Angkor to host Ultra Marathon Angkor to host Ultra Marathon

SIEM REAP, 2 July 2015: Cambodia will host the Ultra Trail Angkor 2016, 23 January,  in Siem Reap province, home to the famous Angkor Wat, a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, told local media that the international event would be televised live and aired on international TV channels. Up to now, more than 300 people have... [Read full story]

Bagan’s balloons a top attraction Bagan’s balloons a top attraction

BAGAN, 2 July 2015: If Bagan loses its hot air balloons over fears they could damage pagoda spires, literally thousands of tourists will need to find another way to admire Bagan famous sunrise vistas. Hot air balloon operators have been told they will not be able to overfly the pagodas in case they accidently dislodge decorations attached to the tip... [Read full story]

AoT reports May gains AoT reports May gains

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015: Airports of Thailand reports its May data showed increases in both aircraft movements and passengers at the six airports under its management. AoT reported, earlier this week, that all of its supervised airports handled 8,605,741 passenger movements up 29.13% from 6,664,287 during the same month last year. The overall airports’... [Read full story]

Qatar CEO: I don’t give a damn Qatar CEO: I don’t give a damn

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015: The head of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker, says the United Nations’ International Labor Organisation is pursuing a vendetta against his airline. He was quoted by Al Arabiya News, late last month, in a response to an ILO report urging Qatar Airways to scrap a controversial clause in its employment contracts that allows it to sack... [Read full story]

Sabre finalises Abacus acquisition Sabre finalises Abacus acquisition

SOUTHLAKE, Texas, 2 July 2015: Sabre Corporation announced, Wednesday that it has completed the acquisition of Abacus International, a leading global distribution system (GDS) in the Asia-Pacific region. “The addition of Abacus further strengthens Sabre’s  position in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region,” said Sabre president &... [Read full story]

Smoothing travel on the Silk Road Smoothing travel on the Silk Road

MADRID, 2 July 2015: Tourism ministers of countries on or close to the ancient Silk Road say they are committed to closer marketing cooperation and to the task of easing travel formalities to open up tourism routes. They made their commitment at the close of the 7th UNWTO International Meeting on Silk Road Tourism saying cooperation would start with... [Read full story]

Fifty travel hot spots in Singapore Fifty travel hot spots in Singapore

SINGAPFORE, 2 July 2015: If travel agents are running out of places in Singapore to recommend to customers, TripAdvisor says it has lined up 50 iconic spots to choose from. Singapore is one of the top destinations for travellers from Southeast Asia and many of them are repeat visitors, who travel as families taking advantage of low-cost airline fare... [Read full story]

Sabre names Asia VP Sabre names Asia VP

SOUTHLAKE, TEXAS, 2 July 2015: Sabre Corporation announced Wednesday the appointed of Roshan Mendis as senior vice president for Sabre Travel Network, Asia-Pacific, following the completion of its acquisition of Abacus International today. In his new role, Mendis will be responsible for the overall Sabre Travel Network business in the Asia-Pacific region,... [Read full story]

Solar halfway to Hawaii Solar halfway to Hawaii

TOKYO, 2 July 2015: A solar-powered aircraft flying between Japan and Hawaii as part of a round-the-world bid passed the halfway point of the perilous Pacific Ocean crossing, Wednesday, and broke its own endurance record. Solar Impulse 2 had travelled 55% of the way to the tropical US state by 0700 GMT, having flown 4,305 kilometres (2,675 miles) with... [Read full story]

ASEAN visit year planned ASEAN visit year planned

BANGKOK, 1 July 2015: Association of Thai Travel Agents says an ASEAN Visit Year will be launched in 2017 to attract travel between the 10 country members. ATTA vice president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, said according to a recent ASEANTA meeting ASEAN member countries agreed to cooperate more to build tourist arrivals and a Visit Year was one project that... [Read full story]

Cambodia enjoys tourism growth Cambodia enjoys tourism growth

PHNOM PENH, 1 July 2015: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals registered an increase of 8.6% in April according to the country’s statistics and tourist Information Department. The country attracted 361,139 trips compared to 332,690 during the same month last year. Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Monday, data showed Vietnam led the field with 89,907... [Read full story]

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Fun in the Philippines

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Dolphins: Stars of the Mekong River

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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 offers rainy deals

BANGKOK, 2 July 2015: Thai Airways International is selling its “Rainy Season” domestic fare deals until the... 

Nok launches promo fares

BANGKOK, 1 July 2015: Nok Air launches “OHO” promotional fare for travel on selected routes from 16 July to... 

Qatar cuts summer fares

BANGKOK, 30 June 2015: Qatar Airways has cut its fares on flights departing Bangkok and Phuket to selected destinations,... 


Shanghaied by a taxi but all is not lost

SHANGHAI, 16 June 2015: When a technology savvy travel agent gets cheated by a taxi while visiting Shanghai, I... 

Brand magic: Mart turns into forum

BANGKOK, 11 June 2015: Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has taken the bold step of so-called rebranding its... 

How to power grade your passport

BERLIN, 24 April 2015: If you had a choice,  having a Sweden passport would be the ultimate privilege, according...