In Bangkok visit, China’s Wang Yi seeks to cast Beijing as Thailand’s ‘big friend’



a group of people on a motorcycle in front of a crowd: An anti-government rally engulfed central Bangkok on Wednesday, just before the arrival of China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, for a meeting Thursday with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: AFP


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An anti-government rally engulfed central Bangkok on Wednesday, just before the arrival of China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, for a meeting Thursday with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. Photo: AFP

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi was due to arrive on Wednesday night in Thailand, a country central to Beijing’s strategy for Asia at a time the kingdom is facing a double hit from a pandemic-flattened economy and political turmoil.

In the big superpower square-off between the US and China, Thailand plays an oversized role.

Bordering Laos, the kingdom is China’s gateway to the Mekong region, while its endless coastline offers the promise of trade, ports, economic zones and mass tourism.

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Thailand used to be staunchly in the US camp, bound together through defence and economic ties forged during the Vietnam

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City Council Votes to Buy 2 Hotels: Will House 400 Homeless in December

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Residence Inn by Marriott at Kearny Mesa will house hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. Image via Google Maps

The San Diego City Council took a major step Tuesday in its fight against homelessness, approving the purchase of two former hotel properties to create 332 permanent units for more than 400 San Diegans currently experiencing homelessness.

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The council, which voted 9-0, approved spending $67 million for a former Residence Inn in the Hotel Circle area and $39.5 million for a former Residence Inn in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood —locations that are expected to be move-in ready by Dec. 31, 2020.

“Allowing people to live unsafely on the streets is not OK,” City Council President Georgette Gomez said. “Today, the council took a huge leap forward by creating 332 new apartments with supportive services for more than 400

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15 Arizona travel destinations named among the best places to visit

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The votes are in: Over 715,000 readers voted in Condé Nast Traveler’s 33rd Readers’ Choice Awards for 2020 and 14 Arizona hotels, resorts and spa resorts made the cut.

The city of Tucson also grabbed an accolade this year, ranking ninth on the list of top large city destinations in the United States, which brings the number of Arizona awardees to 15.

BOOK A STAYCATION: These Phoenix hotels opened or got a glow-up during COVID

“The results of this year’s survey, conducted at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, are a testament to the lasting power of a meaningful travel experience,” said Jesse Ashlock, the U.S. editor of Condé Nast Traveler, in a statement.

Arizona properties ranked in three categories. And two properties even cracked the top 30 awards list for best spa resorts across the world. 

Top 20 hotels in

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8 cleanest spots to visit



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Today, there are eight Blue Flag beaches in India; a global award bestowed upon the cleanest beaches in the world.

Not all’s lost in 2020. India just got another reason in its list of being incredible–the blue flag tag for eight of its beaches. Spread across five states and two union territories, these have joined the group of the most clean, safe and environmentally friendly beaches around the world. Not just that, no other country has had as many beaches certified in one go, so that’s a record in itself; additionally India was also awarded the third prize by the jury under ‘International Best Practices’ for pollution control in coastal regions.

What are the blue flag beaches in India?

If you’re already planning a holiday, here are the names of the cleanest beaches in India: Kappad (Kerala), Shivrajpur (Gujarat), Ghoghla (Diu), Kasarkod and Padubidri (Karnataka),

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Holidays: Britons ditch holiday favourites in 2021 for these top five destinations | Travel News | Travel

Earlier this year, thousands of Britons had their holiday plans cancelled as the pandemic pulled the breaks on international travel. Instead, Britons decided to go on holiday in the UK, ditching flights overseas for something closer to home. But with many missing the opportunity to travel overseas, Britons are looking to broaden their horizons and truing out some new destinations.

1. Orlando

The USA has been out of bounds to Britons for the majority of the year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, if the country opens its borders to Britons, it’s looking as though it’s likely to be a popular choice.

Mr Thorne explained that Florida is very popular with families, especially due to the abundance of theme parks.

