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Singaporeans advised to defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong: Foreign Ministry, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has issued a travel advisory asking Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to Hong Kong, following several pro-democracy protests in the financial hub. In an advisory dated Friday (Aug 16), MFA said the protests that have been ongoing since June have become increasingly unpredictable and could turn violent. The recent protests had also affected Hong Kong International Airport, leading to the cancellation of flights and leaving many travellers stranded at the airport. “Singaporeans are thus advised to defer non-essential travel to Hong Kong,…

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Hotels brace for pain of worsening US-China trade war pain as consumers likely to cut non-essential spending

Hotel occupancy rates and ­revenues in Asia-Pacific fell in the first quarter as the worsening ­US-China trade war dented consumer confidence, according to a report by property agency Colliers International.Revenue per available room, a key measure of hotel performance, dropped 7.2 per cent year on year in the first three months while overall occupancy rates ­decreased to 67.4 per cent, the report found.“It is evident that the recent ­escalation in the trade dispute and the political impasse… Source link

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Singaporeans advised to defer non-essential travel to Kuala Lumpur over weekend rallies, Singapore News

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday (Dec 7) advised Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to Kuala Lumpur, given the risk of skirmishes at large rallies in the Malaysian capital this weekend. A racially-charged rally organised by Malaysia’s largest Malay-Muslim political parties Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and with turnout expected to number in the tens of thousands will take place at the Dataran Merdeka (Independence Square) on Saturday (Dec 8). Separately, Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission, or Suhakam, planned to hold a gathering attended by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in Petaling Jaya…

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