The Globe as you know it is changing.
Coming June 2019

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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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For decades, Cambodia Airports has overseen unprecedented growth in the number of passengers passing through the airports of the Kingdom of Wonder – and provided critical services for Cambodians and tourists alike

Glimpsed from the window of an aeroplane, the shining city of Phnom Penh almost looks like it could nestle in the palm of your hand. As the golden spires of the city’s scattered pagodas rise up to meet you, your breath catches in your throat. Once the roar of the wind has settled, you pass through the doors of the plane into the heat of a Cambodian summer and take your first steps into the Kingdom of Wonder.

A growth industry
For 23 years, Cambodia Airports has worked closely with the Royal Government of Cambodia to ensure that the Kingdom’s airports usher crowds of Cambodians and tourists alike smoothly onto the next stage of their journeys. And with almost nine million passengers passing through its three airports in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville in the past year alone, the trust and dialogue that has been a staple of this relationship has never been more important.

Cambodia Airports CEO Éric Delobel said that his company was eager to meet the challenges of Cambodia’s growing popularity as a destination and hub for international travellers.

“Traffic growth momentum is expected to continue and along with it the expansion of the international airports,” he said. “Therefore, we will intensify and accelerate our investments in new facilities, human resources and operational efficiencies to accommodate such growth and further serve our customers.”

At your service
But just as important as its role as a provider of critical infrastructure for the Kingdom, Delobel said, is Cambodia Airports’ ability to provide much-needed services for the millions of travellers who pass through its airports every year.

“The digital transformation is going to significantly reshape the way passengers use airport facilities – self-check-in on and off airport, self-service bag drops and digital signage adjusting to nationalities of passengers,” he said.

“We can meet those needs by further enhancing the quality of service and airport experience with more food and beverage and shopping offerings as well as new services adapted to passengers’ needs such as unlimited and free WiFi.”

Nor is a smooth flight to Siem Reap the only benefit of Cambodia Airports’ investment in the nation’s future. In 2014-2015, the wider socio-economic footprint of Cambodia Airports’ operations amounted to a staggering $2.7 billion of the nation’s gross domestic product – almost a fifth of the Kingdom’s total GDP for that period. More critically, these operations were responsible for 1.7 million jobs across Cambodia, providing much-needed work for one in five working Cambodians.

Putting people first
Equally crucial to Cambodia Airports’ ethos is ensuring that this economic development doesn’t come at the expense of Cambodia’s unmatched environmental heritage. To this end, Cambodia Airports has set forth a comprehensive corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme making sure that profits are reinvested into creating a brighter future for Cambodia and its people.

“Our CSR programme includes three pillars: environmental, social and societal,” Delobel said. “A comprehensive policy for environmental protection – waste water treatment plants, reducing carbon emissions to cope with global climate change; social – providing the best working environment for our personnel in terms of health coverage for them and their family, life insurance, a retirement pension, an employee saving plan; and societal, including a long-term commitment and engagement with neighbouring communities for education, safety, health and preserving Cambodia’s heritage.”