The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Tournai, Belgium, one of 13 Unesco World Heritage Sites that Paul Niel and his wife, Esther Röling, visited on their way to setting a new Guinness World Record. Photo: Paul and Esther Niel

Pair’s Guinness World Record for most Unesco World Heritage Sites visited in 12 hours – 13, and she left her phone on a bus

  • Hong Kong-based couple had to use public transport and follow record rules, but still smashed the old tally of seven Unesco historic sites visited in 12 hours
  • Paul Niel and Esther Röling also broke the 24-hour record, which stood at 12, despite him being on crutches and having to backtrack to retrieve her phone
Topic |   Guinness World Records

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The Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Tournai, Belgium, one of 13 Unesco World Heritage Sites that Paul Niel and his wife, Esther Röling, visited on their way to setting a new Guinness World Record. Photo: Paul and Esther Niel
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Harry Gobel (right), his wife Mimin and their children at their homestay in Gorontalo province, eastern Indonesia. Homestays have proved very popular in the country. Photo: Ian Morse

How Indonesia’s homestays give authentic local experiences for tourists, but face concerns from authorities and competition from hotels

  • Indonesian homestays provide struggling families with an alternative revenue source while offering tourists a more authentic experience
  • But government concerns over accommodation standards have slowed development as authorities seek to better regulate the industry
Topic |   Asia travel

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Harry Gobel (right), his wife Mimin and their children at their homestay in Gorontalo province, eastern Indonesia. Homestays have proved very popular in the country. Photo: Ian Morse
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