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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]

Sabre sells safety solution Sabre sells safety solution

SINGAPORE, 22 July 2016: Sabre will roll out, later this year, a new mobile duty-of-care solution that will help companies track the safety and location of their employees. Sabre Corporation unveiled the SafePoint this week at the GBTA Convention 2016. It automatically monitors all of a corporation’s trips and for travellers using TripCase, SafePoint... [Read full story]

Khiri creates Jaffna tour Khiri creates Jaffna tour

BANGKOK, 22 July 2016: Khiri Travel has launched trips to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka, an area of the country that is still struggling to heal the wounds the of a devastating civil war that came to a close in 2009. The four-day/three-night trips to Jaffna offer a  travel experience in an area that is now peaceful and returning to normal, the travel... [Read full story]

Asia-Pacific tops UNWTO barometer Asia-Pacific tops UNWTO barometer

MADRID, 22 July 2016: International tourist arrivals grew by 5% between January and April, this year, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Results were robust across almost all regions and many destinations reported double-digit growth. But there was a note of caution from the UNWTO secretary general who warned safety and security... [Read full story]

Taiwan eases visas Taiwan eases visas

TAIPEI, 22 July 2016: Easier visa regulations for citizens of ASEAN countries should attract an additional 280,000 visitors to Taiwan, over a year, and generate an extra NTD13 billion (USD407 million) for Taiwan’s tourism industry annually, according the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. Effective 1 August, citizens of Thailand and Brunei... [Read full story]

Mövenpick hires Bali GM Mövenpick hires Bali GM

BANGKOK, 22 July 2016: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Horst Walther-Jones as general manager of Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali. The appointment is part of a recruitment drive across Asia that has already seen top industry talent take up positions at Mövenpick properties and corporate head office in the Philippines and Thailand... [Read full story]

Double daily A380s to Milan Double daily A380s to Milan

DUBAI, 22 July 2016: Emirates unveiled plans, Thursday, to increase capacity on its Dubai-Milan route with the deployment of a second daily A380. The upgrade from a Boeing 777-300ER to the double decker represents a capacity increase of 1,834 seats per week between the two cities; enabling more A380-to-A380 connections to and from key destinations... [Read full story]

AoT needs partners AoT needs partners

BANGKOK, 21 July 2016: Airports of Thailand calls for aviation players in Thailand to partner in projects to build competitiveness in the country. AoT’s president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, made the call saying a united front would help Thailand achieve its goal to be the gateway of choice for airlines serving ASEAN. He warned: “There is a need for... [Read full story]

Cambodia to hone language skills Cambodia to hone language skills

PHNOM PENH, 21 July 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Confucius Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia, last week, to provide Chinese language courses. Khmer Times reported the institute would support the tourism industry through language courses and offer technical assistance to the tourism ministry. Tourism... [Read full story]

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