From tourist to food tour boss

Whether it’s offering durians or ‘chopeing’ seats in hawker centres, Wok ‘n’ Stroll’s founder and CEO Karni Tomer, a finalist in Best Customer Service for Tourist Guiding in Singapore Tourism Awards 2018, tells Pamela Chow how she leaves a lasting impression on clients

A portal that helps travellers to visualise their trips

A quest to simplify holiday bookings online led Aaron Sarma to launch Touristly in March 2015 as a travel portal offering tours, attractions, activities...

An experienced hand at turning shophouses into hotels

Founder and managing director of investment property company 8M Real Estate, Ashish Manchharam, has an affinity with shophouses, having grown up in one and...

Making instant connections

Thuan Dao, founder of BedLinker in Vietnam, is on a mission to leave tedious B2B booking processes behind. Having spent 15 years working in reservation...

A young chief charged with leading a young brand

At just 31, Roy Liang may have accelerated up the hospitality ladder to become general manager of Singapore’s Oakwood debut, Oakwood Premier OUE Singapore....

Budding agency shoots for the stars

Stumbling upon a specialisation was just the start of this young Maldivian tour operator. Building its reputation as a production coordinator for commercial shoots came next.

An accessible tourism initiative built on Blind Faith

What was initially borne out of the need to fulfil a one-off request at Hotel Ramada Ajmer has evolved into a scalable and open-source...

New Korean tour company offers cute ‘oppas’ for hire

Rather than dream of meeting an oppa in South Korea, you can now hire one as your personal tour guide. Popularised by the K-wave, the term...

PATA picks Maldivian star as Face of the Future

Abdulla Ghiyas, president of the Maldives Association of Travel Agents and Tour Operators (MATATO), has been named the 2018 PATA Face of the Future. MATATO...

Travel Anywhr in the world on secret trips

It was one fateful trip to Europe without a fixed itinerary that spurred Zelia Leong to come up with the idea for Anywhr, a...

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