yes to tourism

The holidays are here, and a fascinating country to visit is China unless you’re Christian and want to celebrate Christmas. This may be a dangerous undertaken judging from the number of churches destroyed, Christians attacked and kidnapped by Chinese authorities. Christians are about to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ all over the world, including in the Peoples Republic of […]

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China, UK develop cold storage rail container

Experts from University of Birmingham and CRRC Shijiazhuang of China have developed the world’s first shipping container using materials that store and release cold energy. CRRC Shijiazhuang is one of one of China’s biggest railway rolling stock companies. Using phase change material (PCM), Birmingham scientists and their counterparts at CRRC Shijiazhuang, have developed a ‘refrigerated’ truck-to-train container that is easier […]

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Hong Kong to welcome 2019 with Pyromusical over Victoria Harbour

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) will usher in the New Year with a spectacular pyromusical above the iconic Victoria Harbour. The Hong Kong New Year Countdown Celebrations 2019 will take place on 31 December 2018 from 11:55pm (local time). The performance will run for 10 minutes and feature landmarks including the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which will […]

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Tahiti Travel Connection exclusive Ponant Cruise deal

Tahiti Travel Connection exclusive Ponant Cruise deal Aboard Le Boréal, set sail to discover French Polynesia, considered one of the most beautiful places in the world. Embark on a 10-day cruise to the heart of idyllic islands and atolls hemmed by stunning clear-water lagoons and surrounded by an exceptional coral reef. The first stop on this trip: Rangiroa lagoon, in […]

Australia & New Zealand

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific announces balloon ban

Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific announces balloon ban Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific today announced that it has banned balloons at events across its five corporate offices, 19 sales sites and 34 managed resorts across Asia Pacific. “We are proud to be among the first Asia Pacific hospitality companies to announce that we’re banning balloons, which particularly when released outdoors, can end […]

Asia

Explosion kills 22 people in China

The incident happened near Hebei Shenghua Chemical Co. in Zhangjiakou, a city some 200 kilometres (124 miles) northwest of Beijing that will host the 2022 Winter Olympics. The fire also burned 50 large and small trucks, the local propaganda department said on its Weibo social media account. The injured were taken to hospital for treatment following the blast, which occurred […]

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Qatar launches first global destination campaign

Qatar has launched its first global destination campaign aimed at positioning the Arabian Gulf country as an attractive destination for authentic and bespoke experiences. Under the tagline Qatar ‘Qurated For You’, the campaign seeks to bring to life Qatar’s focus on tailored visitor experiences. It will be rolled out across 15 existing and targeted priority markets. The campaign’s launch comes […]

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Taiwan rejects same-sex marriage

Voters in Taiwan have rejected proposal to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance benefits after they voted in a referendum asking that marriage be restricted to one man and one woman. The vote on Saturday, organised by Christian groups that make up about 5 percent of Taiwan’s population and advocates of the traditional Chinese family structure, goes against […]

Asia

80 die of cancer working at Samsung Electronics factories

Samsung Electronics apologised Friday to workers who developed cancer after working at some of its factories, finally ending a decade-long dispute at the world’s top chipmaker. Campaign groups said that about 240 people have suffered from work-related illnesses after being employed at Samsung semiconductor and display factories, with around 80 of them — many of them young women — dying. […]

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Etihad celebrates 15th birthday with human mosaic

More than 400 employees from the Etihad Airways Engineering and Etihad Technical teams have gathered together to celebrate the 15th birthday of the Abu Dhabi flag-carrier. They formed a human mosaic photographed in front of one of the airline’s Airbus A380s at the Etihad facility at Abu Dhabi International Airport.