General Tours World Traveler, Singapore Airlines
General Tours World Traveler, in partnership with Singapore Airlines and the Singapore Tourism Board, introduced nine Affordable Luxury tours to Singapore and South Asia. Each trip begins with three nights at the Shangri-La Hotel in Singapore with private-car sightseeing. Then, with Singapore Airlines, clients can travel on to Indochina, India, and China. After Singapore, travelers can immerse in the timeless rhythms and exotic traditions of close-by Indochina, with five unique Affordable Luxury trips to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Five-star hotels, like the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi or the landmark Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor, are complemented by in-depth excursions in the intimate company of never more than 20 guests. This sightseeing is designed for a more leisurely and enriching experience than typical escorted tours including, for example, an overnight cruise through Ha Long Bay and two unhurried days of guided exploration through the ruins of Angkor. 7/17/2008
Air China and China Eastern Airlines carried fewer passengers in June than a year earlier as heightened airport security checks ahead of the Olympic Games and a devastating earthquake discouraged air travel. The decline in traffic at two of China's three major airlines extended a drop in May linked to the earthquake in southwest China, which curbed tourist travel to scenic Sichuan province and led to the cancellation of conferences and other events. 7/16/2008
Air India terrorist bombings, Inderjit Singh Reyat's release on bail, after 20 years in custody. The long-suffering families of those who died in the attack feel he should not released. Their renewed anguish and heartbreak were made even worse by the courts' initial refusal to disclose a smidgen of detail about why Mr. Reyat was suddenly set free while awaiting trial on perjury, or even the conditions of his release. As public outrage grew, authorities finally relented late Friday...