Submitted by debwong@a1 on Wed, 2016-06-29 19:43
A photographer used a drone to capture spectacular images of cascades of water gushing from a dam in central China, an annual event attracting thousands of tourists.
Water thundered from channels built into the Xiaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River in the central province of Henan, producing huge waterfalls, waves and steam.
The release is part of efforts to flush silt from the bottom of a reservoir behind the dam.
The Yellow River is famously silty - hence its name.
Submitted by pristeo@a1 on Wed, 2016-06-29 16:32
HAVANA - Starwood Hotels on Tuesday took over management of a luxury hotel in central Havana, becoming the first big American hospitality chain with a presence on the island since the Cuban Revolution a half-century ago.
The newly-rechristened Cuba Four Points by Sheraton on Havana's Quinta Avenida -- a hotel owned by the Cuban military -- now will be managed by the American hospitality giant.
Submitted by debwong@a1 on Wed, 2016-06-29 15:44
SINGAPORE - Come July, Singapore citizens and permanent residents aged 60 and above will get to enjoy a single-park admission ticket to the Singapore Zoo, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park, at $8, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) announced on Wednesday (June 29).
The promotional offer includes complimentary tram rides at the Singapore Zoo and Jurong Bird Park, and a free River Safari Cruise ride at River Safari.
Submitted by debwong@a1 on Wed, 2016-06-29 15:10
SINGAPORE - Universal Studios Singapore (USS) has been named the top amusement park in Asia as part of online travel site TripAdvisor's Travellers' Choice Awards.
Award winners were chosen after TripAdvisor studied the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for amusement parks and water parks worldwide over a 12-month period.
This is the third year running that USS has bagged the number one award for Asia's top amusement park.
Submitted by debwong@a1 on Tue, 2016-06-28 22:21
SINGAPORE - Visitors to the Night Safari now have an adorable new star to visit, as the park's month-and-half-old baby elephant made her public debut on Tuesday (June 28) evening.
Accompanied by her mother Sri Nandong and "aunts" Tun and Jamilah, who are not related, the rambunctious calf played in the sand and tossed around a rubber ball during her first official tour of the Asian elephant exhibit.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Tue, 2016-06-28 13:09
Using the ATM when you're in a foreign country is sometimes a necessary evil, especially when you've run out of cash.
We've heard stories about how ATM card skimming is one typical racket that is commonplace in Europe.
One tourist confirmed our fears when he discovered a dodgy ATM in the Austrian city of Vienna.
Submitted by xiuhuil@a1 on Mon, 2016-06-27 20:55
From today (June 27), Singaporeans will be able to clear immigration more quickly at major checkpoints in the United States.
Eligible citizens of Singapore can use automated clearance facilities, with the Singapore-US Trusted Traveller Programme (TTP).
US citizens will be able to do the same at Singapore checkpoints under the bilateral initiative.
The US' Global Entry Programme (GEP), which is part of the TTP, will also offer eligible applicants expedited clearance at selected US airports.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Mon, 2016-06-27 15:23
The Imperial Palace in Tokyo can now be visited without reservations, as more facilities related to the Imperial family, including the Kyoto Imperial Palace, are being opened to the public and made easier to access starting in this fiscal year.
The opening up of Imperial facilities is partly aimed at attracting foreign tourists, the number of which is expected to further increase ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Submitted by pristeo@a1 on Mon, 2016-06-27 15:12
Did you know that TV tourism is on the rise?
Yes, there's actually such a thing.
According to TripBarometer 2015, one in five travellers selects a travel destination based on what they see in a television show.
So, keep those eyes glued to the tube.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Mon, 2016-06-27 11:51
BEIJING, China - Actress Fan Bingbing became the first Chinese Godmother of Royal Caribbean's newest ship, Ovation of the Seas, as she christened the 347m-long cruise liner on Friday (June 24) at the port city of Tianjin.
It is the first ship in Royal Caribbean's stable to make China its homeport. The country is the cruise industry's fastest-growing market in the world, according to Royal Caribbean, accounting for 1 million cruise passengers in 2015, up from about 700,000 in 2014.