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Hanoi opens terminal Hanoi opens terminal

HANOI, 22 December 2014: A USD645-million passenger terminal at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport is due to open 25 December after three years of construction. The terminal project management board head, Do Tat Binh, told local media that 99% of the construction has been completed and that the contractor has met both the progress and quality targets... [Read full story]

Myanmar tourism soars Myanmar tourism soars

YANGON, 22 December 2014: Myanmar’s tourism officials says it is quite possible that the country could host as many as 20.4 million tourists by 2030, but there are conflicting estimates that suggest 7 million would make a more practical target. At present, tourists arrivals have reached around 3 million a year and the country is straining to cater... [Read full story]

Low-cost flights from Taiwan Low-cost flights from Taiwan

BANGKOK, 22 December 2014: Don Mueang International Airport says the low-cost carrier V Air from Taiwan will encourage more airlines to consider flying to Bangkok’s second airport. Don Mueang International Airport general manager, Wing Commander, Songsak Tongtang said V Air commenced services using an A321 with 194 seats last Wednesday. “The airline... [Read full story]

Airlines asked to drop fares Airlines asked to drop fares

HANOI, 22 December 2014: Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Administration has suggested there should be drastic fare cuts on domestic routes, claiming the dramatic drop in fuel prices should have prompted airlines to lower fares. It made the proposal to the Ministry of Transport. CAAV’s petition is based on the latest Jet A1 fuel costs , airfares, which... [Read full story]

Centara bags TripAdvisor award Centara bags TripAdvisor award

BANGKOK, 22 December 2014: Centara Hotels & Resorts group has won the Traveller’s Choice Awards, for its Grand Island Resort & Spa, which was recognised as Top All Inclusive Resort. “We’ve worked hard to make the Grand Island Resort & Spa live up to visitor’s expectations when they come to the Maldives, and I’m... [Read full story]

Thai airports spruce up for AEC Thai airports spruce up for AEC

BANGKOK, 22 December 2014: Thailand’s Ministry of Transport says it plans to rebuild airport efficiency, nationwide, for both service and safety standards once ASEAN Economic Community rules kick in January 2015. Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal, Prajin Juntong, said he has ordered all aviation units under the supervision of the ministry to improve... [Read full story]

First class food flies high First class food flies high

PARIS, 22 December 2014: Michelin-star food and vintage champagne; airlines are pulling out all the stops to cater to their first-class passengers. “Business class has become the main battleground for all companies because the market in this very profitable sector is highly competitive and the clients very demanding,” said Bertrand Mouly-Aigrot,... [Read full story]

Etihad A380 flights start 27 December Etihad A380 flights start 27 December

ABU DHABI, 22 December 2014: The maiden flight of Etihad Airways’ long-awaited Airbus A380 superjumbo will take place later this week, the Abu Dhabi carrier said over the weekend. It also announced its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner route. The rapidly growing airline said it has nine more A380s and 71 additional 787s on order, describing the delivery... [Read full story]

China jails pilot China jails pilot

BEIJING, 22 December 2014: A Chinese court has jailed a pilot for three years for causing one of the worst plane crashes in Chinese history which killed 44 people in 2010, state-media reported late last week. Qi Quanjun, the main pilot aboard the Henan Airlines flight which crashed in heavy fog in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, was sentenced... [Read full story]

Politics unhinge Sri Lanka’s casinos Politics unhinge Sri Lanka’s casinos

COLOMBO, 22 December 2014: Sri Lanka’s main opposition says it will withdraw generous tax concessions for controversial foreign-funded resorts aiming to make Colombo a gambling hotspot in South Asia if it wins next month’s elections. President Mahinda Rajapakse’s government is facing an unexpectedly tough challenge in the national... [Read full story]

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]

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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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