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Cambodia becomes gambling heaven, adds 52 new casino licenses in 2018

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Cambodia granted 52 licenses for new casinos in 2018; pushing the number of gambling facilities up by 53 per cent over the previous year,...
Vietnam ride-hailing service expands to Myanmar

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Vietnam’s first homegrown ride-hailing service, FastGo, has kicked off operations in Myanmar as part of its Southeast Asia expansion plans. The firm partnered with...
Vietnam overtook Singapore in IPO volume this year

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Vietnam in 2018 topped Southeast Asia’s top grossing market for initial public offerings (IPOs) with total proceeds of $2.6 billion. Singapore, who lost its crown...
First film-making studio to open in Brunei

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Brunei’s first filmmaking college, the Mahakarya Institute of the Arts Asia, is slated to begin operations in February 2019 and is aiming to establish...
Vietnam records highest economic growth in a decade

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Vietnam’s economy grew by 7.08 per cent in 2018, the fastest rate in the past eleven years and beating the target of 6.7 per...
Cambodia’s economic growth to reach 7.3% this year

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Cambodia’s economy is expected to grow by 7.3 per cent this year, spurred by the robust performance of garment exports, tourism and construction, deputy...
Laos misses out on its five-million tourists target this year

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Laos will close its “Visit Laos Year 2018” promotion well short of the five million tourist arrivals target, the Vientiane Times quoted officials. According to...
Three Southeast Asian cities among most visited in 2018

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Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur made it once again into the top-ten list of most visited cities 2018 issued by business intelligence firm Euromonitor...
Cambodia seeks to double tourism arrivals by 2025

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Cambodian has ambitious plans to increase the number of tourism arrivals from six million in 2018 to 12 million by 2025 as it builds...
AirAsia enters budget carrier market in Vietnam

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AirAsia Group, the largest low-cost carrier in Southeast Asia, said December 6 that it has agreed with a partner in Vietnam to launch a...
Foreign direct investment into Malaysia increased 350% in past three quarters

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Malaysia’s foreign direct investments (FDI) volume increased to 49 billion ringgit ($11.72 billion) for the first nine months of this year compared with the...
On-demand bus trial starts in Singapore

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Singapore is launching a six-month trial of an on-demand public bus service on December 1, using technology to reduce congestion and costs in what...
Thailand’s tourism hit hard as Chinese visitor numbers drop almost 20%

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Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sport has admitted that the number Chinese tourists to Thailand fell by 19.8 per cent in October compared to...
Thailand’s economy slows, foreign investors on the sidelines

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Thailand's economy slowed in the third quarter this year as the trade war and a slowdown in tourism started to bite, prompting the government...
Vietnam’s new Bamboo Airways can finally take off

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport on November 12 officially granted an aviation business license to Bamboo Airways, the latest airline in the country to take...
Thailand issues free visas-on-arrival to boost tourism

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The Thai Immigration Bureau has approved the plan to temporarily waive visa-on-arrival fees for 21 countries, China and India among them, in hopes of...
Philippines to sign $3.3-billion railway loan deal with China

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Philippine President Duterte and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are set to sign this month a 175-billion pesos ($3.3 billion) credit deal to build...
First Formula 1 race in Hanoi starts with 2020 season

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Vietnam's capital Hanoi will start hosting Formula 1 races by April 2020, the Hanoi People's Committee said on November 1 in a statement. That...