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South Korea visa-free entry for Pyeongchang 2018
This temporary visa-free entry to Pyeongchang, South Korea’s host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics, qualifies only three (3) southeast Asian countries - the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Tourists, who will come in groups, should enter the Yangyang International Airport in the northeastern portion of South Korea to be eligible for the visa-free entry. The Winter Olympics, which will be held from February 9 to 25, is a great opportunity that will help boost the growth of the Korean tourism economy.
The season of giving and sharing is almost here! It’s never to early to start shopping around for holiday gifts, especially when malls are on sale! Are you on the lookout for presents to give to your travel buddies this Christmas? Why not help them complete their travel check list with these ideal gifts that are sure to make their next journey a lot more convenient, fun, and memorable.
With the number of tourists and travelers constantly on the rise, Auckland, New Zealand may be reaching its limits when it comes to catering to the millions of visitors who journey to their shores. An estimated 2.6 million international tourists, 5.2% more than what was recorded in 2016, are said to visit within the tear and by 2025 it will increase exponentially to 3.8 million. Tourism experts claim that improvements to airports, public transport systems, and the CBD are required to handle this manageable but rising number.
Chefchaouen, or Chaouen to locals, is a town in Morocco popular for its picture-worthy blue hues found almost all over the place. But this touristy town hopes to add a little green through its increasing eco-friendly practices and sustainable management. Being among the 12 southern Mediterranean destinations to be funded by the European Union’s programme, Chefchaouen has been recognized as a “model and initiator of change in sustainable energy management.” From newly inaugurated municipal swimming pool designed with solar energy and an ecology center to simple and small things like environmentally-friendly light bulbs and electric bicycles. Mayor Mohamed Sefiani points out that the town is not an ecologically sustainable place yet, but with many green-centric plans being drawn up, it won’t be long before it fully transforms into one.