Koreans flock to Danang Koreans flock to Danang

DANANG, 21 November 2014: Danang’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism says the city is now attracting more tourists from South Korea thanks to an increase in airline services. The department deputy director, Tran Chi Cuong, told local media that the number of South Korean tourists to the central region gateway town has doubled to between 2,000... [Read full story]

Thailand’s travel slump extends to October Thailand’s travel slump extends to October

BANGKOK, 21 November 2014: International tourist arrivals to Thailand posted a decline of 8.72% during January to October this year according to Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ data. Released Tuesday, the ministry data reported 19,739,600 visits to the country during the first 10 months, down from 21,626,233 over the same period last year. Tourism... [Read full story]

Budget to revive Hue heritage Budget to revive Hue heritage

THUA THIEN-HUE, 21 November 2014: More than USD4.9 million will be allocated to restore and conserve King Tu Duc’s tomb in Hue City provincial authorities confirmed earlier this week. Local media reported the project will be funded from State budget and other sources, and focus on six areas: Luong Khiem palace, Chi Khiem worshipping house, Le Khiem... [Read full story]

Accor’s Novotel debuts in Myanmar Accor’s Novotel debuts in Myanmar

BANGKOK, 21 November 2014: Accor Asia Pacific has announced the opening of Novotel Inle Lake Myat Min, the first Novotel hotel in Myanmar. Located on the east bank of Inle Lake, this newly-built resort hotel fills a gap in accommodation at the lake by offering an internationally managed four star branded property. Accor chief operating officer for Accor... [Read full story]

Tourism Malaysia backs golf tourism Tourism Malaysia backs golf tourism

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 November 2014: After six challenging qualifying rounds, the Grand Final of the World Amateur Inter-Team Golf Championship (WAITGC) opened, 20 November at the Tiara Melaka Golf & Country Club, Melaka. The Grand Final sees 30 teams compete with 12 teams from Brunei, nine teams from Australia, two teams each from Japan and Indonesia,... [Read full story]

Cruise awards named Cruise awards named

LONDON, 21 November 2014: Cruise Critic, the world’s largest cruise reviews site and cruise community, released details of  its annual list of best cruise ships, cruise lines and ports earlier this week. The awards were selected by Cruise Critic’s experienced team of cruise experts in 18 categories. Royal Caribbean’s, Quantum of... [Read full story]

Zeavola scoops award Zeavola scoops award

PHI PHI, THAILAND, 21 November 2014: Zeavola Resort, located on Phi Phi in Thailand, has scooped the global prize for the World’s Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel at the World Boutique Hotels Awards ceremony in London recently. The exclusive black tie event was held at Montcalm Hotel, Marble Arch and represented resorts globally that have won country... [Read full story]

Vietnam unveils cargo plans Vietnam unveils cargo plans

SINGAPORE, 21 November 2014: Vietjet has officially launched an affiliate company, Vietjet Air Cargo, paving the way for the fledging carrier to begin transporting freight and commodities to the region. Vietjet Air Cargo plans to operate 28 cargo routes this year and will increase this by 39 in 2015 as cargo demand increases both locally and globally. The... [Read full story]

PAL seeks investor PAL seeks investor

MANILA, 21 November 2014: Struggling Philippine Airlines is looking for a new investor to help fund an expansion programme that would see Asia’s oldest airline buying more long-haul jets. “I would prefer an airline with more destinations so we can expand our presence,” recently-installed president Jaime Bautista said. He added that... [Read full story]

TCEB signs MoU with US university TCEB signs MoU with US university

BANGKOK, 20 November 2014: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of North Texas (UNT) to create a strategic network for MICE education. Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, earlier this week, TCEB’s Administration and Strategic Support vice president, Chiruit Israngkun Na Ayuthaya,... [Read full story]

HCMC sets high target HCMC sets high target

HO CHI MINH CITY, 20 November 2014: HCMC’s tourism officials believe international tourist arrivals to the city could reach 4.4 million this year. Ho Chi Minh City’s Tourism Promotion Centre deputy director, Nguyen Bao Anh, told local media that the city’s tourism market has recovered in recent months. “Many local tourist companies have reported... [Read full story]

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Travel Deals

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TG discounts to neighbours

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