• 14 Fri, 2024
    Singapore Hotels Brace for Second-Half Surge

    Hotels in Singapore are gearing up for a surge in demand driven by major events and concerts scheduled for the latter half of 2024. The lineup includes the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix and performances by stars like Dua Lipa, Olivia Rodrigo, and Jay Chou. With Boutique seening a 10% rise in bookings during the …

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    12 Wed, 2024
    China extends visa-free entry to six more European nations

    China has expanded its 15-day visa exemption program to six more European countries: Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Luxembourg. From March 14 to November 30, 2024, travellers from these nations can enter China visa-free for up to 15 days, whether for business, tourism, or visiting family and friends. This initiative is part of China’s …

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    10 Mon, 2024
    Thailand welcomes digital nomads with new visa policies!

    Thailand’s government has introduced significant changes to its visa and immigration rules, aimed at enhancing its appeal to digital nomads, remote workers, and long-term travelers. Starting from late June or early July 2024, the new Destination Thailand Visa (DTV) will allow digital nomads and participants in specific cultural activities to stay in Thailand for up …

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    07 Fri, 2024
    Embracing Sustainability in Travel

    New data from Booking.com’s annual sustainable travel report highlights significant trends and challenges faced by travellers in Asia and the Middle East. The report, which surveyed over 31,000 travellers globally, reveals a complex relationship between sustainable travel intentions and actual behaviours. While 83% of global travellers consider sustainable travel important, only 45% prioritise it when …

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    04 Tue, 2024
    SEA tourists flock to China after visa rules ease

    As China regains its status as a premier destination for Southeast Asian tourists, new visa-free entry programs and easier access to the mainland’s cashless payment systems are driving a surge in travel. Beijing has recently relaxed visa restrictions for tourists from Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, making it an attractive destination for both tourism and investment. …

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    31 Fri, 2024
    Thailand Proposes Schengen-Style Visa

    Thailand is spearheading a new initiative to simplify travel across Southeast Asia with a Schengen-style visa system. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin leads this proposal, which aims to allow tourists to visit Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, and Myanmar with a single visa. This move is expected to significantly boost tourism and economic growth by making …

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    28 Tue, 2024
    Explore Singapore with Augmented Reality (AR) on Google Maps

    The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Google are set to revolutionise the travel experience with the introduction of location-based Augmented Reality (AR) experiences on Google Maps. Announced at Google I/O 2024, this initiative marks the first time AR experiences will be directly integrated into Google Maps and will be available later this summer. Building on …

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    22 Wed, 2024
    Travel in 2024: Breaking Boundaries

    The travel sector in 2024 is booming, with strong consumer spending and soaring passenger traffic, according to the Mastercard Economics Institute’s fifth annual travel report, “Travel Trends 2024: Breaking Boundaries”. Despite challenges like fluctuating exchange rates and climate concerns, the desire to travel remains robust. Travelers are extending their trips by an extra day on …

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    21 Tue, 2024
    Streamlining Travel: Automated Immigration Lanes in Singapore

    Streamlining Travel: Automated Immigration Lanes in Singapore Singapore is set to revolutionise its immigration process with the introduction of automated lanes for all foreign travellers by the end of the year. This innovative move will see the implementation of advanced technology that scans passports and uses facial and iris recognition, significantly reducing immigration clearance times. …

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    17 Fri, 2024
    Navigating the Travel Landscape in 2024

    Despite the challenges posed by the cost of living, the travel industry remains resilient and poised for growth in 2024, according to a recent interview with Skyscanner CEO John Mangelaars. Cultural exploration is emerging as a key priority for travellers, with a focus on value-for-money holiday experiences. This trend is supported by data indicating sustained …

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    15 Wed, 2024
    Singapore Remains Top Choice for Expats

    Singapore retains its position as the top city for expatriates to live in for the 10th consecutive year, according to ECA International’s latest Location Ratings Report. With factors like excellent infrastructure, low crime rates, and minimal socio-political tensions, Singapore remains highly attractive for expats. While Hong Kong and mainland China have seen improvements over the …

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    13 Mon, 2024
    Digital Nomad opportunities in Asia

    Unlocking Opportunities: Embracing Remote Work in Asia In a world where remote work is becoming increasingly prevalent, the landscape of where and how we work is undergoing a significant transformation. While the return-to-office mandates may be echoing, the reality is that remote work continues to rise, reshaping cities worldwide. Nomad List, a trusted database of …

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    15 Mon, 2024
    Japan’s New Digital Nomad Visa

    Recognising the growing trend of remote work, Japan recently introduced a six-month digital nomad visa for citizens of 49 countries (including the U.S., Australia, and Singapore). This visa caters to those who already work remotely or wish to, offering them more flexibility to live and work in Japan. However, there are limitations. Applicants must earn …

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