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Phone up a jet charter Phone up a jet charter

LONDON, 31 March 2015: Global on-demand jet charter service launches mobile app, allowing travellers to search, compare, book and board, with no membership fees. Victor, a global on-demand jet charter service launched Victor mobile, last Thursday, that allows companies or individuals to book private jet travel. The launch is part of Victor’s journey... [Read full story]

Thailand’s DCA in hot water Thailand’s DCA in hot water

BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Moves by Thailand-based airlines to increase flights, or use different aircraft to increase capacity to Japan, have been banned from 1 April. Thailand faces its first outright ban on increasing international flights following an audit by the International Civil Aviation Organisation that flagged significant concerns about... [Read full story]

Promoting Nay Pyi Taw is a tall order Promoting Nay Pyi Taw is a tall order

NAY PYI TAW, 31 March 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it is studying ways to boost tourism to Nay Pyi Taw, the country’s capital city. Eleven Myanmar media reported, Monday, that the ministry plans to create city tours that will include a visit to the Lower House of Parliament and will also  launch a website for the capital... [Read full story]

Luang Namthai district plans park Luang Namthai district plans park

LUANG NAMTHA, 31 March 2015: Sing district in Luang Namtha, northern Laos, recently approved the construction of a Sing Pillar Park that will serve as new tourist attraction for both local and visitors. Lao New Agency reported that approval of the project was given, last week, at the Sing District Administration Office between  Sing district chief,... [Read full story]

Top of Gulf returns to Pattaya Top of Gulf returns to Pattaya

PATTAYA, 31 March 2015: Asia’s largest multi-class racing regatta will take place in Pattaya 30 April to 4 May attracting a record participation of more than 700 sailors. The 11 th edition of Top of the Gulf Regatta, will be officially introduced at a press conference Wednesday 1 April at 13:30, at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, Bangkok. Top... [Read full story]

Qantas opts for rule of two Qantas opts for rule of two

SYDNEY, 31 March 2015: Qantas Group confirmed, Monday,  it will adopt the rule of two ensuring there are two approved people in the cockpit at all times in-flight to improve safety. The adoption of the rule of two also applies to all Qantas, QantasLink, Network Aviation and Jetstar flights. When one pilot needs to leave the cockpit for any reason,... [Read full story]

Jetstar expands Thailand services Jetstar expands Thailand services

BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Jetstar Pacific launched a new service between Hanoi and Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Monday. It follows the recent launch of daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok. The airline said the additional services reflects growing passenger demand for low fare options on routes between Vietnam and Thailand. The services... [Read full story]

Solar flight makes it to China Solar flight makes it to China

SHANGHAI, 31 March 2015: Solar Impulse 2 landed early Tuesday in China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, completing the fifth leg of its landmark global circumnavigation powered solely by the sun. With pilot Bertrand Piccard at the controls, the revolutionary plane landed in Chongqing airport at 1:35 am (1735 GMT Monday) after a 20-and-a-half... [Read full story]

Ban on Thai airlines could spread Ban on Thai airlines could spread

BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Thai authorities Monday said they would use special powers under junta rule to “urgently” improve airline safety as several carriers face bans on new international flights following concerns raised by a UN aviation agency. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations body, recently reported... [Read full story]

Orientours taps events travel Orientours taps events travel

BANGKOK, 30 March 2015: Thailand’s events related travel is picking up from Italy despite a weakening of the Euro against the Thai baht. Commenting on the lucrative events business to Thailand, Orientours managing director, Ugo Salamone,  said there were strong indications of recovery so far in 2015. Orientours handles between 10,000 and 15,000 tourists... [Read full story]

Hotel will have a training role Hotel will have a training role

VIENTIANE, 30 March 2015: The Lao PDR government has recently signed off on a Lao World Company and Champassak Grand Hotel proposal to construct a five-star hotel near Pakpasack Technical College  in Vientiane . The project will have a dual role of serving tourists and offering on-site hotel training for students. The joint venture partners Lao World... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

Exo retires suspect tours

BANGKOK, 24 February 2015: Exo Travel, a regional tour operator with offices throughout Southeast Asia, has removed... 

ASEAN tourism meeting heads for Chiang Rai

BANGKOK, 18 February 2015: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to host the next ASEAN Tourism... 

Fun in the Philippines

NAY PYI TAW, 28 January 2015: The Philippines officially launched its Visit Philippines Year, Tuesday evening,... 

Surveys

On the trail of Mekong Dolphins

Part II: Kratie BANGKOK, 20 May 2013: Beside Kampi, visitors can also spot the rare dolphins at the Koh Phdao community... 

Dolphins: Stars of the Mekong River

CAMBODIA, 10 May 2013: Tourism is one of the top three contributors to Cambodia’s GDP (12% in 2012, US$2 billion),... 

Learning to live simply in the highlands

MAE HONG SON, 11 December 2012: If Muang Pon, a Tai Yai community featured in our last issue, is an example of... 

Travel Deals

Fare bargains from QF

BANGKOK, 31 March 2015: Qantas offers promotional fares for travel from Thailand to Australia and New Zealand until... 

AirAsia X extends inflight sales

BANGKOK, 26 March 2015: Thai AirAsia X will sell tickets to South Korea’s Lotte World Adventure to passengers... 

MAI summer deals

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015: Myanmar Airways International offers a “Summer Promotion” for travel to Yangon until... 

Blogs

Help line 1111 or 1155?

Bangkok, 24 March 2015: The Thai government has launched yet another hotline, this time 1111, to receive complaints... 

Costly encounter with a bird

NAY PYI TAW, 6 February 2015: It’s a crisp cool dawn, perfect weather for a sortie around Nay Pyi Taw’s brand... 

Khiri’s keep walking tour

BANGKOK, 15 January 2015: A Bangkok walking tour, not exactly my cup of tea, or so I thought, when Khiri Travel... 

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