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Campaign to make Thai roads safer Campaign to make Thai roads safer

BANGKOK, 19 December 2014: Thailand’s Department of Land Transport is once more bracing for the annual slaughter on its highways during the travel peak Christmas through to New Year, It hopes that its latest campaign, “Slow Down Save You Life,” will make drivers stop and think twice about speeding. Past data showed that speeding and drink driving... [Read full story]

Bayon ready to fly in Cambodia Bayon ready to fly in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, 19 December 2014: Cambodia Bayon Airlines received its first aircraft, earlier this week, according to a World Civil Aviation Resource Net report. The report said the first Modern Ark 60 (MA60) aircraft for Cambodia Bayon Airlines landed at Phnom Penh International Airport (PNH) Monday night. The Civil Aviation Administration of China... [Read full story]

Myanmar tourism looks for loans Myanmar tourism looks for loans

YANGON, 19 December 2014: Due to the rapid growth of tourist arrivals and expansion of the tourism industry, Myanmar will establish a Tourism Development Bank to help support tourism and hotel developers. Eleven Myanmar media quoted Myanmar Tourism Federation’s co-general secretary, Tin Tun Aung, saying Myanmar’s tourism sector has grown at such... [Read full story]

Cards and cashless payments Cards and cashless payments

SINGAPORE, 19 December 2014: A year after launching Myanmar’s first prepaid card, MasterCard is making significant strides to support cashless payments channels that facilitate travel and tourism. Partnering with Kanbawza Bank Ltd (KBZ Bank), MasterCard has launched its second prepaid card in the market with the KBZ EXPLORE Prepaid Card; and its third... [Read full story]

Four family travel trends for 2015 Four family travel trends for 2015

EWING, NEW JERSEY, 19 December 2014: Family Vacation Critic, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor, has announced the top family travel trends to watch in 2015, based on new programmes and amenities focused specifically on families. “A really promising trend we’re seeing, industry-wide, is an increased focus on families throughout the travel experience,”... [Read full story]

SAS profits evaporate SAS profits evaporate

STOCKHOLM, 19 December 2014: Troubled Scandinavian airline SAS reported, on Thursday, a sharp fall in net profits for the fourth quarter and announced further cost-cutting measures to meet increasing competition from budget airlines. The company posted a net loss of 303 million Swedish kronor (USD39.4 million, 32 million euros) from August to October... [Read full story]

Fuel cash restarts SpiceJet Fuel cash restarts SpiceJet

NEW DELHI, 19 December 2014: Beleaguered Indian airline SpiceJet resumed flights late Wednesday afternoon following an agreement to pay cash for fuel purchases, hours after it grounded its fleet and stranded thousands of travellers. The no-frills airline, one of India’s leading carriers, was forced to cancel all flights after suppliers refused... [Read full story]

ANA seats end up at home ANA seats end up at home

TOKYO, 19 December 2014: Looking for that perfect gift for the aviation fan who has everything? One Japanese airline has the answer: a seat from a retired jumbo jet. If you know someone who just can’t get enough of sitting on an airplane, and you’ve got a spare USD5,000, All Nippon Airways will sell you what it calls a “premium”... [Read full story]

Myanmar build death railway museum Myanmar build death railway museum

MON STATE, 18 December 2014: The Mon State government has awarded a company a contract to develop a museum,  hotel, restaurant and other tourist facilities at the site of the World War II death railway in Thanbyuzayat Township, southeast Myanmar. Irrawaddy media reported Tala Mon Company Ltd. was granted rights to develop the site to create an international... [Read full story]

Danang plans night zone Danang plans night zone

DANANG, 18 December 2014: Danang plans to build a night zone for shopping and entertainment in a bid to draw more tourists. According to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, the night zone will cost close to USD600,000 to build and will have 200 booths offering food, clothes, and an entertainment area for teenagers upon completion. The zone will... [Read full story]

Bangkokians spend on travel Bangkokians spend on travel

BANGKOK, 18 December 2014: Kasikorn Reseach Centre estimates Bangkokians’ spending will increase 8.2% to THB25,000 million during New Year holiday. The centre conducted a trending report on New Year spending during 25 November to 3 December interviewing 404 Bangkokians age 15 to 64. The survey showed despite a higher cost of living, 76.0% of... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

Lanith Symposium focuses on AEC issues

LUANG PRABANG, 17 December 2014: Laos’ national tourist board needs a stronger voice in government, the private... 

Wego names top spots

SINGAPORE, 11 December 2014: Wego, a search site in the Asia Pacific and Middle East, shared its top five most... 

Top spots for hotel food

SINGAPORE, 17 November 2014: Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore have more in common than close proximity and easy... 

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

Finnair cuts fares to Europe

BANGKOK, 19 December 2014: Finnair sells discounted fares for economy class travel April to June next year. The... 

Centara makes rate checks easy

BANGKOK, 19 December 2014: Centra Avenue Hotel Pattaya, which soft opened 7 December,  is offering a best possible... 

TG in mood to discount

BANGKOK, 17 December 2014: Thai Airways International lops 20% off fares for a “New Year to the World” promotion... 

Blogs

Time out for a flowery moment

BANGKOK, 10 November 2014: If flowers grab your attention then the Tourism Authority of Thailand thinks its list... 

Retiree seeks dream home

CHIANG RAI, 4 November 2014: A single earthquake of magnitude 6.2 and 1,000 after shocks that followed rocked the... 

Dressed for a Bond night

BANGKOK, 27 October 2014: Ever wondered why the tie replaced the bow-tie and the tuxedo was retired to a wardrobe... 

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