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Proposal to ease Cambodia’s visas Proposal to ease Cambodia’s visas

SIHANOUKVILLE, 23 July 2014: Giving tourists visa-free entry to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s top beach resort area, could be a major boost for tourism, according to industry experts. The recommendation is based on similar incentives introduced by Vietnam to boost travel to Phu Quoc Island. Private-Public Tourism Sector Working Group co-chair, Ho Vandy,... [Read full story]

Vientiane reports heritage visits Vientiane reports heritage visits

VIENTIANE, 23 July 2014: The top three historical attractions in the Lao capital, That Luang, Hor Phra Keo and Sisaket Museum, attracted over 300,000 visitors January to June. The Vientiane Capital Museum deputy director, Phouvieng Phothisane, told local media that 254,023 of the visitors were foreigners. No mention was made of how the six month performance... [Read full story]

Bangkok gateway loses passengers Bangkok gateway loses passengers

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014: Thailand’s main gateway Suvarnabhumi Airport will handle less than 50 million passengers by year end, down from 52 million last year. Suvarnabhumi Airport director, Raweewan Netarakavesan, said it was now very likely that the decline in passengers at the country’s main gateway will make it impossible to reach an 8% increase... [Read full story]

Judge a hotel by its pool Judge a hotel by its pool

SINGAPORE, 23 July 2014: Do you need to know where the top resort or hotel swimming pools are located in Asia Pacific? Wego, a leading travel search site in the Asia Pacific and Middle East and data and travel review partners, TrustYou, believe you do and they admit the list of top 15 rated hotel swimming pools based on thousands Asia Pacific hotel... [Read full story]

Centara appoints GM Centara appoints GM

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014: Centara Hotels & Resorts has named John Bendtsen as general manager of Centara Ceysands Resort & Spa Sri Lanka. An Australian national, he has 21 years of hospitality industry experience gained from working in  Asia Pacific, including several general management and regional management roles at leading resorts and hotels... [Read full story]

Spain tourism soars Spain tourism soars

MADRID, 23 July 2014: A record 28 million foreign tourists flocked to Spain during the first half of the year, with British and German holidaymakers leading the wave, the government said on Monday. The number of foreign visitors was up 7.3% over the figure for the same time in 2013, when the country set a new record for tourist arrivals, the tourism... [Read full story]

Pay what you want in Paris Pay what you want in Paris

PARIS, 23 July 2014: Five Paris hotels on Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to “pay what you want” in an experiment that may be extended if successful. The three and four-star hotels taking part in the scheme are located in the city’s 9th and 11th districts — a little away from the city’s tourist centres. The owners... [Read full story]

IATA: MH17 a hideous crime IATA: MH17 a hideous crime

GENEVA, 23 July 2014: The downing of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine was a “hideous crime” and hurdles to a probe of the tragedy are an “outrage”, global airline federation IATA said on Tuesday. “The passengers and crew aboard the aircraft were the victims of a hideous crime. It was also an attack against the air transport... [Read full story]

Malaysia holds MH17 black boxes Malaysia holds MH17 black boxes

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 July 2014: Malaysia said Tuesday it would “securely” hold the black boxes of crashed flight MH17 before handing them over to an international investigation team, to be led by the Netherlands. Pro-Russian rebels controlling the eastern Ukraine crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 had handed over the black boxes,... [Read full story]

Emirates opens new lounge Emirates opens new lounge

BANGKOK, 22 July 2014: Emirates has opened its refurbished lounge at Suvarnabhumi Airport for first and business class passengers. It cost the airline USD1 million (THB30 million to fit out the 516 sqm raw space it rents from the Airports of Thailand. The lounge can seat a maximum of 136 passengers. [Read full story]  Read More →

New flights to Can Tho New flights to Can Tho

CAN THO, 22 July 2014: VietJet Air’s upcoming flights connecting Can Tho with Danang, 22 July could benefit and boost to this emerging Vietnamese tourist destination. The People’s Committee chairman, Le Hung Dung, told local media that the new air route between Can Tho and Danang will facilitate tourism development and investment. The new route... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

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... 

Cross border vehicle insurance

PHNOM PENH, 9 May 2014: Tourist buses and commercial vehicles crossing the Cambodia-Vietnam border will soon be... 

ASEAN cultures need attention

HUE, 24 April 2014: Vietnam official says cooperation between the 10-member countries needs to be improved to strengthen... 

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

PG trims low-season fares

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014: Bangkok Airways introduces “July Special” promotional fares for travel on selected domestic... 

Stays for shutter bugs

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 July 2014: Photo opportunities are at the core of a new accommodation package released by the... 

Nok adds fly ‘n’ Ride options

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 21 July 2014: Nok Air will launch a daily Fly ‘n’ Ride service, 1 August, from Bangkok... 

Blogs

Sounds of world music in rainforest

MEGA stars Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift are not the performers you expect to see at Kuching’s annual Rainforest... 

Travel span too short on PG deal

CHIANG RAI, 16 June 2014: The saying goes money saved is money earned, so there should be merit in shaving off... 

Roads are the killer not coups

BANGKOK, 3 June 2014: It could be any day of any week in Thailand, but it was Monday when the latest in horrific...