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Events head Bangkok’s way Events head Bangkok’s way

BANGKOK, 25 July 2014: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says the country MICE sector will still win some major international events despite the political setbacks and concerns over security. TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, confirmed that Thailand will host some major international MICE events during the second half of 2014 and 2015,... [Read full story]

Vietnamese win visa concessions Vietnamese win visa concessions

HANOI, 25 July 2014: South Korea will fast track visa applications for Vietnamese tourists reducing the approval period from a week to around three days. New visa rules were announced by the Korea Tourism Organisation and the General Consulate of Republic of Korea in Ho Chi Minh City 11 July. The new rules reduce requirements on applications for group... [Read full story]

Kan Air adds Thailand services Kan Air adds Thailand services

CHIANG MAI, 25 July 2014: Chiang Mai-based Kan Air will operate direct flights to Ubon Ratchathani and Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan starting 15 August. The airline uses a Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1 private jet with six seats to serve routes to Ubon and Hua Hin. Based in Chiang Mai, the airline will launch two flights weekly to Ubon Ratchathani in... [Read full story]

Dak Lak welcomes tourists Dak Lak welcomes tourists

DAK LAK, 25 July 2014: The People’s Committee of Dak Lak, Vietnam, recently set up a tourism information and promotion centre in Buon Ma Thuot city to assist tourists. The centre provides assistance to mainly domestic tourists who visit this central highland province. Blessed with beautiful historic and natural sites and more than 40 ethnic minority... [Read full story]

PATA award for Malaysia’s video PATA award for Malaysia’s video

PUTRAJAYA, 25 July 2014: Tourism Malaysia’s award winning video ‘Malaysia Truly Asia – The Essence of Asia’ gained another recognition this time from the 2014 PATA Gold Awards for best ‘Promotional Travel Video’ under the marketing media category. It is the fourth award bagged by Tourism Malaysia since the video was made public, last... [Read full story]

Dutch lead MH17 investigation Dutch lead MH17 investigation

THE HAGUE, 25 July 2014: The Dutch Safety Board took over formal responsibility for the air crash investigation from Ukraine Wednesday evening. Reporting on the investigation the Dutch Safety Board confirmed the two black boxes are now in the United Kingdom, where they are currently being read out and analysed by a team of international specialists.... [Read full story]

Changi monitors growth Changi monitors growth

SINGAPORE, 25 July 2014: Singapore Changi Airport managed 4.65 million passengers in June, representing the highest number of passenger movements Changi has handled in a month so far this year. Passenger traffic for the month was lower by 0.3% year-on-year, in tandem with a drop in aircraft movements that dipped 0.5% to 28,130. In the first half of... [Read full story]

Sneak-peak of waterpark Sneak-peak of waterpark

BANG SARAY, 25 July 2014: From August, a select group of lucky thrill-seekers, will experience Cartoon Network’s first waterpark that is due to open at site just south of Pattaya. Initially, in a pre-opening period, these invited guests and annual pass holders will be the only members of the public to sample the world’s first and only Cartoon... [Read full story]

Officials defend TransAsia clearance Officials defend TransAsia clearance

MAGONG, 25 July 2014: Taiwanese officials Thursday defended flight clearance given to a TransAsia plane which crashed while trying to land during stormy weather, killing 48 people. Flight GE222 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members on a domestic flight when it crashed on Wednesday at Magong on the Penghu island chain, with ten surviving the... [Read full story]

Jet Air will cut debt Jet Air will cut debt

NEW DELHI, 25 July 2014: Jet Airways, India’s second-biggest carrier, forecast Wednesday a return to profit in three years through cost-cuts, route-sharing with new partner Etihad Airways and restructuring of hefty debt. The publicly traded airline, which has not posted an annual profit since 2007, has been struggling in an overcrowded market... [Read full story]

Tourism discovers a hill top Tourism discovers a hill top

AN GIANG, 24 July 2014: A hill in the Mekong River delta region of Vietnam has finally been recognised as a tourist attraction zone by the Ai Giang People’s Committee, last week, Cam (Forbidden) Mountain in Tinh Bien district, stands 700 metres tall and earns its place in tourism ranks as the highest point in Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta. The range of... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

Cambodia’s tourism short of staff

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Cross border vehicle insurance

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ASEAN cultures need attention

HUE, 24 April 2014: Vietnam official says cooperation between the 10-member countries needs to be improved to strengthen... 

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

TG cuts fare to Australia

BANGKOK, 24 July 2014: Thai Airways International has cut fares on routes to Australia up to the end of January... 

PG trims low-season fares

BANGKOK, 23 July 2014: Bangkok Airways introduces “July Special” promotional fares for travel on selected domestic... 

Stays for shutter bugs

KUALA LUMPUR, 22 July 2014: Photo opportunities are at the core of a new accommodation package released by the... 

Blogs

Wheels fall off but we are connected

CHIANG RAI, 24 July 2014: ASEAN’s alternatives to airline transport are pretty grim. In some member countries... 

Sounds of world music in rainforest

MEGA stars Lady Gaga or Taylor Swift are not the performers you expect to see at Kuching’s annual Rainforest... 

Travel span too short on PG deal

CHIANG RAI, 16 June 2014: The saying goes money saved is money earned, so there should be merit in shaving off...