Venerating the past, traditional costume fever grips Thailand

A woman dressed in traditional costume smiles at the Royal Plaza, as interest for historical clothing rises within the country, in Bangkok, Thailand April 6, 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun BANGKOK (Reuters) – Business is booming for Siri Seatea’s traditional dress shop in Bangkok. “Out of the 30 years I’ve been running this shop, this is…

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Vietnam warns against ‘inappropriate’ statues after nude sculpture cover-up

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam’s culture ministry has issued a directive against “inappropriate” statues after images of godlike sculptures with animal heads and human genitalia stoked controversy. The statues on display at a holiday resort in the city of Hai Phong, have had their offending parts modestly covered up with bikinis and other swim wear, but…

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Trump’s China Tariffs Stoke Travel Industry Concerns of Decline

  President Donald Trump’s move to impose tariffs on China and restrict travel from certain countries are helping fuel a sharp decline in international tourism and business visits to the U.S., the head of the travel industry’s umbrella group said. Roger Dow, president of the U.S. Travel Association, said Trump’s policies and rhetoric are steepening…

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Southeast Asia Closes Island Beaches to Recover From Climate Change and Tourism

  Bangkok. More popular Southeast Asian islands will be off limits to visitors this year as officials seek to protect eco-systems crumbling from warming seas and unchecked sprawl, despite the risk to tourism revenues and tens of thousands of jobs. Thailand will shut Maya Bay, which famously featured in “The Beach,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for…

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Tips For Six Simple Ways to Be a Green Traveler

  (Photo by Andi Andreas, Tour Viewers Photographer) Jakarta. Every picturesque photo of a bucket-list tourist destination on Instagram – even if it’s one of the green terrace fields of Bali or the deep forest of the Amazon jungle – might actually leave a long trail of carbon footprint that contributes to climate change. In…

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Global business travel expected to grow in 2018: report

  NEW YORK (Reuters) – Global business travel is expected to thrive in 2018, according to a report by a travel management group, as an improving world economy buoys confidence in the private sector and investment community.   (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada) American Express Global Business Travel (GBT) is forecasting growth across the travel sector, including air and…

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