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Tourism Malaysia’s ‘Amazing’ video wins global award for best camerawork

A collaborated production between Tourism Malaysia, SHARP, and Chilli Pepper Films recently won the Special Award for Best Camerawork at the 21st WorldMediaFestivals, under the Tourism & Travel Media Awards category. Based in Hamburg, Germany, the WorldMediaFestivals have been honouring creativity in media worldwide for the past 21 years, including audiovisual, print, and online production,…

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Thailand loses 550,000 tourism jobs in Q2 after new virus wave

Thailand lost 550,000 tourism jobs in the second quarter, a private industry group said on Tuesday, as the tourism-reliant economy struggles with a third wave of coronavirus infections, Thailand’s most severe outbreak so far started in April and has badly hit domestic spending and travel in the absence of foreign visitors. The outbreak has shut…

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Malaysia PM announces $36 bln aid package amid extended lockdown

Malaysia Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday announced a 150 billion ringgit ($36.22 billion) aid package, including cash aid and wage subsidies, a day after extending a nationwide lockdown indefinitely to tackle a stubborn COVID-19 outbreak. Lockdown measures originally set to end on Monday would not be eased until daily reported cases fell below 4,000,…

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Thai divers remove fishing nets bleaching protected coral reefs

Forty divers have removed abandoned fishing nets covering coral reefs in a protected area in the Gulf of Thailand in a two-day operation ending on Sunday. Removal of the nets by a group of volunteer divers and the Coastal Resources Research Center, helped by the Royal Thai Navy, revealed long lines of coral bleaching inside…

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Tokyo tour bus operation restarts as state of emergency lifted

Japan’s major tour bus firm Hato Bus Co. resumed its operations on Monday following the lifting of a coronavirus state of emergency for the Tokyo area, allowing passengers to enjoy fresh air and cherry blossoms in full bloom from an open-top bus. The Japanese government on Sunday lifted the state of emergency for Tokyo and…

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Malaysia sets up compensation fund for COVID-19 vaccinations

Malaysia on Monday announced it had established a $2.4 million compensation fund to provide cash assistance for any COVID-19 vaccine recipients who suffer severe reactions due to inoculations. The Southeast Asian country has inoculated nearly 430,000 frontline workers, with the majority having received the first of two jabs of the vaccine jointly developed by U.S….

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International spectators to be barred from Olympics in Japan

International spectators will not be allowed to enter Japan for this summer’s Olympic Games amid public concerns over coronavirus, organisers said on Saturday, crushing many fans’ hopes and setting the stage for a drastically scaled-back event. Some 600,000 Olympic tickets purchased by overseas residents will be refunded, as will another 300,000 Paralympic tickets, Toshiro Muto,…

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Philippines receives its first AstraZeneca vaccines under COVAX

The Philippines has received its first delivery of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shots, secured through the vaccine-sharing COVAX facility, its health ministry said on Thursday. The country hopes to get a total of 4.58 million doses of AstraZeneca shots via COVAX by May, and the newly arrived 487,200 doses are the initial shipment. The first batch…

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Singapore’s Connect@Changi facility opens door to business travellers

The Singapore-based investment company Temasek on Thursday announced the launch of the first phase of Connect@Changi, a pilot short-stay facility designed to support safe in-person exchanges between business travellers and their Singapore-based counterparts despite the COVID-19 pandemic. As the first facility appointed under the Connect@Singapore initiative, Connect@Changi aims to support the progressive reopening of Singapore’s…

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