Category Archives: Tourism

Bangkok is the third most popular city in the world

The latest index of Global Destination Cities by MasterCard shows that Bangkok tops other cities in Asia/Pacific in terms of tourist traffic and visitor spending during 2011. Bangkok beats other cities in the region such as Singapore, Hong Kong and … Continue reading

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Bangkok top Asian city for visitors

Despite last year’s violence in the city and the lingering political uncertainties, Bangkok is ranked first among Asian cities based on the estimated number of international arrivals by air and the level of visitor expenditure this year, according to the … Continue reading

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Endangered spaces: Can our wildest places survive tourism?

Eco-tourism. Is this now-fashionable concept basically a contradiction in terms – on a par, as cynics might say, with “business ethics” or “compassionate conservatism”? “Adventure travel” is, of course, a concept as old as the hills, even if some of … Continue reading

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Gap year travel guide: what’s hot in 2010

The world’s list of must-see sights is constantly changing … we asked Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall to find this year’s hot tickets – the places where a visit will earn big backpacker bragging rights. Here are his picks, from a … Continue reading

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Environment and Business Clash in Saint-Tropez

PARIS — Of all the places to part with fistfuls of money in St.-Tropez, few have more cachet than Le Club 55. Perched on the white stretches of Pampelonne, one of the Côte d’Azur’s most stunning beaches, Le Club offers a private … Continue reading

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Slumdog Tourism

SLUM tourism has a long history — during the late 1800s, lines of wealthy New Yorkers snaked along the Bowery and through the Lower East Side to see “how the other half lives.” But with urban populations in the developing world … Continue reading

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Oil rigs off Koh Samui

Koh Samui burst into local and international news over the weekend. A Singapore arm of the massive Priceline.com web-based marketing network awarded Gold Circule Awards to three hotels on the southern island. They offered ”a great online product” according to the … Continue reading

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Vendor eyesore imperils heritage

In the old capital of Ayutthaya, which holds world heritage status, unlicensed vendors cause an eyesore and resist attempts by authorities to move them. Officials fear that unless the problem is solved in the next few months, Thailand could end … Continue reading

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Sea of sewage strips Thai beaches of five-star rating

Only six beaches nationwide have earned a five-star rating on the Pollution Control Department’s latest beach quality index. The PCD’s survey of 233 beaches in 18 provinces, carried out last year, found many beaches have been damaged by pollution and … Continue reading

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Spotlight shifts to Brazil 2014

With the sun setting on the 2010 World Cup, the focus now shifts to Brazil – host of the 2014 World Cup. South America’s largest country will host the tournament for the second time – the first was in 1950. It will … Continue reading

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