Penang targets non-traditional tourists

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They may do it for work, or for fun. Whatever it is, travellers of all sorts are finding Penang irresistible.

Greg Caplan, the founder of Remote Year, was three seas and two continents away when I called him. His team of six was in Slovenia, with 75 Remote Year participants. This is their maiden voyage, and it will last precisely a year. They visit 12 destinations, staying for a month each time.
Tourism has been a money earner for a long time, and when Unesco listed George Town as a World Heritage Site, it didn’t take very long for everyone to realise that tourism is going to become even bigger business.

Remote Year was founded with the idea that people can work and travel at the same time. Those who join the project continue to work for their companies, but instead of clocking in and out every day, they’re chasing the summer throughout the year. It’s a long distance relationship – with your boss and colleagues.


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