Vietnam’s car rules ease Vietnam’s car rules ease

HANOI, 30 June 2015: Travel companies and event sponsors overseas will be have an easier time getting their overland caravans into Vietnam starting 1 August, if the cars are left-hand drive. The improvements are not perfect, but they remove a seat capacity obstacle that made it difficult to organise car caravans in Vietnam with cars that had more... [Read full story]

App flags Yangon taxis App flags Yangon taxis

YANGON, 30 June 2015: A new mobile phone application linking passengers with taxi drivers has officially launched in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar Township. The application claimed to be the latest initiative to help reduce traffic congestion in Myanmar’s car-clogged commercial capital. Irrawaddy media reported the phone application, named “hoho,”... [Read full story]

Thai tour guides face dress code Thai tour guides face dress code

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015: Professional Tourist Guide Association of Thailand says the Department of Tourism should delay a plan to dress all registered guides in Thailand in uniforms. Last Friday, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism announced it would introduce uniforms to help identify registered guides and add more pressure on... [Read full story]

How Hong Kong citizens travel How Hong Kong citizens travel

HONG KONG, 30 June 2015: Japan is the top destination for Hong Kong citizens with Taiwan in second place, according to the latest visa card survey. Thailand and Korea trailed the leaders in third and fourth place in the popularity holiday stakes based on feedback from 800 card holders resident in Hong Kong . But the surey also showed wherever Hong Kong... [Read full story]

Malaysia in carnival mode Malaysia in carnival mode

PUTRAJAYA, 30 June 2015: Malaysia’s biggest shopping extravaganza –– the annual 1Malaysia Mega Sale Carnival and 1Malaysia Unified Sale –– are back again, offering huge discounts and promotional activities put together by malls, retail stalls and other participating retailers throughout Malaysia. Running for over two months until 31 August,... [Read full story]

Greening hotel keeping Greening hotel keeping

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015: Judging by the turnout at Monday’s Green Hotel Supplier and Consumer Conference, hoteliers are keen to be green especially when they are buying services and products. Around 130 hoteliers attended the event joined by more than 70 suppliers. Sponsored by the Green Leaf Foundation, Human Resources Management Club and the Thai... [Read full story]

Spain’s Airbnb outplays hotels Spain’s Airbnb outplays hotels

MADRID, 30 June 2015: Beds listed by online home rental services like Airbnb in Spain surpassed the number on offer by hotels last year, a study published by Spanish tourism sector body Exceltur showed. Airbnb and other similar sites listed 2.7 million beds in Spain at the end of 2014, compared to 2.4 million beds available at hotels and other traditional... [Read full story]

EU lifts safety ban on Philippine airlines EU lifts safety ban on Philippine airlines

MANILA, 30 June 2015: Philippine airlines will no longer be banned from flying into Europe, aviation authorities said late last week after the European Union removed all remaining Philippine carriers from its safety blacklist. The EU list, which has included Philippine airlines since 2010, bars from operating in European airspace any airlines it deems... [Read full story]

China’s Great Wall erodes China’s Great Wall erodes

BEIJING, 30 June 2015: Around 30% of China’s Ming-era Great Wall has disappeared over time as adverse natural conditions and reckless human activities — including stealing the bricks to build houses — erode the UNESCO World Heritage site, state media reported. The Great Wall is not a single unbroken structure but stretches for thousands... [Read full story]

Bayon flies to HCMC Bayon flies to HCMC

PHNOM PENH, 29 June 2015: Cambodia Bayon Airlines, a low-cost Chinese-owned airline, will launch daily flights between Phnom Penh and Ho Chi Minh City beginning 1 July. The new flight follows on from the launch of domestic flights from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. The management is already complaining about tough domestic market conditions.... [Read full story]

ATTA predicts a record year ATTA predicts a record year

BANGKOK, 29 June 2015: Association of Thai Travel Agents says Thailand tourism in the second half of this year will enjoy positive growth. Speaking at the association monthly meeting, late last week, ATTA president Charoen Wangananont, said travel booked through member companies reached 2.59 million by 20 June. In contrast  agents handled 3.24 million... [Read full story]

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