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Tighten the belt and travel Tighten the belt and travel

NEW YORK, 27 May 2015: Summer travel on US airlines will reach an all-time high this year, and a recent Harris Poll sees similar highs ahead for the US travel industry. Nearly seven in 10 Americans (68%) have at least one leisure trip planned for the summer  (May through August), a slight increase from the 66% last year and an overall steady growth... [Read full story]

Vietnam expands airline fleet Vietnam expands airline fleet

HO CHI MINH CITY, 27 May 2015: Vietnam’s commercial airline fleet will increase to 190 to 210 aircraft in 2020 as airline expand their international service and ultimately serve around 20 domestic airports. According to Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines, VietJetAir,  Jetstar Pacific and Vietnam Air Service Co. (Vasco) have... [Read full story]

Tiger temple scare Tiger temple scare

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015: Thailand’s top-of-the-line tour operators are adamant they are not promoting the controversial Tiger Temple, or Wat Pa Luang Ta Maha Bua temple in Kanchanaburi. They claim to have stopped offering tours to the so-called Tiger Temple for safety and animal rights reasons. The temple was first promoted by a BBC documentary over... [Read full story]

Fear of the internet Fear of the internet

YANGON, 27 May 2015: Myanmar’s local tourism companies face stiff competition from online travel firms that could put small travel firms in Myanmar at risk. Nature Dream Travels managing director, Daw Sabei Aung, told Myanmar Times that the internet market could account for as much as 70% of all travel to Myanmar within a few years, pushing local... [Read full story]

Minor makes major award swoop Minor makes major award swoop

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015: Minor Hotel Group has bagged a haul of TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence awards. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to approximately 10% of establishments listed on TripAdvisor that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on the site. Minor Hotel Group scooped 70 Certificate... [Read full story]

Shangri-La arrives in Mongolia Shangri-La arrives in Mongolia

BEIJING, 27 May 2015: Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ latest hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Ulaanbaatar, will open in Ulaanbaatar, 3 June. Located in Mongolia’s capital which is also the largest city in the country, the hotel is connected to Ulaanbaatar’s only upscale mixed-used development, the Shangri-La Centre. The 28-storey centre is... [Read full story]

Loei hosts cycling event Loei hosts cycling event

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015: Loei province in Northeast Thailand will welcome some 300 cyclists from Thailand and around Asia for the “Tour of I-san Loei Classic”  7 June. Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in cooperation with Loei Provincial Administration, Life and Living Bikenet, and Nok Air, the event aims to promote green tourism in... [Read full story]

Ryanair profits soar Ryanair profits soar

LONDON, 27 May 2015: Irish no-frills airline Ryanair said Tuesday that annual net profits surged by two thirds, boosted by improved customer services, rising sales and sliding oil prices. Earnings after taxation leapt 665 to 866.7 million euros (USD944.1 million) in the year to 31 March, compared with 522.8 million euros in 2013/2014, Ryanair said in... [Read full story]

Lao ferry sinks Lao ferry sinks

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015: Ten students were missing after a ferry carrying primary school children sank on a tributary of the Mekong River in Laos on Tuesday, state media said. Officials rescued 20 students after the ferry sank at 0730 (0030 GMT) on the Nam Ngum river in the Sinxay region but 10 students were still unaccounted for, according to the official... [Read full story]

AoT airports make gains AoT airports make gains

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015: Airports of Thailand reports its April data showed a 21% increase in passenger movements at six airports under its management. AoT reported, Monday, that all of its supervised airports recorded 9,229,347 passengers up 21.27% from 7,610,519 visits during the same month last year. Overall aircraft movements also increased by 14.87%... [Read full story]

Luang Prabang promotes at TTM Luang Prabang promotes at TTM

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015: Luang Prabang View Hotel will join this year’s Thailand Travel Mart, 3 to 5 June, for second time. The hotel sales manager, Sengmany Chaila, told TTR Weekly it will promote its room sales and incentives that make use of its banquet and meeting space. “We wan to cater to more MICE and incentives due to our capacity to host two... [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

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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

Air France offers EU fares

BANGKOK, 27 May 2015: Air France offers promotional fares in premium economy class for travel on 29 selected routes... 

Qatar Airways’ latest fare offers

BANGKOK, 26 May 2015: Qatar Airways offers web low promotional fares on flights departing Bangkok and Phuket to... 

Vietjet dumps fares

SINGAPORE, 26 May 2015: Vietjet has on offer 3 million discounted fares* from now until 2016, representing its... 

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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