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Agents close 2016 3% ahead Agents close 2016 3% ahead

BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 5,377,843 travellers, January to December, last year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a 3.04% increase from 5,219,066 in 2015. ATTA released its data, last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide a meet-and-greet... [Read full story]

Lao airline cuts Attapeu losses Lao airline cuts Attapeu losses

VIENTIANE, 18 January 2017: National airline Lao Airlines has ended flights between Vientiane and Attapeu as ticketing revenue failed to reach a breakeven point for the airline. Vientiane Times quoted the airline’s Commercial and Marketing Department deputy director, Oudom Souvanthong, saying the airline cancelled the flights during the last quarter... [Read full story]

Vietnamese catch the travel bug Vietnamese catch the travel bug

HANOI, 18 January 2017: Vietnam Tourism Association estimates around 6.5 million Vietnamese travelled overseas, last year, an increase of 15% from 2015 and spent around USD7 to USD8 billion. Local media quoted the association vice chairman, Vu The Binh, saying the association based its estimate on data from tourism authorities in popular destinations... [Read full story]

BookDoc taps TripAdvisor content BookDoc taps TripAdvisor content

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 January 2017: BookDoc announced, Wednesday, its latest content partnership with the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor. BookDoc users are now able to search for top-rated restaurants and attractions around the vicinity of their healthcare appointments in Malaysia, Singapore , Hong Kong and Thailand when using either the... [Read full story]

Thailand pursues more flights Thailand pursues more flights

BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: Thailand’s Minister of Transport has assigned Aeronautical Radio of Thailand to raise the standard of aviation and boost flights to 2.7 million by 2032. Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith met with executives of AEROTHAI to present his policy guidelines on the overhaul of the Thai aviation industry, that aims to increase... [Read full story]

UNWTO inks MoC with Japanese UNWTO inks MoC with Japanese

MADRID, 18 January 2017: The World Tourism Organisation and Japan International Cooperation Agency have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation to promote sustainable tourism. The agreement, undersigned by UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, and JICA executive senior vice president, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, taps JICA’s status as one of the largest global... [Read full story]

MH370 search could resume MH370 search could resume

MELBOURNE, 18 January 2017: Australia’s transport minister, Wednesday, defended the suspension of the undersea search for MH370, after relatives of passengers slammed the decision, and added that it could resume if “credible new evidence” emerges. Australia, Malaysia and China — where most of the 239 on board the missing Malaysia... [Read full story]

Travel advisory on Gambia Travel advisory on Gambia

BANJUL, Gambia, 18 January 2017: Gambia’s president, Yahya Jammeh, declared a state of emergency Tuesday just two days before he was due to step down, as British and Dutch travel agencies scrambled to evacuate thousands of tourists. Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia with an iron fist for 22 years, initially acknowledged opponent Adama Barrow as... [Read full story]

Rise and fall of pound and dollar Rise and fall of pound and dollar

NEW YORK, 18 January 2017: The dollar tumbled Tuesday after President-elect, Donald Trump, said the American currency was too strong, while the pound rallied after British Prime Minister Theresa May released her Brexit blueprint. The fluctuations in foreign exchange came as most larger equity markets fell as markets look ahead to Friday’s inauguration... [Read full story]

Amazing Holidays plans resort remake Amazing Holidays plans resort remake

KENG TUNG, MYANMAR, 17 January 2017: Amazing Kengtong Resort, a landmark property built on the site of a demolished Shan royal palace in the early 1990s will undergo a major remake starting this May. Amazing Holidays Hotels & Resorts took over the property in 2015 securing a 70-year lease from its owners, the country’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. Now... [Read full story]

Mastercard tracks outbound travel Mastercard tracks outbound travel

BANGKOK, 17 January 2017: Thailand’s outbound travel market will generate 9.1 million trips, annually, over the next five years, according to Mastercard’s latest report, Future of Outbound Travel in Asia Pacific 2016 to 2021. According to the report, Thailand is among Asia Pacific’s emerging markets that will see a significant growth in outbound... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

ASEAN rolls out 50th campaign tours

SINGAPORE, 10 November 2016: Fifty specially chosen cross border travel products will help to attract more visitors... 

ASEAN taps one in 10 investment dollars

BANGKOK, 4 November 2016: One in 10 of all tourism investment dollars will go to ASEAN countries over the next... 

Visit ASEAN@50 branding launched

VIENTIANE, 8 September 2016: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, revealed, Wednesday, the branding for... 

Surveys

Free Wi-Fi tops tourist list

BANGKOK, 17 November 2016: Free Wi-Fi is a top item for consideration when booking a hotel, according to Expedia... 

Booking trends at theme parks

BASINGSTOKE, UK, 15 November 2016: New research highlights how travellers want to pre-book more of their travel... 

Gen Z no regrets list

SINGAPORE, 8 November 2016: So-called gap-year travel is a priority for those born after 1995, (21 or younger)... 

Travel Deals

EVA taps student travel

BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: EVA Air offers promotional fares for students travelling to London until the end of June... 

40% off Etihad fares

BANGKOK, 17 January 2017: Etihad launches promotional fares, discounted 40%, for travel to selected destinations... 

KAL fine tunes business fare

BANGKOK, 16 January 2017: Korean Air launches a “Fly to Korea” promotion for travel to Seoul, South Korea,... 

Travel Logs

Tachilek on an e-Visa

CHIANG RAI, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler... 

Holiday pick is child’s play

SINGAPORE, 19 December 2016: Children are playing an important role in deciding where families go and what they... 

Expedia: Book early and bundle

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 16 December 2016: Declining airline ticket prices and a global surge in capacity suggests... 

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