Gold Coast’s Light Rail System, changing the scene of Australia’s public transport

  By Patricia Madronio, Diego Madronio, Xelinne Ryan-Andrews and Mark Calaguas EBC Australia Bureau, Eagle News Service (Eagle News) — Gold Coast is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia and with population growth comes increased travel demands. In order to counter congestion, maintain the great lifestyle in the city, and turn Gold Coast into a mature and world-class destination, the Australian government launched a light rail master plan. Now almost a $2 billion investment, […]

Three museums to visit in Seoul

  By Emily Manuel Contributor Eagle News and Features    Seoul is known as the land of K-Drama and K-Pop. It’s also a favorite destination for shopping and food. For those who like immersing themselves in culture, there are several palaces where one can rent a hanbok, or a traditional Korean attire, to enter for free. With so many attractions to see, it’s not surprising that a visit to a museum is not always on […]

Boston Massachusetts earns spot on list of top US cities to visit

BOSTON (Eagle News) — The city of Boston in Massachusetts is listed among the top 15 cities to visit in the US by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Boston’s culture, landmarks, sights and cuisine, are definitely some reasons why this historic city made it on the list. One of the places that are a must-visit is the Boston Freedom Trail. The trail leads you to some of the famous historic places in the city which include the […]

Singapore watchdog fines Grab, Uber $9.5 mn over merger

  SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP) — Singapore on Monday fined ride-hailing firms Grab and Uber $9.5 million for breaking competition rules when they merged, saying the deal had increased fares and thrown up roadblocks for competitors. Singapore-headquartered Grab agreed to buy US firm Uber’s ride-hailing and food business in Southeast Asia in March, ending a bruising battle between the companies. In return, Uber received a 27.5 percent stake in Grab. However the deal came under scrutiny […]

SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon

  LOS ANGELES, United States (AFP) — SpaceX on Thursday announced a new plan to launch a tourist around the Moon using its Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people to deep space. “SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle — an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of traveling to space,” […]

Conch salad completes the Bahamian experience

By Tenny Tamulong EBC Florida Bureau NASSAU, Bahamas (Eagle News) — The combination of fresh sweet onion, chopped red tomatoes, green pepper, a pinch of salt to taste, a squeezed lime, orange and lemon juice, and most importantly, freshly-caught conch, make up the famous conch salad. This delicious meal has captured the heart of both tourists and locals alike. Conch salad is never missing when one visits the “Fish Fry”, an area in Arawak Cay […]

Over 7,000 apply for New York for-hire license ahead of cap

NEW YORK, United States (AFP)–Over 7,000 New York City car-for-hire license applications were filed between the announcement of a one-year cap on new licenses — a blow to the likes of Uber and Lyft — and the measure coming into force, the city regulator said Thursday. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill into effect Tuesday, a first in the United States after a city council vote earlier this month. It stipulates a […]

Eiffel tower to reopen after strike over long queues

  by Joseph Schmid and Paul Gypteau Agence France-Presse PARIS, France (AFP) — The Eiffel Tower — closed to visitors since Wednesday afternoon — is to reopen on Friday after workers went on strike over unacceptably long queues at the Paris landmark. Workers walked out in protest at a new access policy that has seen separate lifts allocated to visitors with pre-booked tickets and those who buy them on site. At the same time, the tower […]

Boracay, Cebu and Palawan make it to the “Top 10 islands in Asia”

(Eagle News) — Despite its closure for a six-month rehabilitation, the island of Boracay still made it to the list of Top 10 Islands in Asia, according to the Travel+Leisure magazine. Boracay ranked no. 8 this year with a score of 86.14. Two other Philippine provinces, namely Cebu and Palawan, also made it to the “Top 10 Islands in Asia.” Cebu made it to the sixth place with a score of 89.10, while Palawan ranked […]

European tourist magnets hit back as Airbnb turns 10

by Rebecca Frasquet  Agence France-Presse PARIS, Frace (AFP)–Facing competition from Airbnb, which will celebrate a decade this summer, top European attractions such as Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Barcelona are out to revamp their own offerings. The move is to keep rental prices in check yet keep supply healthy as Airbnb continues to be a thorn in the side of hoteliers, ten years on from its August 11, 2008 debut as Airbed & Breakfast. After several […]

New Zealand kayaker finishes epic solo Tasman voyage

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AFP)–A New Zealand adventurer has become the first person to kayak the Tasman Sea solo after a gruelling two-month voyage that saw him pestered by a shark and battling “washing machine” conditions. Scott Donaldson set off from Australia’s Coffs Harbour on May 2 and paddled ashore at New Plymouth, on New Zealand’s North Island late Monday night. The 48-year-old’s 2,200-kilometre (1,370-mile) journey took him across one of the southern hemisphere’s most notorious […]

Singapore may send back unvaccinated foreign travelers

SINGAPORE, Singapore (AFP)–Singapore may start turning back foreign visitors who do not have required vaccinations, authorities said, in a bid to protect the tightly-controlled country from infectious diseases. The country of 5.6 million people is a popular tourist destination, with 17.4 million visitors arriving in 2017. But its small size and openness have sometimes left it vulnerable, and it was hit hard by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in 2003. Travelers are currently […]