The digital tour guide appears The digital tour guide appears

HANOI, 16 January 2017: Is disruptive technology to blame for another victory in tourism? After the decline of the traditional travel agent, there are now signs of robots beginning to replace traditional guides. It begins to look inevitable when news surfaces that the Centre for Scientific and Cultural Activities of Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Temple... [Read full story]

India tourist arrivals pass 10 million India tourist arrivals pass 10 million

NEW DELHI, 16 January 2018: India’s e-Tourist Visas were more popular than ever in 2017 with 1,697,000 users a 52.% increase over 2016. India reported a 15.2% growth in foreign tourist arrivals in December and for the full year arrivals surpassed the 10 million mark. Passing the 10 million mark is a milestone for India as the government attempts to... [Read full story]

Posh hostels shift mainstream Posh hostels shift mainstream

PHUKET, 16 January 2018: C9 Hotelwork’s new market report questions if cookie-cutter hotel groups will again fall asleep at the wheel as they did with OTA’s and Airbnb? Call them poshtels, hostels or hybrid hotels, but one of the most exciting travel spaces across Asia is the emergence of socially-focused accommodation, C9 Hotelworks’ managing... [Read full story]

Indonesia gears up VIWI campaign Indonesia gears up VIWI campaign

JAKARTA, 16 January 2018: Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Arief Yahya confirmed the country has set a target of 17 million tourist arrivals in 2018. His forecast came as media outlets suggested the country would close 2017 with around 14 million, roughly a million off the pace needed to achieve the year’s 15 million target. Up until the end of November... [Read full story]

Vietnam closes 2017 on a strong note Vietnam closes 2017 on a strong note

HANOI, 16 January 2018: Vietnam’s tourist arrivals  reached 12,922,151 in 2017, an increase of 29.1% when compared with 2016, according to provisional figures released by the Vietnam National Tourism Administration late last week. In December alone, data sourced from the Government Statistics Office estimated the country welcomed  1,276,353... [Read full story]

Row over airspace violation Row over airspace violation

ABU DHABI, 16 January 2018: The United Arab Emirates accused rival Qatar of “intercepting” a passenger plane en route to Bahrain on Monday, as Doha denied the accusation in a row over alleged airspace violations. “The General Civil Aviation Authority received a message from a national carrier on Monday morning that an aircraft on a... [Read full story]

Airbus overtakes Boeing Airbus overtakes Boeing

PARIS, 16 January 2018: European aerospace giant Airbus overtook arch-rival Boeing in terms of aircraft orders last year, but warned that it could cease making its A380 jet if it does not receive any more orders for the supersize plane. Airbus said it booked a total 1,109 aircraft orders and a record 718 deliveries in 2017. By comparison, US rival Boeing... [Read full story]

Cow brings airport to standstill Cow brings airport to standstill

AHMEDABAD, India, 16 January 2018: First it was monkeys and rabbits. Now a cow has forced flights to be diverted from Ahmedabad airport and Indian authorities said Friday human negligence could have had a role. The brave bovine crept past security at a cargo gate at the airport in India’s Gujarat state to stray near the runway sparking a rodeo... [Read full story]

Sarawak embarks on China campaign Sarawak embarks on China campaign

KUCHING, 15 January 2018:  AirAsia recently hosted 20 travel agents from Guangzhou and Shenzhen to tour Sarawak in the hope the agents will launch new tour offerings for Chinese travellers in the two cities. Sarawak Tourism Board and the low-cost airline hosted the agents, chosen from a list of 70 agents, who had attended road show presentations last... [Read full story]

Bali’s Agung erupts and rumbles Bali’s Agung erupts and rumbles

DENPASAR, 15 January 2018: Bali’s Mount Agung erupted again last Thursday afternoon, but the island remains safe and the airport has been operating normally. The exclusion zone that covers a 6 km radius of Mount Agung remains in place, but officials reiterated that areas outside of the zone were  safe for travellers. On Thursday evening volcano spat... [Read full story]

India mulls tourism tax cuts India mulls tourism tax cuts

NEW DELHI, 15 January 2018: India is plans to cut taxes on travel and tourism as part of the Union Budget that will offer incentives for an industry estimated to earn USD210-billion sector for the national economy, government sources told Thomson Reuters. The cut in taxes should boost economic growth and create more jobs, while providing a boost for... [Read full story]

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