Russia’s visa relaxation shows focus on Far East investment

Authorities say the Vladivostok free trade zone has attracted several hundred companies and about US$6.1 billion in investment pledges By Inga Velanskaya Russia will expand its simplified visa regime to eight airports in the Far East region of the country by the end of this year, reflecting a drive by Moscow to further open up … Continue reading Russia’s visa relaxation shows focus on Far East investment

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Jakarta Traffic Problem – No fast tracks in Indonesia

Jakarta’s epic traffic jams cost the economy US$3.4 billion in losses per year, a tangle even massive infrastructure building could take decades to unsnarl By John McBeth Over the past two decades, Bangkok has made great strides in public transport, building the so-called Skytrain and a subway in the expectation it would relieve the once-canal-laced … Continue reading Jakarta Traffic Problem – No fast tracks in Indonesia

Thailand: Ban on street food takes effect in capital amid junta crackdown

By Asian Correspondent Staff| @ascorrespondent BANGKOK’S world-famous culinary experience looks set to change dramatically today as Thailand’s ruling junta placed a complete ban on street food stalls along all of the capital’s main roads as part of their crackdown of street side dining. According to AFP (via Channel News Asia), the clean-up campaign has prompted … Continue reading Thailand: Ban on street food takes effect in capital amid junta crackdown

Tourism Industry News – Indonesia trying to lure ten million Chinese tourists

  Shì shí shèng yú xióng biàn (actions speak louder than words), according to the Chinese proverb and more action is what Indonesia needs to realize its ambitious goal to attract 10 million tourists from the world’s second-largest economy by 2019. The latest data from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) show that even though there … Continue reading Tourism Industry News – Indonesia trying to lure ten million Chinese tourists

Tourism – Travel – Thailand

Will ‘Teflon’ tourism always save Thailand? Visitor numbers continue to grow despite political turbulence Outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace, a shop selling mini-pineapples is doing a roaring trade. Hordes of parched tourists, nudged along by tour leaders, shuffle along the sidewalks with the northern Thai delicacy perched on a stick. The visitors’ bright red and orange attire … Continue reading Tourism – Travel – Thailand