Hong Kong – Time to tipple

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[mygp_map] Glasses containing the world’s finest wines will be raised when the Hong Kong Wine and Dine Festival kicks off a month long epicurean feast of wine-themed events. The island’s love affair with wine started long before city authorities abolished tax on it in 2009 ensuring a huge growth in the number of wine cellars. …

Laos – Faster cross-country links

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A new railway bridge is planned between Laos and Thailand near to the Laos-Thai Friendship Bridge which connects Nong Khai province in Thailand with Vientiane Prefecture in Laos. Although the existing Friendship Bridge accommodates two round-trip train services in the morning and afternoon, the train crossing delays all vehicular traffic for at least 15 minutes …

Thailand – Park fees rise

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The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has announced that the entrance cost at many popular national parks in Thailand will increase because of rising management costs. The new rates will be imposed at 29 “Grade A” national parks and will be effective from 1 October 2012. Eight parks in the North; four …

Indonesia – Airport expansion

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Work has started on the expansion of Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in order to increase passenger handling capacity to 62 million by the 2014 project completion date. The expansion of the biggest international gateway in Indonesia holds strategic significance as the country prepares for full integration into the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015. Paul Andreau, …