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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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Sihanoukville lands another flight with AirAsia route from Kuala Lumpur

By: By Madeleine Keck - Posted on: August 10, 2017 | Business


A third international flight has been scheduled for Cambodia’s coastal tourism hub as passenger arrivals to the Kingdom continue to soar

An AirAsia aircraft takes off from Sydney International Airport on 12 August 2016.
An AirAsia aircraft takes off from Sydney International Airport on 12 August 2016. Photo:EPA/Joel Carrett

Budget carrier AirAsia delivered its first load of visitors from Kuala Lumpur to Sihanoukville on Wednesday, making Malaysia the third country with a direct flight to Cambodia’s most popular beach destination.

Initially set for four flights a week, the route is expected to help Sihanoukville continue to increase its visitor numbers as part of a government strategy to diversify the tourism industry beyond the world-famous Angkorian temples in Siem Reap province and the capital and commercial hub of Phnom Penh.

“This coastal city in Cambodia presents great potential and dynamic opportunities in terms of tourism, trade and economy which we are happy to be a part of this journey to develop Sihanoukville further,” said Spencer Lee, head of commercial for Malaysia-based AirAsia.

The latest direct flight to Sihanoukville comes about a year after the first international route was launched from Ho Chi Minh City by Cambodia Angkor Air, which has since opened a charter service connecting Sihanoukville and Macau.

While Sihanoukville has long claimed to have an “international” airport, it has only recently started to have the flights and passenger numbers to support the name. The second quarter of 2017 saw a 270% year-on-year increase in tourist arrivals via air, according to government data.

The overall number of visitors to the coast is also steadily rising, though at a much slower clip. The government reported 1.2 million total visitors to Sihanoukville in the first half of 2017, including domestic tourists, a 15 percent increase on last year, according to the Phnom Penh Post.

About 60% of 2.6 million foreign tourists who visited in the first half of 2017 arrived by air, and some 400,000 visited Sihanoukville, making it the Kingdom’s third most popular destination behind Phnom Penh (1.4 million) and Siem Reap (1.2 million), according to the Post.

In December 2016, VINCI Airports, the parent company of Cambodia Airports, started a project to extend the current terminal in Sihanoukville by 80%, from 2,700 square meters to 4,800 square meters, to cater to 500,000 passengers per year.

Éric Delobel, CEO of Cambodia Airports, the company that operates the country’s three international airports in those destinations, said the growth of visitors to Sihanoukville was making it necessary to continue expanding facilities.

“Further improving the airport’s facilities and passenger experience is key, that is why we will inaugurate early 2018 a new terminal in addition of overhauling the runway capacity for bigger aircraft,” he said in a press release on Wednesday.