Travellers booking more eco-friendly Airbnb listings

Asia: A trend has emerged where more travellers are booking eco-friendly Airbnb listings, according to findings by Travel Weekly. The site said that according to Airbnb internal data, eco-friendly listings have now been booked by over 4.6 million guests worldwide. Over the past year, global bookings have increased by 50 per cent for “environmentally conscious spaces”, while the number of eco-friendly...

Singapore travel wallet YouTrip raises $25.5m in pre-series A round

Singapore-based YouTrip said it has raised US$25.5 million in a pre-series A round, making it one of the largest early-stage investments in Southeast Asia. The company, which operates a multicurrency mobile wallet, said that proceeds from the round will be used to launch new features, expand in Southeast Asia, and improve its payment infrastructure. Insignia Ventures Partners, also based in the city-state,...

Where China is most heavily investing in Latin America

China’s is investing heavily in the Latin American region, but it could be a double-edged sword for the recipients Since 2005, China has poured over $141 billion in loans into the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region. This is more than lending from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the CAF Development Bank of Latin America combined. China is also working to bring...

Western boycotts soften Brunei’s sharia law

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has stepped back from new anti-gay measures amid celebrity-led calls to boycott his Western-held commercial interests Amid a global outcry against Brunei’s implementation of Islamic sharia law measures that allow for death by stoning for sex between men and extramarital affairs, the sultanate’s ruler has apparently climbed down from the harshest measures in what some have...

Asia markets fall amid tariffs fears while Chinese trade data surprises

Key Points Shares in Asia Pacific slipped as investors digested ongoing developments in the U.S.-China trade negotiations, which sent stateside shares tumbling overnight. Chinese trade data for April, released Wednesday morning, showed exports missed expectations while imports saw a surprise gain. Elsewhere, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told reporters that Washington will increase levies...

A False Dawn for Journalists in Southeast Asia

The Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are free, but dozens of others are languishing in prisons across the region. When the Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed Tuesday after more than a year in Myanmar’s Insein prison, it was heralded as a victory for press freedom. The Pulitzer Prize–winning reporters, who were jailed in December 2017 for their reporting on the country’s...

Tourists could face DEATH penalty if they take photos in this popular holiday destination

THAILAND holidays are hugely popular with Britons looking to escape to sun, sea and sand. However, tourists could face the death penalty if they take photos on one popular Phuket beach famous for low-flying planes. Thailand holidaymakers could risk imprisonment or even death if they take runway selfies at a Phuket beach. Phuket International Airport is next to Mai Khao beach and planes fly low over...

Emperor Akihito: Japanese monarch declares historic abdication

Japan’s Emperor Akihito has declared his abdication in a historic ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. In his last public address as emperor, Akihito handed over the symbols of power and thanked the public for their support during his 30-year reign. The 85-year-old was given permission to abdicate after saying he felt unable to fulfil his role because of his age and declining health. He...

Travel Tips: What to do in Macau – Las Vegas of Asia

Located on the south coast of China, Macau was a Portuguese colony until it was returned to China in 1999. At the moment, it is a special administrative region of China, i.e. Macau’s system of government is separate from that of mainland China. Macau is a major resort city and a top destination for gambling tourism. In fact, its economy is so heavily dependent on tourism and gambling that it is widely...

This is Asia’s Most Expensive Location for Business Travel

For the second consecutive year, this country has been ranked the most expensive location in Asia for business travel Travelling for work is not as easy as it seems. From making hotel reservations to buying flight tickets, business travel isn’t always economical. Cost reduction has always been a priority but at times the expense associated with last minute travel can add up quickly. If you’ll...