Tourism industry in Melaka picking up, thanks to travelling Malaysians

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a group of people sitting on a bus: Tourism industry in Melaka picking up, thanks to travelling Malaysians. - NSTP/IQMAL HAQIM ROSMAN.


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Tourism industry in Melaka picking up, thanks to travelling Malaysians. – NSTP/IQMAL HAQIM ROSMAN.

KUALA LUMPUR: The tourism industry in Melaka is gradually returning to normal, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.

He said based on the hotel occupancy in the state, travelers are seen returning to Melaka amidst the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Sulaiman said between June and December this year, a total of 43,000 rooms in the state had been reserved.

“I am saying that the tourism industry and activities are picking up with the presence of domestic travelers,” he told reporters after a visit to Balai Berita, here, today.

Present were Melaka state Secretary Datuk Seri Dr Hasim Hasan, Media Prima Berhad (MPB) group chairman Datuk Dr Syed Hussian Aljunid, MPB group managing director Datuk Iskandar Mizal Mahmood, New Straits Times group editor (GE) Ahmad Lokman Mansor, Berita

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Hotels with standalone cottages, villas, cabins, and bungalows

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  • As Americans seek safer travel, hotels with enclosed, shared common spaces are likely to be avoided in favor of socially distant lodging.
  • But some hotels make it easy to maintain distance with standalone accommodations similar to a vacation rental home, but with all the amenities of a traditional hotel experience.
  • We rounded up hotels around the country that offer cabins, bungalows, and cottages with exterior entrances to encourage safety and privacy.
  • All are highly rated, range from $175 to $650 per night, and feature policies such as contactless check-in, rigorous sanitation, and outdoor dining.
  • Read more: Is travel safe? We interviewed experts on risks associated with flying, booking hotels or Airbnbs, renting cars, and more, plus ideas on safe vacations during COVID-19

Much of the US has

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Ewan McGregor revels in the adventure of ‘Long Way Up’

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Ewan McGregor has a ride-or-die partner. His name is Charley Boorman, and the two aren’t content with the idea of a simple dude weekend away from their regular lives.

McGregor and Boorman spent a hunk of last year traveling 13,000 miles on rocky and impassable roads, in searing daylight or at night in a blizzard around Central and South America on electric Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

What could go wrong?

“Battery failure, freezing conditions, snowstorms,” says McGregor, 49.

And forget about using any movie star mojo to fix problems or gather perks with the locals. In one town, the Scottish actor — known for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi — asked the local kids if they recognized him from the “Star Wars” franchise. “I looked into beautiful faces shaking their heads from side to side. They never heard of the movies,” McGregor says with a laugh.

The adventure is chronicled in the documentary series

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Red Sea Project | Sustainable tourism | John Pagano interview

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To many, the idea of building a world-class tourism destination in the middle of the desert may sound like the work of fiction. However, Saudi Arabian developer, The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC) has set out to do just that.

John Pagano CEO TRSDCLocated on Saudi Arabia’s west coast, TRSDC is building the world’s most sustainable luxury tourist destination, The Red Sea Project, the first phase of which is scheduled to open in 2022. The destination is set to place Saudi Arabia on the global tourism map, by creating a luxury tourism destination that’s built around the region’s natural assets, specifically its islands, nature, and culture.

Blooloop spoke to John Pagano, CEO of The Red Sea Development Company to learn more about this world-class destination. He also spoke about how the company’s uncompromising search for luxury has sustainability and conservation at its core.

Tourism in Saudi Arabia and Vision 2030

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Hong Kong tourism industry pleads with government to restart travel, with Shenzhen trips first on list

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a view of a city: Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua


Shenzhen is the best place to start for reopening Hong Kong’s leisure travel links, the executive director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board says. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong’s return to leisure travel should start with neighbouring parts of mainland China once a retreat of Covid-19 allows borders to reopen, according to a top tourism official in the city.

Tourism Board executive director Dane Cheng Ting-yat said its aim was for travel in both directions to resume first with the mainland Chinese city of Shenzhen, before restoring links with Guangzhou and further expanding into the Greater Bay Area, an economic zone comprising Hong Kong, Macau and nine cities in Guangdong province.

