Soft currencies a threat for Thai tourism

January 30, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 January 2015: Thailand tourism sector will face challenges from an economic downturn in Europe and Russia this year, which has softened the two currencies against the Thai baht.

Speaking at the 13th Association of Thai Travel Agents and Thai Hotels Association annual meeting, Wednesday, ATTA president Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn told members that last year was tough due to political factors, but economic considerations will challenge agents in 2015.

“Last year was a tough due to political instability…but the country saw recovery in the last quarter of last year.”

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Long term plan to improve airport

January 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

NGHE AN, 30 January 2015: Vietnam’s Prime Minister has approved a long-term plan to upgrade Vinh Airport in the central province of Nghe An to become an international airport.

It will take another 15 years to achieve its full status as an international airport, but according to a local media report, the Vinh Airport master was first approved back in 2006 and then revised in 2011.

It will have aircraft bays and will be expanded to handle 2.5 million passengers annually by 2025. The number will reach 7 million by 2030, the report said. Read more

Vietnam’s tourism up 4%

January 30, 2015 by  
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NAY PYI TAW, 30 January 2015: Vietnam’s tourism closed 2014 with a record 7.87 million tourists representing an increase of 4% over 2013.

Details of the country’s tourism performance were released by Vietnam National Authority of Tourism, Wednesday, during the ATF media briefings.

Officials noted that 49% of all tourist arrivals came from the Northeast and another 19% from Southeast Asia.

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Cambodia mulls travel show

January 30, 2015 by  
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NAY PYI TAW, 30 January 2015: Cambodia says it may host its first ever travel trade show, later this year, according to Ministry of Tourism’s deputy director of marketing and promotions, Prak Vuthy.

He made the comment on the sidelines of a ministry presentation to the media attending ATF, Wednesday.

“The plan to organise a travel mart, 17 to 19 September, in the capital, Phnom Penh… it will focus on Cambodia’s travel content, but it will also be open to exhibitors from other ASEAN nations,” he said.

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e-visa to apply to overland travel

January 30, 2015 by  
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NAY PYI TAW, 30 January 2015: Myanmar’s e-Visa facility will be extended to cover four checkpoints on the border with Thailand, in the near future, a reliable source close to the service provider told TTR Weekly.

Myanmar’s minister of Immigration and Police, Khin Yi, visited the e-Visa booth, Wednesday, on an inspection tour of ATF’s TRAVEX.

TTR Weekly asked the minister if the e-Visa would be extended to cover business visitors, particularly MICE visitors in the near future.

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Boeing aids Vietnam Cat 1 bid

January 30, 2015 by  
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HANOI, 30 January 2015: Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) and Boeing recently signed a Memorandum of Collaboration to support Vietnam to gain category 1 approval by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The Memorandum of Collaboration was signed in Hanoi, Monday, by representatives from the CAAV and Boeing, with Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong and the US ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius also attended.

Boeing Southeast Asia president, Ralph Boyce, told local media that Boeing is pleased to continue supporting the CAAV’s goal of FAA Category 1 approval. Read more

Flights will boost travel from Japan

January 30, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 January 2015: More direct flights from Japan to Thailand will help to boost tourist arrivals according to Tourism Authority of Thailand Osaka office director, Sukanya Sirikanjanakul, who spoke to Association of Thai Travel Agents and Thai Hotels Association members, through a Skype live cast, Wednesday.

“The upcoming NokScoot will offer more choices for travellers and Thai AirAsia X will increase flights late March… Japan Airlines started a daily flight on the Nagoya-Bangkok route last December after a three-year suspension.”

Starting 26 March, Thai AirAsia X flights to Tokyo Narita International Airport will increase to two daily from one daily. Flights from Bangkok to Osaka Kansai International Airtport will also increase from five weekly to daily. Read more

Nay Pyi Taw hotels face crisis

January 30, 2015 by  
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NAY PYI TAW, 30 January 2015: When the ASEAN Tourism Forum closed, Thursday evening, the shutters also lowered on the capital’s 60 hotels.

It is virtually ground zero from here on after two years of getting by on revenue earned mainly from government-led events and ASEAN related conferences during Myanmar’s chairmanship that ended this month.

Commenting on the capital’s prospects in tourism, Myanmar Tourism Federation vice chairman, Maung Maung Swe told TTR Weekly the situation was critical for hotels.

“We will present recommendations to the government on ways to boost arrivals to the capital and support the hotel industry,” the vice president said.

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Malaysia seeks closure on MH370

January 30, 2015 by  
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KUALA LUMPUR, 30 January 2015: Malaysia on Thursday formally declared missing flight MH370 an “accident” and its passengers and crew presumed dead, a step that opens the door for compensation payments but which was met with anger by distraught relatives.

“It is therefore, with the heaviest heart and deepest sorrow that, on behalf of the government of Malaysia, we officially declare Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 an accident,” civil aviation chief Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said in a televised announcement.

“All 239 of the passengers and crew on board MH370 are presumed to have lost their lives,” he added. Read more

New details on AirAsia crash

January 30, 2015 by  
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JAKARTA, 30 January 2015: The French co-pilot was at the controls of an AirAsia plane before it crashed into the sea last month after flying through an area of towering clouds, killing all 162 people on board, investigators said Thursday.

The announcement came as fishermen found two more bodies from the crash in waters off Sulawesi island in central Indonesia, around 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) from where the plane crashed, a search and rescue official said.

Flight QZ8501 went down in stormy weather on 28 December in the Java Sea during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore. Only 72 bodies have so far been recovered. Read more

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