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Fun in the Philippines Fun in the Philippines

NAY PYI TAW, 28 January 2015: The Philippines officially launched its Visit Philippines Year, Tuesday evening, during the ASEAN Tourism Forum. Under-secretary for tourism development, Benito Bengzon, announced details of the year-long calendar of events earlier in the day at a media briefing at Nay Pyi Taw’s international convention centre on the... [Read full story]

PATA: Spread tourism’s wealth PATA: Spread tourism’s wealth

NAY PYI TAW, 28 January 2015: ASEAN destinations need to diversify and disperse the benefits of tourism by moving travellers to secondary destinations, Pacific Asia Travel Association CEO Mario Hardy told the ASEAN Tourism Conference Tuesday. He cited Cambodia’s Angkor Wat as an example claiming it sees a “massive amounts of tourists compared to... [Read full story]

Chiang Mai link to Northeast Thailand Chiang Mai link to Northeast Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 28 January 2015: Chiang Mai-based Kan Air will operate four weekly flights to Nakhon Ratchasima starting 2 February. The airline uses an ATR72-500 with 66 seats to serve the route. [Read full story]  Read More →

Thailand needs an attraction action plan Thailand needs an attraction action plan

BANGKOK, 28 January 2015: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism joins hands with Thammasat University’s College of Innovation to write “a tourist attraction development action plan (2015 to 2017)”. Tourism department’s General Affair Division director, Boonserm Khunkaew, said Thailand needed a concrete tourism... [Read full story]

Wi-Fi on VN flights Wi-Fi on VN flights

HANOI, 28 January 2015: The national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, plans to offer inflight Wi-Fi for both international and domestic routes this May. Vietnam Airlines CEO, Pham Ngoc Minh, told local media that passengers on international and domestic flights will be able to access inflight internet this May. “The high-speed Wi-Fi service will be offered on... [Read full story]

Luang Prabang adds a park Luang Prabang adds a park

LUANG PRABANG, 28 January 2015: Luang Prabang plans to build a public park and a tourist resort to add more attractions to the world heritage town, now the top destination in Laos. Lao News Agency reported that Luang Prabang province has given Jing Ya Luang Prabang Shareholder Ltd of Vietnam a 50-year land concession on over 10,000 square metres of... [Read full story]

Aer Lingus ready for buy out Aer Lingus ready for buy out

LONDON, 28 January 2015: Irish airline Aer Lingus on Tuesday backed a 1.35 billion euro (USD1.51 billion) takeover bid from International Airlines Group, parent of British Airways and Iberia, in a deal aimed at slashing costs. Aer Lingus announced that its board was “willing to recommend” IAG’s improved proposal — its third since... [Read full story]

Global tourism climbs Global tourism climbs

MADRID, 28 January 2015: International tourist arrivals rose by 4.7% to 1.14 billion in 2014, with the Americas and Asia posting the strongest growth, but will rise at a slower pace this year, a UN body said Tuesday. “Over the past years, tourism has proven to be a surprisingly strong and resilient economic activity,” the Madrid-based World... [Read full story]

QF drops fuel surcharge QF drops fuel surcharge

SYDNEY, 28 January 2015: Qantas said Tuesday it would remove fuel surcharges from its international flights, but keep overall ticket prices the same. The airline’s chief executive officer, Alan Joyce, added that the fall in petrol prices was helping the airline’s bottom line. The move means base prices will rise to absorb the surcharges, although... [Read full story]

Dubai tops in traffic Dubai tops in traffic

DUBAI, 28 January 2015: Dubai airport has soared ahead of London’s Heathrow, riding a boom in long-haul flights between Asia and the West to become the world’s top international travel hub, it said Tuesday. Traffic at the airport increased 6.1% last year to 70.47 million passengers, Dubai Airports said, adding that it expected a further... [Read full story]

Seamless ASEAN travel by 2020? Seamless ASEAN travel by 2020?

NAY PYI TAW, 27 January 2015: ASEAN’s  promised seamless travel is not just around the corner, Philippines’ secretary tourism, Ramon Jimenez, told the opening press conference at the ASEAN Tourism Forum, Monday. He was responding to a question from TTR Weekly on news reports from Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend, that suggested ASEAN’s era... [Read full story]

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Fun in the Philippines

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

PATA: Spread tourism’s wealth

NAY PYI TAW, 28 January 2015: ASEAN destinations need to diversify and disperse the benefits of tourism by moving... 

Seamless ASEAN travel by 2020?

NAY PYI TAW, 27 January 2015: ASEAN’s  promised seamless travel is not just around the corner, Philippines’... 

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

AirAsia dumps fuel surcharge

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 January 2015: Southeast Asia’s biggest budget carrier,  AirAsia, is scrapping fuel surcharges... 

TG launches happy fares

BANGKOK, 21 January 2015: Thai Airways International launches “Happy in Love for Two” promotional fares for... 

Bangkok Air offers domestic deals

BANGKOK, 20 January 2015: Bangkok Airways offers promotional fares for travel on selected domestic routes during... 

Blogs

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... 

ASEAN ministers meddle with fares

BANGKOK, 12 January 2015: It’s a non-starter. Fancy asking low-cost airlines to raise their fares to prevent... 

Fear of flying

BANGKOK, 5 January 2015: Fear of flying? We all experience it, but we do the numbers and believe the reassuring... 

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