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‘Redefine the skyline’: how Ho Chi Minh City is erasing its heritage

‘Redefine the skyline’: how Ho Chi Minh City is erasing its heritage The next 15 megacities #7: More than a third of the Vietnamese city’s historic buildings have been destroyed over the past 20 years. Can it learn from mistakes made by other fast-growing Asian cities before it is too late? Read the rest of our megacities series here “People don’t realise what they’ve lost,” says Candy Nguyen as she peers through the locked gates of what was until recently the historic Ba Son shipyard. “Many don’t even know what was here before.” Ho Chi Minh City’s oldest and most important maritime heritage site is hidden from the street by high blue hoardings peppered with slogans such as “Never…

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Thailand: tourists flee as Tropical Storm Pabuk set to bring seven-metre waves

Thailand: tourists flee as Tropical Storm Pabuk set to bring seven-metre waves Thousands leave spots including Koh Phangan and Koh Tao as area’s first tropical storm outside monsoon for about 30 years looms Tens of thousands of tourists have fled the Thai resort islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao in a mass exodus ahead of Tropical Storm Pabuk which is set to bring heavy rains, wind and seven-metre (22ft) waves. The islands, hugely popular with holiday-makers especially during the peak Christmas and New Year season, have emptied out since Wednesday as tourists packed onto ferries bound for the southern Thai mainland, with swimming banned and boats set to suspend services. Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Agence France-Presse…

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Venice to charge day-trippers up to €10 to enter city

Venice to charge day-trippers up to €10 to enter city Mayor says tax will improve monitoring of tourist arrivals and help fund clean-up of litter Day-trippers to Venice will be charged up to €10 (£9) to enter the famous lagoon city as authorities continue to grapple with the tens of millions of tourists who visit every year. The Italian parliament approved the entry tax, which will range from €2.50 to €10 depending on the time of year, in its budget for 2019, paving the way for it to be implemented by local authorities. A similar system has been applied for Elba island, part of the Tuscan archipelago, and the Aeolian Islands off Sicily. Continue reading… Go to Source Author:…

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Gatwick airport: drone operator not yet found but flights resume – live

Gatwick airport: drone operator not yet found but flights resume – live Drones spotted over last two days not tracked down, but limited number of flights now arriving and departing Small number of flights resume after drone disruption What the papers said about the Gatwick chaos What are my rights if my flight is cancelled? How have you been affected? 11.14am GMT In comparison to the assurances given by Gatwick Airport authorities and the government, quite a different tone is coming from the pilots’ union who have said on Twitter that it remains “extremely concerned” at the risk of a drone collision. BALPA remains extremely concerned at the risk of a drone collision. It is possible that the rogue…

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Rough Guides launches tailormade trips as part of major overhaul

Rough Guides launches tailormade trips as part of major overhaul Guidebook publisher moves away from book sales to become a tech platform providing bespoke holiday service that aims to ‘change the way people travel’ After almost 40 years of helping backpackers travel on a budget, Rough Guides has launched a bespoke holiday service aimed at “time-poor” adventurous older travellers who no longer want to rough it. The move is the start of a transformation of the publisher’s entire business model from guidebook seller to online travel company. “In five to ten years we don’t want to be seen as a guidebook publisher: we want to be seen as a dynamic tech company that provides tailormade trips,” said CEO René…

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Thai cave famous for football team rescue now a tourist hotspot

Thai cave famous for football team rescue now a tourist hotspot Visitor numbers to the area around Tham Luang cave and park have soared since it reopened, while work is under way on a museum dedicated to the rescue The park and cave complex in northern Thailand where a youth football team were trapped for 17 days over the summer has become an unlikely tourist hotspot since it reopened this month. Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non forest park in Chiang Rai province was a sleepy backwater until the successful rescue mission of the 12 young Thai footballers and their coach made headlines around the world in June. Since the cave complex in the park reopened, on 16 November, it…

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China will be the world’s most visited country by 2030

China will be the world’s most visited country by 2030 New research predicts that China will be the most popular holiday spot in the world, with the largest number of both inbound and outbound travellers China will overtake France as the world’s number one tourist destination by 2030, a new report from global research company Euromonitor International predicts. As well as receiving more visitors than any other country in the world, it will also have the largest number of outbound travellers, overtaking the US and Germany, with 260 million outbound tourist trips by 2030. Speaking at World Travel Market in London this week, Wouter Geerts, consultant at Euromonitor and author of the report, said tourism was now one of…

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Sri Lanka ranked top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet

Sri Lanka ranked top country for travel in 2019 by Lonely Planet Improved train services mean it’s easier than ever to explore Sri Lanka but campaigners warn a surge in tourism could ruin its natural beauty Almost 10 years after the end of its civil war, Sri Lanka has been named the best country in the world to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet. Better transport links, new hotels and a growing number of activities were cited as the reason the south-Asian island was chosen for the top spot in the guidebook publisher ’s annual Best in Travel awards. “Already notable to intrepid travellers for its mix of religions and cultures, its timeless temples, its rich and accessible wildlife,…

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Vast deserts, majestic mountains, endless plains: Mongolia – in pictures

Vast deserts, majestic mountains, endless plains: Mongolia – in pictures Frédéric Lagrange travelled to every corner of Mongolia over a 17-year period, to photograph the landscapes and rural life of this east-Asian wilderness Continue reading… Go to Source Author: Antonia Wilson Tweet

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Japan’s first ‘dispersed’ hotel opens in Kyoto

Japan’s first ‘dispersed’ hotel opens in Kyoto Across several buildings, all a short walk from each other, Enso Ango aims to bring travellers closer to local life A quick drink at Enso Ango involves a little more effort than most hotels – the bar is in a different building from most of the bedrooms, a good 10-minute walk away. Breakfast in the hotel restaurant? That’s a five-minute stroll to another building. With five separate locations around the centre of Kyoto, Enso Ango is Japan’s first “dispersed” hotel, though scattering the rooms and amenities a few roads apart is not for lack of space: the aim is to immerse guests in the local culture. Continue reading… Go to Source Author:…

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