ITB Asia: Call for action to ease visas ITB Asia: Call for action to ease visas

SINGAPORE, 30 October 2014: The travel industry has to do more to convince governments to streamline or eliminate visa requirements, World  Travel and Tourism Council CEO, David Scowsill, told an ITB Asia press briefing Wednesday. Commenting on the challenges the travel industry faces, he said it was imperative to get over the message that easing visas... [Read full story]

Best Western heads to Genting Best Western heads to Genting

SINGAPORE, 30 October 2014: Best Western International’s expansion in Malaysia continues with the addition of new managed property in Genting Highlands due to open in 2016. The company released details on the opening day of ITB Asia  indicating it would grown in Malaysia from four properties to 16 over the next three years. Attending the trade fair,... [Read full story]

China will top business travel league China will top business travel league

SINGAPORE, 29 October 2014 – Global business travel spend is expected to reach a record USD1.18 trillion by 2014, with nearly 40% coming from Asia Pacific. This is according to the Global Business Travel Association, which released latest figures from its Business Travel Index (outlook report at the opening session of ITB Asia Wednesday. The three-day... [Read full story]

Vietjet inks deal with Indian airline Vietjet inks deal with Indian airline

SINGAPORE, 30 October 2014 – Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company, trading as Vietjet, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with India’s Air Costa. It formalises a strategic alliance to explore opportunities in aviation between Vietnam and India. The official signing ceremony took place, 27 October, and was witnessed by Narendra Modi,... [Read full story]

Vietnam outlines marketing plan Vietnam outlines marketing plan

HANOI, 30 October 2014: Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, earlier this week, approved a tourism marketing strategy to 2020. According to local media reports, the marketing strategy was drawn up by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism. The strategy specifies priorities for the country’s tourism, including development of... [Read full story]

Thai airports suffer declines Thai airports suffer declines

BANGKOK, 30 October 2014: Airports of Thailand reports September data showed overall passengers passing through Suvarnabhumi airport declined 15.58% due to prolonged polical instability in Bangkok. The country’s main gateway welcomed 3,387,999 passengers in September, compared to 4,013,312 during the same month last year. AoT released details, Wednesday,... [Read full story]

Vietnam: Return visits rare Vietnam: Return visits rare

HO CHI MINH CITY, 30 October 2014: The Environmentally and Socially Responsible Tourism Capacity Development Programme management board says Vietnam is not attractive enough to gain stable repeat business. Local media reported that the board’s survey indicated that the country lacks enough attractions to generate a high level of repeat visits. It... [Read full story]

Tourism’s job crisis Tourism’s job crisis

SINGAPORE, 30 October 2014: Asia’s travel and tourism sector is booming, but will faces a severe shortage of skilled workers in the next 10 years, a top industry executive said Wednesday. Investments in human capital have lagged behind spending on infrastructure such as airports and hotels, said David Scowsill, president and chief executive of... [Read full story]

ONYX sets targets ONYX sets targets

BANGKOK, 30 October 2014: ONYX Hospitality Group plans to open more properties in Thailand and across Asia to reach a target of 81 hotels, resorts and serviced apartments by 2018. Speaking at a media briefing, Wednesday, the group president and CEO, Peter Henle,  said ONYX currently manages 51 properties with 37 actually operational and 14 properties... [Read full story]

US diplomats face Ebola screening US diplomats face Ebola screening

WASHINGTON, 30 October 2014: The US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, will abide by whatever rules apply to her when she returns to America from a tour of nations hit by Ebola, an official said Monday. But the diplomat and her party will not come into contact with any people infected with the disease and will not be visiting any treatment... [Read full story]

Bagan temples fee rises Bagan temples fee rises

BAGAN, 29 October 2014: The tourist entrance fee for Bagan’s temples will increase from USD15 to USD20 starting 1 January next year. The Irrawaddy news channel quoted an unnamed source from Ministry of Culture’s Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library as saying that the increase will generate more income for Bagan to help protect... [Read full story]

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Travel Deals

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Two travel cheaper

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Amex and JUJI in partnership deal

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Soaking up St Regis

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