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Sapa needs free Wi-Fi Sapa needs free Wi-Fi

LAO CAI, 22 October 2014: Hanoi-based Centre for Social Initiatives Promotion (CSIP) has proposed that the free Wi-Fi programme be extended to Sapa to give visitors convenient access to the internet while visiting the far north destination. Most major tourist destinations in Vietnam are developing free Wi-Fi as a tool to encourage more tourists and... [Read full story]

Vietnam and Finland sign aviation accord Vietnam and Finland sign aviation accord

HANOI, 22 October 2014: Vietnam and Finland have signed a transport agreement to make it possible for airlines to serve routes linking the two countries. Local media reported that the Minister of Transport, Dinh La Thang and Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, Jan Vapaavuori, signed a bilateral agreement on air transport between the two countries... [Read full story]

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day Chulalongkorn Memorial Day

BANGKOK, 22 October 2014: Thais will enjoy a public holiday, Thursday, to commemorate the passing of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V (1 October 1868 to 23 October 1910). Known officially as King Chulalongkorn Memorial Day, this year is the 104th anniversary of his death. The King is credited with saving Thailand (then known as Siam) from the grasp of British... [Read full story]

TRENDING: Social media takes over TRENDING: Social media takes over

SINGAPORE, 22 October 2014: Accor’s latest Asia Pacific Survey shows that travellers spend almost the same time exploring travel options online as they do offline. The French headquartered hotel management group, often touted as the largest collection of branded hotels worldwide, said consumers in China, Vietnam and Indonesia were the most addicted... [Read full story]

EU challenges SkyTeam on fares EU challenges SkyTeam on fares

BRUSSELS, 22 October 2014: The European Commission called on Tuesday for public comment on measures by Air France, KLM and Delta Airlines to meet concerns about possible overcharging on key international routes. “Extensive cooperation between Air France/KLM, Alitalia and Delta in the framework of the SkyTeam alliance … may result in higher... [Read full story]

LH strike hits long-haul flights LH strike hits long-haul flights

FRANKFURT, 22 October 2014: Lufthansa pilots, on strike since Monday, extended their industrial action to include long-haul flights on Tuesday, grounding almost all inbound and outbound services at Germany’s usually busy Frankfurt airport. In the ninth walkout by its pilots since April, the German airline said it has cancelled 1,511 flights over... [Read full story]

InterCon’s revenue rises InterCon’s revenue rises

LONDON, 22 October 2014: InterContinental Hotels Group on Tuesday booked rising quarterly revenues per room, buoyed by the United States, and expressed optimism over the annual outlook. Global revenue per available room (RevPAR) — a key industry measure — rose by 7.0% in the third quarter, compared with a year earlier, the group said in a statement. The... [Read full story]

Ebola screening on exit smarter Ebola screening on exit smarter

PARIS, 22 October 2014: Screening air travellers on departure from Ebola-hit countries is far smarter than monitoring them when they arrive abroad, experts said on Tuesday. Instead of relying on a shield at their own borders, countries should help Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone boost capacity to spot Ebola cases, they said. “The best approach... [Read full story]

AoT revises expansion budget AoT revises expansion budget

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014: Airports of Thailand will reduce its budget for the second phase of Suvarnabhumi Airport expansion from the initial THB62.5 billion to THB61.6 billion. The Board of Directors chairman, Prasong Poontaneat, said after a new feasibility study AoT has reduced the budget for the airport expansion. However, all major aspects of the... [Read full story]

Casino project for Phu Quoc Casino project for Phu Quoc

KIEN GIANG, 21 October 2014: Phu Quoc could be the next casino destination as the island’s authorities attempt to turn the holiday island into a prime tourism destination. The People’s Committee chairman, Le Van Thi, told Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper that it plans to open a casino in Phu Quoc in an effort to attract foreign tourists. He said... [Read full story]

PG in codeshare with Aeroflot PG in codeshare with Aeroflot

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014: Bangkok Airways and Aeroflot recently announced the commencement of a codeshare agreement that gives passengers the option of using Bangkok Airways’ selected flights in Thailand. The new partnership will enable passengers on Aeroflot flights a convenient transfer in Bangkok to Bangkok Airways flights to Chiang Mai, Samui,... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

Top spots to retire?

BANGKOK, 5 September 2014: Thailand and Malaysia were identified as good value destinations for retirees along... 

Singapore hosts 2015 SEA Games

SINGAPORE, 1 September 2014: The Southeast Asian Games will once again return to Singapore in 2015, after a 22-year... 

Cambodia’s tourism short of staff

PHNOM PENH, 19 May 2014: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism says the country’s tourism sector is growing at an... 

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

Fly-drive on AirAsia

BANGKOK, 22 October 2014: Thai AirAsia will add two new car transfer options, effective 1 November, to two southern destinations —... 

PG fast tracks rewards

BANGKOK, 22 October 2014: Bangkok Airways offers FlyerBonus members reward tickets at 50% off the standard rate... 

Finnair cuts European fares

BANGKOK, 21 October 2014: Finnair sells discounted fares for economy class travel from January to June, next year,... 

Blogs

Errors of website browsing

CHIANG RAI, 9 October 2014: I seem to have spent a lifetime waiting for Windows to open and shut, or the internet... 

Soaking up St Regis

BANGKOK, 10 September 2014: It was an auspicious day at St Regis properties worldwide, last Thursday, 4 September.... 

The baggage fee sting

BANGKOK, 28 August 2014: It’s ironic that a guy from the records business managed to show aviation’s big wigs... 

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