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Indigo flies to Bangkok Indigo flies to Bangkok

BANGKOK, 19 September 2014: Indigo, a low-cost Indian airline, will launch two daily flights connecting Bangkok with Kolkata effective 26 September. The airline president and executive director, Aditya Ghosh, said the new flights would help to consolidate IndiGo’s position as the fastest growing airline in India. “Flights from Kolkata to Bangkok... [Read full story]

Myanmar rides travel boom Myanmar rides travel boom

YANGON, 19 September 2014: Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says Myanmar could reach a target of 3 million international tourists by year-end. The tourism minister, Htay Aung, told local media that almost 2 million tourists visited Myanmar from 1 April (start of Myanmar’s fiscal year) and the end of August, an increase of 40% over the same period last... [Read full story]

HCMC looks at tram option HCMC looks at tram option

HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 September 2014: Electric trams plying downtown streets in Ho Chi Minh City could become a reality as early next May as city officials battle with rising traffic pollution. According to HCMC Transport Department, the trams would reduce air and noise pollution on inner city streets. Also the city will transform Nguyen Hue Street into... [Read full story]

Minister thinks weekends need more tourists Minister thinks weekends need more tourists

BANGKOK, 19 September 2014: Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul outlines a policy to restore the country tourism sector to reach a revenue target of THB2.2 trillion in 2015. The tourism minister said one key factor to boost the sector was to make Thailand a “regional weekend destination” and one of the top five Asian sport venues. That... [Read full story]

Wego goes for TV campaign Wego goes for TV campaign

SINGAPORE, 19 September 2014: Wego, a leading travel search site in the Asia Pacific and Middle East, has developed the company’s first television and online video campaign. The campaign, consisting of a series of ads to run across television and YouTube was inspired by personal travel choices and initially launched  in Indonesia in early August... [Read full story]

Party islands are risky Party islands are risky

BANGKOK, 19 September 2014: The British Embassy in Bangkok issued a statement on behalf of the UK warning citizens to exercise caution while travelling in Thailand after two British tourists were murdered on Tao island in Surat Thani on Monday. The embassy noted in the website message that 800,000 British nationals visit Thailand every year. Most visits... [Read full story]

TAT taps ASEAN markets TAT taps ASEAN markets

BANGKOK, 19 September 2014: The Tourism Authority of Thailand is launching its ‘ASEAN to Thailand’ project with the key objective of enhancing recognition of Thailand as an attractive and fun place to visit in the heart of ASEAN. Media trips are the core feature of the promotion that will be organised this month to key towns in central Thailand. TAT... [Read full story]

HCMC tourism should go it alone HCMC tourism should go it alone

HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 September 2014: Tourism should spin off into a new independent department, rather than be controlled by the city’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The proposal was presented, late last week, at an extraordinary meeting of the city’s People’s Council based on the assertion that combining culture, sports and tourism... [Read full story]

Air France cuts 60% of flights Air France cuts 60% of flights

PARIS, 19 September 2014: French flag carrier Air France was forced to scrap around 60% of flights Thursday, as unions rejected a fresh offer to end a strike now in its fourth day. Pilots’ union SNPL slapped down as “largely insufficient” an offer from Air France to limit the operations of its low-cost subsidiary Transavia France,... [Read full story]

EU court backs luggage fees EU court backs luggage fees

LUXEMBOURGE, 19 September 2014: Airlines are within their rights to charge passengers extra for checked-in luggage, Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday in a decision that will be welcomed by low-cost carriers. The European Court of Justice upheld a challenge by Spanish budget carrier Vueling Airlines against a Spanish law that prohibits airlines... [Read full story]

PATA CEO resigns PATA CEO resigns

PHNOM PENH, 18 September 2014: PATA CEO Matin Craigs has resigned from the Pacific Asia Travel Association, effective this November. He informed PATA board members late Wednesday in what was called a confidential advisory memo from the PATA CEO to  board members. His resignation letter was made public by ETN Global News earlier today. His resignation... [Read full story]

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Singapore hosts 2015 SEA Games

SINGAPORE, 1 September 2014: The Southeast Asian Games will once again return to Singapore in 2015, after a 22-year... 

Cambodia’s tourism short of staff

PHNOM PENH, 19 May 2014: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism says the country’s tourism sector is growing at an... 

Surveys

On the trail of Mekong Dolphins

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Dolphins: Stars of the Mekong River

CAMBODIA, 10 May 2013: Tourism is one of the top three contributors to Cambodia’s GDP (12% in 2012, US$2 billion),... 

Learning to live simply in the highlands

MAE HONG SON, 11 December 2012: If Muang Pon, a Tai Yai community featured in our last issue, is an example of... 

Travel Deals

Dusit packages for school break

BANGKOK, 18 September 2014: Targeting family travel during the October school break, Dusit offers guests two packages... 

THAI cuts fares on domestic routes

BANGKOK, 17 September 2014: Thai Airways International offers a “Pre Winter 2014” promotion for travel on selected... 

AirAsia X cuts family fares

SEPANG, 16 September 2014: AirAsia X, the long-haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group is offering... 

Blogs

Soaking up St Regis

BANGKOK, 10 September 2014: It was an auspicious day at St Regis properties worldwide, last Thursday, 4 September.... 

The baggage fee sting

BANGKOK, 28 August 2014: It’s ironic that a guy from the records business managed to show aviation’s big wigs... 

Delighted CEOs excited over nought

BANGKOK, 26 August 2014: There is a common thread to media announcements released by enthusiastic public relations...