‘Real Bali’ as Western construct: Rethinking tourism’s ‘ruination’ of Bali

Lisa Qian Yale University undergraduate studying economics, human rights and Southeast Asia Anyone even remotely familiar with the tourism industry of Bali has inevitably heard the question: “Is tourism ruining Bali?” This question has become the central topic of clichéd debate among both short-term tourists and long-term residents, in which the same points about traffic, unfettered … Continue reading ‘Real Bali’ as Western construct: Rethinking tourism’s ‘ruination’ of Bali

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Technology changing travel habits for millions of Chinese

Over 700 million traveled over the 8-day holiday break, with 6m going abroad; Russia and Southeast Asia were the most popular destinations By Ben Kwok Phew – you can almost sense the relief on the mainland after China’s ‘Golden Weekend’ officially ended on Sunday. Over the eight-day-long holiday China enjoyed a tourism boom with an … Continue reading Technology changing travel habits for millions of Chinese

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

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