HO CHI MINH CITY, 24 October 2014: Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism wants the country to cut VAT in half and exempt or cut corporate income tax by 50% for companies that join a tourism promotional programme planed for 2015.
Saigon Times claimed the ministry made the proposal to encourage local tourism firms to joinn a promotional... [Read full story]
PATTAYA, 24 October 2014: Ministry of Tourism and Sports believes hosting sports events in Pattaya could help to lift the resort’s image and build new business.
The tourism minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said Pattaya has the potential to be a world-class sports destination, a comment that has been made repeatedly in the past, but very little has... [Read full story]
BANGKOK, 24 October 2014: Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket and Centara Karon Resort Phuket were placed second and third in the top family resorts in Thailand, voted by the readers of the family magazine Holidays with Kids in Australia.
“We are very proud to have one four and one five-star property recognised in this highly sought-after award.
The... [Read full story]
LONDON, 24 October 2014: Hotels in Southeast Asia suffered occupancy losses in September led by declines in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Bangkok hotels recorded the largest occupancy decline at 11.6% and the only double-digit RevPAR decrease of 11.0% to give the city an average rate of THB1,925.54.
In the rest of Asia Pacific there were mixed results,... [Read full story]
MANILA, 24 October 2014: Japan’s All Nippon Airways and Philippine Airlines recently agreed to establish a commercial partnership covering areas such as codeshare and frequent flyer programmes.
The agreement will benefit customers of both airlines by providing them with greater choice and flexibility a Centre For Asia Pacific Aviation report states.
The... [Read full story]
BANGKOK, 24 October 2014: Khiri Travel Thailand has won the 16th Annual NTCC (Netherlands-Thai Chamber of Commerce) Business Award for ‘Best Tourism Company.
The award was announced at the 2014 NTCC Business Awards presentation dinner at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel, Bangkok, Tuesday to a packed house.
Khiri Travel CEO and Founder, Willem Niemeijer,... [Read full story]
PERTH, 24 October 2014: Malaysia’s Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said Wednesday his country was determined to find missing Flight MH370, as he was briefed by Australian officials leading the complex search deep in the Indian Ocean.
Hishammuddin, who is in the Western Australian port of Fremantle to inspect one of the search ships, the... [Read full story]
MADRID, 24 October 2014: Spain drew a record number of foreign visitors between June and September, the peak summer holiday period, the government said Wednesday, setting the country up for its best-ever year for tourism.
The number of foreign tourists during the four-month period rose 6.9% over last year to an unprecedented 31 million, the tourism... [Read full story]
SYDNEY, 24 October 2014: An Australian man caught in a global sting which used a virtual girl called Sweetie to trap child sex predators has become the first person convicted from the operation, the rights group behind it said Wednesday.
Dutch rights groups Terre des Hommes said in November last year it had used a computer-generated Filipina girl —... [Read full story]
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]
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]
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