Myanmar upgrades air traffic control Myanmar upgrades air traffic control

YANGON, 27 July 2016: Myanmar aviation authorities plans to switch the country air traffic system to a space-based surveillance model to keep track of the rising number of foreign and domestic aircraft flying through its air space. The country’s Department of Civil Aviation  signed, an agreement, last week, with the US -based Aireon LCC to develop... [Read full story]

Short of qualified staff Short of qualified staff

PHNOM PENH, 27 July 2016: Cambodia tourism authorities say the country’s tourism sector needs to attract more professionals to work in the industry to improve competency and offer quality services to visitors. Khmer Times quoted Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, saying Cambodia’s tourism sector needs to attract more professionals to the industry as... [Read full story]

THAI refocuses on expansion THAI refocuses on expansion

BANGKOK, 27 July 2016: Thai Airways International will operate a new service to Tehran this October and add more flights to Moscow. News of the additional capacity to Moscow will be welcomed by Thailand’s travel industry that was concerned there was insufficient airline capacity between Moscow and Bangkok for the up-coming winter season. THAI’s... [Read full story]

Vietnam honours HG Travel Vietnam honours HG Travel

HANOI, 27 July 2016: Southeast Asian destination management company, HG Travel, has been recognised as one of the Vietnam’s “leading inbound tour operators” at the annual Vietnam Tourism Awards. Now in their 16th year, the national awards recognise tourism companies that have demonstrated excellence in their products and client services. Ms... [Read full story]

SilkAir to launch Fuzhou service SilkAir to launch Fuzhou service

SINGAPORE, 27 July 2017: SilkAir will launch services to Fuzhou, China, from 21 November subject to applicable approvals. SilkAir intends to offer four weekly flights, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Following the Fuzhou launch, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines will serve a total of 11 Chinese cities. The number of destinations in SilkAir’s... [Read full story]

STR: Mixed results in Asia Pacific STR: Mixed results in Asia Pacific

LONDON, 27 July 2016: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region recorded mixed Q2 2016 results in US dollar, constant currency,* according to the latest data released by STR. Compared with the three key performance metrics from Q2 2015, the Asia Pacific region reported a 1.3% increase in occupancy to 68.3%. Average daily rate was down 1.1% to USD96.95. Revenue... [Read full story]

Epic solar flight ends in glory Epic solar flight ends in glory

ABU DHABI, 27 July 2016: Solar Impulse 2, Tuesday, completed its historic round-the-world journey, becoming the first airplane to circle the globe powered only by the sun to promote renewable energy. Cheers and applause broke out as the plane touched down before dawn in Abu Dhabi after the final leg of its marathon trip, which began 9 March, last year. Swiss... [Read full story]

Airlines face greenhouse gas standards Airlines face greenhouse gas standards

WASHINGTON, 27 July 2016: Greenhouse gases emitted by commercial airplanes contribute to global warming and endanger public health and the environment, US officials concluded Monday, opening the path for regulation of passenger planes. The final assessment by the US Environmental Protection Agency supports the goals of President Barack Obama’s... [Read full story]

Hoi An adds walking streets Hoi An adds walking streets

QUANG NAM, 26 July 2016: Vietnam’s World Heritage town, Hoi An, will extend its walking streets to create more space for tourists and ease the congestion in the historic quarter. Vietnam Net Bridge media reported walking streets will be extended to Hoang Dieu and Hoi An market – outside of the original old quarter. The city’s People Committee... [Read full story]

Communities are key Communities are key

KHAMMOUANE, 26 July 2016: Lao PDR’s Khammouane tourism authorities say they will develop attractions and encourage community-based tourism activities. Lao News Agency reported the province’s authorities are focusing on developing sustainable tourism focusing on communities in the hope that it will prevent over use and pollution. The province’s... [Read full story]

Hanoi tops for best value Hanoi tops for best value

SINGAPORE, 26 July 2016: Four cities in ASEAN have been recognised in TripAdvisor’s latest top 10 chart for best value city breaks, worldwide. Hanoi was top for offering the lowest costs, according to TripIndex Cities, an annual TripAdvisor cost comparison study. Kuala Lumpur was the next best of the Asian destination in fourth place followed by... [Read full story]

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