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Malaysia hopes to welcome 30 million tourists by 2020

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Malaysia's Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture is targeting 30 million tourist arrivals in Malaysia by 2020, state news agency Bernama reported. Deputy tourism minister...
1MDB saga to be turned into movie

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The story of the multi-billion-dollar graft scandal involving Malaysian state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) – believed to be the world’s largest-ever fraud case...
Filipino entrepreneur builds passenger drone for traffic-plagued cities (video)

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A Philippine inventor has constructed a large drone suitable for passenger transport and found a partner for mass production in Australia. Former dancer and camera...
Loss-making Thai Airways frets about $3-billion plane purchase

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Thailand’s flag carrier Thai Airways, whose business model is under heavy attack from regional discount carriers, is under pressure from the government as 51-per...
Chinese to build $1.2-billion “vacation town” in Cambodia from scratch

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Chinese developer Tianjin Union Development Group has unveiled plans for yet another project called “Tourism Vacation Town” in Cambodia that will cost $1.2 billion...
Taiwan considers cutting visa-free travel to twice a year for Thailand, Philippines, Brunei visitors

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Taiwan mulls reducing the number of visa-free entries for citizens of Thailand, the Philippines and Brunei to two times year, down from currently six...
Kuala Lumpur-Singapore high-speed railway postponed for two years

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Malaysia and Singapore agreed to postpone the development of a high-speed rail service between the two countries by two years, Malaysian business weekly The...
Indonesia seeks to host 2032 Olympics

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Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo announced plans on September 1 to bid for the hosting of the 2032 Summer Olympics. The move following the country’s...
Vietnam gives go-ahead for Formula One Grand Prix on the streets of Hanoi

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The Vietnamese government has said it supports the idea of staging a Formula One race on the streets of the capital Hanoi, Reuters reported,...
Malaysia’s taxman is back knocking for a share in sales and services

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Malaysia will re-impose a tax of between five per cent and ten per cent on the sale of goods, while services will attract a...
Laos next target for Chinese tourist “invasion”

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With hordes of Chinese tourists overrunning one Southeast Asian country after the other as a result of a new travel freedom and rising spending...
Indonesia proposes palm oil to be used as jet fuel

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Indonesia, the world’s top producer of palm oil, has suggested to use palm oil as biofuel in jet fuel and asked Boeing and Airbus...
Singapore seeks UNESCO status for hawker centers – Malaysians not amused

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his speech at the republic's National Day Rally on August 19 said that the city state will...
Widodo delivers dramatic motorcycle video for Asian Games opening day

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo created a buzz on social media after a video showed him traveling to the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian...
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Dili, the capital of the fifth-youngest nation on earth, East Timor, is an odd place within Southeast Asia for people used to the hustle...
Laos’ main airport got huge expansion despite weak visitor numbers

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The international terminal of the airport serving the Laotian capital of Vientiane, Wattay International Airport, can now accommodate as many as 2.3 million foreign...
Philippine GDP growth drops to three-year-low

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Economic growth in the Philippines slowed to six per cent during the second quarter of the year, the Philippine Statistics Authority said on August...
Thailand opens “VIP” immigration lanes exclusively for Chinese visitors

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Thailand’s authorities introduced special immigration lanes at five international airports in the country just for Chinese visitors, saying it was for their “ease and...