He said: “After a year spent at home, some parents are keen to make new childhood memories with their kids and have perhaps been saving throughout 2020 in order to

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German travel startup Getyourguide lets go of a sixth of staff

BERLIN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Getyourguide, one of Berlin’s best-backed travel startups, said on Wednesday it has laid off 90 people, or a sixth of its staff, after the coronavirus pandemic hit its business of tours and trips.

A spokesman confirmed a report in tech publication Gruenderszene on the job cuts, which come barely a year and a half after the company raised nearly $500 million from investors led by Softbank’s Vision Fund.

“As our view of the market’s path to recovery has come into focus, it’s become clear that it was necessary for us to adapt our company to the present reality,” Getyourguide said.

As well as being forced into a go-slow by the pandemic, Europe’s travel tech industry has chafed at the terms offered by Google – the search engine it relies on heavily for online referrals – urging the Alphabet unit to offer more flexibility on payments

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Hawaii’s Royal Kona Resort to reopen after 7-month closure

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii island plans to reopen to guests following a seven-month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic and a multi-million dollar renovation.

The three-tower resort overlooking Kailua Bay on the western side of the Big Island expects to open Thursday, West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday.

The Royal Kona is the only property in the area expected to reopen on the same day the state launches a program enabling travelers to avoid a 14-day quarantine by taking COVID-19 tests before arriving in Hawaii.

Since the implementation of the quarantine mandated by Democratic Gov. David Ige in March, visitor arrivals to the Big Island have dropped 97% and hotel occupancy has hovered at around 30%, the newspaper reported.

Royal Kona Resort General Manager Jay Rubenstein said there have been “quite a few” reservations already at the 428-room property owned by Honolulu-based Hogan Hospitality Group.


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In pictures: How coronavirus is sending cruise ships to an early grave

These are no rust-buckets or clunkers from another era. Cut down in their prime, the relics of five former glistening ships make a pitiful sight in their final port of call.

The death throes are heartbreaking. In the wheelhouse, frantic commands are hollered in polyglot tongues as the man at the helm points the bow towards a narrow channel at the Aliaga ship breakers yard. The ships are driven at five knots – about 5 miles per hour – onto the beach where they shudder to a halt, their steel frames groaning and grinding in futile protest. The engines are shut down and the anchor is dropped to make the ship steadfast in its last resting place.

Cruise ships normally have a lifespan of 40 years, but as the pandemic engulfed the globe, the cruise industry became paralysed. Putting a whole new meaning to “throwaway culture”, ships still in

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Cruise Line Stocks Sail Lower

Cruise line stocks sank Tuesday after Royal Caribbean Group (RCL) said that it plans to raise additional capital to shore up its liquidity throughout the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the industry since March. The capital raising entails $500 million in senior convertible notes and a $500 million share offering with a greenshoe option for both, putting downward pressure on the stock by diluting shareholders.

Key Takeaways

  • Royal Caribbean plans to raise $1 billion through debt and equity to shore up liquidity throughout the ongoing pandemic.
  • Royal Caribbean shares broke down on heavy volume below an uptrend line stretching back to the March selloff low.
  • Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) shares broke below a rising wedge pattern on decent volume, indicating downside continuation in the short to medium term.

Although a no-sail order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expires on Oct. 31, the cruise industry’s

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Exclusive! New Tourism Policy to overhaul India’s travel sector



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The Narendra Modi Government has started work on making India the next Tourism Destination with big changes proposed. As a travel destination few other nations can offer the diversity of products & experiences found in India.  The New Tourism Policy 2020 which has been formulated revolves around ten strategic pillars which are Welcome the Visitor, Seamless connectivity, Destination planning, Investment promotion, Develop and Diversify Tourism Products, Market India, Quality assurance & standards, Market research & intelligence and Skill development said sources privy to the development. The draft new tourism policy 2020 has been floated to ministries for comments and we are hopeful that the cabinet approval will be sought soon, the source added.

The policy marks a decisive shift from department & scheme centric approach to a tourist and destination centric approach. The government is looking at providing incentives to attract investors to make investments

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