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Trump towers a terror target? Trump towers a terror target?

BANGKOK, 9 December 2016: US President Elect, Donald Trump, has properties under development in Southeast Asia (ASEAN) that could ultimately become terror targets. A report by Bloomberg identifies the worldwide terror risk to buildings branded Trump, once the President Elect takes office in January 2017. In Indonesia, Trump has licensed his name to... [Read full story]

Sihanoukville ferries raise fares Sihanoukville ferries raise fares

SIHANOUKVILLE, 9 December 2016: Sihanoukville authorities have introduced a USD20 standard fare for companies ferrying tourists between the city and the coastal islands of Koh Rong and Koh Rong Samloem to curb a price war among ferry operators. Local media quoted the City Hall dispatch that ordered companies to raise their roundtrip fares that were... [Read full story]

ParkRoyal hires Benny Chung ParkRoyal hires Benny Chung

SINGAPORE, 9 December 2016: Pan Pacific Hotels Group has appointment Benny Chung as general manager, of the ParkRoyal on Kitchener Road. A Singaporean national, Chung’s career in the hospitality industry started at the former Hyatt Regency Singapore, in sales and marketing. He earned his first general manager post in 2008 at the Holiday Inn Hefei... [Read full story]

Kuoni hires new CEO Kuoni hires new CEO

ZURICH, 9 December 2016: Reto Wilhelm will take over operational management as CEO of Kuoni Global Travel Services (GTS) 1 March 2017. Under his leadership, GTS’s ongoing reorientation as an independent company and the expansion of its activities in attractive market segments will continue. GTS Advisory Board chairman, Walter Gehl, will continue to... [Read full story]

Vietnam air traffic soars Vietnam air traffic soars

HANOI, 9 December 2016: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam estimates the country’s aviation market will handle 52.2 million passengers by the end of this year, a 29% surge over last year. Local media reports suggested 28 million would be domestic passengers, 30% more than domestic flyers in 2015. The growth has been attributed to the expansion of... [Read full story]

New passport office opens in Bangkok New passport office opens in Bangkok

BANGKOK, 9 December 2016: A new passport issuing office opens today at the Khlong Toei MRT Station. The project is a joint venture between the Department of Consular Affairs, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand, Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited and Bangkok Metro Network Limited. The new office is located at the Metro Mall... [Read full story]

Constitution Day holiday Constitution Day holiday

BANGKOK, 9 December 2016: Thais will take their second public holiday of the month to mark Constitution Day, Saturday 10 December, with a substitution day falling on Monday, 12 December. It marks the second long weekend break in December, which encourages an exodus of Bangkok residents, who head for beach resorts, or North Thailand’s hill country... [Read full story]

2017 promises profits for airlines 2017 promises profits for airlines

GENEVA, 9 December 2016: The global airline industry is set to make a net profit in 2017 of USD29.8 billion, according to the latest International Air Transport Association forecast released Thursday. It forecasts revenues of USD736 billion that represents a 4.1% net profit margin. This will be the third consecutive year (and the third year in the industry’s... [Read full story]

Spies in the skies Spies in the skies

PARIS, 9 December 2016: American and British spy agencies have tried to intercept data from passengers’ mobile phones on commercial airlines including Air France, French media has reported, citing documents from US whistle blower, Edward Snowden. The French flag-carrier was an early target of the US National Security Agency and its British counterpart... [Read full story]

Cave tops Salavan’s tourism agenda Cave tops Salavan’s tourism agenda

SALAVAN, 8 December 2016: Salavan authorities believe they can turn Tham Kaleang Cave into a major tourist attraction in the province. Lao News Agency reported Tham Kaleang Cave will officially open to visitors during the Lao New Year in April next year. The cave is located in Taleo village, about 30 km from Salavan on the way to Ta Oy district. [Read... [Read full story]

Bangkok residents ready to travel Bangkok residents ready to travel

BANGKOK, 8 December 2016: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates   Bangkok residents will generate THB44,000 million in tourism-related revenue, up 5% on Q4, last year,  as they spend their end-of-the-year holidays up-country during the last quarter. The bank’s think-tank unit conducted a survey of 982 Bangkokians questioning them on travel plans in... [Read full story]

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ASEAN AFFAIRS

ASEAN rolls out 50th campaign tours

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

ASEAN taps one in 10 investment dollars

BANGKOK, 4 November 2016: One in 10 of all tourism investment dollars will go to ASEAN countries over the next... 

Visit ASEAN@50 branding launched

VIENTIANE, 8 September 2016: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, revealed, Wednesday, the branding for... 

Surveys

Free Wi-Fi tops tourist list

BANGKOK, 17 November 2016: Free Wi-Fi is a top item for consideration when booking a hotel, according to Expedia... 

Booking trends at theme parks

BASINGSTOKE, UK, 15 November 2016: New research highlights how travellers want to pre-book more of their travel... 

Gen Z no regrets list

SINGAPORE, 8 November 2016: So-called gap-year travel is a priority for those born after 1995, (21 or younger)... 

Travel Deals

Vietnam Air cuts fares

BANGKOK, 9 December 2016: Vietnam Airlines offers promotional fares for travel to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang,... 

Malaysia fares on sale

BANGKOK, 8 December 2016: Malaysia Airline is offering promotional fares for travel to selected destinations until... 

Lion takes a bite at bus fares

BANGKOK, 7 December 2016: Thai Lion Air is offering an “Inter Flight Sale” promotion for travel to selected... 

Travel Logs

Trending: Busy but free to travel

NEW YORK, 9 December 2016: Americans will spend more on travel in 2017 despite being busier than ever, reaffirming... 

Asia’s rising stars in travel

SINGAPORE, 8 December 2016: TripAdvisor announced, Wednesday, its latest Travellers’ Choice awards for top 10... 

Grounded: Toddlers in trouble

BANGKOK, 7 December 2016: You could say it takes the cake. That particular sarcastic distinction goes to the SMS... 

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