Editorials May 7, 2016

Find an effective tourism strategy

Tourism based on shopping won't keep growing at its present rate, so the hospitality industry and government need to get cracking on long-term sustainable strategies.

Fierce crackdown on dissent no laughing matter in Egypt

World Feb 19, 2015

Fierce crackdown on dissent no laughing matter in Egypt

When President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said people should not moan about Egypt because it was not like war-ravaged Iraq or Syria, his remark gave birth to a joke: New Egyptian passports should read "The Country not like Iraq or Syria." Gags like this are in short ...

World Feb 15, 2015

China plans international tourism zone with North Korea, Russia

China is planning an international tourism zone in its northeastern border area with Russia and North Korea, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday, in Pyongyang's latest push for new investment. Jiang Chaoliang, governor of China's northeastern Jilin province, said the province would draw up ...

World Dec 18, 2014

Cuba detente a smokin' deal? Close, but no cigar

American cigar smokers anxiously flicked their lacquered lighters this morning when news broke that President Barack Obama would be easing the decades-old restrictions on Cuban travel and goods. Since 1962, Cuba's legendary cigars have been banned from the shelves of American tobacconists and many ...

Xi visit to Macau deals cold deck to high-rolling VIP gamblers

Asia Pacific Dec 18, 2014

Xi visit to Macau deals cold deck to high-rolling VIP gamblers

As Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Macau this weekend for his first official visit in five years, the message from Beijing is clear: the world's biggest gambling center cannot remain a one-industry town. Xi's pervasive anti-graft campaign contributed to a disastrous year for major ...