Smart Passports Coming to Asia

Members of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are embracing the future with plans to develop a “smart” passport. “Passports are among the most valuable documents in mass use today and it is essential that we use the latest technology to protect them from theft and fraud,” said Raymond Wong, Assistant Director, Hong Kong Immigration […]

Young Frankenstein: The Musical?

After the success of the stage version of his 1968 movie The Producers, Mel Brooks hopes to strike gold again by adapting his 1974 film Young Frankenstein for the musical theatre. What the hey? It already had one musical number — the monster performing “Puttin’ on the Ritz” — why not more? “Whether it comes […]

Catching Up with the News

Whew! This week has been a bear. I haven’t been getting enough sleep so I haven’t been able to write posts for this blog. Did you miss me? 😉 Horror Genre Gets Its Own Video on Demand Network Comcast and Sony Pictures Entertainment announced recently that they plan to launch a video-on-demand (VOD) network featuring […]

Space Tourism Update: Spaceport Planned for Singapore

Space Adventures Ltd, the company that took the world’s first three space tourists to the International Space Station, is working with a consortium in Singapore on a $115 million base to launch rockets for suborbital flights. “The commercial possibilities of space tourism are enormous,” Nick Marrett, founder of Octtane and member of the consortium said. […]

Updates to Stories in The Genre Traveler

Expedition Everest Disney World’s “Expedition Everest” ride, mentioned on page 6 of the January issue of The Genre Traveler, was unveiled for 1,500 travel trade professionals and media last Friday, April 7. The 3.5 minute ride was a collaborative effort between Walt Disney Imagineering, The Discovery Channel and Conservation International. For more information, visit www.disneyeverest.com/?CMP=KNC-EverestGoogle&HBX_PK=Expedition+Everest&HBX_OU=50 […]