Bigger plans for Lao Cai airport Bigger plans for Lao Cai airport

LAO CAI, 9 February 2016: Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport will revise its blueprints for a new airport to be located at Lao Cai, so it can handle bigger aircraft than originally planned. Saigon Times media reported,last week  that consultancy firm, Aviation Design and Construction Consulting Co Ltd, said it would be necessary to adjust the building... [Read full story]

ATTA agents enjoy a boom ATTA agents enjoy a boom

BANGKOK, 9 February 2016: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 490,544 travellers in January, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, representing a 13.06% increase from 433,875 during the same month last year. ATTA president, Charoen Wangananont, said the rapid growth would put considerable pressure on member companies. He... [Read full story]

CX sets A350 schedules CX sets A350 schedules

HONG KONG, 9 February 2016: Cathay Pacific has released details of its regional launch of Airbus A350-900XWB services in Asia commencing  this May. In May the airline introduces the new aircraft on its popular routes to Taipei and Manila. The new aircraft will be introduced 1 July on the Ho Chi Minh route. [Read full story]  Read More →

China trips go sky high China trips go sky high

BANGKOK, 9 February 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports estimates the country’s tourism industry will earn at least THB1 billion by the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, made the assessment during a visit to the China Cultural Centre in Bangkok, Monday. According to the... [Read full story]

Indonesia beats 2015 travel target Indonesia beats 2015 travel target

JAKARTA, 9 February 2016: Indonesia’s tourism crept past the 10 million arrivals mark  to register 10.4 million visits in 2015, according to the country’s ministry of tourism. Tourism Minister, Amir Yahya, confirmed the results, late last week, just ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday. The country registered 10,406,759 arrivals, based on immigration... [Read full story]

Bomb meant for Turkish plane Bomb meant for Turkish plane

SOMALIA, 9 February 2016: A man suspected of detonating a bomb on a Somali passenger plane had initially intended to board a Turkish Airlines flight, the company’s chief said Monday. The 2 February blast ripped a hole in the fuselage of the Daallo Airlines plane shortly after it took off from Somalia’s main airport, killing the suspected... [Read full story]

Rough ride for Air Arabia Rough ride for Air Arabia

DUBAI, 9 February 2016: Sharjah-based budget carrier Air Arabia said on Sunday its 2015 net profit fell 6% to 531 million dirhams (USD144.69 million) although turnover rose slightly. The Middle East’s first and largest low-cost airline said its turnover was 3.8 billion dirhams (USD1.04 billion) in 2015, 3% up on the previous year, while passenger... [Read full story]

US trekker dies in Nepal US trekker dies in Nepal

KATHMANDU, 9 February 2016: An American trekker has died of suspected altitude sickness after falling unconscious in Nepal, police said Monday. The 53-year-old was hiking with two friends to Nepal’s remote Upper Mustang region, an alpine desert with a maximum altitude of 3,840 metres (12,600 feet). The group had stopped at a local hotel for the... [Read full story]

Greening Chiang Rai’s tourism Greening Chiang Rai’s tourism

CHIANG RAI, 8 February 2016: A trade event focusing on Asia-Pacific adventure travel and responsible tourism will be  held 17 to 19 February in Chiang Rai, to showcase this far-north province’s green tourism products according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Commenting on the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Adventure Travel and Responsible... [Read full story]

Amber flag over hotel expansion Amber flag over hotel expansion

KHANH HOA, 8 February 2016: Khanh Hoa’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism is raising a cautionary amber flag over the supply of luxury hotels that is likely to dwarf market demand. Local media confirmed seven more hotels, in the four and five-star categories, will open this year adding more than 2,600 rooms to the market. Khanh Hoa Tourism... [Read full story]

Myanmar adds Ramsar site Myanmar adds Ramsar site

KACHIN STATE, 8 February 2016: Myanmar’s Indawgyi Lake is officially on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. According to the government and Ramsar Secretariat statement, the designation of Indawgyi Lake as a Ramsar site underscores the Myanmar government’s commitment to conserve this special area, which supports the livelihood... [Read full story]

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