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Singapore gains liveable points Singapore gains liveable points

SINGAPORE, 18 August 2017: For the first time Singapore overhauled Hong Kong in the Economist Intelligence Unit 2017 Global Liveability Ranking released Wednesday. Singapore jumped 11 places to 35th in the annual survey that assigns scores for 140 cities based on 30 criteria covering stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure. Hong... [Read full story]

Sports to support tourism Sports to support tourism

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports is confident that sports tourism will boom in eastern seaboard provinces to generate added revenue for local communities. Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said for the first half of this year tourism revenue for the so-called eastern seaboard cluster grew 9.1%... [Read full story]

Hotelier on the move Hotelier on the move

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has appointed Michel Checoury as its new chief financial officer (CFO). He joins the Mövenpick leadership team from Aman Resorts where he was CFO since 2014, responsible for the finances at 31 properties in 19 countries. He will be responsible for aligning strategic planning, the ongoing implementation... [Read full story]

China sales go tabletop China sales go tabletop

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Thai Hotels Association is inviting members to join a Hotels Meet Local Agents Chinese Speaking Marketplace, 1330 to 1930, 22 September. The sales event will be held at Chaturathit and Parichart rooms, Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok. THA is cooperating with the Association of Thai Travel Agents to organise the programme,... [Read full story]

Sofitel back in KL Sofitel back in KL

KUALA LUMPUR, 18 August 2017: The doors of Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara, opened for business recently, the brand’s first hotel in Malaysia. Located in the heart of affluent Damansara Heights, the 312-room Sofitel Kuala Lumpur Damansara is part of an 8.5-acre integrated development by GuocoLand, comprising two luxury condominium blocks, two corporate... [Read full story]

Emirates supports Haji travel Emirates supports Haji travel

DUBAI, UAE, 18 August 2017 – Emirates will slot in extra flights to Jeddah to support thousands of pilgrims heading to and from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for Hajj. Emirates will offer 45 additional flights to Jeddah and 12 additional flights to Medina effective  17 August until 11 September to help serve the 2 million pilgrims expected to travel... [Read full story]

Air Berlin on the brink Air Berlin on the brink

FRANKFURT, 18 August 2017: Air Berlin is in talks with three competitors about buying up its assets, the insolvent airline’s boss said, Thursday, warning that not all jobs would be saved. “Aside from Lufthansa, we are in contact with two other interested parties from the aviation industry,” Air Berlin chief executive Thomas Winkelmann... [Read full story]

Tourism: Too much of a good thing Tourism: Too much of a good thing

BARCELONA, 18 August 2017: “Never again a summer like this”: Exasperated with the hordes of visitors they blame for making their city unliveable, Barcelona residents have risen in protest. The hugely popular Catalan metropolis has become the latest European hotspot to eye tourism with hostility. From the romantic canals of Venice to the... [Read full story]

Terrorist attack in Barcelona Terrorist attack in Barcelona

BARCELONA, 18 August 2017: Victims of a van rampage in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and around 100 others injured were of at least 18 different nationalities, Spain’s civil protection agency said Friday. A spokesman said that among the victims in the popular seaside city were nationals from France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Argentina,... [Read full story]

Saudis open border for pilgrims Saudis open border for pilgrims

RIYADH, 18 August 2017: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to Hajj pilgrims, state media said Thursday, despite a major diplomatic crisis roiling the region. The Salwa border crossing has been closed since 5 June  when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic and trade... [Read full story]

Thai Smile suspends Sabah link Thai Smile suspends Sabah link

BANGKOK, 17 August 2017: Technically all the indicators, including media statements, suggest Thai Smile flies to Kota Kinabalu from its Suvarnabhumi airport home-base here in Bangkok. It is even an option on the airline’s its website where travellers can select travel to three Malaysian destinations; Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Kota Kinabalu the state... [Read full story]

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QF bargains to Australia and NZ

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BW cuts holiday costs

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Mother’s travel month

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Chiang Rai’s China flights take off

CHIANG RAI 15 August 2017: Thai Lion Air took off from Chiang Rai’s airport, 10 August, to establish its... 

Cut the cost of a China visa

BANGKOK, 4 August 2017: China has been making it easier to travel to and through the country without any cost since...