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Ban on government travel Ban on government travel

BANGKOK, 27 March 2015: Travel association leaders have called on the government to allow officials to attend seminars in neighbouring countries using land transport following the government’s ban on overseas trips to attend seminars and meetings. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced the ban during his weekly televised talk late last month.... [Read full story]

MNA ready for first Boeing MNA ready for first Boeing

YANGON, 27 March 2015: Myanmar National Airlines will take delivery of its first leased Boeing in June to expand its network. Global News Light of Myanmar reported the airline will take delivery of four Boeing 737-800 MAXs and six Boeing 737-800 NGs from GECAS Company. The first plane will be delivered in June and the second in October, the announcement... [Read full story]

Kan Air adds routes Kan Air adds routes

BANGKOK, 27 March 2015: Chiang Mai-based Kan Air will operate direct flights from Bangkok to Pattaya and from Pattaya to north and northeast destinations starting 10 April. The airline will use a Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1 private jet with six seats to offer a daily flight from Bangkok (DMK) to Pattaya U. [Read full story]  Read More →

Farm tourism an option for Vietnam Farm tourism an option for Vietnam

HANOI, 27 March 2015: Vietnam needs a long-term strategy to tap the potential of agro-tourism a tour expert told local media in an interview Thursday. Local media quoted Ngo Kieu Oanh, who runs a farm tours, said Vietnamese leaders must introduce clear policies. “The most important requirement is to preserve traditional farming villages, provide financial... [Read full story]

Trade summit in Bangkok Trade summit in Bangkok

BANGKOK, 27 March 2015: A China India ASEAN Summit will be hosted at 7 to 9 April at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. Organised by ASEAN Affairs Business Council and media company, ASEAN Affairs, pre-event publicity suggests the event will attract 150 business leaders from China, India and the ASEAN region. Overall attendance could reach 300 decision makers... [Read full story]

How ASEAN’s open skies works How ASEAN’s open skies works

BANGKOK, 27 March 2015: ASEAN’s moves to open its skies is underway well ahead of moves to introduce a free-trade era known as the ASEAN Economic Community due to kick in at the end of this year. But there is confusion in the market and more than a fair share of worries that open skies will be a threat to smaller airlines. Tagged the ASEAN Single... [Read full story]

Myanmar shifts conference venue Myanmar shifts conference venue

SINGAPORE, 27 March 2015: Myanmar’s Hospitality and Tourism Conference has moved venue from Yangon to the capital Nay Pyi Taw. The organisers, Sphere Conferences, said they were complying with a request from the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, to host the event in Nay Pyi Taw. Dates have been postponed to 8 to 10 June. [Read full story]  Read More →

Hit for six cricket Hit for six cricket

PHUKET, 27 March 2015: Kata Group Resorts is sponsoring the Phuket International Cricket Week 2015. The Asian Cricket Sixes Tour (ACST) event is made up of the 12th Annual Phuket International Cricket Sixes Tournament (16 to 19 April) and the 4th Annual Kata International Cricket 7s Tournament (22 to 24 April). A total of 24 cricket teams will take... [Read full story]

Tour bus dives into ravine Tour bus dives into ravine

BANGKOK, 27 March 2015: An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a deadly tour bus crash in Phuket earlier this week. The bus driver and company owner have reported to police. TTR Weekly understands a full investigation will focus on the safety of tour buses, qualifications of drivers and tour company responsibility to ensure the safety... [Read full story]

Airbnb wins deal for Olympics Airbnb wins deal for Olympics

RIO DE JANERIO, 27 March 2015: Organisers of next year’s Rio Olympics said Wednesday they have struck a deal with online accommodation provider Airbnb to provide thousands of fans with a place to stay during the three-week extravaganza. Details of the deal for Airbnb to provide 20,000 rooms during the first Games in South America will be officially... [Read full story]

Open skies under attack? Open skies under attack?

WASHINGTON, 26 March 2015: US and EU legacy carriers are waging war on open skies polices and their efforts will impact on  travel organisation, worldwide, argues the powerful US-based Business Travel Coalition. In a statement emailed to travel firms, worldwide, Business Travel Coalition chairman Kevin Mitchell said the US Open Skies policy was relevant... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

Exo retires suspect tours

BANGKOK, 24 February 2015: Exo Travel, a regional tour operator with offices throughout Southeast Asia, has removed... 

ASEAN tourism meeting heads for Chiang Rai

BANGKOK, 18 February 2015: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to host the next ASEAN Tourism... 

Fun in the Philippines

NAY PYI TAW, 28 January 2015: The Philippines officially launched its Visit Philippines Year, Tuesday evening,... 

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

AirAsia X extends inflight sales

BANGKOK, 26 March 2015: Thai AirAsia X will sell tickets to South Korea’s Lotte World Adventure to passengers... 

MAI summer deals

BANGKOK, 24 March 2015: Myanmar Airways International offers a “Summer Promotion” for travel to Yangon until... 

AirAsia’s zero fares are back

SEPANG, 24 March 2015: AirAsia’s free seats campaign is back  with more than 3 million seats up for grabs on... 

Blogs

Help line 1111 or 1155?

Bangkok, 24 March 2015: The Thai government has launched yet another hotline, this time 1111, to receive complaints... 

Costly encounter with a bird

NAY PYI TAW, 6 February 2015: It’s a crisp cool dawn, perfect weather for a sortie around Nay Pyi Taw’s brand... 

Khiri’s keep walking tour

BANGKOK, 15 January 2015: A Bangkok walking tour, not exactly my cup of tea, or so I thought, when Khiri Travel... 

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