FRESH IDEAS FOR A VACATION CLOSER TO HOME - MALAYSIA
PEOPLE looking for a getaway not too far away can get ideas and deals at a weekend fair promoting Malaysia's sights and sounds.
The Travel Malaysia 2016 event will be held from Friday to Sunday at Hall 6A, Singapore Expo Convention & Exhibition Centre. Doors will be open from 11am to 9pm.
It features more than 115 booths from nearly 50 exhibitors, including bus ticketing agents, homestay operators, hoteliers, travel agents and theme-park representatives.
Visitors can also learn more about holiday options involving eco-tourism, golfing, beach resorts and theme parks.
Admission is free.
FOOD FEST IN BEIJING FOR FANS OF CRAYFISH AND PRAWNS
A POPULAR restaurant chain in China has launched a "prawn and crayfish festival" in the capital city.
Xie Lao Song, which specialises in crabs and seafood, organised this event in Beijing together with Qianjiang municipal government in Hubei province.
Diners can choose from 30 delicacies made with crayfish and prawns, including oil-braised crawfish, pickled prawns and the classic dish, crawfish with garlic.
The crawfish are from Qianjiang in Hubei province. The festival ends on July 10.
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KENYA STEPS UP GAME TO ATTRACT MORE TOURISTS
NEW strategies will be rolled out in phases by the Kenyan government and tourism-related agencies to revive its tourism sector, which had been in a slump due to security fears.
A raft of measures like security, infrastructure, social amenities and tax rebates were outlined last week, including a fund for existing hotels to be spruced up.
Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Najib Balala said the country is also working with the World Health Organization to "ward off yellow fever that could scare potential visitors".
Top attractions in Kenya include safari trips in its majestic national parks and reserves.
WARMER WATERS PUT GREAT BARRIER REEF UNDER 'BLEACHING' THREAT
THE massive coral bleaching event under way in the Great Barrier Reef could spread dramatically when ocean surface temperatures rise by as little as 0.5 deg C, say scientists.
This is expected to occur within four decades based on historical warming rates, said the findings published in the journal Science last week.
Bleaching occurs when abnormal environmental conditions, such as warmer sea temperatures, cause corals to expel tiny photosynthetic algae, draining them of their colour.
Last month, aerial surveys of the famed Australian reef revealed the worst bleaching on record along a 1,000km stretch of the World Heritage-listed site.