LUANG PRABANG, 3 August 2015: Lao and Thai provincial authorities will survey the potential for boat travel focusing on a stretch of the Mekong river from World Heritage town of Luang Prabang to Loei province in Thailand.
Luang Prabang province’s Public Works and Transport Department deputy director, Bounkhong Souksavat, told Vientiane Times... [Read full story]
HANOI, 3 August 2015: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism expects tourist arrivals from five western European countries to increase by 50% in the next three years, all because it offering visa-free travel.
VNAT bases its optimism on the new visa exemptions that kicked in last month for citizens of the five nations.
However, the visa-free facility... [Read full story]
CHIANG MAI, 3 August 2015: A visa exemption for citizens of both Thailand and Myanmar will be effective 11 August .
Foreign ministers of both countries signed off on the agreement during the Eight Meeting of Thailand-Myanmar Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation in Chiang Mai last week.
Thailand Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs,... [Read full story]
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015: The newly-launched Skal International Club in Krabi, Thailand, was officially welcomed by the province’s vice-governor, Narong Wonsiv, over the weekend.
He was the principal guest of honour at a reception and dinner to celebrate the launch of Thailand’s seventh Skal club.
The vice-governor said he was confident that the formation... [Read full story]
SAINT-ANDRÉ, FRANCE, 3 August 2015: Investigators probing missing flight MH370 collected more debris on an Indian Ocean island Sunday as Malaysia urged authorities in the region to be on alert for wreckage washing up on their shores.
Locals on La Reunion island have been combing the shores since a Boeing 777 wing part was found, last Wednesday, sparking... [Read full story]
LONDON, 3 August 2015: International Airlines Group, which owns British Airways and Iberia, announced a rise in net profits in the second quarter at the weekend thanks to falling costs and fuel bills.
Earnings after taxation rose by 28% to 358 million euros (USD392 million) in the three months to June.
Operating profit rose by 40% to 530 million euros,... [Read full story]
CANNES, 3 August 2015: While some residents have grumbled at the closure of a beach for his French Riviera holiday, King Salman and his 1,000-strong entourage are winning hearts in Cannes, where their big-spending ways are cheered by local traders.
The Saudi monarch’s choice of Vallauris Golfe-Juan near Cannes for his holiday in the sun has generated... [Read full story]
PARIS, 3 August 2015: France’s Accor Hotels announced a 52% increase in profits, late last week, for the first half of 2015 and outlined ambitious targets for the full year.
The world’s sixth-largest hotel group said second quarter sales rose 3% to 1.5 billion euros from 1.46 billion the same period last year, surpassing average forecasts... [Read full story]
BANGKOK, 3 August 2015: Travel Impact Newswire, a leading alternative-perspective online publication covering travel and tourism, has launched what is claimed to be the first Early Warning Report designed to alert the tourism and hospitality industry, worldwide, to looming risks and threats in a rapidly changing world.
Focussing on subjects ranging... [Read full story]
KAYIN STATE, 29 July 2015: Kayin State will be the first state to officially establish bed and breakfast accommodation in Myanmar even before nation-wide licensing is in place for guest houses .
The state government has approved two of seven applications to open a B&B at Thandaunggyi, a colonial-era hill station in northern Kayin State about a... [Read full story]
DANANG, 29 July 2015: Danang authorities are warning citizens and visitors they will be fined for littering the city’s beaches.
The campaign attempts to instill better civic behaviour in public places and promote a clean and safe environment for tourism.
The fines are minimal at USD2.4 to USD4.8 for beach littering.
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