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ICAO will revaluate Thai red flag status ICAO will revaluate Thai red flag status

BANGKOK, 24 February 2017: International Civil Aviation Organisation is due to conduct a security inspection of Thailand’s aviation 30 June. According the National News Bureau of Thailand, Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, met with executives from 15 Thai airlines to notify them of the up-coming inspection. He expressed confidence that... [Read full story]

Thouvard moves to Samui Thouvard moves to Samui

SAMUI, 24 February 2017: Centara Hotels & Resorts announced, Thursday, the appointment of Denis Thouvard as general manager of Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, Thailand. Thouvard, a French national joined the Centara Hotels & Resorts team in 2009 as general manager for the opening of Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket. He was subsequently promoted... [Read full story]

Ctrip revenue surges in 2016 Ctrip revenue surges in 2016

SHANGHAI, 24 February 2017: Ctrip’s net revenue for its fiscal year 2016 reached RMB19.2 billion (USD2.8 billion) a massive 76% increase over 2015. Ctrip.com International, a leading travel provider headquartered in China announced, Thursday, its unaudited financial results for the full year ending 31 December 2016. Despite the massive increases in... [Read full story]

AirAsia X reports profit AirAsia X reports profit

SEPANG, 24 February 2017: AirAsia X reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full financial year that ended 31 December 2016 confirming its first full-year profit since its IPO. The airline posted fourth quarter revenue of RM1.17 billion, up 39% from the same quarter last year. The strong revenue recorded was on the back of a 40% year-on-year... [Read full story]

Emirates rolls out new lounge at ITB Emirates rolls out new lounge at ITB

DUBAI, 24 February 2017: Emirates will launch its brand new onboard lounge at ITB Berlin that will be introduced on the A380 this July. The multi-million dollar cabin interiors upgrade programme includes an enhanced onboard lounge for its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft. Emirates president, Tim Clark said: “Since we first launched our A380 onboard lounge... [Read full story]

Travel to Japan booms Travel to Japan booms

TOKYO, 24 February 2017: The Japan National Tourism Organisation reports visitors to Japan reached 24.04 million during 2016. This represents the largest on record since JNTO started to keep statistics in 1964. Over the last three years, visits have grown 2.4 times. [Read full story]  Read More →

TAT hosts Amazing Fight competition TAT hosts Amazing Fight competition

BANGKOK, 24 February 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand will host the “Amazing Fight” event, for visitors interested in Muay Thai. Participants will get an opportunity to train with Buakaw Banchamek, one of Thailand’s most famous Muay Thai fighters and participate in a competition to win holiday prizes. The “Amazing Fight” Event focuses on... [Read full story]

UAE focus country at OTM UAE focus country at OTM

MUMBAI, 24 February 2017: An official delegation from the UAE participated in OTM – India’s largest travel trade show that wrapped up Thursday evening in Mumbai, India. Led by UAE’s Ministry of Economy, the delegation was made up of representatives of various tourism departments and agencies. The UAE participated in the annual exhibition for... [Read full story]

STR monitors Asia Pacific hotel trends STR monitors Asia Pacific hotel trends

LONDON, 24 February 2017: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported a moderate occupancy decline, but a strong rate growth in January 2017, according to the latest  data from STR. Based on US dollar constant currency, year-over-year comparisons, for the Asia Pacific region, the average daily rate increased 4.6% to USD108.10. Occupancy across the region... [Read full story]

Low fares hurt Qantas Low fares hurt Qantas

SYDNEY, 24 February 2017: Australian carrier Qantas Airways posted Thursday a 7.5% hit to first-half earnings, impacted by lower fares, greater competition and empty seats. Underlying profit before tax fell to AUD852 million (USD656 million) for the six months ending 31 December, but just beat the airline’s own guidance. This compares to AUD921... [Read full story]

Air NZ sees profit topple Air NZ sees profit topple

WELLINGTON, 24 February 2017: Air New Zealand reported a 24% fall in interim net profit, Thursday, amid increased competition in the domestic aviation market. New Zealand’s flag carrier said net profit for the six months to 31 December was NZD256 million (USD184 million), compared to a record NZD338 million for the corresponding period a year... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

AirAsia rolls out ASEAN fashion runway

SEPANG, 10 February 2017: Aspiring fashion designers resident in ASEAN nations are in the frame to win recognition... 

ASEAN rolls out 50th campaign tours

SINGAPORE, 10 November 2016: Fifty specially chosen cross border travel products will help to attract more visitors... 

ASEAN taps one in 10 investment dollars

BANGKOK, 4 November 2016: One in 10 of all tourism investment dollars will go to ASEAN countries over the next... 

Surveys

Dream holidays win over romance

LONDON, 14 February 2017: Romance is off the cards this Valentine’s Day, with a third (33%) of Brits claiming... 

Free Wi-Fi tops tourist list

BANGKOK, 17 November 2016: Free Wi-Fi is a top item for consideration when booking a hotel, according to Expedia... 

Booking trends at theme parks

BASINGSTOKE, UK, 15 November 2016: New research highlights how travellers want to pre-book more of their travel... 

Travel Deals

AirAsia X flies to Honolulu

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 February 2017: Long-haul low-cost AirAsia X will operate a four weekly service from Kuala Lumpur... 

Travel together visit Sydney fair

BANGKOK, 23 February 2017: Thai Airways International is adding value for passengers who book roundtrip tickets... 

35% savings on Etihad fares

BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: Etihad is discounting fares for travel to Europe and the United States until the end... 

Travel Logs

Tips to make business travel better

SINGAPORE, 24 February 2017: Sabre Corporation and Egencia, the business travel company of Expedia, released, Thursday,... 

Travels made safer

BANGKOK, 20 February 2017: UNWTO should be applauded for its efforts to introduce a charter on tourist protection.... 

Steamy marathon in Helsinki

HELSINKI, 20 February 2017: Visitors to Helsinki, the capital of Finland, can enjoy a traditional Finnish sauna... 

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