DURING CHINA HOLIDAY
Taiwan's travel industry is bracing itself for what is expected to be the "slowest Golden Week in recent years" as the National Immigration Agency reported a sharp drop in applications from mainland Chinese tour groups.
The Golden Week is a week-long national holiday that starts on Oct 1.
NIA officials said the slack demand from tour groups this year has meant applicants have been able to receive same-day approvals, adding
"no one is queuing up".
The relative lack of applications has resulted in a drop in revenue from expedited service fees.
THE CHINA POST
NEW ZEALAND VINEYARDS
TO CREATE MORE BUZZ
New Zealand's premier wine region is taking inspiration from Lord Of The Rings, among other measures, to draw even more tourists.
Vignerons in the Malborough region are adding infrastructure to help them cater to record tourist arrivals, reported
the Washington Post.
Nearly 612,000 foreigners visited the country's vineyards in the year until June, 11 per cent more than a year earlier.
Jackson Estate, for instance, has hired
Brian Massey - who designed the Hobbiton set in the Lord Of The Rings movies that is now a hit tourism site - to advise
on its landscaping.
FOREIGNERS CAN FLAG
S. KOREAN INACCURACIES
The Korean Culture and Information Service has rolled out a new service to get people to report and fix incorrect information about South Korea, both online and offline.
The Facts About Korea scheme aims to enlist the help of both citizens and foreigners to "contribute to correcting inaccuracies" about the country.
Anyone can report misleading descriptions through the official
Facts About Korea website, or the FACTS: KOREA smartphone app.
For more information, visit factsaboutkorea.go.kr.
THE KOREA HERALD