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Bali-bound flight diverted after inebriated wife checks sleeping husband’s phone, uncovers affair and has outburst

NEW DELHI: Hell hath no fury like a woman cheated, especially if she happens to be tipsy and 37,000 feet above ground when discovering this shocker from the man she loves. Qatar Airways‘ Doha-Bali nonstop flight on Sunday (November 5) had to be diverted to Chennai because an inebriated Iranian woman created ruckus after she found out that her husband was cheating on her when she unlocked her sleeping husband’s phone by doing his finger scan and saw some content on it, say sources.

The husband was the obvious target of her anger and copassengers and crew members who tried to pacify her also became the target of her ire. Her uproar compelled the pilots to land the plane mid-way in Chennai. Qatar Airways Doha-Bali nonstop flight is almost 10-hour long while Chennai is mid-way .

After offloading the Iranian couple and their child in Chennai, the Boeing 777 operating Qatar Airways’ flight QR 962 resumed its journey to Denpasar Bali. Since there was no security issue and given the reasoning offered by the woman, authorities in Chennai kept the fa mily at the airport. “They were taken to a room maintained by immigration authorities at Chennai airport,” said a source. Once the woman got a little sober, the family was put on a flight to Kuala Lumpur.
According to the CISF official, the couple headed back home without making it to the beach town of Bali. They then had to take a circuitous way back home by first flying to Malaysia and from there to Doha.

A senior official of Central Industrial Security Forceconfirmed the case of unruly passenger. “A lady along with her husband and a child, all Iranian nationals, were offloaded by Qatar Airline as the lady passenger, who was intoxicated, misbehaved with crew members inflight,” the official said.
Qatar Airways said in a statement, “In respect of passenger privacy , we do not comment on individual cases.”

source – timesofindia

Singapore ranked second-most visited city in Asia-Pacific


Singapore has emerged as the second-most visited destination in the Asia-Pacific region by international visitors last year and No. 1 in terms of the amount they spent.

Bangkok led the pack of Asia-Pacific cities with 19.41 million visitors, while Singapore had 13.22 million. The visitors to Bangkok spent US$14.1 billion (S$19 billion), while those to Singapore spent US$15.7 billion.

This is according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index released yesterday.

On a global scale, out of 132 cities, Singapore was the fifth-most visited last year – up from sixth in 2015, while New York dropped one spot to sixth, with 12.7 million visitors. Singapore inched past New York for the first time in three years, said MasterCard.

Top of the global list was Bangkok, followed by London at 19 million, Paris at 15.45 million, and Dubai at 14.87 million – all retaining their positions from 2015.

About three-quarters of visitors to Singapore were here for leisure, while the rest visited for business.

Most visitors here were from China, with 2.3 million visiting last year, compared with 712,000 in 2009. This was followed by two million Indonesian visitors, one million Indians and 802,000 Australians.

The MasterCard data tallies with Singapore Tourism Board (STB) figures, which showed that visitors from China spent an estimated $3.52 billion here last year, a 39 per cent or nearly $1 billion increase from 2015.

The STB data also showed that last year was the second year in a row that China emerged as Singapore’s top-spending market, beating Indonesia, which has traditionally been the top spender.

MasterCard Singapore country manager Deborah Heng said Singapore’s “world-class offerings”, from tourist attractions to medical services to its transport system, helped push the city to its top five global destination position.

“With tourism a key contributor to Singapore’s economy, it is also notable that this year-on-year growth in visitor arrivals is accompanied by the highest overall tourist expenditure in Asia. This excellent showing demonstrates how collaboration between the public and private sectors can drive the right results for the local economy.”

Ngee Ann Polytechnic senior lecturer in tourism Michael Chiam said Singapore was popular because it has a lot to offer people from various age groups and with different interests.

