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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 14, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 14, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 14, 2015

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Light Sculptures Line Amsterdam’s Famous Canals
The Amsterdam Light Festival is taking place through January 17th. Visitors can see 21 LED “light sculptures” by taking an hour-long stroll or a cruise on the canals. This is an annual event, and this year’s theme is “friendship.”

Singapore’s Hotel Brands Are Having Success Abroad
Singapore’s boutique hotel brands, such as Como Hotels and Resorts, are having success abroad despite lacking recognizable names. Como has a new hotel in Perth, Australia, while Scarlet Singapore just launched a hotel in San Francisco and Cenizaro Hotels will enter the Maldives market in the near future.

Is Tiny Djibouti Becoming Africa’s version of Dubai?
Thanks to peace, stability and location, Djibouti has been thriving while neighboring Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea are struggling. Already an important military and shipping hub, the tiny East African country has plans to build a modern airport and improve infrastructure so that it can become even more attractive to investors and businesses.

Japan’s Nature-Made “snowmen”
The snow is so deep in the Hakkoda Mountains of northernmost Honshu that it coats the pine trees and makes them look like giant snowmen. Photographer Sho Shibata captured the scenery during a recent trip. People can visit this range, but temperatures can be quite cold during the wintertime, dropping to as low as 14 degrees F.


Goa is having success with its new electronic visa service. More than 37,000 tourists, mainly people from Russia and the U.K., have taken advantage of the visas so fat this year. 

Singaporean travel agents with clients traveling to Beijing have told tour operators to distribute surgical-style masks and have water on hand so that tourists can deal with the terrible pollution that has been plaguing the city this winter. About 40 percent of the 970,000 Singaporeans who visited China last year stopped in Beijing. 

Cambodia’s  Mondulkiri Project has been well received by tourists. This sanctuary is a tourist attraction that has a very practical purpose: to help local people get income from elephants without forcing the pachyderms to work in the logging industry.  

People vacationing in the Central Philippines will need to take cover. Typhoon Melor is about to hit the same regions that were affected by Typhoon Haiyan two years ago. Flooding is the biggest danger, and 750,000 people in low lying areas have already been evacuated. 

Hungary’s media has been covering the changes to the US visa policy for EU countries. As it stands, Hungarians are free to travel to the U.S. unless they have visited Iraq, Syria or the Sudan in the past five years. There is obviously a worry that the process of getting through U.S. immigraton will be made more difficlut in the near future.  


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