Food for Thought: Socially Responsible Restaurants

Asia is known for its foodie culture. But when you venture out to sample the local cuisine, wouldn’t it be great to know that you’re also helping someone in need?

Luckily for us, places that pride themselves on fresh, wholesome food with a social conscience are popping up all over Asia.

Check out these restaurants that support the local communities and help disadvantaged youth cook their way to a better future:

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ICS Travel Group appoints José Gregorio Manzo as Sales Manager for Spain, Portugal and Italy

Jose Gregorio Manzo - Sales Manager

We are pleased to announce the addition of a new sales manager to our global sales team. Based in Barcelona, José Gregorio Manzo will take on the position of Sales Manager for Spain, Portugal and Italy.

José was born in Venezuela but grew up in Italy where he studied tourism in university. He is fluent in Spanish, Italian, French and English, and is an expert in the Latin European markets. An avid traveller, he has explored many of the world’s most exotic destinations.

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8 Alternative Asian Destinations for Christmas

Fed up of the cold weather and the dark days? Don’t feel like cooking Christmas dinner for the entire family, and maybe more? A last-minute Christmas getaway to Asia is the perfect solution.

Whether you want to don your party hat and celebrate, or would rather just escape from it all, here are our suggestions for an alternative festive season:

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Dark Tourism – Do you Dare?

As we approach Halloween, let’s move away from sundrenched beaches and ancient temples and take a trip into the heartbreak and despair of ‘dark tourism’.

Remembering the macabre past of a country is important to understand where that country is today, to educate ourselves and learn from past mistakes.

Here are our suggestions for grisly but necessary places to visit:

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Once upon a time…

From ancient kingdoms and legendary heroes to mythical creatures and ethereal ghosts, Asia is steeped in local legends.

Many of these myths were born from civilisations responsible for creating art, monuments and feats of engineering, the likes of which we struggle to comprehend today. So let’s ask the question – did they really have to rely on stories that existed in their imaginations only, or were they based on true events…

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7 Scenic Marathons with Views Worth Travelling for

Push your limits on your next holiday and combine it with a running event. Asia is host to some amazing marathons in locations of exceptional natural beauty and historical significance. These events allow you to venture into places inaccessible by road and to experience the friendliness and amazement of the locals.

We’ve put together a list of our favourite races in the region, all of which have long and short distances for both runners and walkers.

So arrange your travel itinerary around these scenic races and start training!

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Lost in Translation!

It’s so easy to get lost in translation in Asia as the languages are full of idioms, double entendre and wordplay. Some are derived from the culture and lifestyle, while others are just a result of a cheeky sense of humour!

Here are some words and phrases for which there is no translation, while others mean something quite different to their literal translation:

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