The Seoul city government is offering a cash reward of 500,000 won ($460) to anyone informing the authorities about taxi drivers who rip off foreign tourists. City officials say the move is an attempt to curb a practice that’s still rampant despite previous crackdowns. Foreigners ripped off by taxi drivers could claim the reward themselves by dialling an English-language hotline and reporting the driver. Seoul has around 400 specialised cabs known as ‘international taxis’ that are equipped with interpretation services and whose drivers speak English and Japanese. — AFP
Malaysia Airlines' passengers will get 10 extra kilos of free checked baggage allowance and will have to pay lower excess baggage charges for travel in all classes. This applies to all travel from now, irrespective of tickets issued earlier. Under the new baggage guidelines, all adult and child passengers can avail of 30, 40, and 50 kilos free baggage allowance for travel on Economy, Business and First Class, respectively. — TBM
The state tourism department is set to launch a mega tea tourism project in Sylee, officials said. The Sylee project is to be spread over 90 acres and located amid 12 tea plantations. Through tourism, the government is trying to promote the development of hotels in these places across the state. Reportedly, three new airports are also coming up at Durgapur, Malda and Cooch Behar. — IANS
Want to get rich? Sit in row six of the plane, says a new Jetstar Asia campaign. The airline invited feng shui expert David Tong on board its fleet of 17 A320s to analyse the plane’s energy flows in celebration of the Chinese New Year. While results vary upon individual passengers, the most popular results indicated that people looking for friendship should pick rows 3, 4, 13, 14, 23 or 24, while men should choose rows 9, 19 or 29 for health. — ANI
In order to boost religious tourism in the state, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has approved a Rs 250 crore Sikh Circuit Tourism plan. Badal has directed the state tourism department to submit a detailed report at the earliest. All three Sikh Takhts — the Sri Akal Takht, the Sri Kesgarh Sahib and the Dam Dama Sahib —— besides other gurdawaras and Sikh historic places at Amritsar, Anandpur Sahib, Fatehgarh Sahib, Sultanpur Lodhi, Dera Baba Nanak, Chhapar Chiri and others would be covered under the project.
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