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Bagan style pagoda to join heritage list Bagan style pagoda to join heritage list

BAGAN, 3 September 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture has proposed that Kyaukse township’s Tamote Shin Pin Shwe Gu Gyi Pagoda be listed as an ancient heritage site. A Myanmar Times report quoted Mandalay’s Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library director, U Nyo Myint Htun, saying the nomination was waiting approval from the Union... [Read full story]

TCEB pays to win meetings TCEB pays to win meetings

BANGKOK, 3 September 2015: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau plans to explore on new markets next year to gain more major events and continue its policy of paying organisers to arrange events in the country. TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said MICE strategies for 2016 will embrace markets in South Africa, eastern Europe and the Middle... [Read full story]

Bomb ripples reach Cambodia Bomb ripples reach Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 3 September 2015: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism says international tourist arrivals to the country, via Thailand’s border checkpoints, declined after the the deadly bomb attack at Bangkok’s Erawan Shrine, 17 August. Posted on the tourism ministry website, Monday, Tourism Minister Thong Khon updated local media on the impact of the... [Read full story]

Mövenpick builds brand in ASEAN Mövenpick builds brand in ASEAN

BALI, 3 September 2015: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts unveiled expansion plans in Indonesia and Southeast Asia at the 2015 Tourism, Hotel Investment & Networking Conference (THINC Indonesia) in Bali 2 to 3 September. The Swiss hospitality group will make its debut in Indonesia in the third quarter of 2016, with the opening of Mövenpick Resort... [Read full story]

Lufthansa to sell Luxair stake Lufthansa to sell Luxair stake

FRANKFURT, 3 September 2015: German airline Lufthansa is looking to sell its 13% stake in Luxembourg’s Luxair for an undisclosed sum, a company spokesman said on Tuesday. “We regularly review our shareholdings to see if they are still compatible with our current strategy and we have decided to put the 13% stake up for sale,” the spokesman... [Read full story]

Aeroflot set to buy Transaero Aeroflot set to buy Transaero

MOSCOW, 3 September 2015: Russia’s state-controlled flagship airline Aeroflot is set to buy its struggling competitor Transaero, sources said Tuesday. The decision to make an offer for 75% of the capital of Transaero was taken at a meeting led by First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and must now be finalised by Aeroflot’s board, a source... [Read full story]

Airport turns into rice warehouse Airport turns into rice warehouse

COLOMBO, 3 September 2015: Part of a vanity airport built by toppled Sri Lankan strongman, Mahinda Rajapakse, will be used as a rice storage warehouse to reduce losses after failing to take off, officials said Wednesday. Rajapakse International Airport, located in the remote farming outpost of Hambantota 250 kilometres (180 miles) from Colombo, has... [Read full story]

Hunt for bombers focuses on Turkey. Hunt for bombers focuses on Turkey.

BANGKOK, 3 September 2015: The hunt for a group behind the Bangkok bombing focused Wednesday on an emerging link with Turkey as Thai police issued an arrest warrant for a Turkish national for possessing “war materials”. It is the first time the Thai authorities have revealed the nationality of a foreign suspect in the 17 August blast at... [Read full story]

Thai AirAsia expands to China Thai AirAsia expands to China

BANGKOK, 2 September 2015: Thai AirAsia will operate flights connecting Pattaya’s U-Tapao Airport to Nanning and Nanchang in South China later this month aiming to boost tourism between the two destinations. The lowest fare to promote the two routes has been set at THB990. [Read full story]  Read More →

Vietnam` reports tourism rebound Vietnam` reports tourism rebound

HANOI, 2 September 2015: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 664,985 international travellers in August representing an increase of 7.5% during the same month, last year. Thailand’s outbound trips to Vietnam slipped off the top 10 list recording 15,066 trips a decrease of 23.3%. China was the top supply market... [Read full story]

Tourism bank to open in Myanmar Tourism bank to open in Myanmar

YANGON, 2 September 2015: Myanmar Tourism Association says the Myanmar Tourism Bank Public Company had already been registered with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration. However, the bank is waiting for its permit before it can open services for the tourism industry. Initially, the tourism bank expected to get its license last May. ... [Read full story]

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Exo retires suspect tours

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ASEAN tourism meeting heads for Chiang Rai

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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

NokScoot adds Taipei route

BANGKOK, 3 September 2015: NokScoot will launch four weekly flights connecting Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport–DMK)... 

Ultra Trail Angkor packages

BANGKOK, 3 September 2015: Cambodia will host the Ultra Trail Angkor 2016, 23 January 2016, in Siem Reap province,... 

SQ sells fares for two

BANGKOK, 2 September 2015: Singapore Airlines is discounting promotional fares for two passengers travelling together... 

Blogs

Cowardly bomber strikes Bangkok’s heart

BANGKOK, 18 August 2015: It is very unlikely that answers will emerge on the identity of the bombers who killed... 

World music on stage in Sarawak

KUCHING, 13 August 2015: African music made the long trip to the Rainforest World Music Festival enchanting an... 

Musicians play in workshops

KUCHING, 11 August 2015: An estimated 20,000 music enthusiasts were entertained during the three-day Rainforest... 

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