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  • Record tourist arrivals in Paris in 2017

    February 22, 2018 11:44 AM 30

    People take selfie picture with mobile phones in Paris December 26, 2017. — AFP PicPARIS, Feb 22 — After two years during which Paris was scarred by terror attacks, tourists returned to the French capital in record numbers in 2017, hotel booking figures showed today. Hotels in the Paris area received 2.9 million more foreign and French visitors compared

  • Malaysian spends below RM700 backpacking to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam

    February 21, 2018 5:25 AM 32

    Chinese tourists visit Wat Phra Kaeo (Emerald Buddha Temple) in Bangkok March 27, 2015. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 21 -- Who says that the Ringgit is holding Malaysians back from travelling and having a good time ? A netizen shared her seven-days backpacking adventure across Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by just spending RM685.15. Hajar Sekeri’s

  • Trump Hotels, Middle East and Macau among big winners of new Forbes Travel Guide

    February 21, 2018 3:23 AM 34

    The iconic Burj al-Arab hotel is seen on the coast of Dubai on November 25, 2013. — AFP picNEW YORK, Feb 21 ― In the latest edition of the Forbes travel guide, the Middle East made its inaugural debut with a quartet of five-star hotels, while South America boasts its first five-star property. In the 60th edition of its Star Ratings awards, Forbes inspectors

  • Fewer Malaysians holidaying in Bali, as Chinese tourist numbers soar

    February 19, 2018 11:39 AM 47

    Bali has proven to be a top attraction for Malaysians, despite falling numbers. — Reuters picPETALING JAYA, Feb 19 — Fewer Malaysians travelled to Bali last year compared to 2016, according to figures released by Indonesia’s Central Statistic Agency recently. The agency revealed a 5.15 per cent drop in visitors from Malaysia, with the number of tourists

  • Save the date: Toy Story Land gets opening date (VIDEO)

    February 17, 2018 3:00 AM 60

    Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios, Florida is set to open on June 30. ― AFP picFLORIDA, Feb 17 ― Toy Story Land has an official opening date: June 30. Just in time for the summer holidays, Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida will bring Woody and Buzz Lightyear to life at Toy Story Land, where guests will be transported to Andy's backyard

  • Once-pristine Thai bay from ‘The Beach’ to close to boats

    February 15, 2018 1:34 AM 35

    Hordes of tourists flock daily to Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi Ley for selfies in front of the famed limestone cliffs and blue waters. — AFP picBANGKOK, Feb 15 — The once-pristine Thai bay which became a tourist magnet after the 2000 movie The Beach will be closed to boats for several months to prevent further damage to its coral, an official said yesterday

  • Supersonic air travel ‘next big thing,’ billionaire Branson says

    February 14, 2018 2:34 AM 33

    Branson's Virgin Galactic is already working with Boom Technology Inc on its supersonic jet. — Reuters picLONDON, Feb 14 — Supersonic jetliner travel, which ended more than a decade ago with the Concorde, will make a comeback and transform the aviation industry in coming years, according to billionaire Richard Branson. “The next big thing, hopefully

  • AirAsia X offers two-to-go fares ahead of Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year

    February 12, 2018 3:07 AM 33

    AirAsia handpicked some of their most popular routes for promotion during this Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year peak travel period. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Feb 12 ― AirAsia X is offering two-to-go fares to Bali, Jaipur, Jeju, Taipei, Seoul, Osaka, Hokkaido and Hawaii from RM288 one-way, including taxes, and available for booking from today until February

  • Before you book your cherry blossom trip to Japan, check out this forecast

    February 11, 2018 2:06 AM 30

    A forecast on the best times to view cherry blossoms in Japan has been released for 2018. — IStock.com pic via AFPTOKYO, Feb 11 — Japanese meteorologists have released a forecast for the 2018 cherry blossom season, to help travellers and locals alike plan their pilgrimage to the annual spring phenomenon. Before you book your tickets, make sure to look up the flowering

  • Eurostar to start direct train service from London to Amsterdam

    February 9, 2018 1:43 PM 30

    Eurostar will begin direct services to Amsterdam on April 4. — Reuters picLONDON, Feb 9 — Eurostar, the company that runs trains between London, Paris and Brussels, said it would add Amsterdam to its destination list, bringing the Netherlands into its network for the first time. Eurostar will begin direct services to Amsterdam on April 4, with the route