While the EU still regards Greece as its sore spot, China's discovering its charms. 1.5 million Chinese tourists could soon be visiting the cradle of Western civilization – thanks to direct flights from Beijing.
Few Europeans have heard of Momchilovtsi. But in China, the village conjures up images of mystery, wonder and longevity, having given its name to a kind of drinking yoghurt that is all the rage for Chinese consumers.
Airlines organized extra flights on Thursday to allow some of the thousands of passengers stranded by the eruption of Mount Agung to fly out of Bali.
Beijing's attempt to punish Taiwan by throttling tourism from the mainland hasn't made much impact. Taiwan set a new tourism record last year by successfully courting visitors from the rest of Asia.
Thailand's attractiveness as a tourist destination remains evergreen as millions of tourists continue to flock to the Southeast Asian nation, providing much needed momentum to its economy. But challenges remain.
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