BANGKOK, 21 April 2015: Singapore Airlines’ Scoot is poised to fly the Bangkok-Sapporo route possibly at the expense of Thai AirAsia X, which was forced to withdraw, according to an assessment made by Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation.
The centre said Scoot plans to serve Sapporo via Bangkok Don Mueang, while the Thailand-based Thai AirAsia X had... [Read full story]
HANOI, 21 April 2015: The French Embassy in Vietnam has signed an agreement to partner with six Vietnamese travel agents to establish a fast track process for issuing visas to their travel clients.
The six agents are Hanoi Red Tour, Naci Travel, Hanoi Iso Tours and Hanoi Tourist, as well as South Pacific Travel and Vietfoot Travel.
The agreement signing... [Read full story]
BANGKOK, 21 April 2015: Pacific Asia Travel Association’s regional director East Asia, Ivy Chee, leaves the association 30 April to pursue her own business endeavours.
She joined PATA in January 2012 and her decision to leave right after the up coming annual general meeting in Leshan, China, was made public through an email sent to travel trade colleagues... [Read full story]
BANGKOK, 21 April 2015: One of Thailand’s expatriate hoteliers, Klaus Sennik, has picked up a prestigious award at the annual Wyndham Hotel Group brand conference in Las Vegas.
Sennik, who is the general manager of Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside hotel, was named ‘2014 General Manager of the Year’ for the Southeast Asia/Pacific Rim region.
He... [Read full story]
DOHA, 21 April 2015: Qatar plans to accommodate some 12,000 football fans on cruise ships during the World Cup in 2022, a spokesman for the Qatar Tourism Authority said on Monday.
The proposal for “floating hotels” is a revival of an idea, which was initially rejected two years ago.
However, Qatar is now seeking to strengthen its presence... [Read full story]
JAKARTA, 21 April 2015: Budget carrier AirAsia is planning an initial public offering for its Indonesian affiliate around the middle of next year and hopes to raise USD300 million, AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes said Monday.
The Malaysia-based carrier wants to expand its presence in fast-growing Indonesia. The crash of one of its planes in the archipelago... [Read full story]
PHU QUOC, 20 April 2015: Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction has asked the Prime Minister for approval to build a casino on the resort island of Phu Quoc off mainland Kien Giang province.
Local media reported the ministry said it would be easier to call for investors to develop the project if it was located adjacent to Vinpearl Resort rather than at... [Read full story]
BANGKOK, 20 April 2015: An architect of THAI Airways International’s success and a commercial aviation pioneer in the ASEAN region, Chatrachai Bunya-Ananta, died Saturday at the age of 82.
He started his career in the late 50s with British Airways after graduating from the University of Wales with a BA in economics and accountancy.
Scandinavian... [Read full story]
HANOI, 20 April 2015: Noi Bai Airport’s T1 Terminal is not likely to be put up for auction, leaving the outsourcing of the facility to be decided by private negotiations reliable sources at government level suggested.
VietnamNet Bridge media reported the government has not approved any of the suggested plans on offering concessions to private investors.
Observers hoped that... [Read full story]
BANGKOK, 20 April 2015: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 1,109,360 international tourists at Suvarnabhumi Airport, January to March, representing an increase of 35.56% from 818,324 visits during the same period last year.
ATTA released its data, late last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the airport to provide... [Read full story]
LONDON, 20 April 2015: Hotel prices have increased across European cities, this month, in some cases by as much as 58%, according to the monthly trivago Hotel Price Index.
Compiled by comparison website, trivago.co.uk, the findings showed travellers will pay an average of £10 more for their hotel room this month, with the average price per night jumping... [Read full story]
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