He cited as an example a family with children being able to visit theme parks, those with an interest in musicals being able to catch Broadway shows here, and those interested in gastronomy being “spoilt for choice with different cuisines and price points”.

source – straitstimes

AirAsia Berhad : aims to fly 1.3 million tourists to Langkawi this year with 300,000 direct international flights

AirAsia aims to fly 1.3 million tourists to Langkawi this year through 300,000 direct international flights.

AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said target would be achievable following the introduction of a new direct route that would connect the island to Shenzhen, China.

He said the new route would boost direct international tourists to the island and achieve the vision of positioning Langkawi on par with Bali and Phuket.

Fernandes said as the crown jewel of the country`s tourism sector, more efforts should be done to ensure that Langkawi was able to match tourist-arrivals of Bali and Phuket, the two world popular holiday destinations in the region.

He said the trice weekly flight from Langkawi to Shenzen is the World`s Best Low-Cost airline`s seventh route, which includes four domestic routes to the island.

Air Asia flies its Shenzhen to Langkawi route each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, while the return flight to Shenzhen is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“We are driven by this because and we already flew over 1 million tourists to Langkawi with our 238 weekly flights to the island,” he told reporters after the official launching of the new route by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today.

The Langkawi-Shenzhen is the second Langkawi direct flight route to China after Guangzhou.

Fernandes said since the introduction of the Langkawi-Guangzhou direct route, the number of direct flights to the island had increased from 83,754 passengers in 2015 to 187,433 passengers last year, an increase by 120 per cent.

“This has contributed to RM300 million to the growth domestic product (GDP) to the island based on 12 times multiplier effect,” he said

He said Langkawi offered diversified attractions including eco-tourism attractions and also family-oriented activities.

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Ipoh’s much-awaited Movie Animation Park Studios opens its doors


IPOH: After several delays, Movie Animation Park Studios (MAPS), touted as Asia’s first animation theme park, has finally opened its door to visitors.

The public were seen lining up at the ticket counters as early as 8am during its soft opening today to check out rides and attractions based on movies by Dreamworks Animation, and special live-action stunt shows.

Dah Hock Phiao, 44, from Sitiawan said he was excited when he heard about the park and had planned to come on opening day to experience the thrills that the rides have to offer.

“I wanted to be among the first to check out the attractions here. The theme park will be another tourist attraction in the state and I would recommend everyone to come here with their families,” he said.

Another visitor, who wished to be known as Kamila, 20, from Johor Baru said: “This place gave me a sense of nostalgia, as I grew up watching animated movies like Mega Mind, as well as the popular local series BoBoiBoy, which inspired the construction of the park.”

Built on 20.8ha of land, the theme park was originally slated to begin operations in October last year, but for unspecified reasons, the opening was postponed to December, and pushed back again to this year.


Malaysia: Tourism tax will be enforced from July 1

KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism Tax, which is set to see rates of between RM2.50 and RM20 charged for a night’s stay, will be enforced as scheduled on July 1, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz (pic).

He rejected a report from a news portal which claimed the implementation of the tax would be postponed.

“The gazette (on Tourism Tax) is automatic, in accordance with the country’s procedures, when it is approved by the Parliament, the gazette is automatic.

“If we want to say it has not been gazetted, that’s right, but it cannot prevent the will of our MPs who have unanimously approved to implement this tax, and it will be implemented. So our target is July 1,” he told reporters Thursday.

The Padang Rengas MP said the tax would be applied at registered hotels and inns.

During the last session of Parliament, the Tourism Tax Bill 2017 tabled by Nazri was approved by majority vote.

When winding up debate on the bill, Nazri said the tax would be able to bring in an income of about RM654.62mil if there was a 60 per cent occupancy rate at over 11 million hotel rooms in the country.

Addressing some 3,500 Perfect China delegates from China earlier, Nazri said that convening the event in Malaysia was in line with the government’s aspiration under the National Key Economic Areas (NKEA) to position the country as a preferred Business Event (BE) or Meeting, Incentives, Conventions  and  Exhibitions (MICE) hub.

“Indeed, all Perfect China delegates are now Malaysia’s tourism ambassadors.

