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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 7, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 07, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 7, 2015

Here are the travel stories from Europe and Asia making headlines for Monday, Dec. 7.

As Hong Kong Market Slumps, Chinese Travel Agents Look To Japan And Taiwan
Travelers from Mainland China are no longer content with crossing into the Special Economic Zones of Hong Kong and Macau. They are looking further afield, and so are their travel agents. Japan, Taiwan and Thailand are the new hot markets for tourists from the Mainland.

Wine Tourism In The Last Place You’d Expect: Myanmar
The Dawna Mountain range in Myanmar has a climate that is cool enough to grow grapes. There are actually two wineries in this region, and they have started to draw interest from tourists, who can stop by for a tasting after visiting nearby Inle Lake.

Russians Told Not To Travel Abroad During The Holidays
Russia’s official consumer protection agency is advising people not to travel abroad during the 10-day New Year’s holiday. Safety is certainly a concern for Russians, but it would also help the economy if they stayed at home or traveled domestically during this traditional vacation time.

Indonesia Orders All A320s Inspected After Crash Report
After a report said that a crack in the rudder was partly to blame for last year’s AirAsia crash, Indonesia opted to “be on the safe side” and have all 75 Airbus A320s in the country inspected. The thorough nose-to-tail inspections will take place over the next six months.



Philippine Airlines is not the most celebrated carrier in Asia. However, it might be the most ambitious. CEO Jaime Bautista claims that PAL has a plan to become a “five-star airline” in five years by modernizing its fleet and improving its services. 

France’s far right parties have won more power in the first elections since the Paris terror attacks. The country is still officially under a state of emergency, though tourist attractions have reopened. 

Jetstar Asia has been championing its brand of tech-savvy, customer-friendly travel at the Future Travel Experience Asia EXPO in Singapore. The airline announced that it has been having great success with mobile boarding passes, self service check-in kiosks and a streamlined booking process on its website. 

It’s the season for Christmas markets. Though these holiday events take place all around the world, the most-attended ones are held in Germany. The holiday market in Cologne gets four million visitors each year.  

It’s now official: you can’t smoke and you have to wear “modest” clothing at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. Officials have been promising a new set of rules after some people complained about tourists photobombing monks and taking nude pictures inside the temple complex. The new rules officially went into effect this past Friday.  


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