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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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Tourism / Southeast Asia sees largest worldwide increase of tourists during first quarter of 2018

By: Lesly Lotha - Posted on: July 9, 2018 | Featured

Tourist numbers in Southeast Asia increased by 10% in the first four months of 2018, the largest such growth of any region in the world, according to a recent report by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)

A tourist takes a photo at Cai Rang floating market, Vietnam Photo: Anh Dung

The steep increase in the region far exceeds the international average of 6% and has put Southeast Asia on course to earn more than the $131.1 billion it took on tourist receipts in 2017. Many other countries in the region saw double-digit growth, including Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Cambodia.

The reason for the rapid growth could be down to countries beginning to understand the importance of tourism as a contributor to socio-economic development, UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili wrote in an email to Southeast Asia Globe.

“It is also a reflection of growing regional integration and air connectivity…[and] reflects strong demand from Northeast Asian source markets, particularly China and the Republic of Korea, but also from Australia, Russia and Western European markets,” Pololikashvili added.

Vietnam saw the largest increase in the number of arrivals, with a 25.2% growth in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year.

Pololikashvili pointed to visa exemptions for major European markets and a new tourism law that came in last year as possible reasons.

Cambodia’s huge temple complex Angkor Wat continues to attract tourists, and in 2016 contributed $2.4 billion towards the country’s economy. China, meanwhile, overtook Vietnam as the number-one source of visitors to Cambodia, with 1 million Chinese tourists flocking to the Kingdom in 2017.

Thailand has seen a huge increase in tourists in the past decade, and now sits fourth on the list of income garnered from tourist receipts, behind the US, Spain and France, raking in a whopping $57.5 billion in 2017.

Earlier this year, both Thailand and the Philippines temporarily closed off popular tourist sites due to environmental issues. The former imposed a short ban on tourists visiting Maya Bay, made famous by the film The Beach starring Leonardo DiCaprio, while the latter announced a six-month closure of Boracay Island, with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte describing it as a “cesspool”. It remains to be seen how much impact such closures will have on the flow of visitors to the countries.

The UNTWO report comes with a caveat. It looked at selected countries in the first four months of the year, which is low season in many countries, so it doesn’t necessarily indicate a full-year trend. But with UNTWO’s forecast of just a 4% to 5% increase for 2018 having already been surpassed, the outlook for the current May to August period is one of the most optimistic forecasts the agency has made in a decade.

Pololikashvili stressed that tourism plays an important role worldwide, being “a key driver for many of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

“Regarding tourism’s role in development around the world, tourism accounts for 7% of worldwide exports, one in 11 jobs and 10% of the world’s GDP,” he said. “The tourism sector, if well managed, can foster inclusive economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets.”