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Thailand’s tourism reports strong August Thailand’s tourism reports strong August

BANGKOK, 22 September 2017: China continues to dominate Thailand’s inbound tourist arrivals chart as the country enjoyed a bumper August with 3,133,411 visits up 8.6% on August 2016. August was the fourth month, this year, that saw arrivals exceed 3 million, the second highest after January when visits reached 3,197,053. Other peak travel months when... [Read full story]

Write and win cash Write and win cash

BANGKOK, 22 September 2017: Bangkok-based, Travel Impact Newswire, marked the United Nations International Day of Peace, 21 September, by launching an essay competition that focuses on how tourism can contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The Olive Tree Awards essay competition claims to be the first of its kind in the global tourism... [Read full story]

Passenger traffic at  Changi rises Passenger traffic at Changi rises

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.27 million passenger movements in August, a 7.0% year-on-year increase. There was a 10.7% increase in airfreight throughput to 180,590 tonnes, while aircraft movements rose 4.9% to 31,750 landings and take-offs. Passenger traffic during August was supported by growth across all regions,... [Read full story]

ITB Asia: Spotlight on the future ITB Asia: Spotlight on the future

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: ITB Asia 2017 will celebrate its 10th anniversary looking forward at spaces where travel and tourism might be heading. Under the conference theme “The Future of Travel”, ITB Asia 2017 will showcase key presentations by industry leaders representing brand names as well as promising travel startups. “We are proud to... [Read full story]

Mercure brand expands in Bangkok Mercure brand expands in Bangkok

BANGKOK, 22 September 2017: AccorHotels is promoting its latest addition, Mercure Bangkok Sukhumvit 11, formerly the President Palace that closed in December 2015 for renovations. Opened earlier this year, under the AccorHotels’ Mercure brand the group is currently offering a special “opening rate” of THB3,200 plus service and tax. Located, close... [Read full story]

New Visa app runs a concierge New Visa app runs a concierge

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: Visa launched its first mobile concierge app, Thursday, targeted at affluent consumers in Singapore. VISA research suggests nine out 10 Singapore affluent consumers are interested in accessing concierge services via a mobile app Downloadable on iOS App Store and Google Android Store, Singapore is the first market in Southeast... [Read full story]

Air Berlin’s fleet to go first Air Berlin’s fleet to go first

FRANKFURT, 22 September 2017: The chief of Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa has said he hopes to buy up to 78 planes from bankrupt Air Berlin, dismissing fears the insolvency would grant him a near-monopoly over the skies. Top priority was “stabilising” the status of some 38 aircraft Lufthansa already “wet-leases” —... [Read full story]

Rugby boosts NZ tourism Rugby boosts NZ tourism

WELLINGTON, 22 September 2017: New Zealand’s economy grew 0.8% in the April-June quarter partly due to a tourism boost from the British and Irish Lions rugby tour, official data showed Thursday. Statistics New Zealand said the quarterly figure, which was in line with market expectations and released just days ahead of national elections on Saturday,... [Read full story]

Mischief maker swaps bag tags Mischief maker swaps bag tags

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: A Singaporean baggage handler has been charged with “mischief” for allegedly swapping tags on hundreds of suitcases at the city-state’s airport, causing them to end up at the wrong destination. Tay Boon Keh, 63, could be jailed if found guilty of having swapped the tags on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one... [Read full story]

Airbus extends China footprint Airbus extends China footprint

TIANJIN, 21 September 2017: Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing. China is one of the Western manufacturers’ key battlegrounds, with its travellers taking to the skies in ever-growing numbers. In Tianjin,... [Read full story]

Journey Within hands over local offices Journey Within hands over local offices

SIEM REAP, 21 September, 2017: Journey Within Tour Company is handing over its Southeast Asian operations to local staff for them to own and manage. The process starts in Cambodia with staff in the Siem Reap office taking control of operations rather than it continuing as a subsidiary of the US-based Journey Within Tour. From humble beginnings that... [Read full story]

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