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Better revenue with barcodes Better revenue with barcodes

LUANG PRABANG, 29 May 2015: Luang Prabang province will extend a barcodes system to more places to make it easier for tourists to pay entrance fees at popular attractions. Lao News Agency reported the barcode system has already been installed at two popular tourist sights – The National Museum (Old Palace) and Kuang Si Waterfall – earlier this... [Read full story]

Vietnam promises easier visas Vietnam promises easier visas

HANOI, 29 May 2015: Vietnam’s government has simplified immigration requirements for international visitors in the wake of tour operator complaints that claimed procedures were driving away tourists. Local media reported Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam, who said he recently approved a plan to remove hindrances in the issue of visas for foreign travellers. International... [Read full story]

Visakha Bucha Day Visakha Bucha Day

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Visakha Bucha Day, 1 June, is an important religious festival in the Buddhist calendar, falling usually in May on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month. When a year has an extra eighth lunar month –Adhikamasa (13 full moons in the year) – Visakha Bucha Day falls on the full moon day of the seventh lunar month (June). This... [Read full story]

Hotel.com honours top hotels Hotel.com honours top hotels

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Hotels.com has introduced a new programme that recognises hotels that have achieved excellent to outstanding guest review ratings from customers around the world. The ratings are based on customer opinions posted on the website with reference to their hotel stays. In the first phase, Hotels.com has identified more than 6,400 boutique... [Read full story]

Trivago tracks best booking times Trivago tracks best booking times

LONDON, 29 May 2015: New research from hotel comparison site, trivago.co.uk, shows that in general, hotels should be booked approximately one month in advance to secure the lowest prices. Contrary to popular opinion, booking further in advance is generally more expensive. Although rates increase closer to the travel date, they generally do not reach... [Read full story]

Routes organises first Middle East event Routes organises first Middle East event

MANCHESTER, 29 May 2015: The inaugural Routes Middle East & Africa will open this weekend in Manama, capital city of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The event takes place 31 May to 2 June hosted by Bahrain Airport Company the operator of Bahrain International Airport. Routes Middle East & Africa will bring together over 300 delegates from across Africa... [Read full story]

Germany sent to EU court Germany sent to EU court

BRUSSELS, 29 May 2015: The EU referred Germany to court, Thursday, for failing to regularly monitor security measures at some airports, but said it was not related to the Germanwings crash. Germany failed to act on repeated requests from Brussels to comply with EU law on airport security and the case will now go to the European Court of Justice, the... [Read full story]

Etihad’s profits soar Etihad’s profits soar

ABU DHABI, 29 May 2015: Etihad Airways net profits surged by more than half in 2014 to USD73 million, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said Thursday, buoyed by increased passenger numbers and further expansion into the European market. Revenue for the fast-growing carrier rose 26.7% to USD7.6 billion, with net profits increasing 52.1% from USD48 million... [Read full story]

Vietnam Airlines goes wireless Vietnam Airlines goes wireless

HANOI, 28 May 2015: Vietnam Airlines is negotiating with Go Go (US) and OnAir (Europe) to supply internet services to upgrade its inflight entertainment. The airline representative told local media that the two companies are professional suppliers of internet inflight services. However, to supply a service for passengers during a flight over Vietnam... [Read full story]

Grand Sale Fair in Bangkok Grand Sale Fair in Bangkok

BANGKOK, 28 May 2015: Tourism Authority of Thailand will work with NCC Exhibition Organiser to host the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2015 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok, 1000 to 2000, 11 to 14 June. Speaking at a pre event press conference, Wednesday, TAT’s Tourism Investment Department executive director, Wiboon Nimitwanich,... [Read full story]

Yangon to trial-run taxi meters Yangon to trial-run taxi meters

YANGON, 28 May 2015: A trial run of taxi meters will take place in Yangon, this June to determine their viability in the local market. An independent company authorised by Yangon region’s Ministry of Transport will supervise the test run. Taxi meters are a universal feature in all major cities worldwide, but Yangon authorities believe they need to... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

Exo retires suspect tours

BANGKOK, 24 February 2015: Exo Travel, a regional tour operator with offices throughout Southeast Asia, has removed... 

ASEAN tourism meeting heads for Chiang Rai

BANGKOK, 18 February 2015: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to host the next ASEAN Tourism... 

Fun in the Philippines

NAY PYI TAW, 28 January 2015: The Philippines officially launched its Visit Philippines Year, Tuesday evening,... 

Surveys

On the trail of Mekong Dolphins

Part II: Kratie BANGKOK, 20 May 2013: Beside Kampi, visitors can also spot the rare dolphins at the Koh Phdao community... 

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

Garuda betters low-cost airline fares

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda, is discounting fares to Indonesia for travel until the... 

TG cuts cost of summer travel

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Thai Airways International has introduced two promotional fares to cut the cost of summer... 

Couples travel cheaper

BANGKOK, 28 May 2015: Singapore Airlines cuts fares for two passengers travelling together on selected routes until... 

Blogs

How to power grade your passport

BERLIN, 24 April 2015: If you had a choice,  having a Sweden passport would be the ultimate privilege, according... 

Songkhran: Not everyone makes it home

BANGKOK, 17 April 2015: More than 700,000 Songkran travellers made it safely home after the marathon holiday that... 

Help line 1111 or 1155?

Bangkok, 24 March 2015: The Thai government has launched yet another hotline, this time 1111, to receive complaints... 

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