Tourist or traveler? The debate rages on. Let me start with an example. The scene: a gift shop at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. It’s almost completely free of tacky souvenirs, and instead full of meaningful books, DVDs and other informative materials about Jewish culture and history, which befit this truly fascinating museum. As I stand near the counter browsing a shelf of novels, an English-speaking tourist runs in. “Excuse me, where’s the book that everybody buys?” she shouts in the general direction of the two shop assistants, who are both serving customers. Being mid-conversation with said polite customers, they don’t respond immediately. “Oh, so you don’t speak English? Where’s someone who speaks English?” says the rushing tourist. One of the transactions has just finished, so a
KUALA LUMPUR: Starting Wednesday, the public will be able to travel by train from Ipoh to Seremban in just three hours.The Electric Train Services (ETS) will begin its commercial run with 10 trips between Ipoh and Seremban with a six-month promotion rate of RM30 one way. A 40% discount would be given to children under 12, the physically-challenged and senior citizens. KTM Bhd president Dr Aminuddin Adnan said it would take only two hours from Ipoh to KL at an average speed of 110kph and up to a maximum of 160 kph. “We hope that the public will find this service safer, faster and more comfortable than driving,” he said during a familiarisation trip for 200 business and professional individuals yesterday. Electrifying experience: An attendant welcoming newsmen on the brand new el
As independent travellers, we like to assume that we're above the workings of Tourist Zones. Look closely, and you'll notice that some of the most colourful indie-traveller hangouts in the world -Panajachel in Guatemala, Dali in China , Dahab in Egypt - have much in common. Granted, these place retain their own geographical and cultural distinction, but each location shares a laid-back predilection for catering to aesthic and recreational needs of Western budget travellers. Thus, keeping in mind that much of our time as travellers involes moving in and out of Trourist Zones, here is my tip sheet to help you make sense of things: *Learn to identify Tourist Zones - There's nothing necessarily wrong with a Tourist Zone, but it helps to know when you're in one, a it will affect how you rel...
Tune Hotels Sdn Bhd is expected to open at least five no-frills hotels this year, according to founder and director Datuk Tony Fernandes. “We will open as many hotels as possible. We hope to have at least one Tune Hotels in every city in Malaysia,” he said at the media launch of Tune Hotels’ mock-up room at the company’s corporate office yesterday. From left: Tune Hotels chief operating officer Andy Song, Dennis Melka, director Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, director Datuk Kalimullah Hassan and Datuk Tony Fernandes at the media launch of Tune Hotels' mock-up room “We want to locate our hotels in city centres or tourist belts, not miles away where land costs may be lower,” he said, adding that the group was on constant lookout for properties. Tune Hotels’ first hotel, which is currently b