With social media now one of the biggest influences on where tourists choose to go and technology letting them cut out the middle man and arrange trips themselves, a breed of discerning traveller is emerging – adventurers hungry for more than a trip to the local market or tours to local landmarks, who crave more authentic, immersive experiences when they hit the road.
With immediate effect, Hainan is to grant overseas-owned yachts access to eight of its surrounding coastal areas – Dongying, Boao, Shimei Bay (off the Shenzhou Peninsula), Haitang Bay, Nanshan, Longmu Bay, Qizi Bay and Lingao Cape. This entitlement will extend until 15 January 2020. More
A veteran of Hong Kong’s real-estate scene – he founded the ACTS Group in 2005 – entrepreneur Carl Gouw has recently launched lifestyle brand Canvas, which offers complimentary stays at Asia-based hotel and residential developments, sessions with a life coach and the chance to network with its members. More
In its new era of economic and social reforms, Saudi Arabia is embarking on a radical transition. Economic diversification, a greater emphasis on foreign and private investment, as well as social reforms under the Vision 2030 agenda have started implementing sweeping changes in the country. Specifically, investors and services suppliers are advised to take a closer look at sector-focused developments and opportunities. More
With Hainan Island being established as a free trade zone (FTZ), the provincial government is putting a lot of effort into developing the island’s tourism industry, including medical tourism. In November 2018, HKTDC Research visited the Hainan Boao Lecheng International Medical Tourism Pilot Zone to find out how it is trying to turn Hainan into one of the world’s medical tourism hubs by capitalising on policy advantages. More
Holding increasing appeal to travellers keen to enjoy a more stress-free, upscale experience in the air – and reach destinations quicker by cutting out lengthy airport security checks – Malta-based private-jet firm VistaJet has arranged flights to more than 187 countries worldwide since its inception in 2004. More
In addition to strategic investment vehicles such as ASEZs and FPVs, the Russian government has implemented two special schemes – the Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Integrated Entertainment Zone (IEZ) in Russia Far East to unleash the region’s full potential. This gives Hong Kong – a renowned SAR, international financial centre and world-class tourist destination – a new window of opportunity. More