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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 17, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 17, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 17, 2015

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Is Penang Asia’s Best Eating Destination?
The history of Penang, Malaysia comes through in its cuisine. Indian dishes, Hokkien Chinese specialties and unique Baba-Nyonya foods make up a diverse menu. The attention to quality, which borders on obsession for virtually every single resident in this Malaysian state, has caused many visitors to crown Penang Asia’s best foodie destination.
Source: Traveller

Australia Wants Corporate Sponsors For Great Barrier Reef
Australia is interested in finding corporate partners to help fund conservation projects on the Great Barrier Reef. This could be a good way to get extra funding that would otherwise not be available, but some people are worried that companies could use this kind of charity as a PR move to gloss over a poor environmental record.

UN Calls Norway The World’s Best Country
It’s an expensive place to visit, but, according to the UN’s latest Human Development Report, Norway is the best place in the world to live. It has held the number one spot for 12 straight years. Why? It has a high life expectancy (81.6 years), impressive per capita income ($64,992), and easy access to education and basic services.

Israel Sees Sharp Drop In Tourism Arrivals 
Despite efforts to sell itself as an alterative to Egypt, Israel has seen its tourism numbers fall this year. November’s arrivals were down 10 percent compared to last year and 30 percent compared to November 2013. Only one group is coming to the Mediterranean nation in greater numbers this year: the number of visitors from China was up 69 percent (though the total was still pretty modest at 4,770).


A new TripAdvisor survey of Indian travelers supports what many have already been thinking: India’s travel market is set to explode. 44 percent of Indian travelers said they planned to increase their travel budget in 2016. 

Yahoo Japan wants to get into the travel game. The internet giant has made a bid to buy Japanese booking site Ikyu for about $830 million. The site claims about four million customers and has its own line of no-frills hotels. 

Denmark will join Sweden in introducing border checkpoints early next year. Sweden already performs ID checks at its border with Denmark. Denmark will do the same on its border with Germany. 

The cheapest holiday destinations in Europe? Kiev, Bucharest, Sofia, Krakow, Belgrade and Sarajevo. Saint Petersburg and Budapest also made the top 10. 

In Italy, truffles are like gold. A kilogram of the elusive fungus can cost up to $4,400. You can join the hunt with locals in Tuscany. They don’t use pigs, but well-trained dogs to sniff out the truffles.  

Wroclaw is not as famous as its Polish peers, Warsaw and Krakow. With its smattering of historic buildings (including 16th century townhouses turned into hotels) and chilled out atmosphere, it is worth the two hour drive from Krakow

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