Asia’s hotel chains have grand plans to expand abroad – and close to home

Asia’s hotel chains have grand plans to expand abroad – and close to home

(HONG KONG-Relaxnews) – While much of the tourism industry’s attention has been on the rising popularity of Asia — and China in particular — as a destination, the region’s very own hotel chains have been setting their sights on taking the Asian style of service as far and wide as they can. American hotel chains […]

03.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations ·
Hu warns Chinese culture being ‘Westernised’: report

Hu warns Chinese culture being ‘Westernised’: report

(Beijing-AFP) – Chinese President Hu Jintao has warned that “hostile” powers are seeking to “Westernise” the country and called for greater efforts to enhance China’s cultural influence overseas. Hu’s remarks published in the latest edition of Communist Party magazine Seeking the Truth come after Beijing ordered the culture industry — taken to include the media […]

03.01.2012 · Filled under: News ·
The most-anticipated 3D films of 2012

The most-anticipated 3D films of 2012

(LOS ANGELES-Relaxnews) – Despite concerns that filmgoers are losing interest in 3D films, seven of the top ten blockbusters in 2011 were in 3D. The novelty may have worn off but 3D offers audiences an experience they cannot get at home or on their phones. Even when the 1994 animated movie The Lion King was converted and […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Entertainment ·
Rising food prices in 2012 to impact consumer habits

Rising food prices in 2012 to impact consumer habits

(Relaxnews) – Rising food prices in 2012 will push consumers to tweak recipes that call for expensive meat and seafoods with cheaper filler foods like tofu and lentils, while supermarkets will offer lay-away plans for larger purchases like holiday dinners. Those are the predictions of California-based food marketing expert Phil Lempert, also known as the […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Home Food ·
Images of the week: Manila, Beijing,New York

Images of the week: Manila, Beijing,New York

14 photos ©AFP PHOTO / ARMIN WEIGEL Mitterfirmiansreut, Germany Visitors stand around a snow church just after its inauguration on December 28, 2011 in Mitterfirmiansreut, southern Germany. The circa 25 meters long church was made of 1,400 cubic meters of snow and aims to commemorate the winter of the years 1910/1911, when so much snow […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, News, Photos ·
Holiday tourists overwhelm top Florida theme parks

Holiday tourists overwhelm top Florida theme parks

(WASHINGTON-AFP) – Free-spending US tourists shrugged off economic worries to overwhelm Disney World and other top Florida theme parks this week, forcing them to temporarily shut the gates, officials said Thursday. Some visitors to Legoland, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and three Disney destinations found parking lots and entryways shut for short periods Wednesday and Thursday as […]

02.01.2012 · Filled under: Destinations, News ·