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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 16, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 16, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 16, 2015

Here are travel and tourism stories worth reading from Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Emirates set for record-breaking weekend
Emirates expects more than 535,000 passengers to fly out of Dubai this weekend. That is up about 14 percent compared to the same weekend last year. To deal with the extra traffic, passengers can check in up to 24 hours before their flight at Dubai's airport.

Japan wants to build Singapore-Malaysia bullet train
Japan has already won a contract to build a high-speed train in India, now the rail-loving nation wants its trains to run on a planned high-speed link between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Social Media Campaign To Bring Tourism Focus Back To Paris
#ParisWeLoveYou is an online campaign that is supposed to get people thinking about the French city for its beauty as a destination, not because of the recent terror attacks. People can participate by uploading a picture, which will be used for a large mosaic that will be placed somewhere in Paris. Major French brands like L'Oreal, Air France and Kering are backing the project.

Space Shuttle Launch Puts Kazakhstan In The Spotlight
The Central European nation of Kazakhstan is not well known amongst tourists. It is getting a little bit of coverage now, however, because of the launch of a space shuttle that will take British astronaut Tim Peake to the International Space Station.


Much-praised Hainan Airlines has garnered a couple more awards to add to its trophy case. Both Global Traveler and Premier Traveler named the Haikou-based carrier China’s best airline. Hainan is also Mainland China’s only five-star air travel brand. 

Australia has been named 2016’s “destination of the year” by Conde Nast Traveler. The magazine cited new hotels, accessible wine regions and, of course, amazing beaches as the reasons that they are especially excited about traveling Down Under next year.

Indonesian travel booking site Tiket is thriving in an underserved market. Despite the company’s meteoric rise, it has never worked with venture capitalists. Tiket was built using less than $1 million from angel investors

Passport checks and border guard stations could become more common in the EU next year. There is even a plan, which must be approved by all member states, to have an EU border patrol force to maintain security at the bloc’s outermost borders.  

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