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Bank bullish on tax break Bank bullish on tax break

BANGKOK, 2 December 2016: Kasikorn Research Centre says a THB15,000 tourism tax break effective this December should generate an additional income of THB2,000 to THB4,000 million for domestic tourism. The bank’s think-tank unit said domestic tourism was crucial for the country’s economy  and the market should generate around THB800,000 million,... [Read full story]

Hai Phong lays out tourism plan Hai Phong lays out tourism plan

HAI PHONG, 2 December 2016: Hai Phong City is expected to become a major coastal resort cluster in Vietnam’s northern region under a development plan for 2016 to 2020 that has project objectives that will extend to 2030. Local media reported under the plan, some key tourist sites in the city will be developed to become national and international tourist... [Read full story]

Lao province improves tourism Lao province improves tourism

OUDOMXAY, 1 December 2016: Tourism authorities in the Lao province of Oudomxay are leading joint private-public projects to develop new attractions and build human resources. Lao News Agency reported the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Department has started training courses for hospitality services to improve skills in the hospitality... [Read full story]

Cambodia woos Henan’s airlines Cambodia woos Henan’s airlines

PHNOM PENH, 2 December 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism wants more direct flight between the country and China’s central province of Henan to boost tourism. Agence Kampuchea Presse reported Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying he had asked the Chinese province of Henan to encourage more direct flights to Cambodia. The minister made the request... [Read full story]

Vietnam’s tourism up 24% in November Vietnam’s tourism up 24% in November

HANOI, 2 December 2016: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 926,642 international visitors in November representing an increase of 24.9% over same month last year. China was the top supply market with 251,671 visits improving 43.1%. Other top performers were South Korea, Japan, Russia and the United States. Thailand... [Read full story]

Thailand: National holiday 5 December Thailand: National holiday 5 December

BANGKOK, 2 December 2016: Thais will pay respects, nationwide, to the Late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Monday 5 December, a public holiday that marks his birthday. The work break extends from 3 to 5 December, providing Thailand residents with a long–weekend to return home to be with their families and pay respect to the Late King, who passed... [Read full story]

San Francisco’s St Regis sold San Francisco’s St Regis sold

BETHESDA, US, 2 December 2016: Marriott International announced, Thursday, it has completed the sale of its St Regis San Francisco hotel for approximately USD175 million to Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). Marriott will continue to manage the hotel under a long-term management contract with new owner. “We have a strong and successful partnership... [Read full story]

Canada gives Mexico visa-free entry Canada gives Mexico visa-free entry

OTTAWA, 2 December 2016: Canada on Thursday rescinded travel restrictions on Mexicans, which were imposed in 2009 in an attempt to stem bogus refugee claims but became a major irritant in bilateral relations. The move comes as President-elect Donald Trump looks to restrict illegal entries from Mexico to the United States by building a massive border... [Read full story]

Welcome year-end tax break Welcome year-end tax break

BANGKOK, 1 December 2016: Thailand reintroduced, Tuesday, a tourism stimulus package that offers Thai citizens a THB15,000 tax break when they buy a domestic tour packages, or hotel accommodation. According to the Thai Cabinet statement, the measure came into effect today, 1 December and expires at the end of the year. Prime Minister’s Office’s... [Read full story]

Maclean leads Anam team Maclean leads Anam team

NHA TRANG, VIETNAM, 1 December 2016: A colonial-styled beachfront resort, The Anam, has hired veteran hotelier Duncan MacLean to head its management team. His career spans 40 years in the hotel industry with more than 20 pioneering projects in Asia. MacLean takes the reins at The Anam in the role of general manager ahead of the hotel’s grand opening... [Read full story]

Time Out names fun cities Time Out names fun cities

LONDON, 1 December 2016: Chicago, a city credited with having the highest murder rate in the US, has been declared the world’s most fun city to live in, while Melbourne comes in second, Lisbon third and New York fourth, according to the Time Out City Index. The annual survey asked 20,000 people in 18 cities, worldwide, 80 questions to measure... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

ASEAN rolls out 50th campaign tours

SINGAPORE, 10 November 2016: Fifty specially chosen cross border travel products will help to attract more visitors... 

ASEAN taps one in 10 investment dollars

BANGKOK, 4 November 2016: One in 10 of all tourism investment dollars will go to ASEAN countries over the next... 

Visit ASEAN@50 branding launched

VIENTIANE, 8 September 2016: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, revealed, Wednesday, the branding for... 

Surveys

Free Wi-Fi tops tourist list

BANGKOK, 17 November 2016: Free Wi-Fi is a top item for consideration when booking a hotel, according to Expedia... 

Booking trends at theme parks

BASINGSTOKE, UK, 15 November 2016: New research highlights how travellers want to pre-book more of their travel... 

Gen Z no regrets list

SINGAPORE, 8 November 2016: So-called gap-year travel is a priority for those born after 1995, (21 or younger)... 

Travel Deals

Cheap fares to Europe

BANGKOK, 2 December 2016: Finnair offers a “Holiday Deals to Europe” promotion for passengers for travel to... 

THAI returns to Moscow

BANGKOK, 1 December 2016: Thai Airways International will resume flights to Moscow, 15 December, with a cheap fare... 

Lion on the offensive

HAT YAI, 1 December 2016: Thai Lion Air launches a promotional fare for travel on the Hat Yai- Udon Thani route,... 

Travel Logs

Sydney summer draws a crowd

SYDNEY, 2 December 2016: More than 10 million overnight and day trip visitors are expected to visit Sydney during... 

Cycling in the footsteps of White Rajahs

SINGAPORE, 3 November 2016: A week-long cycling “Fort-to-Fort” trail launched, earlier in October, by the state’s... 

Finland flies with stopover promo

SINGAPORE, 27 October 2016: Finland’s tourism leaders were busy at last week’s ITB Asia promoting the destination... 

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