“We hope that you will make the most of your visit here and experience the many wonders of Malaysia and take home very fond and pleasant            memories of your stay in our country,” the minister said.

He noted that throughout its 23 years of establishment, Perfect China had hosted more than 80 incentive trips overseas, and since 2011, had hosted such trips to Malaysia. – source : Bernama

AirAsia is world’s first int’l airline fly direct from KL to Bhubaneswar

BHUBANESWAR, India – AirAsia marks another milestone as the first international airline in the world to operate direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Bhubaneswar, India.

The airline’s latest new route offers four times weekly direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to the beautiful capital city of India’s Odisha state.

Also known as ‘Temple City of India’, Bhubaneswar is the capital of the Indian state of Odisha, formerly known as Orissa and has a population of over two million people. It has a rich history of over 3,000 years and is now a rapidly growing city with commercial districts and a buzzing tourism sector with new upscale hotels, shops and restaurants.

A reception ceremony was held at Biju Patnaik International Airport to celebrate the arrival of flight AK31 which flew in on an Airbus A320 into Bhubaneswar, India. The aircraft landed at 11.35PM last night and was greeted with a water cannon salute. Part of the guests on board the inaugural flight were Aireen Omar, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Berhad; Datuk Zainuddin Abd Wahab, Senior Director of Tourism Malaysia as well as a group of Malaysian media who will participate in a familiarisation trip to explore the beauty of Bhubaneswar.

In conjunction with the inaugural flight, a press conference and celebration event was held today at Bhubaneswar with the attendances of Ashok Chandra Panda, The Honorable Minister of Tourism and Culture Odisha; Arti Ahuja, Principal Secretary Department of Tourism Odisha; His Excellency Datuk Hidayat Abdul Hamid, The High Commissioner of Malaysia to India; Zainuddin and Aireen.

Aireen said, “We are very excited to be here today in Bhubaneswar today to celebrate our inaugural flight to this beautiful city. We are officially the first airline to offer an international route to Bhubaneswar and we are humbled with the warm welcome from the government and people of Odisha. India is an important market to us at AirAsia and this new unique route is a reflection of our commitment towards enhancing our connectivity in the country.

“Our plans and commitment to grow in the Indian market is in line with the governments’ recent announcement to expand the number of slots for Malaysians carriers to operate between the two countries. Through this, we hope to help boost the tourism and trade in India and Malaysia while continue to provide our guests with better connectivity as well as offering them the best services in and out of India,” added Aireen.

Among some of the must-visit attractions include the ancient Lingaraj Temple, built in the 11th century as “the truest fusion of dream and reality”; the Konark Sun Temple, a symbol of India’s heritage and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its Eastern India architecture; one of most important Hindu temples in the world located in Puri, the Jagannath Temple; and places such as Khandagiri and Udayagiri Caves which date back to the 2nd century BC. Other historical places to look out for are the Tribal Museum of Bhubaneswar, which is rich with a collection of artifacts, crafts and art objects belonging to different tribes; The Buddhist Circuit, a museum of international standards exhibiting various findings of Buddhist artefacts; as well as the Raj Bhavan Garden that serves as an important landmark of the modern capital city of Odisha.

Travellers should also look out for local products such as Chandua, a typical Orissa handiwork, and other products such as traditional paintings, metal ware, silver jewelry and Sambalpuri silk and cotton. On top of that, travellers can also leisure along the beaches at Puri and Gopalpur.

Guests can make use of the optional Fly-Thru service to connect to flights with their baggage checked-through to the final destination without the hassle of immigration clearance at the transit hub. With this service, guests can now travel to Bhubaneswar seamlessly from most cities in Asia and Australia, such as from Melbourne, Auckland, Bali, Bangkok or Haneda to Bhubaneswar via Kuala Lumpur.

AirAsia Group also connects Bengaluru, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata, Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, New Delhi directly to Kuala Lumpur, and from Chennai, Bengaluru, Kochi and Kolkata directly to Bangkok in Thailand.