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Thailand off course on Tour hosting plans – ASO

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Julien Pretot BANGKOK/PARIS (Reuters) – Thailand boldly announced they were in talks to host the Tour de France on Thursday, much to the surprise of organisers of the world’s greatest cycle race who said they were only discussing staging a low key one-day in the Southeast Asian nation. The Tourism Authority of Thailand said they had been buoyed by fruitful talks with Jean-Etienne Amaury, Chairman of the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) who organise the Tour de France, last month in Paris and were working on how much of the great race they would stage. …

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Don Quijote leads Japan tourism push to rake in sales

By Chang-Ran Kim TOKYO (Reuters) – While Japanese retailers struggle to cope with the burden of a sales tax hike, discount store operator Don Quijote Holdings aims to extend its 25-year run of rising profits by taking a different approach: turning Japan into a tourist mecca. Foreign tourists flock to its chain of 24-hour mega-stores for midnight shopping sprees, spending on average almost 20 times more than the typical Japanese shopper. Other retailers are looking to follow Don Quijote’s lead as Japan on Wednesday expands the list of items eligible for duty-free shopping. …

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