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The Royal Norwegian Embassy supported Inle Lake Youth Diplomats Program

Lise Nordgaard, the Deputy Head of Mission from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, attended and delivered certificates to the Young Lake Ambassadors on 6th November 2019. Ten enthusiastic youths from the Inle Lake region have been trained to become the Ambassadors of the lake to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the lake and its people.…

Unique Yangon: “Blood” splatters and men in skirts

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Developing. That would be the best word to describe the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, Yangon, previously known as Rangoon. Before arriving in Yangon, I didn’t have many expectations as Myanmar isn’t the top picked tourist destination in travel catalogues. With images of the city being slim to non-existent in my head, I…

Astri is in love with Myanmar: Hoping the tourists will return

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Entering the Sule Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, is overwhelming. The high-ceilinged lobby is adorned with intimidating columns and large armchairs. An excessive chandelier lights up the huge room. It bears a resemblance of colonial times. This is the place Norwegian Astri Hole Fredriksen has chosen for the interview. When she first visited Myanmar…

Scandinavian and Asian islands make it to top 10 list

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Wondering where to spend your next holiday? If you’re looking to relax by the beach or explore stunning sceneries, CNN’s list of beautiful islands to visit across the globe might just be of interest. From crystal clear water and bounty beaches to snowy landscapes and towering mountains the list includes inspiration for every taste. Among…

10 million loyal to Norwegian

Norwegian’s loyalty programme, Norwegian Reward, has reached 10 million members – expanding at three new members every minute. The Norwegian low cost airline is flying to Bangkok and Krabi airports in Thailand as the only two destinations in Asia. The loyalty programme has been awarded nine prestigious accolades since its launch in 2007, including “Program…

Travel firm bankrupt: Nordic subsidiaries survive

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The world’s oldest travel firm, Thomas Cook Group, has entered compulsory liquidation according to a press release. The liquidation follows failure to reach a sufficient financial agreement between the company’s stakeholders and possible money providers. Essentially all flights on Monday 23 September 2019 were cancelled due to the bankruptcy. For the Nordic customers it meant…

Foreign Chambers says TM30 creates negative views about Thailand

The Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand issued on 29 August a press release calling for what it diplomatically calls a “structured rationalization, with significant changes, to the TM.30 (or 24 hour reporting) requirement,” because it is hurting the country. Since the Immigration Bureau earlier this year started enforcing the TM30 found in an…

Chinese tour firms unwilling to pay Norwegian driver salaries

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Chinese tourists are happy to visit Norway and enjoy what the country has to offer except when it means paying for Norwegian services. According to Norwegian Aftenposten, when numerous Chinese and South Korean tourists are pouring out of buses, the license plates are more often than not foreign. The buses are more likely to be…

Nature attracts Swedish tourists to Sabah

Malaysia’s vibrant nature with its tropical climate and lush green forests is the main attraction for Swedish travellers, Dag Juhlin Dannfelt, Sweden’s Ambassador to Malaysia, told Sabah’s Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal during a visit to Sabah. He said the beautiful islands in Sabah are already frequently visited by Swedish tourists. “Malaysia has…

Thai Airways cancels flights between Stockholm and Phuket

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If you’re planning on flying from Stockholm to Phuket or vice versa with Thai Airways during your Christmas or Winter vacation you’ll have to find an alternative route. The airline has announced, that flights Stockholm – Phuket and Phuket – Bangkok – Stockholm, or TG963 and TG962 respectively, are cancelled from Thursday 5 December 2019…