A board shows cancelled international flights at Haneda International Airport in Tokyo, Japan, on November 29, 2021. Japan is among a number of Asian countries that have enforced more stringent travel restrictions in response to the Omicron threat. Photo: EPA-EFE
Destinations known | Does Omicron justify Hong Kong’s extreme 21-day quarantine?

A patient who tested positive for Omicron while in mandatory quarantine is a win for Hong Kong’s unpopular regulation as countries step up measures to prevent its spread.

1 Dec 2021 - 1:37PM
An Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft flies over the Netherlands. Photo: Getty Images
Why international travel will cost more after the pandemic

Foreign holidays will be more expensive than before the pandemic, with airfares, car rental and accommodation all costing more. The era of cheap travel could be over.

27 Nov 2021 - 5:15AM
Plains bison at Elk Island National Park, Canada. Photo: Daniel Allen
Canada’s bison, back from the brink and sparking a cultural revival

Bison once roamed in their millions across the Canadian prairies. Beginning at a national park in the province of Alberta, their return is reviving both nature and cultural traditions.

26 Nov 2021 - 5:15AM
Jean-Emmanuel Bonnaire in the cellar of Domaine Bonnaire & Clouet in the Champagne region of France. He and his brother, Jean-Etienne, are among a growing number of independent champagne producers, some with a long history. Photo: John Brunton
Bubbly personalities: five champagne producers with big dreams

Meet five vignerons in Champagne, France, who are ready to sell their bubbly to the curious Hong Kong champagne lover. You may even wish to visit them when travel is possible again.

20 Nov 2021 - 5:15PM
The Tamora Group’s Avia Blue Lagoon in Nusa Ceningan, Bali. Photo: Tamora Group
Bali luxury property: telling the real from the spiel

Developers on the Indonesian holiday island are selling investors on a post-pandemic boom in long-term rental demand, but buyers shouldn’t expect to make a quick buck, experts say.

20 Nov 2021 - 10:25AM
Mainland tourists are making a comeback in Macau, with over 30,000 visiting on a single day in October, but Hong Kong visitors are noticeably absent. Photo: Getty Images
Destinations known | One big winner from Hong Kong’s border with China reopening? Macau

An estimated 15 to 20 per cent of Macau’s gaming revenue came from or via Hong Kong pre-pandemic, so any travel easing could give the gambling mecca a welcome boost.

26 Nov 2021 - 3:45PM
People pass by the painting “The Scream” by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch in the new Munch Museum in Oslo. Three versions of the  famous work are on show. Photo: Terje Pedersen/NTB/AFP
Cocktails in a library, Munch’s The Scream x 3: cultural tourism in Oslo

Norway is known for its fjords and mountains, but its capital hasn’t stood out - until now: Oslo is forging a new identity as a destination for cultural tourists.

14 Nov 2021 - 6:15PM
A trumpet belonging to Louis Armstrong is displayed at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. Photo: AP
From Louis Armstrong’s trumpet to the priciest Rolex, world’s new museums

Memorabilia of musical and movie stars grace new museums in Los Angeles and Nashville, treasures of ancient Egypt have a new home and with M+ opening, Asia has three new art mega-museums.

12 Nov 2021 - 8:09PM
As an addition to Hong Kong’s tourism portfolio, M+ will prob­ably be a hit – but it may not put the city on the cultural tourism map as firmly as once hoped. Photo: AFP
Destinations known | The M+ museum finally opens – but will it boost cultural tourism?

As an addition to Hong Kong’s tourism portfolio, M+ will prob­ably be a hit – but given travel restrictions and national security law concerns, it may not put the city on the cultural tourism map as firmly as once hoped.

12 Nov 2021 - 8:22AM
The Taipei Marriott hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: EPA-EFE
What Marriott hotels’ net zero by 2050 pledge means for climate fight

The Marriott International hotel group has pledged to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. How will it go about reaching that goal and will it deliver genuine carbon reduction?

6 Nov 2021 - 4:15PM
Hong Kong’s hotel quarantine medics don’t have to be great conversationalists, but 21 days is a long time to go without even one friendly greeting. Photo: Getty Images
Opinion | Would it kill Hong Kong’s hotel quarantine medics to say ‘Good morning’?

