Thailand aims to turn away from mass tourism and target wealthy

Asia Pacific Jun 19, 2020

Thailand aims to turn away from mass tourism and target wealthy

Thailand’s tourism-revival strategy is to target big spenders seeking privacy and social distancing in the COVID-19 era, rather than try to attract a large number of visitors. The pandemic provides an opportunity to reset the sector, which had become reliant on Chinese groups and backpackers. ...

Malaysia farms face $3 billion hit from palm oil worker shortage

Asia Pacific Jun 5, 2020

Malaysia farms face $3 billion hit from palm oil worker shortage

The coronavirus pandemic has left Malaysia’s palm oil industry without enough workers, a shortage that could cost farmers as much as 25 percent of their annual production — a loss worth about $2.8 billion. Malaysia’s economy relies on palm oil, its most important agricultural commodity, ...