NokScoot ready to fly NokScoot ready to fly

BANGKOK, 26 November 2014: NokScoot, Thailand’s newest medium-haul budget airline, takes delivery of its first Boeing 777-200 on Sunday. The aircraft’s tailfin will be painted with Nok Air’s wacky cartoon beak that will blend with Scoot’s aggressive yellow swoosh painted across a white fuselage. The NokScoot smiling beak will also be... [Read full story]

Myanmar: Chinese tap visa-on-arrival Myanmar: Chinese tap visa-on-arrival

YANGON, 26 November 2014: Myanmar’s Immigration Department reports 95,713 foreign visitors obtained business related visas-on-arrival at Yangon International Airport during January to October this year. Chinese nationals topped the list with Japanese in second place. However, the report did not clarify actual breakdowns and percentage growth since... [Read full story]

VN retires old boats VN retires old boats

HANOI, 26 November 2014: Vietnam will issue a decree to ban the use of old boats for tourism, effective 1 January 2015, following numerous accidents over the last few years. Local media reports suggested the new decree on waterway traffic safety will require all high-speed passenger vessels operating on inland waterways to be no more than 20 years old. The... [Read full story]

No passengers left behind No passengers left behind

BRUSSELS, 26 November 2014: Airlines will dig into their own pockets to rescue passengers stranded by airline bankruptcy the International Air Transport Association announced Monday. Member airlines will enrol voluntarily in the programme, which will assist passengers impacted by an airline bankruptcy. The voluntary agreement covers IATA members flying... [Read full story]

Hotels top social media trends Hotels top social media trends

SINGAPORE, 26 November 2014: Women are the most active on social media and Asians are more likely to be swayed by social adverts, according to Accorhotels’s latest Social Media Monitor. The survey claimed four out of five respondents follow corporate brands on social media, with the Chinese and Vietnamese the most keen, and those from Japan, Australia... [Read full story]

Jetstar to lose big brother Jetstar to lose big brother

HANOI, 26 November 2014: Vietnam’s Transport Minister Dinh La Thang says Vietnam Airlines’ 70% stake in Jetstar will be eliminated sooner or later. The minister told local media that the policy on separation was made a long time ago, but it would depend on Jetstar finding its way to profit after a decade of losses. “Jetstar will be separated... [Read full story]

Bali ahead of curve Bali ahead of curve

BALI, 26 November 2014: Bali’s hotels are seeing increased demand despite broader concerns about what seems to be an endless stream of new rooms coming online. In a new report released by leading hospitality firms Horwath HTL and C9 Hotelworks figures show the overseas arrivals though August of this year surged 14% year-on-year. By the end of... [Read full story]

Hotel group taps Indian agents Hotel group taps Indian agents

HONG KONG, 26 November 2014: CHINA Swiss-Belhotel International has appointed Global Destinations as its sales representative for  India’s booming outbound travel market as the hospitality management chain seeks to attract visitors from the sub-continent to its range of hotels and resorts. Swiss-Belhotel International president and chairman,... [Read full story]

Stealthy Regin at large Stealthy Regin at large

SAN FRANCISCO, 26 November 2014: Computer security firm Symantec on Monday said it uncovered stealthy software wielded as part of a years-long spying campaign, most likely by a nation state. It failed to say whom it thought was behind the malicious stealth operation, but it will not take long for technical experts to point the finger at the handful... [Read full story]

Mitsubishi manages Mandalay airport Mitsubishi manages Mandalay airport

MANDALAY, 25 November 2014: Myanmar’s Department of Civil Aviation says Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp and Jalux Inc will partner with Myanmar’s Yoma Strategic Holdings Ltd to manage Mandalay’s international airport. According to an Irrawaddy channel news report the companies have established a joint venture company, MC-Jalux Airport Services to run... [Read full story]

Bagan seeks UNESCO heritage status Bagan seeks UNESCO heritage status

BAGAN, 25 November 2014: Myanmar’s Ministry of Culture says the ancient city of Bagan could be nominated for inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List within three years. Local media reported that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), is considering the nomination of Bagan to its global heritage list. In... [Read full story]

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Travel Deals

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TG offers fares for four

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