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UNWTO tracks tourism expansion UNWTO tracks tourism expansion

MADRID, 20 January 2017: Demand for international tourism remained robust in 2016 despite challenges. International tourist arrivals grew by 3.9% to reach a 1,235 million, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. Some 46 million more tourists (overnight visitors) travelled internationally last year compared to 2015. 2016 was the seventh... [Read full story]

Vietnam readies to start US flights Vietnam readies to start US flights

HANOI, 20 January 2017: National carrier Vietnam Airlines will open direct flights to the United States in 2018. Vietnam Net Bridge media reported the US Federal Aviation Administration will send a team to Vietnam in the first quarter of this year to assess Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam’s safety supervision capability in preparation for Vietnamese... [Read full story]

Cambodia to save its beaches Cambodia to save its beaches

SIHANOUKVILLE, 20 January 2017: Some Sihanoukville beaches will be declared protected areas according to Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism new development plan in a bid to curtail expansion that could destroy the beach environment. Cambodia Daily reported the new plan will ensure some beaches will be declared conservation areas off-limits to tourism... [Read full story]

HK Disney welcomes Thai travellers HK Disney welcomes Thai travellers

BANGKOK, 20 January 2017: The recently launched Iron Man Experience attraction and the upcoming of Disney Explorers Lodge at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort should encourage more visitors from Southeast Asia. In an interview with TTR Weekly, Thursday, the resort’s travel trade sales director, James Tung, said the recently launched attraction and the upcoming... [Read full story]

TripAdvisor enhances subscription products TripAdvisor enhances subscription products

SINGAPORE, 20 January 2017: TripAdvisor has added new content to its subscription products, that targets accommodations and restaurant operators enabling them to attract, engage and influence customers. Accommodation businesses can now subscribe to Business Advantage, an enhanced set of features that empowers them to better market themselves, impact... [Read full story]

Tourico monitors more bookings Tourico monitors more bookings

ORLANDO, FLORIDA, 20 January 2017: Nearly all the world’s major travel regions are outpacing their 2016 hotel booking performance as 2017;s advance bookings take shape, according to Tourico Holidays’ 2017 Global Hotel Trends Reports. Tourico Holidays, a wholesale travel brokerage company, released its 2017 Global Hotel Trends Report, Thursday. It... [Read full story]

Sri Lanka hits tourism record Sri Lanka hits tourism record

COLOMBO, 20 January 2017: Sri Lanka earned a record USD3.5 billion from tourism in 2016, seven years after the end of a devastating civil war, a government minister said. But sources in the industry warned that the post-war boom could be short-lived as planned airport closures forced the cancellation of international flights. Runway repairs are disrupting... [Read full story]

Best Western’s dreams come true trip Best Western’s dreams come true trip

BANGKOK, 20 January 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts treated 18 lucky travellers to their dream Asian vacation earlier this month. The prize trip to Tokyo, Japan’s capital city followed the conclusion of the ‘BW Dreams Come True’ competition, which went viral on social media when it was launched November. The concept was simple; entrants... [Read full story]

FlyerRights: Airport security dismal FlyerRights: Airport security dismal

WASHINGTON, 20 January 2017: FlyerRights, a group that lobbies for airline passenger rights and safety, kicked off the New Year calling for stronger measures to make US airports safer. While the group targets US airports, the message could equally apply to airports worldwide that are face a growing risk of terror attacks. The group said US passengers... [Read full story]

Angkor experts check progress Angkor experts check progress

SIEM REAP, 19 January 2017: A meeting to discuss Angkor Archaeological Park preservation will be held next week to identify measures to protect and develop in a sustainable manner the country’s world heritage site. Khmer Times reported the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor),... [Read full story]

Cable cars could beat the traffic Cable cars could beat the traffic

HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 January 2017: A cable car transfer has been proposed to ease congestion on the approach to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City. Local media reported the project developer, Vu Huy Thang, had proposed building a cable-propelled transit system for passengers to reach Tan Son Nhat International Airport... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

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ASEAN taps one in 10 investment dollars

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Visit ASEAN@50 branding launched

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Surveys

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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

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Gen Z no regrets list

SINGAPORE, 8 November 2016: So-called gap-year travel is a priority for those born after 1995, (21 or younger)... 

Travel Deals

EVA launches student fares

BANGKOK, 20 January 2017: EVA Air sells promotional fares for students for travel on selected routes to North America... 

Air France promotes Oh La La fares

BANGKOK, 19 January 2017: Air France launches promotional fares for travel on selected routes to Europe and Americas... 

EVA taps student travel

BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: EVA Air offers promotional fares for students travelling to London until the end of June... 

Travel Logs

Tachilek on an e-Visa

CHIANG RAI, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler... 

Holiday pick is child’s play

SINGAPORE, 19 December 2016: Children are playing an important role in deciding where families go and what they... 

Expedia: Book early and bundle

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 16 December 2016: Declining airline ticket prices and a global surge in capacity suggests... 

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