Tourism booming in Tibet during holiday week

LHASA, Feb. 19:  Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region received about 216,400 tourists from home and abroad from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18, the first four days of the week-long Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, up 30.7 percent compared to the same period last year, the regional tourism development committee announced on Monday. Tourism revenue reached 159 million yuan(25 million U.S. dollars) duri...

More tourists travel around China during holiday

BEIJING, Feb. 18 : Some 287 million tourists travelled in China during the first four days of the week-long Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, up 11.1 percent from the same period last year, new data showed Sunday. Tourism revenue rose 11.6 percent to 352.7 billion yuan (55.61 billion U.S. dollars) in the four days, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) said. On Sunday alone, some ...

Tourism plane crash kills 3 in east France : report

PARIS, Feb. 18 :  A tourism plane crash has left three people dead in Jura, east France, local media reported Sunday. The plane, en route from Paris suburbs to eastern commune of Annemasse, crashed at around 17:00 local time (1600 GMT) on Saturday, killing all the passengers on board. The victims, a couple and a 10-year-old child were French nationals, according to the report. It's un...

China sees more tourists, higher revenue during holiday

BEIJING, Feb  17: China has hosted 214 million tourists in the first three days of the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday, up 9.7 percent from the same period last year, the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) said Saturday. Tourism revenue rose 9.9 percent to 258.2 billion yuan (about 40.69 billion U.S. dollars) in the three-day period, the CNTA said. On Saturday alone, some 870 mi...

Elephant festival celebrated in Laos

VIENTIANE, Feb 17: The Elephant Festival was held from Friday to next Thursday in northern Lao province of Sayabuly with 69 elephants joining the activities. The elephant festival has been held annually for 12 years since 2007, with the purpose to educate, entertain the people, to raise awareness of these endangered animals and identify the need to protect elephants, which have played a vital...

Cruise ship returns to Australia after “nightmare” voyage marred by violence

CANBERRA, Feb 17 : A South Pacific  cruise ship has returned to Australia after a 10-day voyage which passengers described as a "nightmare." The Carnival Legend ship docked in Melbourne on Saturday morning following an unscheduled stop in New South Wales (NSW) where six adult and three teenage males from one family were evicted from the vessel by police. The nine men allegedly assaulted and ...

India’s domestic airlines show 20 pc jump in terms of passengers

NEW DELHI, Feb 17:  India's domestic airlines showed a jump of 20 percent in terms of passengers flown in the month of January as compared to the same month a year ago, latest data released by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said. The data released by DGCA on Friday said that the country's domestic airlines carried 11.4 million passengers during the month, up from 9.5 million...

Boeing’s new 737 MAX-9 aircraft certified for commercial service

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16: U.S. aeroplane manufacturer Boeing Company said Friday that its new 737 MAX-9 aircraft has been certified by the Federal Aviation Administration for commercial service. Boeing said in a statement that the amended type certificate issued by the U.S. aviation regulator affirms that the airplane's handling, systems and overall performance all comply with required aviatio...

17 Chinese tourists injured, Thai driver killed in bus accident in S. Thailand

BANGKOK, Feb. 17 : A Thai driver has been killed and 17 Chinese tourists have been injured in a tour bus accident in southern Thai province of Phang Nga, according to the Chinese consulate general in Songkhla. According to Thai media, a bus carrying 35 Chinese tourists heading from a hotel in Krabi Province to a port in Phang Nga crashed on a pole which hit the bus on Friday morning. The C...

Boeing unveils new investment to push for global learning, innovation

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15: U.S. aerospace leader Boeing Company said Thursday that it has made a new investment in a Silicon Valley-based university to explore customized educational programs for its employees worldwide in global learning and innovation. Boeing said the investment was made through HorizonX Ventures, its venture capital and innovation unit, in the Silicon Valley-based Singularity ...