Guide training at World Heritage site Guide training at World Heritage site

SUKHOTHAI, 24 April 2014: Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, earlier this week, with UNESCO on a project to develop local guide training at Sukhothai Historical Park. DASTA director, Nalik-atipak Saengsanit, said the MoU will support a Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide Training... [Read full story]

MICE Spice from TCEB’s candy box MICE Spice from TCEB’s candy box

BANGKOK, 24 April 2014: Spice Up Your Business Agenda is the latest online marketing campaign cooked up by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau in collaboration with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Visa International Asia Pacific. It offers special privileges and discounts on products and services for MICE travellers who participate in... [Read full story]

Yangon airport accident prone Yangon airport accident prone

YANGON, 24 April 2014: Aviation authority says overcrowding and lack of aircraft parking spots at Yangon International Airport has caused a spate of minor accidents and damage to aircraft. Local media quoted an unnamed Department of Civil Aviation official saying the accident rate had increased with the boom in air travel to Yangon. A total 29 international... [Read full story]

ASEAN cultures need attention ASEAN cultures need attention

HUE, 24 April 2014: Vietnam official says cooperation between the 10-member countries needs to be improved to strengthen culture and conserve heritage in the face of a boom in tourism across the region At the 6th meeting of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Culture & Arts (AMCA), held last weekend, Deputy Prime Minister, Pham Binh Minh, said culture... [Read full story]

TripAdvisor identifies US travel trends TripAdvisor identifies US travel trends

NEWTON, MASS, 24 April 2014: TripAdvisor announced, Wednesday, the results of the third instalment of TripBarometre, the world’s largest accommodation and traveller survey¹. This bi-annual study, conducted on behalf of TripAdvisor, by independent research firm Ipsos, highlights country, regional and global travel trends, according to more than... [Read full story]

Getaway place for the wealthy Getaway place for the wealthy

BALI, INDONESIA, 24 April 2014: Konaditya House opens its doors, this month, to well-heeled travellers seeking privacy and space. The five-acre estate is located near the traditional Balinese village of Cemagi and is surrounded by rice paddies with views of the coastline. Positioned on the Southwest coast of Bali island, Konaditya Estate offers easy... [Read full story]

Europe’s hotel rates soar Europe’s hotel rates soar

LONDON, 24 April 2014: Asian travellers heading for Europe can expect hotel rates to be up by more than 40% as the summer season approaches. The summer season has started early, according to the latest trivago Hotel Price Index (tHPI) reported monthly by hotel comparison website Based on the 50 most popular European destinations on... [Read full story]

Nine missions empty handed Nine missions empty handed

PERTH, 24 April 2014: Australia said Wednesday cost was not a concern in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, after the mini-submarine plumbing the depths of the Indian Ocean for wreckage ended its ninth mission empty-handed. Searchers were also investigating “unidentified material” which washed up on the country’s southwest... [Read full story]

Boeing lifts profit outlook Boeing lifts profit outlook

NEW YORK, 24 April 2014: US aerospace and defence giant Boeing raised its 2014 profit outlook Wednesday despite a first-quarter profit slide, citing strong demand for its new commercial airplanes. A sharp rise in pension expenses amid a change in the company’s retirement plans in the January to March period offset strong commercial aircraft deliveries,... [Read full story]

Sherpas end Everest season Sherpas end Everest season

KATHMANDU, 24 April 2014: Another major mountaineering company has abandoned its Everest expedition after a deadly avalanche killed 16 Nepalese guides, as the government strove Wednesday to save the climbing season, a vital earner for the country. New Zealand-based Adventure Consultants lost three people in last Friday’s avalanche which struck... [Read full story]

Cambodia tourism expands Cambodia tourism expands

PHNOM PENH, 23 April 2014: Cambodia’s Council of Ministers says the country earned US$2.5 billion in tourism related revenue in 2013 on more than 4 million tourist arrivals. The council office head, Sok An, told local media that foreign tourist arrivals to Cambodia have been steadily increasing from just 120,000 in 1993 to more than 4.2 million in... [Read full story]

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ASEAN cultures need attention

HUE, 24 April 2014: Vietnam official says cooperation between the 10-member countries needs to be improved to strengthen... 

Brunei delays sharia law

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, 23 April 2014: Brunei has postponed its implementation of tough Islamic criminal punishments... 

MTF wins UNWTO support

BANGKOK, 11 April 2014: The annual Mekong Tourism Forum will be held in Mandalay, 11 to 12 June, according to Mekong... 


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

Hot deal on Seoul route

BANGKOK, 23 April 2014: Low-cost, long-haul airline, Thai AirAsia X offers special fare for passengers on its inaugural... 

AirAsia X flies to Xian

SEPANG, 21 April 2014: AirAsia X, a long-haul, low-fare affiliate of the AirAsia Group will commence flights o... 

Ten gets you a discount

CHIANG MAI, 18 April 2014: Chiang Mai-based Kan Air offers passengers, who collect 10 boarding passes, a free one-way... 


Human touches to online solution

BANGKOK, 11 April 2014: Usually when the subject of taking your travel agency online is broached, someone is going... 

Don Mueang turns 100

BANGKOK, 31 March 2014: Thailand’s Don Mueang Airport is celebrating 100 years of commercial operations this... 

Interpol identifies passport scandal

BANGKOK, 12 March 2014: The tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines’ flight MH370 and the discovery that at...