Tag: tourism

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…

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…

Chinese guide service at Helsinki Airport

As ScandAsia has previously reported, the Finnish tourism industry are making continuous efforts to draw Chinese tourist to the country. The latest initiative is Chinese speaking guides that greet Chinese passengers at Helsinki Airport.    Chinese tourists often face a language barrier, which can prevent them from using the services the airport offers. The guides help them navigate…

Finland will use peace as tourist draw

Following the range of terrorist attacks across Europe and the recent turmoil in Turkey, tourism industries in the affected countries suffer. However, in Finland, one man’s pain is another man’s gain. The Scandinavian country will brand itself as a peaceful and secure nation, in order to draw terror-scared tourists. Tourism in Paris have decreased with 11% in 2016 and occupancy levels…

Finnair partners with Chinese travel platform

On 20 July 2016, Finnair signed a strategic partnership with Alitrip, a fast growing Chinese online travel service. Finnair projects the partnership to bring around 3000 Chinese tourists to Finland during the winter months and bring a boost to Finnish tourism. The partnership includes a a 7-day/5-night package product to Finland and Lapland, visiting Helsinki, Rovaniemi and Ivalo.…