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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Cambodia’s own travel booking platform targets jet-setting families and locals

By: Janelle Retka - Posted on: October 16, 2018 | Business

Domestic holiday travel for Cambodians is often group-orientated – but that comes with the struggle of finding a car park and space for the whole crew to sleep. The new hotel booking service Bayonia.com, with 5,000 subscribers and a goal of 10,000 by the end of the year, wants to make travel seamless. A year and 85 featured hotels since its launch, founder Meas Sinal speaks with Southeast Asia Globe about what sets his booking service apart

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Bayonia.com founder Meas Sinal provides a travel booking platform tailored for Cambodians

Tell us about what Bayonia.com does…
Bayonia is the leading Cambodian hotel booking platform for local travellers who love to travel with families, kids and groups of friends. This could be a weekend getaway to the beach, festivals in Angkor Wat or trips on public holidays to see nature. Bayonia provides exclusive access to boutique hotels, luxury hotels and resorts… [for an] experience tailor-made for Cambodians.

What sets your company apart from established booking platforms like Booking.com?
Bayonia is a smaller, curated collection of accommodations approved by our team and specifically selected to appeal to the Cambodian market. We provide hotel rooms for local travellers who have different requirements. At Bayonia, they can easily find rooms for more than three people (like for families), hotels with parking space (because people here mostly travel by car), hotels with activities for children (because that’s a luxury that Cambodian middle-class families desire). In the future, we will also provide locals with tours and programmes nearby the hotels. Also, the price range is special for locals, and we negotiate special deals for our clients.

Since launching your platform in late 2017, your company has listed hotels in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kep and Kampot. What are your future expansion plans, both in Cambodia and beyond?
We will soon add Battambang and other provincial capitals as well as popular weekend destinations around Phnom Penh. We are already talking to potential partners in Myanmar and Laos, since the markets and customer needs there are similar… [But for] now, we are focusing on leading the market in Cambodia and then exploring other countries. Our main competitors are of course the big platforms like Booking.com and the hotels themselves. In Cambodia, Booking.com has partnered up with Agoda [of Singapore]. But the main reason why we chose the niche market for families and local travellers is because there is no competition yet.

This article was published in the October 2018 edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here.