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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 18, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 18, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 18, 2015

PHOTO: The mountains of Raung in Indonesia are among the many attractions drawing tourists to the country from neighboring Singapore. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Most Of Indonesia’s Tourist Traffic Coming From Its Neighbors 
More Singaporeans visited Indonesia than tourists from any other country of origin. Over a million people came from the city-state in the first three quarters of 2015. Australians and Malaysians were close behind. Chinese tourists proved to be among the biggest spenders, averaging $168.74 per day while on the islands.

Travelers Departing Dubai Are Warned To Arrive Early 
An advisory issued by Dubai’s airport has told passengers leaving this weekend to arrive very early. There will be a massive traffic jam in the terminals as approximately one million people fly out of the Arabian hub.

Why Do Australian Hotels Have An Early Checkout Time? 
Many hotels in Australia adhere to a 10 a.m. checkout time. That is an hour earlier than the standard checkout time at most major hotels around the world. Various reasons have been offered for this practice. They range from the practical (streamlined housekeeping procedures) to the dubious (the ability to charge late sleepers a penalty fee).

Lack Of Snow Hurting Europe’s Ski Resorts 
There has not been much snow in the European Alps this winter, which has hurt the ski season. Skiers who can make it to higher elevations will find passable conditions. Precipitation is forecast for Christmas, but at ski resorts at lower elevations, it could be in the form of rain, not snow.


India is planning to build a bridge that will act as a link to Sri Lanka. The span will have to be 23-km (14 miles) long. A proposal has been submitted to the Asian Development Bank, which has said that it is ready to finance the project. 

The Hong Kong dollar is on the rise. Rather than spending money in notoriously-expensive Hong Kong, locals may travel to other Asian destinations where their strengthening currency will go further. 

Spain’s train workers will stage a strike today to protest the rail service's moves towards privatization. Commuter trains, long distance trains and the country’s high speed network will be affected.  

Poland is among the 20 most popular tourist destinations in the world (though it only ranks 11th in Europe). The country should get a boost next year when the historic city of Wroclaw is named a European Capital of Culture. 

Japan has announced that its number of international arrivals should top 19.5 million by the end of this year. The number of regional tourists visiting the country from China, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam increased dramatically in 2015.  

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