Chulalongkorn Memorial Day Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

BANGKOK, 21 October 2016: Thailand has a public holiday, Monday, a substitution day to remember King Chulalongkorn the Great who reigned, 1 October 1868 to 23 October 1910. October 23, known officially as King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, falls on Sunday and this year marks the 106th anniversary of his death. The King is credited with saving Thailand... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: Electronic visas fund branding ITB Asia: Electronic visas fund branding

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: Nations need to embrace technology and introduce online visa approval as the first step to remove pain points in the travel experience. World Travel and Tourism Council president and CEO, David Scowsill, told ITB Asia’s  opening press conference that adopting online and electronic visa approval was the way forward. He... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: HG Travel seeks joint ventures ITB Asia: HG Travel seeks joint ventures

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: Founded in Vietnam 20 years ago, HG Travel is spreading its wings in the regional destination management sector opening offices in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Rebranded HG Travel Asia, the company has now expanded beyond Indochina, opening offices Thailand and Myanmar earlier this year. Headquartered in Hanoi the company extended... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: FMI Air checks out tour market ITB Asia: FMI Air checks out tour market

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: FMI Air’s sales team attending ITB Asia confirmed the airline would soon take delivery of a ATR72-600 to support expansion. The aircraft is currently undergoing a change of livery to FMI colours and logo. The airline’s sales representative is attending ITB Asia for the first time. [Read full story]  Read More →

ITB Asia: Cable car adds new line ITB Asia: Cable car adds new line

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: Faber Peak, a hilltop attraction facing Sentosa, makes its debut at ITB Asia this year. Best known for its cable car that spans the narrow sea channel between Singapore and Sentosa, the 100-metre high peak is now positioning itself as an attraction for overseas visitors. The cable car and peak were side-by-side at ITB Asia... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: Three is not a crowd ITB Asia: Three is not a crowd

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: ITB’s decision to launch two additional travel shows in Asia, one in China and the other in India, is not viewed as competition for ITB Asia according to executive director Katrina Leung. Commenting on Messe Berlin’s expansion in the travel show markets of China and India, she countered criticism that it could cannibalize... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: ASEAN names partners for anniversary gig ITB Asia: ASEAN names partners for anniversary gig

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has entered exclusive partnerships with AirAsia, Mastercard and TTG Travel Trade Publishing to promote the Visit ASEAN@50 campaign worldwide. The announcement on the partnerships for the anniversary campaign was made during ITB Asia, Thursday. There are fears that the deal... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: Murray launch at trade show ITB Asia: Murray launch at trade show

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: Murray’s marketing team were touting the luxury of their new hotel that opens in Hong Kong this month. Launching the property to the trade at this week’s ITB Asia in Singapore, the team was led by the hotel’s managing director David Palmer. Murray under the management of Niccolo Hotels has 336 rooms and is located on... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: Marriott opens in Chengdu ITB Asia: Marriott opens in Chengdu

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts announced, Thursday, on the sidelines of ITB Asia,  the opening the JW Marriott Hotel Chengdu. The new, 345-room five-star hotel offers sweeping views of Chengdu’s newest landmarks, the Sichuan Library and Chengdu Museum, and is centrally located in the hub of the city’s business district. Featuring... [Read full story]

IHG introduces more boutique brands IHG introduces more boutique brands

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: InterContinental Hotels Group outlined plans, Thursday, to strengthen its position in the lifestyle hotel segment in Asia, Middle East & Africa. IHG will introduce its EVEN Hotels brand to Australia and New Zealand, while expanding its existing Hotel Indigo brand portfolio, and will introduce Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants... [Read full story]

TripAdvisor: Top spots to dine TripAdvisor: Top spots to dine

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: TripAdvisor released details of its Travellers’ Choice™ awards for top restaurants around the world, earlier this week. This year’s awards recognise 528 restaurants overall, including the top 25 fine dining spots, worldwide, and dedicated lists for Asia, Canada, Europe, India, Mexico, South America, South Pacific,... [Read full story]

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