ADB funds rural projects in Laos ADB funds rural projects in Laos

VIENTIANE, 31 October 2014: The Asian Development Bank has pledged to provide a USD40 million loan of USD43.57 million to develop rural and road Infrastructure in Lao PDR as part of a wider strategy to support the Greater Mekong Sub-region’s tourism. The Lao News Agency reported the loan agreement was signed on Monday at the Ministry of Finance... [Read full story]

Thai agents work with Lao partners Thai agents work with Lao partners

BANGKOK, 31 October 2014: Thai tour operators should partner with travel agents in Lao PDR to encourage tourism and also to boost the number of Chinese tourists travelling through Laos to Thailand. Ambassador of Thailand to Lao PDR, Pisanu Chanvitan, told Association of Thai Travel Agents’ members, through a Skype live cast, Thursday, that the country... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: GTA launches free itinerary builder ITB Asia: GTA launches free itinerary builder

SINGAPORE, 31 October 2014: GTA unveiled a free itinerary builder during ITB Asia that it says will help agents turn a profit by providing new revenue opportunities. Initially a free itinerary builder, Emutrip will allow retail travel agents to create, build, edit and organise their clients’ travel itineraries and present them in an appealing format. GTA... [Read full story]

Myanmar hotel investment grows Myanmar hotel investment grows

YANGON, 31 October 2014: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says foreign investment volume in the hotel sector increased to reach USD2 billion from January to October this year. Local media reported that foreign investment was registered either directly with the hotel ministry, or with state authorities. It totalled a record USD2.3 billion. Major... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: Finalists for Nat Geo awards ITB Asia: Finalists for Nat Geo awards

SINGAPORE, 31 October 2014: The inaugural National Geographic World Legacy Awards a shortlist of 15 finalists during ITB Asia Wednesday. The winners in five categories will be announced at the World Legacy awards ceremony March 2015 at ITB Berlin. The awards are a partnership between National Geographic Society and ITB Berlin to honour leading travel... [Read full story]

Hardy gets PATA’s top post Hardy gets PATA’s top post

BANGKOK, 31 October 2014: Pacific Asia Travel Association confirmed, Thursday, the appointment of Mario Hardy as chief executive officer, effective 1 November. He takes over in a year when the association declared a fiscal surplus for the first time in years, but it very likely that 2015 will be a tough year for the association to repeat that feat,... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: Outrigger sets a steady tack ITB Asia: Outrigger sets a steady tack

SINGAPORE, 31 October 2014: Hawaii home-based Outrigger will continue its expansion in Asia with new resorts in Thailand, Vietnam and China, according to the group chief marketing officer, Sean Dee. Dee presented an update of the resort developer’s plans during a media briefing at ITB Asia, Thursday. Specialising in beach resorts, the group’s has... [Read full story]

Court backs Kerala booze ban Court backs Kerala booze ban

NEW DELHI, 31 October 2014: An Indian court on Thursday upheld a ban on alcohol served in most bars in the southern tropical state of Kerala popular with tourists, in a major blow to hoteliers. The Kerala High Court backed the state government’s plans to introduce almost complete prohibition in a bid to tackle the area’s drinking problem. Justice... [Read full story]

ANA profits soar ANA profits soar

TOKYO, 31 October 2014: Japan’s All Nippon Airways said Thursday its half-year net profit soared 78% as an expansion of one of Tokyo’s airports boosted the carrier’s international business. The airline earned 35.77 billion yen (USD328 million) against a 20.07 billion net profit a year earlier, while April-September sales rose 9.1%... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: Call for action to ease visas ITB Asia: Call for action to ease visas

SINGAPORE, 30 October 2014: The travel industry has to do more to convince governments to streamline or eliminate visa requirements, World  Travel and Tourism Council CEO, David Scowsill, told an ITB Asia press briefing Wednesday. Commenting on the challenges the travel industry faces, he said it was imperative to get over the message that easing visas... [Read full story]

Best Western heads to Genting Best Western heads to Genting

SINGAPORE, 30 October 2014: Best Western International’s expansion in Malaysia continues with the addition of new managed property in Genting Highlands due to open in 2016. The company released details on the opening day of ITB Asia  indicating it would grown in Malaysia from four properties to 16 over the next three years. Attending the trade fair,... [Read full story]

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Singapore hosts 2015 SEA Games

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Learning to live simply in the highlands

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Travel Deals

Winter discount cheer

SINGAPORE, 29 October 2014: Preferred Hotel Group today announced the launch of its annual winter sale that offers... 

Two travel cheaper

BANGKOK, 28 October 2014: Thai Airways International offers “Europe GV2” promotional fares for a minimum of... 

Amex and JUJI in partnership deal

SINGAPORE, 27 October 2014: Hotel and air booking website, ZUJI, has announced a partnership with American Express... 


Dressed for a Bond night

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Errors of website browsing

CHIANG RAI, 9 October 2014: I seem to have spent a lifetime waiting for Windows to open and shut, or the internet... 

Soaking up St Regis

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