A friendly greeting costs nothing and would be well received by the thousands of Hongkongers dutifully serving their time in quarantine. Instead, they get nothing.

5 Nov 2021 - 8:45AM
“Red Sands of the Empty Quarter, The Empty Quarter, UAE, 2021” by Palani Mohan, one of his photos on show at the f22 foto space in Hong Kong’s Peninsula hotel. Photo: Palani Mohan
Stunning desert photos in Hong Kong show and their ‘1,000 shades of red’

Photographer Palani Mohan’s exhibition at The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel captures vibrant colours and signs of life within the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter, or Rub’ al Khali, desert.

4 Nov 2021 - 10:25PM
Tourists walk their dogs on a beach on the Thai island of Phuket on November 1 as Thailand welcomes the first group of travellers fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 coronavirus without quarantine. Photo: AFP
Destinations known | Thailand tourism is back in business, but who from Asia is visiting?

Thailand is getting back to what it does best after 18 long and economically arduous months, but right now it could just be travellers from India who take advantage.

3 Nov 2021 - 10:23AM
Wedding guests in traditional 
dress head to a church in 
Peru’s Sacred Valley of the Incas, where the ancient language of Quechua is spoken. It is one of the languages listed as in danger by Unesco that is undergoing a revival. Photo: Getty Images
Languages in danger: seven having a revival like Hebrew, including Quechua

Unesco’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger includes some spoken only in one village but others that have experienced a renaissance, such as Basque and Welsh.

1 Nov 2021 - 12:03AM
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge (HZMB) links Hong Kong to the western part of the Greater Bay Area. Photo: Huang Kunzhen
Wonders old and new in China’s Greater Bay Area, land of opportunity

Of all the regions of China that have modernised since its opening to the world in 1978, none has changed faster than the Greater Bay Area.

29 Oct 2021 - 6:15PM
Incheon South Korea , 7 October 2019 : Wolmi theme park entrance with view of the ferris wheel on wolmido island in Incheon South Korea

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Destinations known | Why watching Squid Game shouldn’t make you want to visit South Korea

As interest in hotspots like Jeju Island surge, Squid Game has seemingly become an ad for South Korea as a tourist destination. But watching the show is a strange reason to want to visit.

27 Oct 2021 - 8:45AM
Claude Kinder on an engineer’s hand-powered inspection trolley in October 1898. The photos was taken by British MP Lord Charles Bereford.

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China’s first successful railway and the forces that tried to derail it

Today, China is home to the world’s largest high-speed railway network. We take a trip to Hebei province to see how one of its earliest railway lines put the wheels in motion.

26 Oct 2021 - 11:14AM
An Oasis Hong Kong Airlines Boeing 747-400 at the departure gate at Hong Kong International Airport before the carrier’s inaugural flight on October 25, 2006. Photo: Reuters
When budget long-haul Oasis Hong Kong Airlines took to the skies

With a business plan to ‘undercut its rivals savagely’, budget long-haul carrier Oasis Hong Kong Airlines took to the skies in October, 2005, much to the irritation of Cathay Pacific.

26 Oct 2021 - 10:11AM
Heritage tourism? Hong Kong’s Central Market revitalisation is a sanitised, soul-less shell. Photo: Sam Tsang
Then & Now | Why Hong Kong’s historical heritage buildings aren’t tourist draws

Hong Kong’s heritage is a victim of the city’s success, killed off by massive urban renewal and soulless revitalisation projects which are hardly tourist magnets.

25 Oct 2021 - 8:45AM
Food is dropped off at a quarantine hotel in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. Occupants of rooms in some hotels have stolen home-cooked meals delivered to their neighbours. Photo: Nora Tam
Opinion | Food thieves in Hong Kong quarantine hotels really take the cake

Forget the standards of cleanliness, the lack of fresh air or the monotony that comes with Hong Kong’s three-week quarantine system – it’s the hungry neighbours you’ve got to look out for.

22 Oct 2021 - 3:17PM