Travel Safety Update - Asia / Pacific.

 
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New York (AirGuide - Travel Safety Update Asia / Pacific) Jun 16, 2013

Official: Modified starch fear can hurt Taiwan's tourism Foreign visitor arrivals in Taiwan could be hurt by an ongoing scare over the use of banned industrial ingredients in edible modified starches, tourism industry representatives said Wednesday. Ko Mu-chou, an official with the Travel Agent Association of the Republic of China, Taiwan, noted that no significant decline in inbound travel has been reported so far. But independent Japanese tourists could be the hardest hit tourist segment if the scare persists because many Japanese who visit Taiwan on their own come specifically for its cuisine, Ko said. Several of the items on the Japanese gourmets' must-try list, including rice noodles, hotpots and bubble tea with tapioca balls, have all been mentioned as items possibly affected by the banned ingredient, Ko explained. Concerns over the safety of popular snack foods could also affect general interest in visiting night markets, one of Taiwan's most prominent tourist pastimes. "The level of the impact depends on how soon the government can fix the problem and regain consumers' confidence," Ko said. Chang Hsi-tsung, deputy director-general of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau, also told CNA that the starch issue could hurt local tourism in the short term, and he urged health authorities to tighten inspections so that damage to the sector is limited. Jun 13, 2013

German visitor attacked, injured in Malaysia A German tourist, who had just arrived to Malaysia from Singapore, was assaulted by two men who tried to rob him yesterday morning. Michael Peter Hem, 28, suffered cuts to his hands and legs, and fractured his right arm in the 12.30am incident which occurred near a budget hotel at the Ipoh old town area. He lodged a report at the police beat base at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital at 4pm after receiving treatment at the hospital. When met by reporters, Hem declined to be interviewed, but allowed himself to be photographed. He was later brought by policemen to the Ipoh district police headquarters to have his statement recorded. Speaking to reporters at the police beat base, Hem's friend, S. Ravindran, said the victim was walking back to the hotel after calling him (Ravindran) from a public telephone booth when he was waylaid. Ravindran, 31, said the suspects initially assaulted Hem with a bottle, but later slashed him with a knife after the victim tried to fight off the...

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