Our picks from this week’s travel headlines
KEEP IT ALIVE AND KICKING Your gadget might be the deciding factor for your flight to the US. As per the new direction from the country’s Secretary of Homeland Security, guests flying into the US from certain overseas airports must be able to turn on their mobile phones for security reasons. Otherwise, they might be denied from boarding their flights. The UK took this a step further by including anything with a battery to their list. As not every airport is as equipped as Heathrow with its 4,500 charging stations, it’s time to invest in a good portable battery!
EXCITING VIETNAM Vietnam announced its new tourism campaign ‘Exciting Vietnam’ with a reassuring slogan of ‘Vietnam—A safe, friendly, attractive destination’ on July 9. The country welcomed 7.57 million international tourists last year and is poised to see more arrivals this year. Ever heard of Da Nang, Quang Ninh, Quang Nam, Khanh Hoa, and Tien Giang? These are some of the key tourist areas that are being introduced aside from the main cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
‘’WANNA GO DOWN LIKE LONDON LONDON LONDON’’ Brush up your posh British accent because the Big Ben and the scones are calling! The MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index has listed London as the top destination for world travellers for the year 2014. London regained its crown after losing out to Bangkok last year. It is estimated that the city will receive 18.7 million international visitors this year. That’s nearly twice the city’s population!