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Mekong Delta needs more tourism products to attract visitors: conference

VIETNAM, November 19 – MEKONG DELTA — Tourism companies and operators in the Cửu Long (Mekong Delta) provinces need to be more creative in offering new products and services Hà Văn Siêu, deputy head of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, has said. Speaking at a conference on promoting trade and tourism investment between …

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Loss of freshwater dolphins kills tourism industry in southern Lao province — Radio Free Asia

The disappearance of critically endangered freshwater Irrawaddy dolphins along a stretch of the Mekong River in southern Laos has dealt a blow to the local tourism industry, putting restaurants and tour guides out of business, said villagers living near the border with Cambodia. The population of the dolphins, which have a high rounded forehead and …

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Confusion Reigns as Marathon Races (Kind of) Return to China

One of China’s most popular ultramarathon races returned under unusual circumstances last weekend, as a last-minute tightening of local virus control rules led to three-quarters of the runners being unable to take part. The sudden rule change followed the cancellation of several other major races amid a flare-up in coronavirus infections — underlining once again …

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How Hangzhou Freed West Lake and Upended Chinese Tourism

In 2002, when the eastern city of Hangzhou launched a 100-million-yuan “Westward Expansion of West Lake” project, there was reason for skepticism. One of China’s most famous historical sites, West Lake has been a fixture of poems, paintings, and calligraphy for hundreds of years. By the end of the last century, however, it was beset …

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Shanghai Completes Its $5 Billion Transformation of the Suzhou Creek

Zhou Wenrong, a 40-year-old Shanghai local, is at the helm of his electric cruise boat during capacity tests on Shanghai’s central-running Suzhou Creek. “I need some time to get used to this unreal reality,” Zhou says as he smiles and tells Sixth Tone how he has never seen Suzhou Creek in such a clean state, …

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Is China’s Rural Tourism Push Sustainable?

China’s rural development drive is at a crossroads. Over the past two decades, authorities at both the central and local levels have invested a huge quantity of resources into the “revitalization” of the countryside. Yet, the results in some cases have not met expectations, as newly built cottage industries have proved unsustainable and unable to …

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Luxury Fashion Brands in China Embrace Middle-Aged Actresses

During an award ceremony in 2020, Hai Qing called out ageism in China’s entertainment industry and demanded more work opportunities for middle-aged actresses. It seems that more than just television and film producers were listening to the 44-year-old celebrity. Two years later, Hai has been regularly collaborating with top global high-end fashion labels such as …

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AmaWaterways Offers Travel Advisors TC Credits on Airfare and Land Packages

Leading luxury river cruise line AmaWaterways today announced an industry-first opportunity for travel advisors to earn Tour Conductor (TC) Credits on land packages and airfares, on top of the TC Credits they receive for river cruises themselves. This limited-time offer is available on all newly signed contracts for groups of ten or more guests on …

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Emerald Cruises Starts Wave Season Early With New Promo Launch

With demand for small-ship cruising continuing to increase, Emerald Cruises is welcoming wave season early with the launch of its new campaign, called ‘Explore the Extraordinary’. This new promotion, which runs from October 1 through December 16, 2022, offers substantial savings for guests booking voyages aboard most of the line’s diverse lineup of 2023 and …

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Deadly Flood Sparks Debate Over ‘Wild’ Tourism Sites

A deadly flash flood at a social media-famous “wild” tourism site in the southwestern province of Sichuan has raised safety concerns — and cast a spotlight on how popular platforms are drawing tourists off the beaten path and into potential danger. The flood, which swept through a stream in the Longcao Valley on Saturday, killed …

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