Vietnam 

Airlines offer nearly 242,000 extra seats during National Day holiday – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  Vietnam Airlines will provide a total of 162,000 seats during the National Day (September 2) holiday. — Photo Vietnam Airlines HÀ NỘI — The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and low-cost airline Jetstar Pacific will supply nearly 242,000 more seats on domestic routes from August 30 to September 2 to meet increasing travel demand during the National Day (September 2) holiday. Vietnam Airlines said it would provide a total of 162,000 seats, while Jetstar Pacific will offer more than 80,000 seats during the holiday. According to a…

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Singapore 

Singaporeans 6th most vacation-deprived globally, will take pay cut for holiday: Poll, Singapore, Lifestyle News

SINGAPORE – Nearly two-thirds of full-time workers in Singapore felt ‘vacation-deprived’ last year, with about four in 10 saying they could not get enough time off work to use up their annual leave. Some 77 per cent said they would take a pay cut to get an extra day off. These were the findings of travel agency Expedia’s latest vacation deprivation survey released on Thursday. The firm polled more than 11,000 full-time working adults across 19 markets globally, including 300 respondents in Singapore. With 63 per cent of Singapore workers…

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Home 

The Hong Kong maker of Transformers toys rushes to ship orders for the US holiday season to beat Trump’s tariffs

Hong Kong toymaker Jeffrey Lam Kin-fung is feeling the pressure from US President Donald Trump’s import tariffs, even though his products are not yet subject to any duties.His company, Forward Winsome Industries, a pioneer in the manufacture of rubber ducks, has been rushing to meet a spike in orders from American customers keen to stockpile products before they are hit by the next round of tariffs.On May 5, Trump said on Twitter that his administration would extend punitive 25 per cent duties… Source link

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Singapore 

Fun June school holiday activities that will keep your kids busy and out of your hair, Singapore News

As a mum to a boisterous ‘three-nager’ who baulks at authority and thinks ‘no’ means ‘go’, keeping the boy suitably entertained and out of trouble is a tall order. Of course, draining all his energy spending quality time together is a bonus.  The June school holidays are usually jam-packed with activities for kids of all ages – a godsend for frazzled parents worried about what to do with their kids. Getting them out of their hair is a bonus.  These are places I’d be just as excited to explore with…

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China 

China’s consumer spending surges over extended Labour Day holiday

Beijing’s decision to extend this year’s Labour Day holiday from 24 hours to 96 achieved the desired effect of increasing consumer spending, according to official figures.Between Wednesday and Saturday, revenue from tourism rose 16.1 per cent year on year to 117.7 billion yuan (US$17.5 billion), while the number of “tourists” rose 13.7 per cent to 195 million, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism said on its website.Also, cinema box office revenue over the period soared to more than 1.5 billion… Source link

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China 

China’s rail operator apologises for holiday travel chaos but says it will seek to punish unruly passengers

The company that runs China’s railways apologised on Saturday for the chaotic scenes on trains and at stations during this year’s extended Labour Day holiday, but said it would also consider how passengers who contributed to the disruption should be punished.An estimated 70 million people took rail trips between Tuesday and Saturday, with the peak coming on Wednesday, when a new May 1 record of 17 million passengers boarded trains across the country.The huge crowds, however, created big… Source link

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Singapore 

Singaporean dentist dies on holiday in Maldives, Singapore News

He would go on regular humanitarian and mission trips abroad to help the less fortunate and had even asked his friends to join him on his trips. On Monday, all prospect of such trips ended when Dr Jimmy Tang Chian Piao died while on holiday with church friends in the Maldives. The 52-year-old Singaporean dentist was found floating face down and motionless in a lagoon at the Club Med Kanifinolhu resort in North Male atoll. According to Maldives news website the Maldives Independent, the incident was reported to the police…

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Home 

Forget the overseas holiday, Chinese consumers will soon shop online for half of all luxury goods they buy, says HSBC

Luxury spending on the mainland will continue to grow at twice the global average thanks to price harmonisation and improvements in online shopping, according to research by HSBC.Domestic outlays for luxury goods are estimated to grow 12 per cent this year, double the 6 per cent global average, even as the Chinese economy is widely anticipated to moderate, according to the report “Panda Luxury Staycation”, compiled by the bank’s global research department.Beijing has cut its economic growth… Source link

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China new home sales decline by 56 per cent during Lunar New Year holiday

New homes sales declined by 56 per cent year on year in 17 major mainland China cities, including Shanghai and Nanjing, during the Lunar New Year holiday, in a sign that does not bode well for a sector already weighed down by a bearish outlook and concerns about a slowing economy. According to a research note released on Tuesday by investment bank China International Capital Corporation, Beijing’s easing stance on the overall economy boosted market sentiment in the beginning of 2019, but sales data from sample cities and developers shows…

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Middle-aged Chinese tourists lead use of mobile payments abroad during Lunar New Year holiday

Middle-aged Chinese travellers were the country’s biggest spenders abroad during the recent Lunar New Year holiday, as these older tourists led the use of mobile payments to go shopping overseas, according to an Alipay study. That finding, drawn from the more than 40 markets where Alipay is accepted, covered two groups who used the popular mobile payments platform: those born in the period 1960 to 1969 and 1970 to 1979. They were “the main driving force in outbound tourism and overseas consumption”, according to the report from Alipay, a unit…

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