To encourage spending and travelling, the board is also putting together offers, including Cathay Pacific Airways’ giveaway of 500,000 flight tickets, through a planned online platform called Open House Hong Kong. A relaunched Hello Hong Kong programme would further offer

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Firm picked to find ways to improve air service within Idaho | Northwest

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A firm that promised to quantify the number of potential airline passengers who are driving between cities in Idaho won the opportunity Wednesday to complete a study to see how the state can improve air service.

Mead & Hunt will charge no more than $50,000 to identify how Lewiston, Moscow, Boise, Coeur d’Alene, McCall, Twin Falls, Pocatello, Idaho Falls and Sun Valley can be more connected with air transportation.

The firm was selected by the Idaho Legislature’s Intrastate Commercial Air Service Committee and is the same business assisting the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport with its efforts to add round-trip Denver flights.

The committee was formed partly because none of Idaho’s larger cities, including Lewiston and Moscow, have direct flights to the state’s capitol, Boise. Lewiston’s ended two years ago with the departure of Alaska Airlines’ Horizon Air.

Mead & Hunt brings a unique set of expertise to the project, said Boise

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Trustees adopt 2020-21 budget reflecting better-than-projected shortfall, enrollment | WMU News

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KALAMAZOO, Mich.—The Western Michigan University Board of Trustees passed a balanced 2020-21 general fund budget Thursday that accounts for a $76 million shortfall tied to projected reductions in state funding, actual losses in tuition and fee revenue and other factors. The final budget is $9 million better than projected in May.

Enrollment proved to be one of the better-than-expected elements in this year’s budget picture. Predicted in May to be down as much as 15% in some national higher education models and similarly in the University’s own forecast, WMU’s fall enrollment is 20,490, down by 4.6%, which is less than a third of the predicted decrease. Out-of-state enrollment grew slightly. The student body also increased by 585 students through its expanded partnership with Guizhou University of Finance and Economics in China.

“On balance, we’ve been able to prevail against the pandemic-generated headwinds of

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How to fly Icelandair using use points and miles

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Over the past few years, Iceland has become one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Whether your interests lie in cultural activities, relaxing in hot springs, watching the Northern Lights, spotting wildlife or hiking through some of the world’s most picturesque trails, the island nation has you covered.

Although carriers like Delta and United have expanded their service to Reykjavik in recent years, the most flight options to

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More holiday packages to boost domestic tourism

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Nancy Shukri holding a sign: Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said that since its ince ption(www.malaysia.travel) in June this year, a total of 103 deals and 107 packages haes been offered to date. - KHIS/ AZIAH AZMEE


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Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said that since its ince ption(www.malaysia.travel) in June this year, a total of 103 deals and 107 packages haes been offered to date. – KHIS/ AZIAH AZMEE

PETALING JAYA: Tourism Malaysia continues its efforts to boost domestic tourism by offering more deals and packages to the people.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said that since its ince ption(www.malaysia.travel) in June this year, a total of 103 deals and 107 packages haes been offered to date.

She hoped tourism industry players would take the opportunity and promote their products via the website.

“I believe domestic tourism has room to be improved as Malaysians are yet unable to travel abroad.

“We continue to do our best to revitalise the tourism industry following the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said at the ASEAN Tourism Standard Certificate

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James Strasser | News, Sports, Jobs

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A visitation for James Andrew “Andy” Strasser, 68, Lawrence will be held on Friday, August 28, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. He will lie in state from 8 a.m. until noon on Friday for anyone that would like to view and sign the guest book. Please be aware of social distancing and face masks are required. Andy died Saturday, August 22, 2020 at his home.

Andy was born December 2, 1951 in Kansas City, KS the son of James F. and Betty A. Anderson Strasser.

He was the former co-owner and co-operator of Ports Unlimited Travel and Travelers Limousine Service. He also worked for the Veterans Administration and Medicare.

Andy attended Iola Community College, KU and Washburn University. Andy was a Mason, member of Arab Shrine Temple, and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was a member

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