TRAVEL WITH MUSIC
IN TUNE TO YOUR HOLIDAY
Google Play has teamed up with TripAdvisor to offer travellers music playlists that reflect their holiday destination.
The TripAdvisor Android app now boasts a feature that allows users to access a wide array of soundtracks for popular cities. The new feature is in more than 60 countries where Google Play Music is available.
Said Brandon Bilinski, product manager of Google Play Music, in a blog post: "Travellers can listen to Cafe Italiano while sipping an espresso in Rome, rave to the Underground Club Sounds of Berlin and dance to Sao Paulo Funk."
People who do not subscribe to Google Play can download the TripAdvisor app for a two-month trial of the service.
AT TOKYO STATION
An information centre, as well as travel-related facilities, will open at an underground mall in Tokyo's Shinjuku Station next month.
This is to cater to the growing number of tourists.
The centre will specialise in trips to the Chubu region, where rich nature and a traditional way of life have been preserved.
More than 10 local governments from the region will display their crafts, local specialities and information about travel destinations.
In April, a baggage service was started near the site of the upcoming centre, to allow tourists to leave their luggage, or have them delivered to selected hotels or Haneda Airport.
There are plans to open a shopping area nearby next month that is aimed at foreign tourists, with services such as a currency exchange counter.
THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN
NEW CAVE IN VIETNAM
TO BE USED FOR TOURISM
Fifty-seven grottos have been discovered in the central province of Quang Binh,
home of Son Doong Cave,
the world's largest cave.
The British Cave Research Association's team announced the findings recently, following investigations conducted over more than a month.
Most of the caves are found in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park's hilly terrain, hidden inside local primary forest.
Hoa Huong is the most prominent, said to be five million years old and 2,876m long.
Of the 57 caves, the
2,519m long Hang Tien has the most potential for tourism and will be exploited for that
purpose in the near future.