Japan and other nations condemned with outrage and horror the beheading purportedly by the Islamic State group of a Japanese journalist. (Reuters photo)
The UN tourism agency is upbeat about travel this year with more holidaymakers hitting the skies, and Asia-Pacific will be one of their main destinations.
With the ruble in a free-fall and showing no signs of recovery, local businesses in Pattaya that rely heavily on Russian tourism are starting to suffer.
The government and officials are talking tough about ending encroachment on Thap Lan and other national parks, but efforts to reclaim land are being hampered.