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DKT ships in new blood DKT ships in new blood

BANGKOK, 27 August 2014: Diethelm Keller Travel  Group has appointed a top STA Travel executive, Lisa Fitzell, as the new managing director of Diethelm Travel  based in Bangkok. She moved to Bangkok in July to take up her new assignment, after DTG CEO Maarten Groeneveld left the company last June. At the same time, the group vice president of sales... [Read full story]

Minister believes tourism will rebound Minister believes tourism will rebound

BANGKOK, 27 August 2015: Thailand tourism industry can still achieve its ambitious projection of 28.8 million visits and generating THB2.2 trillion by year-end although confidence in the country was badly shaken by the bomb attack, last week, at the Erawan Shrine. Speaking at Ministry of Tourism and Sports press conference, Wednesday, the ministry’s... [Read full story]

Investors vie for terminal contract Investors vie for terminal contract

KHANH HOA, 27 August 2015: Airports Corporation of Vietnam (ACV) has a long list of local investors who want to build and manage a new passenger terminal planned for Cam Ranh International Airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa. Saigon Times claimed, in a report published Wednesday, there were around 10 companies on the list that it had been given. In... [Read full story]

Sihanoukville gains more flights Sihanoukville gains more flights

SIHANOUKVILLE, 27 August 2015: Sihanoukville’s international airport reports an increase in passenger arrivals for the first seven months of the year due to more charter flights serving the coastal destination. According to Cambodia Airports, year-on-year traffic has increased by 140% at Sihanoukville International Airport for the first seven... [Read full story]

Skal’s confidence in Bangkok high Skal’s confidence in Bangkok high

BANGKOK, 27 August 2015: Tourism and hospitality professionals in Bangkok received a boost Wednesday with the news that the city has been shortlisted to host the Skal International World Congress in 2017. Skal Club Bangkok submitted a bid to host the popular annual event in the face of stiff competition from five other Skal clubs in Hyderabad, Stavanger,... [Read full story]

Qatar reviews employment rules Qatar reviews employment rules

DOHA, 27 August 2015: Qatar Airways has relaxed controversial policies which saw cabin crew sacked if they became pregnant or got married within the first five years of employment, airline officials said on Wednesday. The restrictions, which had been condemned by UN agency the International Labour Organisation (ILO), had been phased out “over... [Read full story]

Beserk elephant kills and bolts Beserk elephant kills and bolts

BANGKOK, 27 August 2015: An elephant in northern Thailand went berserk Wednesday, killing his “mahout” keeper before running off into the jungle with three terrified Chinese tourists still on his back, police said. “The mahout who was killed was Karen and he was not familiar with the elephant. They (the tourists) are safe now,”... [Read full story]

Europe convenes talks on train security Europe convenes talks on train security

PARIS, 27 August 2015: Interior and transport ministers from countries neighbouring France are to hold talks in Paris Saturday to discuss security measures following last week’s attack on a high-speed train that was foiled by passengers. The meeting “will… look at very concrete proposals,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve... [Read full story]

ANA plane makes emergency landing ANA plane makes emergency landing

TOKYO, 27 August 2015: A Boeing 777 operated by Japan’s All Nippon Airways made an emergency landing in Osaka on Wednesday after the plane suffered engine trouble, the airline said. None of the 246 passengers or 11 crew were injured, it added. The flight from Osaka bound for Tokyo left at 7:18 am (2218 GMT, Tuesday) but the crew soon detected... [Read full story]

AoT reports positive July traffic AoT reports positive July traffic

BANGKOK, 26 August 2015: Airports of Thailand reports July data showed increases in both aircraft movements and passengers at the six airports under its management. AoT reported, Tuesday, that all of its supervised airports served 9,272,962 passengers up 33.69% from 6,936,275 during the same month last year. The overall airports’ aircraft movements... [Read full story]

Vietnam creates tourism zones Vietnam creates tourism zones

HO CHI MINH CITY, 26 August 2015: Vietnam will develop island, sports and cultural tourism in the north of the country over the next 15 years according to a detailed long-term zoning plan. Saigon Times reported that Deputy Minister Vu Duc Dam  signed off on Decision No. 1355/QD-TTg approving a master zoning plan for culture, sports and tourism development... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

Need to know where tourism is heading?

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015: Travel Impact Newswire, a leading alternative-perspective online publication covering... 

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... 

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

Couples can tap fare discounts

CHIANG MAI, 27 August 2015: Dragonair, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, is discounting fares from Chiang Mai and... 

AirAsia cuts Macau fares

BANGKOK, 26 August 2015: Thai AirAsia launches promotional fares for travel to Macau during September to mid-December,... 

SQ sells fares for two

BANGKOK, 25 August 2015: Singapore Airlines is discounts promotional fares for two passengers travelling together... 

Blogs

Cowardly bomber strikes Bangkok’s heart

BANGKOK, 18 August 2015: It is very unlikely that answers will emerge on the identity of the bombers who killed... 

World music on stage in Sarawak

KUCHING, 13 August 2015: African music made the long trip to the Rainforest World Music Festival enchanting an... 

Musicians play in workshops

KUCHING, 11 August 2015: An estimated 20,000 music enthusiasts were entertained during the three-day Rainforest... 

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