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Indonesia: Series of Volcanic Eruptions at Mt. Sinabung

Date: January 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Nearly 20,000 people fled their homes in Sumatra as the island’s Mt. Sinabung volcano erupted at least nine times Dec. 30. The volcano shot lava and gas 23,000 feet into the air and a three-mile danger zone has been enforced around the crater. The volcano was dormant for 400 years before erupting in 2010, [read more]

Thailand: Protestors Continue to Fill Streets in Bangkok

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

Protests continue in Bangkok, most recently with thousands of demonstrators attempting to block political candidates from registering at a sports stadium. Tens of thousands also marched in the streets Dec. 22 and protests are expected to continue while political candidates register over the next two weeks, moving toward the country’s February 2014 election date. The [read more]

North Korea: Detained War Veteran Returns to U.S.

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

American Korean War Veteran Merrill Newman returned home Dec. 7 after being held as a war criminal for more than 40 days in Pyongyang. Newman was detained after completing a 10-day guided tour and removed from his home-bound flight in North Korea’s capital when he was suspected of illegal activity. The U.S. Department of State [read more]

Philippines: Officials Call for Tourists to Visit

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

The provinces of Leyte, Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Panay and Mindoro are still recovering from the devastation of November’s Typhoon Haiyan. However, tour operators report that many of the nation’s 7,000 islands were left unscathed, with many hotels and tourism companies still open for business. Officials are calling on foreigners to visit, as the local economies [read more]

Indonesia: Bali Asks For Additional Entry Fee

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

Visitors to Bali will soon be asked to pay an additional entry fee in the amount of $10. The fee is separate from the Visa on Arrival Fee and officials hope to use the collected funds for preservation of the local culture and environment. The new ordinance is currently being drafted by local government agencies. [read more]

China: Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway launches Dec. 28

Date: December 27th, 2013 | No Comments

The Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway launches Dec. 28, giving travelers easier access to lesser-known tourist spots along China’s southern coast, including Shantou and Haifeng. The railway covers just over 300 miles and travels at a speed of nearly 125 miles per hour. The coastal city of Xiamen is expected to see a spike in visitors [read more]

Malaysia: Travel Warning Issued

Date: December 20th, 2013 | No Comments

An incident in mid-November on the resort island of Pom Pom off the eastern coast of Sabah prompted an alert from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to avoid all but essential travel to islands off the coast between Sandakan and Tawau. The popular dive resort island of Sipadan is included in this alert. The [read more]

Philippines: Government, Rebels Sign Peace Accord

Date: December 13th, 2013 | No Comments

Government officials have signed a power-sharing accord with the country’s largest Muslim rebel group, the third of four proposed pacts that will assist in establishing a final peace agreement with the southern Moro guerrillas. The final of the four agreements is expected to be signed in January, bringing peace after decades of conflict. The pact [read more]

Thailand: Protests Continue in Bangkok

Date: December 6th, 2013 | No Comments

Thousands of protestors calling for Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down remained in the streets of Bangkok after riot police removed barricades Dec. 3. At least four people were killed and 256 injured during the height of the three weeks of demonstrations. Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban called for more action against the government and [read more]

Vietnam: New Tourist Centers Open

Date: November 29th, 2013 | No Comments

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism announced plans to establish tourist support centers along with an emergency number for visitors seeking assistance. Those needing help can dial 19 to be connected with operators who will speak a number of foreign languages. A decree that will levy fines for those found guilty of harassing tourists was [read more]






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