Vietnam eases visas Vietnam eases visas

HANOI, 7 October 2015: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism says it will propose visa waivers for an additional 19 countries to boost tourist arrivals to the country. VNAT director, Nguyen Van Tuan, confirmed the latest bid to ease visa regulations to local media on Monday. Vietnam is considering various incentives to ease travel to the country... [Read full story]

Veggie revenue booms Veggie revenue booms

BANGKOK, 7 October 2015: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates Bangkok residents will spend THB4,200 million during the Vegetarian Festival that runs from 13 to 21 October. The bank’s think-tank unit said more residents in Bangkok will observe the “Kin Jae” (The Festival for Eating Vegetables) festival, this year, particularly young people for health... [Read full story]

Is ITB Asia packing too much punch? Is ITB Asia packing too much punch?

SINGAPORE, 7 October 2015: ITB Asia has added another partnership to strengthen its trade show held in Singapore for the eighth consecutive year. The latest partnership recruits Incentive Conference & Event Society Asia-Pacific (ICESAP), which will host a half-day conference on the sidelines of the trade show. ICESAP’s session will focus on an... [Read full story]

AirAsia Japan to fly 2016 AirAsia Japan to fly 2016

TOKYO, 7 October 2015: AirAsia Japan’s CEO, Yoshinori Odagiri, announced, Tuesday, that the airline has been granted an Air Operator’s Certificate. The certificate was issued under the Civil Aeronautics Act by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. [Read full story]  Read More →

AF executives lose their shirts AF executives lose their shirts

PARIS, 7 October 2015: French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday scenes of Air France executives fleeing an angry mob after having their shirts ripped off by striking workers were “unacceptable” and put the image of the country at risk. With the shirt stripped off his back, the struggling airline’s human resources manager, Xavier... [Read full story]

Indonesia finds plane wreck Indonesia finds plane wreck

MAKASSAR, INDONESIA, 7 October 2015: Rescuers Monday found the wreckage of a plane carrying 10 people that disappeared during a flight in central Indonesia last week, the latest accident to hit the archipelago nation’s aviation sector. The Aviastar aircraft, whose passengers included three children, went missing Friday shortly after taking off... [Read full story]

Blow to Singapore medical tourism Blow to Singapore medical tourism

SINGAPORE, 7 October 2015: Singapore’s largest hospital apologised Tuesday after 22 kidney patients were infected with hepatitis C, with four dying in a rare outbreak at the prestigious facility. The infections at the government-run Singapore General Hospital (SGH) involved patients admitted to one ward between April and June. Hospital officials... [Read full story]

Indonesia hits back on haze criticism Indonesia hits back on haze criticism

JAKARTA, 7 October 2015: Indonesia’s disaster chief Tuesday rejected criticism his country was not doing enough to combat the haze crisis, saying every possible resource was being deployed to fight forest fires blanketing Southeast Asia in smog. Indonesia has come under growing pressure from its neighbours in recent weeks as thick smoke from fires... [Read full story]

Nok Air to increase flight Nok Air to increase flight

BANGKOK, 6 October 2015: Nok Air will increase flights on selected domestic routes to serve travel demand during the tourist peak season that begins 25 October. The airline will add more flights from Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) to Chiang Rai, Lampang, Mae Sot, Phrae, Loei, Buri Ram, Nakhon Phanom and Phuket. In North Thailand, it will add two more... [Read full story]

Coffee and colonial culture Coffee and colonial culture

HO CHI MINH CITY, 6 October 2015: Ho Chi Minh City’s Planning and Architecture Department is seeking approval to build a coffee shop in front of the Saigon Central Post Office, one of the top tourist destinations in downtown business district. Local media said the shop could block part of the  façade of the 124-year-old Post Office building, next... [Read full story]

Laos mulls airport expansion Laos mulls airport expansion

VIENTIANE, 6 October 2015: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport claims the country needs to build new gateway airports or expand current airports substantially to stay competitive. Vientiane Times quoted Public Works and Transport Minister, Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, saying  the four gateways, Wattay, Luang Prabang, Savannakhet and Pakse... [Read full story]

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