Business in Asia: Hospitality and Restaurant news

Cathay Pacific offers Special ASQ packages for passengers travelling to Thailand during COVID-19

Cathay Pacific, together with Thailand’s Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ), is offering Special ASQ packages for passengers upon arrival in Bangkok. The airline is collaborating with six government-certified ASQ operators in partnership with leading hospitals to provide benefits for their passengers during COVID-19 as commuters are required to serve a 14-day quarantine.  The passengers can enjoy…

Lack of tourists from Thailand, Denmark and Sweden hit Oslo luxury shops hard

The Danish company Group 88 has been hit hard in 2020 by the lack of tourists from Thailand, China, Denmark, and Sweden. Group 88 owns eight of the luxury stores in central Oslo. According to the company they have had a turnover drop of around 14 percent since the pandemic paralyzed the world in March.…

Denmark introduces entry restrictions for all travelers until 17 January 2021

Royal Embassy of Denmark released on 9 January 2021 an update on the latest travel restrictions. A flight ban has been imposed on transportation of passengers from the entire world, who are unable to present a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than 24 hours prior to departure. The flight ban will enter into force…

EuroCham member Hyatt Regency opens in Phnom Penh

Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, member of the European Chamber of Commerce has finally stepped into the Cambodian market with the opening of its state-of-the-art modern and luxurious five-star hotel. At a press conference, Herman Kemp, general manager of Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh, said that he is delighted with the opening of the first Hyatt Regency…

Asia’s & Scandinavia’s best and worst visa-free passports revealed

Henley & Partners has released the latest results of the 2021 Henley Passport Index which shows how powerful the Asian and Nordic passports are in terms of travel freedom. The Henley Passport Index periodically ranks passports on the level of travel access they offer their holders without a prior visa. The rankings are based on…

Vaccine in Sweden sparks a boost in travel booking to Thailand for winter 2022

The arrival of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine in Sweden and the ongoing vaccinations of Swedish people have boosted travel bookings for summer 2021 and winter 2022 trips to especially the Mediterranean countries and Thailand. According to reports from TV4 Nyheterna, Swedish news site, holiday bookings have increased greatly in recent weeks. Sweden’s largest travel companies…

Finnish Antti Toivonen co-write feature film in Singapore

Finnish Antti Toivonen, who has been living in Singapore for the past 10 years, has co-written and produced the 2020 Singaporean black comedy art film ‘Tiong Bahru Social Club‘. Antti Toivonen is also known as the leader of the Finnish marketing communications agency Superson’s Singapore office. In a video interview with yle.fn, Antti Toivonen talks…

Norway introduces mandatory Covid-19 testing and digital registration for all travelers

Effective from 2 January 2021, the Norwegian government has imposed mandatory Covid-19 testing for all travelers entering Norway. The test must be done as soon as possible and within 24 hours after arrival at the latest. Travelers must only enter Norway through border stations with testing facilities or through border stations with police control. Monica…

No entry to Philippines until 15 January 2021

On 30 December 2020 the Philippines Authorities introduced new travel restrictions as followed: Effective from 30 December 2010 until 15 January 2021, as a precaution to the possible entry of the new variant of the COVID-19 virus into the country, The Philippine Authorities has banned all incoming passengers with flights originating or transiting or have…