EXO wins PATA Gold Award EXO wins PATA Gold Award

BANGKOK, 25 July 2016: EXO Travel and EXO Foundation have been awarded the PATA Gold Award in the CSR category, beating 71 organisations globally that were in contention. PATA’s Gold Awards recognise tourism industry organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions towards creating a responsible and sustainable tourism industry in the... [Read full story]

Vientiane invests in CCTV Vientiane invests in CCTV

VIENTIANE, 25 July 2016: Vientiane, often tagged Asia’s safest capital, is now installing additional CCTV cameras and security alarms  at over 790 locations to improve safety for visitors and manage traffic. Lao News Agency reported the USD28 million contract was signed by the Ministry of Public Security and Golden Dragon Company. The move is... [Read full story]

TTAA forecasts more bookings to Taiwan TTAA forecasts more bookings to Taiwan

BANGKOK, 25 July 2016: Thai Travel Agents Association says Taiwan’s decision to grant visa exemption for Thai citizens will boost travel to around 200,000 trips by year-end. TTAA president, Suparerk Soorangura, told TTR Weekly that the visa exemption would make it more convenient for Thai travellers to book a tour to Taiwan, saving both time (visa... [Read full story]

Cambodia and Finland sign MoU Cambodia and Finland sign MoU

PNHOM PENH, 25 July 2016: Cambodia’s Secretariat of Civil Aviation signed a Memorandum of Understanding, last week, with Finland’s Civil Aviation Authority to allow direct flights between the two countries. Khmer Times quoted SSCA spokesman, Sin Sereyvutha, saying the MoU would pave the way for airlines in both Cambodia and Finland to establish... [Read full story]

China launches seaplane China launches seaplane

BEIJING, 25 July 2016: China has completed production of the world’s largest seaplane, state media has said, the latest effort in the country’s program to wean itself off dependence on foreign aviation firms. The state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) unveiled the first of the new planes, dubbed the AG600, Saturday in... [Read full story]

Solar on final leg to Abu Dhabi Solar on final leg to Abu Dhabi

CAIRO, 25 July 2016: The first solar-powered plane to circle the world took off from Cairo on Sunday for Abu Dhabi, in the final leg of its journey. Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard was behind the controls of Solar Impulse 2, which can fly for days on only energy from the sun. “It’s a project for energy, for a better world,” Piccard, 58,... [Read full story]

EgpytAir flight broke up mid-air EgpytAir flight broke up mid-air

NEW YORK, 25 July 2016: An EgyptAir flight that crashed into the Mediterranean in May likely broke up in mid-air after a fire erupted in or near the cockpit, the New York Times reported Friday. However it remains unclear whether the blaze was triggered by mechanical malfunction or a criminal act, Egyptian officials who spoke on condition of anonymity... [Read full story]

7-Eleven delivers by drone 7-Eleven delivers by drone

WASHINGTON, 25 July 2016: With a chicken sandwich, hot coffee and donuts, aviation history was made Friday. These were among the items in the first drone delivery on US soil approved by aviation officials, made by convenience retailer 7-Eleven and the drone start-up Flirtey. The delivery took place in Reno, Nevada, with the items loaded into a special... [Read full story]

Lufthansa shaves target Lufthansa shaves target

BERLIN, 22 July 2016: Terror attacks in Europe and “political and economic uncertainty” have prompted German airline Lufthansa to cut its full-year profit target the company said Wednesday. “Due to increasing political and economic uncertainties the executive board reduces forecast” for earnings before interest and tax 2016 (EBIT)... [Read full story]

Lao sets out game plan Lao sets out game plan

VIENTIANE, 22 July 2016: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism predicts 9 million foreign visitors will travel to Laos by 2025, generating about USD1.4 billion in revenue. Vientiane Times quoted the tourism ministry’s, Bosengkham Vongdara, who outlined the forecasts for tourism. “If no unforeseen difficulties arise, we will probably... [Read full story]

Vietnam Airlines to fly to US Vietnam Airlines to fly to US

HANOI, 22 July 2016: National carrier Vietnam Airlines intends to fly to the United States as early as 2018. Local media quoted the airline’s CEO, Duong Tri Thanh, saying passenger demand for trips to the US and trade between the two countries is on the rise. The planned service is part of the airline’s expansion to capture global market share and... [Read full story]

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