As monuments go, this one seems puny but it occupies a spot of honour right across Samsung's headquarters: a plywood stage decorated with black, cut-out silhouettes of a rotund man who appears to be prancing like a horse. It’s the affluent Gangnam district and it’s the first public display honouring Psy, the South Korean rapper whose ‘Gangnam Style’ put Gangnam on the world map. A visitor centre is planned here with a life-size hologram of the singer. Already famous as the opulent home of the nation's nouveau riche, the district wants to seize the chance to win global recognition as a centre of fashion, tourism, entertainment and conspicuous consumption. — NYT
From March 1, Indigo is launching daily, direct flights from Chennai to Singapore at an all-inclusive return fare of Rs. 15,998. 6E53 will leave Chennai at 10 pm and reach Singapore at 4.50 am, while the return flight will depart at 5.50 am and reach the city at 7.15 am. The airline is exploring similar direct flights from Hyderabad and Bengaluru as well with affordable fares. — TBM
Leading international magazine Euromoney named AirAsia Berhad as best-managed company in Malaysia as well as best managed company in Asia in the airlines / aviation sector. The poll was based on replies received from 130 leading equity analysts in the Asia Pacific region. AirAsia was praised for its transparent communication to investors and good governance.
Union Tourism Minister K. Chiranjeevi has approved a multilingual helpline to provide information and assistance to tourists. It will be in the languages of important source countries besides Hindi and English. The toll-free number will provide free help to travellers. — ANI
New York welcomed a record 52 million visitors in 2012, said Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The city has now set its sights on 55 million visitors by 2015. The numbers of Brazilian and Chinese visitors have reportedly nearly quintupled since 2006. The numbers are culled from surveys, airport traffic, hotel and other data. — ANI
Kiruna in Sweden has big plans: to offer commercial space flights. Spaceport Sweden, a company founded in 2007, hopes to provide the first flights within a decade from Kiruna's airport. The idea is that space tourists will take off for a two-hour trip into space on futuristic spacecraft that will carry one to six passengers 100 km above earth and let them experience five minutes of weightlessness. Spaceport Sweden already offers flights from Kiruna airport to view the northern lights for $1,059. — ANI