Songkhran deaths up 11% Songkhran deaths up 11%

BANGKOK, 17 April 2015: Thailand’s road carnage associated with the seven deadly days of Songkhran, 9 to 15 April, reached 364 fatalities exceeding the 2014 toll by 11.66%, or 38 deaths. The Road Safety Directing Centre reported 364 road fatalities over the seven days, up from 326 during the festival last year. It averaged at 52 deaths a day over... [Read full story]

Hanoi hotel sector grows Hanoi hotel sector grows

HANOI, 17 April 2015: Hanoi Department of Statistics says an estimated 30 hotels offering 5,000 rooms — including 3,600 five-star rooms — are scheduled to open in Hanoi this year. Local media reported that research conducted by Savills Vietnam, Hanoi currently showed there were 9,000 rooms in 64 hotels ranging from three to five-star, up 4% quarter-on... [Read full story]

Hanoi hikes sleeping pod fee Hanoi hikes sleeping pod fee

HANOI, 17 April 2015: Vietnam Aviation Tourism Corporation is charging higher hourly fees for its sleep pod services at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi since Wednesday. Local media reported the new rate sets the maximum price for a single pod at USD5.8 per hour and USD6 for a double pod. The previous prices were USD10 for the first three... [Read full story]

Asia hotel pipeline grows Asia hotel pipeline grows

LONDON, 17 April 2015: More than 2,000 hotels across the Asia Pacific are in an under contract pipeline representing a 6.2% year-over-year increase according to STR Global’s latest report. The March 2015 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report, released Wednesday, claimed 2,384 hotels totalling 545,056 rooms were under contract. This represents a... [Read full story]

China’s best in travel honoured China’s best in travel honoured

SHANGHAI, 17 April 2015: The 8th year, TTG China Travel Awards 2015 named 59 winners representing the travel industry of Greater China. Of the 59 winners, 26 took home the signature Hermes trophy for the first time. The roll-call of inaugural winners was most evident across the Airline Awards, Individual Hotel Awards (in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou,... [Read full story]

Abacus signs Cambodia Bayon Abacus signs Cambodia Bayon

SINGAPORE, 17 April 2015: Cambodia Bayon Airlines has chosen Abacus as its first global distribution system partner to help the airline tap travel agency bookings within Asia. The multi-year distribution agreement will provide Abacus-connected travel agents across 29 markets with access to all the airline’s fare content. “In Asia, travel agencies... [Read full story]

Niccolo opens in Chengdu Niccolo opens in Chengdu

DUBAI, 17 April 2015: Ultratravel Collection, a joint venture between Travel Leaders Group, Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) and Ultratravel, announced, Wednesday, the launch of a new luxury brand, Niccolo by Marco Polo. Niccolo Chengdu, China, due to open the end of the month, is the first property under the brand. Branding gives it membership to the Ultratravel... [Read full story]

MH370 search continues MH370 search continues

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 April 2015: The search zone for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be doubled if nothing is found in the huge undersea area now being scanned for wreckage, Malaysia, Australia and China announced Thursday. A joint statement released after ministers from the three countries met in Kuala Lumpur said the Indian Ocean search zone... [Read full story]

Vietnam tackles decline Vietnam tackles decline

HANOI, 16 April 2015: Vietnam will create stronger promotional programmes to reverse the recent decline in international visitors. Vietnam Tourism Association vice chairman, Vu The Binh, told local media the priority was to stop the decline in foreign visits that was identified in travel data last year and continues to trouble the country over the first... [Read full story]

Japan attracts more Thai travellers Japan attracts more Thai travellers

BANGKOK, 16 April 2015: Kasikorn Research Centre forecasts that travel to Japan will surge 25% to 30% representing 822,000 to 855,000 visits by Thai travellers. The centre pointed to Japan’s efforts to support tourism as a tool to revive a sluggish economy. Most of the measures have focused on attracting visitors from Asia with easy visa procedures... [Read full story]

Myanmar to build airport in Chin State Myanmar to build airport in Chin State

YANGON, 16 April 2015: Myanmar’s parliament recently approved a bill presented by Ministry of Transport that will allow the construction of an airport in northern Chin State. Myanmar Times  reported the state remains the only one of the nation’s 14 states that is not served by domestic airlines. The long-awaited airport has been talked about since... [Read full story]

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Travel Deals

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PG awards discount points

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