Bangkok’s Protest Site Becomes Attraction
BANGKOK ~ Though some tourists have opted not to visit Thailand amid a state of emergency and anti-government protests, the demonstrators’ campground has attracted one type of visitor: budget travellers.
Backpacking tourists, curious about emergency rule in the Thai capital, have toured the site in the main government complex, where 5,000 protesters have squatted in tents for nearly two weeks.
“We just read the news and we thought it was interesting to come see how it was; so we took a taxi over,” Daniel, who declined to give his last name, said. “We’re not used to this in Mexico because they (protesters) have already taken over the government offices.”
HK Disneyland Marks Third Birthday
HONG KONG ~ Hong Kong Disneyland celebrated its birthday last Friday after three difficult years, as its new managing director juggles a grab for Chinese visitors with a battle over how to fund expansion.
The theme park has struggled to attract enough visitors since it opened to great fanfare in 2005, and has faced criticism it failed to understand both the local and mainland China markets.
But a shift to more Chinese-friendly marketing earlier this year was reinforced by the appointment of managing director Andrew Kam, whose career has been spent selling another US icon, Coca-Cola, to China.
Fire Wrecks Second British Pier
FLEETWOOD ~ An inferno destroyed a historic British pier on Tuesday, the second architectural relic from the heyday of domestic seaside holidays to go up in smoke in recent months.
Fleetwood Pier was the last to be built in the 1860-1910 “golden age” of pier building. The attraction opened to the public in 1911. It was damaged by a major fire in 1952.
In late July, a blaze destroyed most of the Grand Pier at Weston-Super-Mare in southwest England, dealing a further hammer blow to the seaside town’s economy.