Monitoring Desk THIMPHU: Bhutan is introducing a “sustainable development fee” for regional tourists following a rise in Indian visitors that has sparked worries for the unique Himalayan kingdom’s cherished ecology. The majority of tourists already cough up $250 a day in high season – including meals, transport, and accommodation – to visit the country of…

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Monitoring Desk BANGKOK: Thailand is estimating the tourism loss due to coronavirus will be about 1.6 billion US Dollars. Last year 340 Chinese speaking tour guides in Thailand took care of groups of 60-70 Chinese visitors. The same 340 Chinese guides are now out of business and desperately looking for income. One tour guide made…

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F.P. Report PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan Monday approved to bring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism Enterprise Project (KITE) under tourism authority and directed to make ready Arbab Niaz Stadium to host the next Pakistan Super League tournament. While chairing a meeting regarding the performance review of sports, culture and tourism department and the…

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F.P. Report ABBOTTABAD: Three-day snow festival at Galyat has come to an end on Sunday with renewed vows from the town managers to promote the area as one of the top adventure travel destinations of the world. The multi-locational event at the hilly area having a number of ‘Gallies’ (allyes) has drawn a sizeable number…

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Monitoring Desk BANGKOK: The baht has lost half of 2019’s gains in just a month, hit by emerging market outflows and as the spread of a flu-like virus in China threatens the country’s tourism sector. The baht was emerging Asia’s best performer last year, rising 8.8% against the US dollar. Since the start of 2020,…

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Monitoring Desk PHUKET: A meeting was held on Tuesday (Jan 28) at Phuket Provincial Hall to discuss and analyse the impact of the Chinese coronavirus on the Phuket tourism sector and to determine a prevention strategy to protect locals and tourists from any threats. The meeting was chaired by Phuket Governor PhakaphongTavipatana; Phuket Vice Governor,…

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Monitoring Desk JAKARTA: Indonesia’s tourism sector will be affected by China’s virus outbreak as Chinese tourists cancel their travel plans, finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday. China is one of the biggest sources of tourists for Indonesia, especially for destinations such as the resort island of Bali. The virus has killed over 130…

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Monitoring Desk BANGKOK: Passengers on some flights to China will have to make do without hot meals, blankets and newspapers, as airlines step up measures to protect crew and travelers from a new virus that has killed more than 130 in the country. Seeking to contain the spread of the coronavirus by reducing personal contact,…

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Monitoring Desk WASHINGTON: Businesses around the world that have grown increasingly reliant on big-spending tourists from China are taking a heavy hit, with tens of millions of Chinese residents restricted from leaving their country as the coronavirus spreads. Hotels, airlines, casinos and cruise operators were among the industries suffering the most immediate repercussions, especially with…

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F.P. Report GALIYAT: Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) and Galiyat Development Authority (GDA) are jointly organising a three-day Galiyat Snow Festival 2020 in the scenic Nathiagali and other serene spots from January 31. The festival will feature skiing, snow-tubing, biking, snow hiking, bonfire, tug-of-war, snow football, camping, Vlog competitions, food stalls, snow cartoons, jeep rally…

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