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Horrific pack attackers arrested Horrific pack attackers arrested

HUA HIN, 29 April 2016:  Four Thai men have now been arrested for the brutal attack on a British family in Hua Hin during Songkran, while the identities of the victims have also been revealed, Thai Visa.Com reported earlier today. The victims have been named as Lewis Owen, 68, his wife Rosemary Owen, in her sixties, and their son Lewis John Owen, 43.... [Read full story]

TUI sells Hotelbeds TUI sells Hotelbeds

LONDON, 29 April 2016: Worldwide tour giant TUI is selling off its Hotelbeds Group for €1.2 billion as the world’s largest tour operator ditches non-core assets, the Financial Times reported late Thursday. The FT said UK based buyout firm, Cinven and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, have each agreed to buy 50% of the company in a transaction... [Read full story]

Shaheen Air to fly Bangkok Shaheen Air to fly Bangkok

BANGKOK, 29 April 2016: Pakistan’s Shaheen Air will start flights to Bangkok in Thailand, 20 May, connecting the Thai capital with Karachi and Lahore. The airline plans to operate twice weekly services on both the Karachi – Bangkok and  Lahore – Bangkok routes using Airbus A330s. It will compete head-on with Pakistan International Airlines... [Read full story]

Vietnam to focus on e-marketing Vietnam to focus on e-marketing

HANOI, 29 April 2016: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism has a budget to spend USD44,800 on e-marketing to increase Vietnam’s competitiveness in tourism. Vietnam Investment Review quoted VNAT’s vice chairman, Ha Van Sieu, saying that e-marketing was an important tool to reach national tourism targets. “In recent years, the application... [Read full story]

Cambodia wants more flights from China Cambodia wants more flights from China

PHNOM PENH, 29 April 2016: Cambodia has asked China to ease the way for direct flights from southwestern Guizhou province to promote trade and tourism. Khmer Times media claimed the Minister for the Office of the Council of Ministers Sok An made the request to the province’s Communist party secretary, Chen Minér, during a meeting in Phnom Penh, Monday. “In... [Read full story]

MICE app for event organisers MICE app for event organisers

BANGKOK, 29 April 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau launched, earlier this week, a ‘Biz Thailand’ mobile application as an information channel for business event travellers. TCEB’s Information Technology Department director, Sarita Chintakanond, said the new mobile application is part of the bureau digital marketing strategy to boost... [Read full story]

CNTA shares tourism strategy with PATA CNTA shares tourism strategy with PATA

BANGKOK, 29 April 2016: China’s powerful, tourism agency CNTA says it will strengthen communications and cooperation with the Pacific Asia Travel Association and other international organisations to advance project related to regional tourism. China National Tourism Administration chairman, Li Jinzao, made the comments during a meeting held with PATA... [Read full story]

Best Western opens on Palawan Best Western opens on Palawan

BANGKOK, 29 April 2016: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has  confirmed it will open a Best Western Plus property  this June in Puerto Princesa, the largest city on the island of Palawan, in the Philippines. Best Western Plus Ivy Wall is a new-build midscale hotel located a short drive from Puerto Princesa International Airport. The city is served... [Read full story]

Thai holiday breaks in May Thai holiday breaks in May

BANGKOK, 29 April 2016: Thailand’s commercial sector, banks and government offices enjoy two long weekend breaks starting with a substitution day for Labour Day, that falls on Monday 2 May and Thailand’s Coronation Day, 5 May followed by a special holiday 6 May. This year, Labour Day (1 May) falls on a Sunday, which gives Thailand residents a substitution... [Read full story]

Hold your gas in Japan Hold your gas in Japan

TOKYO, 29 April 2016: A Japanese tourism board has called on foreign tourists to refrain from public “belching or flatulence” in an etiquette guide which was hastily rewritten, reportedly after complaints from a Chinese resident. The Hokkaido Tourism Organisation, which represents Japan’s northern-most island, published a downloadable... [Read full story]

Lufthansa delays airline purchase Lufthansa delays airline purchase

BERLIN, 29 April 2016: Germany’s Lufthansa has postponed until September a decision on the acquisition of Brussels Airlines following last month’s deadly attacks on the Belgian capital, the airline said earlier in the week. The delay would allow the Belgian carrier to resume flights in the wake of the suicide bombings that targeted Brussels... [Read full story]

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