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Angkor experts check progress Angkor experts check progress

SIEM REAP, 19 January 2017: A meeting to discuss Angkor Archaeological Park preservation will be held next week to identify measures to protect and develop in a sustainable manner the country’s world heritage site. Khmer Times reported the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor),... [Read full story]

Cable cars could beat the traffic Cable cars could beat the traffic

HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 January 2017: A cable car transfer has been proposed to ease congestion on the approach to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. Local media reported the project developer, Vu Huy Thang, had proposed building a cable-propelled transit system for passengers to reach Tan Son Nhat International Airport... [Read full story]

Thai AirAsia adds Mandalay flights Thai AirAsia adds Mandalay flights

BANGKOK, 19 January 2017: Thai AirAsia will increase flights on the Bangkok-Mandalay route to twice daily starting 17 March. The airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said direct flights to Myanmar’s second largest city are busy as more Thai people travel to the country mainly on Buddhist pilgrimage holidays. There is also strong... [Read full story]

Vietjet links HCMC and Taichung Vietjet links HCMC and Taichung

SINGAPORE, 19 January 2017: Vietjet has launched its fifth route to Taiwan, linking Ho Chi Minh City with Taichung. The airline now has the most routes connecting Vietnam and Taiwan and serves more destinations in Taiwan than any other budget airline. The new service was launched 15 January to meet increased travel demand between the two destinations.... [Read full story]

Khiri on sales mission at FITUR Khiri on sales mission at FITUR

MADRID, 19 January 2017: ASEAN speciality tour operator, Khiri Travel, is showcasing its  Southeast Asian travel content at the Spain’s top trade show FITUR. Khiri Travel says it is attending the trade show to open new travel options in Southeast Asia for Spanish speaking  tour operators who wish to discover authentic local travel in Thailand, Vietnam,... [Read full story]

Ritz-Carlton swings into Hainan Ritz-Carlton swings into Hainan

HONG KONG, 19 January 2017: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed off 2017 with the opening of its first golf resort in China, located on Hainan Island. The property is located on the world-class golf resort of Mission Hills, which boasts 10 18-hole championship courses. “Hainan Island is one of the most exciting emerging destinations in Asia-Pacific... [Read full story]

DIY travel in the driving seat DIY travel in the driving seat

PUNE, INDIA, 19 January 2017: ‘Do it yourself trip planning’ was the dominant trend in  2016 and it will continue in 2017 further threatening the traditional tour operator and destination management companies. TripHobo’s latest research shows do-it-yourself planning seems to be the preferred choice for most travellers, especially millennial... [Read full story]

Family suicide in Macau hotel Family suicide in Macau hotel

MACAU, 19 January 2017: Two members of an Indian family were found dead and two others unconscious in a luxury Macau hotel room Wednesday in what police said was a suspected suicide case. The father and eldest son, aged about 52 and 24 were found dead, while the mother and the younger son, aged around 45 and 20, were injured. “Today at 1408, the... [Read full story]

Demystifying the Japanese loo Demystifying the Japanese loo

TOKYO, 19 January 2017: Japan’s toilet chiefs say they have come up with a plan to stop tourists getting their knickers in a twist over the country’s mind-bogglingly high-tech loos. Under new guidelines, manufacturers will use the same eight pictograms to tell users which button flushes, which one fires a frighteningly accurate jet of water... [Read full story]

Agents close 2016 3% ahead Agents close 2016 3% ahead

BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 5,377,843 travellers, January to December, last year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a 3.04% increase from 5,219,066 in 2015. ATTA released its data, last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide a meet-and-greet... [Read full story]

Lao airline cuts Attapeu losses Lao airline cuts Attapeu losses

VIENTIANE, 18 January 2017: National airline Lao Airlines has ended flights between Vientiane and Attapeu as ticketing revenue failed to reach a breakeven point for the airline. Vientiane Times quoted the airline’s Commercial and Marketing Department deputy director, Oudom Souvanthong, saying the airline cancelled the flights during the last quarter... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

ASEAN rolls out 50th campaign tours

SINGAPORE, 10 November 2016: Fifty specially chosen cross border travel products will help to attract more visitors... 

ASEAN taps one in 10 investment dollars

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Visit ASEAN@50 branding launched

VIENTIANE, 8 September 2016: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, revealed, Wednesday, the branding for... 

Surveys

Free Wi-Fi tops tourist list

BANGKOK, 17 November 2016: Free Wi-Fi is a top item for consideration when booking a hotel, according to Expedia... 

Booking trends at theme parks

BASINGSTOKE, UK, 15 November 2016: New research highlights how travellers want to pre-book more of their travel... 

Gen Z no regrets list

SINGAPORE, 8 November 2016: So-called gap-year travel is a priority for those born after 1995, (21 or younger)... 

Travel Deals

Air France promotes Oh La La fares

BANGKOK, 19 January 2017: Air France launches promotional fares for travel on selected routes to Europe and Americas... 

EVA taps student travel

BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: EVA Air offers promotional fares for students travelling to London until the end of June... 

40% off Etihad fares

BANGKOK, 17 January 2017: Etihad launches promotional fares, discounted 40%, for travel to selected destinations... 

Travel Logs

Tachilek on an e-Visa

CHIANG RAI, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler... 

Holiday pick is child’s play

SINGAPORE, 19 December 2016: Children are playing an important role in deciding where families go and what they... 

Expedia: Book early and bundle

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 16 December 2016: Declining airline ticket prices and a global surge in capacity suggests... 

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