Indonesia – Bali steps up a gear

Bali is counting down to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting next year with a series of measures designed to showcase the best the resort island has to offer. All the island’s tourism stakeholders are gearing up to ensure visitors gain the best experiences and for hotels, this means having professional “liaison officers” on hand to ensure that guests …

Indonesia – Airport expansion

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, a French architect famous for …

Hong Kong – Time to tipple

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. Now, even Chinese restaurants have sommeliers …

Hong Kong – Food fit for a palace

The Michelin two-star Shang Palace has just reopened after an extensive refurbishment and the Cantonese restaurant now offers a 42-sq-m private dining room that is perfect for business events. Situated within the Kowloon Shangri-la in Tsim Sha Tsui, the new restaurant interior features traditional red and gold hues, matched with beige and white for a modern contemporary look. New facilities …

Full bloom in Japan

It is now time to view the cherry blossom festival in Japan as parts of the country are blessed with groves of cherry trees in full blossom. Known as Hanami, this is an important Japanese custom held all over the country in spring. Hanami literally means ‘viewing flowers’, but it generally indicates viewing cherry blossoms at this specific season of …

Free Tours in Taipei!

Transit or transfer passengers with 7 to 24 hours before their next connecting flight, and who have a valid R.O.C visa or eligible for visa-exempt entry can now participate a half day tour in Taipei for FREE!! You can go to www.immigration.gov.tw for a complete list of visa-exempt entry countries.  Citizens from India, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia who hold …

China – Rising in the East

The Swire Hotel Group is planning to unveil the EAST Beijing hotel at the end of this month, following on from the launch of the EAST Hong Kong in January 2010. Located in the capital’s Chaoyang district, EAST Beijing will feature 369 rooms, including 23 suites, all of which have iPod touch technology and complimentary Wi-Fi. Facilities include a gym, …

China – New Airport Approval

Chinese government has granted approval to start construction of a second airport outside the capital Beijing. Deliberations over the building of a new airport began two years ago as China’s economic boom outstripped the capacity of the existing Beijing Capital International Airport. The latter has a designated volume set at 76 million passengers a year. The latest government figures state …

China – Conrad enters Beijing

Scheduled to open before the end of this year, The Conrad Beijing will offer guests a convenient stay in the center of the capital’s premier business district, near the recently built China Central TV Tower. For tourists, the hotel is also near to the sightseeing spots of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Also close by is Wangfujing Street, a …