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Cambodia to promote beaches Cambodia to promote beaches

SIHANOUKVILLE, 5 February 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism is targeting tourist arrivals to the country’s coastal areas at 6 million visits by 2020. Of that annual target the majority, 4 million, would be domestic visitors mainly from  Phnom Penh. The ministry is attempting to drive more visits to beaches in the south, either in Sihanoukville,... [Read full story]

West Air flies south West Air flies south

SINGAPORE, 5 February 2016: Changi Airport welcomed Chongqing-based West Air, Thursday, that inaugurated flights from the western Chinese city to Singapore. The airline will use a 180-seat Airbus A320-200 to offer passengers three weekly services. The arrival of West Air strengthens Singapore’s connectivity to western China. [Read full story]  Read More →

Noise a blight of Inle Lake Noise a blight of Inle Lake

INLE LAKE, SHAN STATE, 5 February 2016: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism is working with Norway’s Partnership for Change (PFC) to reduce exhaust fumes and engine noise caused by tourist boats on Inle Lake. Officials hope they can “create a calmer environment for tourists and local residents,” but the popularity of the destination... [Read full story]

Chinese New Year travel boom Chinese New Year travel boom

BANGKOK, 5 February 2016: Tourism Authority of Thailand estimates that international arrivals during Chinese New Year, 6 to 14 February, will reach 1.01 million visits, a 19% increase over last year. Chinese New Year is celebrated 8 February. TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, estimates Chinese New Year tourism revenue will hit THB29,920 million representing... [Read full story]

BW opens hotel in Pakistan BW opens hotel in Pakistan

BANGKOK, 5 February 2016: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has opened its first hotel in the city of Faisalabad, Pakistan. The new 30-room Best Western Faisalabad Hotel, which welcomed its first guests last month, is located in the Punjabi city’s central business district. “As Pakistan’s third most populous city, Faisalabad is an important economic... [Read full story]

Australian Open a winner for hotels Australian Open a winner for hotels

LONDON, 5 February 2016: Hotels in Melbourne, Australia, enjoyed big increases in occupancy and average daily rate during the Australian Open Tennis Championship, according to preliminary daily data from STR Global. Melbourne’s occupancy during the tournament (18 to 31 January 2016) increased 16.3% from the week before the event started, reaching... [Read full story]

US travellers name romantic cities US travellers name romantic cities

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 5 February 2016: Romance is in the air, and a majority of US travellers appear to feel most amorous when there are travelling than staying at home. This is the takeaway from a study, released ahead of Valentine’s Day, that examines American attitudes toward travel and love The study, commissioned by Expedia and conducted... [Read full story]

Lower fares lift air travel Lower fares lift air travel

GENEVA, 5 February 2016: Global air passenger traffic jumped 6.5% in 2015 compared to a year earlier, boosted largely by lower air fares, IATA said Thursday. “Last year’s very strong performance, against a weaker economic backdrop, confirms the strong demand for aviation connectivity,” said Tony Tyler, head of the International Air... [Read full story]

Funds cleared for Yangon’s new airport Funds cleared for Yangon’s new airport

YANGON, 4 February 2016: A framework agreement to facilitate Official Development Aid (ODA) loans for the construction of Hanthawaddy Airport Development was signed late last week. Official media, Global New Light of Myanmar, quoted Transport and Rail Transportation Minister, U Nyan Tun Aung, saying that following a series of meetings between Department... [Read full story]

Cambodia targets Chinese visitors Cambodia targets Chinese visitors

PHNOM PENH, 4 February 2016: Cambodia could welcome as many as 2 million Chinese tourists to the kingdom by 2020. Phnom Penh Post quoted from a Ministry of Tourism white paper, released last week, that suggested Chinese visitors were ready to visit Cambodia in big numbers. The white paper includes a five-year strategy to raise the market share of Chinese... [Read full story]

Thai hotel a top romantic spot Thai hotel a top romantic spot

BANGKOK, 4 February 2016: The Place Luxury Boutique Villas on Tao island, Surat Thani, Thailand, figured in the top 10 list of the World’s Most Romantic Hotels as part of the TripAvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. Released Tuesday, the top 10 global winners of Travellers’ Choice™ awards for Romantic Hotels was based on reviews and opinions... [Read full story]

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