• Consumers Favour Simpler Travel Accommodation Booking Mode
  • Vietnam braces for typhoon as Philippine toll rises to 230 dead
  • Singapore’s manufacturing output rises 5.3% in November
  • World’s largest amphibious aircraft can fly from China to near Sarawak
  • Inbound tourism in UK to set a record number in 2018

Consumers Favour Simpler Travel Accommodation Booking Mode
Online booking platform, Agoda says consumer preference for a simpler way of booking their travel accommodation will be the focus of the tourism industry next year. This means they will go for companies that deliver streamlined travel experiences through leveraging on effective technologies as against the current trend, whereby, many major travel industry players continue to deliver complex products and loyalty programmes. Agoda’s Chief Product Officer, Omri Morgenshtern said consumers today expect to get well-digested information quickly, and do not have the time or patience to do things a service can provide for them. “They will look to offerings that add value by simplifying the way they travel, from researching destinations to ordering room service,” he said in a statement. With the new year looming on the horizon, Agoda aims to focus on leveraging on technology that can save consumers time, rather than concentrating efforts on hyped up technology.

Vietnam braces for typhoon as Philippine toll rises to 230 dead
Authorities in Vietnam were preparing to move a million people from low-lying areas along the south coast as a typhoon approached after it battered the Philippines with floods and landslides that killed more than 230 people. Typhoon Tembin is expected to slam into Vietnam after bringing misery to the predominantly Christian Philippines just before Christmas. Vietnam’s disaster prevention committee said 74,000 people had been moved to safety from vulnerable areas, while authorities in 15 provinces and cities were prepared to move more than one million. The government ordered that oil rigs and vessels be protected and it warned that about 62,000 fishing boats should not venture out to sea.

Singapore’s manufacturing output rises 5.3% in November
Singapore’s manufacturing output for November rose a more moderate 5.3 per cent compared with a year ago, after rising 14.6 per cent in October, according to figures released by the Economic Development Board (EDB) today. On a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis, manufacturing output fell 2.3 per cent. Excluding biomedical manufacturing, output grew 13.9 per cent year-on-year, and grew 4.6 per cent month-on-month. (Sg Press Centre)

World’s largest amphibious aircraft can fly from China to near Sarawak
China’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight on Sunday from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea. It can fly non-stop from China to near Sarawak, Malaysia, and back without refueling. China has stepped up research on advanced military equipment. The AG600’s chief designer, Huang Lingcai, was quoted in the official China Daily earlier this month as saying it can make round trips without refuelling from the southern island province of Hainan to James Shoal, claimed by China but which is located close to Sarawak in Malaysian. State-owned Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) has spent almost eight years developing the aircraft, which is roughly the size of a Boeing Co 737 and is designed to carry out marine rescues and battle forest fires. Powered by four turboprop engines, the AG600 can carry 50 people during maritime search-and-rescue missions, and can scoop up 12 metric tons of water within 20 seconds for fire fighting trips, according to state media.

Inbound tourism in UK to set a record number in 2018
According to VisitBritain in 2018 the overseas visits to the UK are set to cross 40m for the first time. The tourists are expected a record £27bn in the coming year. The increase in visit is due to the double-digit fall in the pound against the euro and the dollar is pushing forward the visits. Inbound tourism to the UK in 2017 saw 39.9 m visits as per the national tourism agency. It further predicted to reach 41.7 m reflecting a 4.4% rise this year giving a clear indication that hotels, restaurants in popular destinations like London, Bath, Edinburgh and Cambridge can gear up for a record year.