Vietnam eases guide rules Vietnam eases guide rules

HO CHI MINH CITY, 23 June 2017: Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam, says people who are fluent in lesser-used foreign languages, but lack relevant university decrees are now eligible to accompany professional tour guides to serve international tourists and end a labour shortage. Saigon Times media reported that the Deputy PM Dam rejected... [Read full story]

Finnair tweaks Asian services Finnair tweaks Asian services

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Finnair will upgrade its winter season services from Helsinki to Phuket and Krabi, in South Thailand, from Airbus A330 to A350 aircraft. Flights operate from 9 October to late March 2018. The airline will offer three flights weekly to Phuket and two flights weekly to Krabi. The flight to Krabi will depart Helsinki at 1915 and... [Read full story]

Timor introduces ePassports Timor introduces ePassports

SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Gemalto, a leader in digital security, partners with the East Timor government to issue electronic passports (ePassports) to citizens. The complete solution is built around the ICAO-compliant ePassport model. It comes with a suite of capabilities such as easy enrolments, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric... [Read full story]

STB rejigs travel agents act STB rejigs travel agents act

SINGAPORE, 23 June 2017: Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Singapore Tourism Board are seeking feedback on proposed amendments to the Travel Agents Act and Regulations. The public consultation exercise will run through to 12 July. The review of the Travel Agents Act and Regulations is part of the government’s efforts to strengthen... [Read full story]

Qatar buys American Airlines shares Qatar buys American Airlines shares

NEW YORK, 23 June 2017: Qatar Airways, its Middle Eastern business pressured by a diplomatic row with neighbours, is seeking as much as a 10% stake in American Airlines, the US carrier said Thursday. Qatar Airways’ surprise investment push was disclosed by American Airlines in a securities filing, Thursday, saying the Qatari company planned to buy... [Read full story]

WTTC takes a swipe at Cuba ban WTTC takes a swipe at Cuba ban

LONDON, 23 June 2017: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) expressed disappointment at President Trump’s plan to reverse key elements of the trading relationship between the US and Cuba, which was originally outlined by President Obama in 2014 and by his visit last year. “The Cuban people are directly benefiting from increased business... [Read full story]

AirAsia orders 14 more A320ceo AirAsia orders 14 more A320ceo

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: AirAsia has signed an agreement with Airbus to order an additional 14 A320ceo aircraft to meet higher than expected near-term growth on the carrier’s regional network. The contract, which is subject to AirAsia board approval, was announced at the Paris Air Show Thursday. It will see the total number of A320 family... [Read full story]

Iran agrees to buy more A320s Iran agrees to buy more A320s

LE BOURGET, FRANCE, 23 June 2017: Iran’s Zagros Airlines has agreed to buy 28 planes from Airbus, the European aircraft maker said on Thursday at the Paris Air Show. Zagros, which flies domestic routes in Iran, signed a memorandum of understanding to pick up 20 planes of the A320neo family, and eight of the A330neo type, Airbus said in a statement. Zagros... [Read full story]

Marco Polo and Niccolo under one Wharf Marco Polo and Niccolo under one Wharf

HONG KONG, 23 June 2017: Niccolo and Marco Polo Hotels are now officially grouped together under Wharf Hotels Management Limited. This marks a new chapter in the company’s evolution, with Wharf Hotels now becoming the trading name for Wharf Hotels Management Limited, which in turn manages the two hotel brands. Headquartered in Hong Kong, and a subsidiary... [Read full story]

Where are the GIs hiding? Where are the GIs hiding?

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Thailand’s government has asked all 77 provinces to establish their own Geographical Indications (GIs) for local products in an effort to offer diversity and attract more international visitors beyond the major tourist destinations. Prime Minister’s Office spokesperson, Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, said each province has been... [Read full story]

Moves to gain heritage recognition Moves to gain heritage recognition

RAKHINE STATE, 22 June 2017: Myanmar’s Mrauk U’s Department of Archaeology and the National Museum says surveys are being carried out to start the process that could ultimately lead to a UNESCO World Heritage site listing in 2019. Global New Light of Myanmar reported teams are producing a map that will identify cultural heritage and are installing... [Read full story]

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Travel Deals

Dubai discounts for flyers

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Emirates’ customers can enjoy more of Dubai this summer through offers and discounts across... 

September offers on TG

BANGKOK, 22 June 2017: Thai Airways International is offering “Europe 7 Days Offers” to promote travel to Europe... 

Nok on the cheap

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Nok Air launches “Weekday Special Promotion” for passengers travelling, 26 June to the... 

Travel Logs

UNWTO’s Rifai got it wrong

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: At about the same time as Otto Warmbier was shipped out of North Korea in a coma on a flight... 

Mekong Tourism: Is there a way forward?

LUANG PRABANG, 14 June 2017: “We shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of others, I am not happy with tourism development... 

ADB funds flow to the Mekong

BANGKOK, 12 July 2017: Achieving balance in Mekong Region tourism was the underlying theme of keynote addresses...