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Sprint to a Spartan Race Sprint to a Spartan Race

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Places for the Spartan Race to be held in Pattaya this September are filling up fast according to organiser, Exceed Sports and Entertainment. The Thailand race will debut, 9 September at Siam Country Club in Chon Buri province, just 18 km east of Pattaya City. Spartan Race’s main objective is to challenge people to lead healthier... [Read full story]

Carlson Wagonlit traces travel hikes Carlson Wagonlit traces travel hikes

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Air fares in the Asia Pacific are forecast to rise 2.8% in 2018 with domestic demand increasing, particularly in China and India according to the 4th annual Global Travel Forecast. As many of the region’s economies strengthen, the downside is the ability of airports to keep up with demand. Released Wednesday by Carlson Wagonlit... [Read full story]

Bid to boost ecotourism Bid to boost ecotourism

PHNOM PENH, 21 July 2017: Various ministries in Cambodia that have links to tourism will work together to boost ecotourism. Khmer Times reported ministries of tourism, environment, agriculture, forestry and fisheries will work together to help communities take advantage of opportunities to get involved in ecotourism. Tourism Minister Thong Khon was... [Read full story]

Thai tourist tally positive Thai tourist tally positive

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits exceeded 17.32 million, January to June, a slight increase of 4.41% when compared with the first half of 2016. Released Monday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 17,323,640 international visits compared to 16,591,904 visits during the same... [Read full story]

Call for more visa-free exemptions Call for more visa-free exemptions

HANOI, 21 July 2017: Vietnam’s Tourism Advisory Secretariat Board says the government should add six more countries to the list of those with visa exemptions to help encourage more travel to the country. Local media quoted the board head, Hoang Nhan Chinh, saying the country should add Australia, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Belgium, and Switzerland... [Read full story]

Dusit names regional VP Dusit names regional VP

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Thailand-based Dusit International has appointed Prateek Kumar as regional vice president – EMEA region. He will be responsible for strengthening Dusit’s operations and supporting development efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For the past two years Kumar was area general manager in charge of Dusit’s operations... [Read full story]

Notre Dame restoration Notre Dame restoration

HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 July 2017: The iconic Notre Dame Cathedral located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City will be closed to visitors for three years. Local officials have given the green light to commence  renovations after reports from local and international experts recommended urgent repair and restoration work on this popular landmark, Asian Trails... [Read full story]

Colombo’s runway is back Colombo’s runway is back

DUBAI, UAE, 21 July 2017: Emirates will deploy an A380 aircraft to make a one-off landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake, 14 August, to mark the completion of runway improvements. The special flight, operating as EK654 from Dubai, will be the first A380 commercial flight to land in Sri Lanka. The one-off flight will allow... [Read full story]

Singapore talent travels inside out Singapore talent travels inside out

SINGAPORE, 21 July 2017: Singapore Tourism Board takes its Singapore: Inside Out to two new cities; Tokyo and Sydney this year to showcase the island nation’s creative arts and talent. The Tokyo event will be hosted 25 to 27 August and Sydney, 3 to 5 November. Unlike the 2015 events, they will be curated with host city’s audiences in mind, and... [Read full story]

Amari arrives in Galle Amari arrives in Galle

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: ONYX Hospitality Group has launched a brand-new Amari property in Sri Lanka’s historic southwest coastal city of Galle. The 172-room Amari Galle, located a short distance from the UNESCO World Heritage Galle Fort, is ONYX Hospitality Group’s third hotel in Sri Lanka. This hotel is also the group’s third Amari opening this... [Read full story]

Saudi exits laptop ban Saudi exits laptop ban

RIYADH, 21 July 2017: Saudi Arabia’s national carrier said a US ban on laptops and tablets in the cabins of its US-bound planes had been lifted, Wednesday. The kingdom’s civil aviation authorities informed Saudia that the ban had been lifted after a US team inspected security measures at airports in Riyadh and Jeddah, the airline’s... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

Asia DMC launches Roots and Fruits

HANOI, 29 March 2017: HG Foundation and ASIA DMC are celebrating 20 years since the founding of its parent travel... 

AirAsia rolls out ASEAN fashion runway

SEPANG, 10 February 2017: Aspiring fashion designers resident in ASEAN nations are in the frame to win recognition... 

ASEAN rolls out 50th campaign tours

SINGAPORE, 10 November 2016: Fifty specially chosen cross border travel products will help to attract more visitors... 

TRENDING

Asia’s top travel planners

SINGAPORE, 20 July 2017: Hong Kongers are the most organised travel planners booking travel on average just short... 

Package your stay is the way to go

BANGKOK, 19 July 2017: Packages are emerging as a popular option on hotel booking websites extending the booking... 

First 24 hours count

NEW YORK, 19 July 2017: The latest research from Booking.com reveals 46% of travellers believe the first 24 hours... 

Travel Deals

Special fares to Vienna

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Thai Airways International launches promotional fares for its upcoming direct flights between... 

One free night at Dusit

BANGKOK, 20 July 2017: Dusit International offers a ‘stay three nights, pay for two’ promotion at participating... 

Thai AirAsia cuts fares

BANGKOK, 19 July 2017: Thai AirAsia launches “Save More Anytime You Fly” promotions for travel on selected... 

Travel Logs

Exception to a rule

CHIANG RAI, 18 July 2017: I thought it was a pretty simple decision to make. I wouldn’t ride elephants. But that... 

Reputation rules the roost

BANGKOK, 13 July 2017: A country’s tourism rises and falls on its reputation and also on what research identifies... 

Vientiane’s top-notch attractions

VIENTIANE, 11 July 2017: Travellers arrive in Vientiane and within a couple of hours wonder what on earth are they...