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Ministry focuses on health tourism Ministry focuses on health tourism

BANGKOK, 30 May 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says health tourism could generate more revenue and attract high spend travellers to visit the country. Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said health tourism is divided into two segments namely medical and wellness tourism. Both would help to boost the country’s... [Read full story]

Cambodia tough on smokers Cambodia tough on smokers

PHNOM PENH, 30 May 2016: Cambodia will ramp up effort to end smoking in public places by imposing fines on both individuals and businesses, effective this September. Phnom Penh Post reported that the Ministry of Health will run a campaign to explain  recent legislation that bans smoking in public places. Once the campaign ends the law will be strictly... [Read full story]

Laos and Japan mull air services Laos and Japan mull air services

VIENTIANE, 30 May 2016: Laos and Japan have exchanged diplomatic documents in a follow up procedure linked to an Air Service Agreement between the two countries signed last year. Vientiane Times reported the exchange of documents took place in Vientiane, last week, that should expand cooperation in aviation and lead to direct air services between Laos... [Read full story]

PATA honours former TAT governor PATA honours former TAT governor

BANGKOK, 30 May 2016: Former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Phornsiri Manoharn, has been honoured with a life membership award by the Pacific Asia Travel Association in recognition of her contribution to PATA and the regional tourism industry. Phornsiri, who headed the TAT between 2007 to 2009, received the award at the PATA Annual Summit, mid-May, at... [Read full story]

Flower show in Putrajaya Flower show in Putrajaya

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 May 2016: Putrajaya FLORIA or Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2016 opened, last Friday, attracting a record attendance of garden enthusiasts and tourists on the opening day. The annual flower show will remain open to the public through to 4 June. This year’s theme is Magical World of FLORIA, featuring the Chrysanthemum. [Read full story]  Read More →

Lufthansa drops Venezuela flight Lufthansa drops Venezuela flight

FRANKFURT, 30 May 2016: German airline Lufthansa said Sunday it will suspend flights to Venezuela from next month owing to the economic crisis in the country. “We have decided to suspend the service between Frankfurt and Caracas for the time being as from 17 June,” a company spokesman told AFP. The three weekly service, was Lufthansa’s... [Read full story]

Passengers escape KAL fire Passengers escape KAL fire

SEOUL, 30 May 2016: Passengers of a Korean Air plane recalled the terrifying moment one of the aircraft’s twin engines caught fire as it was gaining speed for take-off at Tokyo’s Haneda airport. All 302 passengers and 17 crew were evacuated safely from the Korean Air Boeing 777 on Friday, escaping down the plane’s inflatable evacuation... [Read full story]

Turkey’s tourism takes a tumble Turkey’s tourism takes a tumble

ISTANBUL, 30 May 2016: Tourist arrivals to Turkey crashed by almost 30% in April as visitors stayed away due to security fears following a wave of attacks and tensions with Russia, statistics showed Friday. The fall was the steepest monthly decrease for 17 years and raises new concerns about the health of the industry heading into the crucial summer... [Read full story]

Thai boat accident kills four tourists Thai boat accident kills four tourists

BANGKOK, 30 May 2016: The body of a British man missing for four days after a tourist speedboat crashed in southern Thailand was found Sunday on rocks close to where the boat went down, bringing the death toll to four. The vessel, which was carrying 32 tourists plus four crew, capsized Thursday afternoon after it was slammed by a wave near a rocky stretch... [Read full story]

Thailand attracts 11.6 million visits Thailand attracts 11.6 million visits

BANGKOK, 27 May 2016: International tourist arrivals to Thailand reached 11.6 million, an improvement of 14.12% during January to April, this year, according to Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports Released earlier this week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 11,682,144 international visits during the first four months of the... [Read full story]

Airlines boost Luang Prabang’s tourism Airlines boost Luang Prabang’s tourism

LUANG PRABANG, 27 May 2016: Luang Prabang, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, should attract 600,000 international tourist arrivals by year-end. Lao News Agency reported the destinations recorded 500,000 foreign visits last year, but the influx of airlines starting new services will boost visits during the last half of the year. Thai AirAsia was the first... [Read full story]

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Travel Deals

TG sells fares for Japan

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KAL sells North America fares

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SQ offers discounts

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Blogs

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