Gambling debt cripples Macau 'junket' model

Nov 30, 2014

Gambling debt cripples Macau 'junket' model

Companies that connect China’s wealthy gamblers to Macau’s casinos are waiting as long as a year for gamblers to repay billions of dollars of loans, crippling the business model of an industry that sustains the world’s biggest casino center. These “junket” businesses, which lend ...

New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand' video

Nov 27, 2014

New Thai tourism strategy: 'I Hate Thailand' video

It has been a bad year for tourism in Thailand, and at first glance it looked like a new YouTube video was adding to the misery. The video, called “I Hate Thailand,” drew more than 1 million views within days of being posted last ...

Russian passengers help push plane stuck in ice

Nov 27, 2014

Russian passengers help push plane stuck in ice

In most countries, you may be asked to help push a car stuck in the mud. In Russia, passengers came out of an airliner into bitter Arctic cold to help move it to the runway. A Russian-made Tu-134 with 74 oil workers and seven ...

Chinese tourists step up for Abe as Japanese tighten belts

Nov 24, 2014

Chinese tourists step up for Abe as Japanese tighten belts

When Jingyan Hou made her first trip to Japan in 1997, the office worker from Beijing spent ¥200,000 during a weeklong stay on accommodations, meals, transport and souvenirs. On her second visit this year, she spent that much on just one Louis Vuitton handbag ...

Nov 23, 2014

Foreign workers in demand amid tourism surge

by Junji Yamaguchi

Demand for foreign workers has been strong in Japan over the past few years as the number of foreign tourists rises and an increasing number of domestic companies aim to expand their business abroad. Since its establishment in 2004, Globalpower Inc., a Tokyo-based staffing ...

Nov 23, 2014

Venice declares war on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter by banning noisy suitcases on wheels. Residents have had it with the round-the-clock rumble of luggage being dragged across cobblestoned alleyways and bridges by a large ...

Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan top 11 million in 10 months

Nov 20, 2014

Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan top 11 million in 10 months

The number of foreign passenger arrivals in Japan in the first 10 months of this year hit an estimated 11 million, topping last year’s annual record of 10.36 million, the Japan National Tourism Organization said. Tourists from China and other countries are apparently traveling ...

Iwate taps Google's 'Ingress' to boost tourism

Nov 17, 2014

Iwate taps Google's 'Ingress' to boost tourism

by Shusuke Murai

Since it was introduced, Google’s location-based game “Ingress” has engrossed many Japanese smartphone users, and officials in Iwate Prefecture have found it to be a great tool to boost tourism. “By using ‘Ingress,’ we expect to publicize Iwate’s notable sightseeing spots and reconstruction sites ...