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Myanmar: Dual pricing a pain point Myanmar: Dual pricing a pain point

YANGON, 20 February 2017: Myanmar Tourism Federation and the Tourism Authority of Thailand recently signed a MoU to promote tourism between the two countries under the tagline Two countries – One Destination, but will it resolve major paint points? They claim it will have positive impact on the tourism industries in both Thailand and Myanmar, but... [Read full story]

Rakhine resuscitate dead airport Rakhine resuscitate dead airport

RAKHINE STATE, 20 February 2017: The Rakhine State government, in Myanmar, has invited private developers to accelerate construction of an airport at the ancient city of Mrauk U in northern region of the state. Irrawaddy media quoted the regional transport minister, U Aung Kyaw Zan, saying the state government has called on private investors to bid... [Read full story]

Thai tourism boosts GDP Thai tourism boosts GDP

BANGKOK, 20 February 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports claims tourism revenue contributed a 17.7% slice of the country’s gross domestic product last year. The ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said overall tourism circulated THB2,510,779 million in revenue last year increasing 11.09% from 2015. Of that, THB1,641,268... [Read full story]

Citadel sells chilled evening visits Citadel sells chilled evening visits

THUA THIEN-HUE, 20 February 2017: The Imperial Citadel of Hue will open parts of it ancient World Heritage complex to visitors at night from late April, but only for a trial period to gauge response. Local media reported the trial will run from 22 April to 15 September to help tourists avoid the scorching summer heat during the day and give them more... [Read full story]

Sabah tourism breaks records Sabah tourism breaks records

KOTA KINABALU, 20 February 2017: Sabah’s report card for tourist arrivals in 2016 showed an overall 7.9% increase compared to 2015. The East Malaysia state attracted 3.427 million visitors, surpassing the ‘best year in tourism’ achieved in 2013 (3.383 million). This is an estimated RM7.25 billion generated in tourism receipts, or an extra 10%... [Read full story]

Drunk in the cockpit Drunk in the cockpit

OTTAWA, 20 February 2017: Canada on Friday called on domestic airlines to ensure that pilots show up for work sober, following recent arrests for drunkenness in cockpits. “As a commercial air carrier authorised to carry passengers in Canada, you have an obligation to ensure that flight crew members are fit to fly when requiring them to carry out... [Read full story]

New Trump travel ban in works New Trump travel ban in works

MUNICH, 20 February 2017: US Homeland Security chief John Kelly on Saturday said a new presidential immigrant ban will be better prepared and implemented to ensure there is no repeat of the chaos caused by the first. President Donald Trump had earlier warned he would announce a new executive order on immigration this week after federal courts suspended... [Read full story]

Donald swings golf in Dubai Donald swings golf in Dubai

DUBAI, 20 February 2017: The American president’s sons opened the Trump International Golf Club Saturday as Dubai hosted the first foreign launch of a venue bearing Donald Trump’s name since he took office. The Trump International Golf Club, developed in the glitzy Gulf city state by luxury real estate firm DAMAC Properties, was inaugurated... [Read full story]

Tourist dies in balloon mishap Tourist dies in balloon mishap

ISTANBU, 20 February 2017: A Danish tourist died on Saturday in a fall during a hot-air balloon sightseeing ride over a UNESCO world heritage site in central Turkey, Danish and Turkish officials said. The Turkish transport ministry said the individual died after “falling from the balloon which made a hard landing because of strong winds”. The... [Read full story]

Rivers and markets figure in HCMC plan Rivers and markets figure in HCMC plan

HO CHI MINH CITY, 17 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism will focus on developing new products including river tourism and traditional shopping to increase the number of foreign arrivals to the city. Local media quoted the department director, Bui Ta Hoang Vu, saying the city would add more cultural  events and attractions. The... [Read full story]

Thai AirAsia builds Pattaya hub Thai AirAsia builds Pattaya hub

PATTAYA, 17 February 2017: Thai AirAsia will launch flights from Pattaya (U-Tapao) to Phuket and Ubon Ratchathani starting 30 March. Speaking at a press briefing, Wednesday, the airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said the two new routes would strengthen the airline’s regional network from Pattaya. “Regional connections in Thailand... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

AirAsia rolls out ASEAN fashion runway

SEPANG, 10 February 2017: Aspiring fashion designers resident in ASEAN nations are in the frame to win recognition... 

ASEAN rolls out 50th campaign tours

SINGAPORE, 10 November 2016: Fifty specially chosen cross border travel products will help to attract more visitors... 

ASEAN taps one in 10 investment dollars

BANGKOK, 4 November 2016: One in 10 of all tourism investment dollars will go to ASEAN countries over the next... 

Surveys

Dream holidays win over romance

LONDON, 14 February 2017: Romance is off the cards this Valentine’s Day, with a third (33%) of Brits claiming... 

Free Wi-Fi tops tourist list

BANGKOK, 17 November 2016: Free Wi-Fi is a top item for consideration when booking a hotel, according to Expedia... 

Booking trends at theme parks

BASINGSTOKE, UK, 15 November 2016: New research highlights how travellers want to pre-book more of their travel... 

Travel Deals

LH offers business class discount

BANGKOK, 20 February 2017: Lufthansa is offering promotional fares in business class for travel to Europe effective... 

30% off on SQ summer fares

BANGKOK, 17 February 2017: Singapore Airlines is offering “Summer Deals” promotional fares, April through to... 

TITF: Consumers can bag bargains

BANGKOK, 16 February 2017: Airlines are cutting fares by around 20% during the 20th Thai International Travel Fair... 

Travel Logs

Travels made safer

BANGKOK, 20 February 2017: UNWTO should be applauded for its efforts to introduce a charter on tourist protection.... 

Steamy marathon in Helsinki

HELSINKI, 20 February 2017: Visitors to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, can enjoy a traditional Finnish sauna... 

Heritage icons power Mekong tourism

BANGKOK, 10 February 2017: Both Thailand and Cambodia are filing gigabytes of documents to UNESCO to support their... 

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