China law dents Singapore tourism

January 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

NAY PYI TAW, 29 January 2015: Singapore suffered a massive  26% drop in Chinese tourist arrivals, January to November 2014, that caused an overall 3.4% decline in tourism to the country.

The China decline was blamed on rules introduced by China to set standards for outbound tours and end illegal commissions according to Singapore Tourism Board executive director communications and industry marketing, Oliver Chong.

“The Chinese law hit everyone hard, the law was not a bad thing in itself,” Chong commented during a media briefing. “The tourism receipts were steady, even if arrivals were down.”

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Malaysia launches MyFest 2015

January 29, 2015 by  
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NAY PYI TAW, 29 January 2015: Following on from its successful Visit Malaysia Year 2014 campaign, Malaysia launched MyFest 2015, Wednesday, at the ASEAN Tourism Forum.

Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board director general, Dato Mirza Mohammad Taiyab,  announced details of the campaign during an ATF media briefing.

“Now we move forward with MyFest,” he said. “ This festival year brings local councils and states together to identify events. MyFest gives them a boost. It provides information to front-line travel sellers and creates awareness and renewal.”

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Thai park files for World Heritage status

January 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 January 2015: Thailand’s National Committee on the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage will propose that Phu Phabhat Historical Park be listed as a World Heritage site.

The Culture Minister, Veera Rojpotjanarat, said the committee has agreed that Phu Phabhat Historical Park, located in Udon Thani, should be recognised as a world cultural site.

“The committee will submit its proposal to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) 1 February. The result will be announced June next year.”

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Vientiane goes smoke free

January 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 29 January 2015: Vientiane Administration Office will declare Saysettha Park as another smoke-free park in Vientiane.

Lao News Agency reported that the Smoke Free Park project was launched in 2009 and Chao Anouvong Park was the first to be designated smoke-free in 2012.

The project is part of an effort to clean up the capital city. The campaign slogan is “clean, peaceful, green, charming, civilised, and illuminating”.     Read more

Ritz-Carlton expands in Malaysia

January 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Malaysia, News

CHEVY CHASE, USA, 29 January 2015: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company plans to open its second hotel in Malaysia in one of the fastest growing catchment areas known as the Petaling Jaya, within a development named Empire City.

In a signing ceremony, the agreement was officially sealed by Dato’ Ng Yee Teck (group managing director of Mammoth Empire Holding Sdn Bhd) representing MEH; Kevin Chen for Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company; and Natallie Leong for Knight Frank Sdn Bhd.

The development is scheduled to be completed in 2016. Read more

Cash grants for rooms

January 29, 2015 by  
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QUANG BINH, 29 January 2015: Quang Binh province has recently approved a plan to provide grants to encourage investors to  build more hotels and restaurants.

Local media reported that the province would support construction costs by paying USD23 per square metre to each restaurant project in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park and Bang tourism area that can serve more than 150 visitors.

A grant of USD460 will also go to a two-star hotel project,  USD690 per room for a three-star hotel and USD920 for a four and five-star hotel.

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Thainess unveiled at ATF

January 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 January, 2015 – The new national tourism-promotion campaign “2015 Discover Thainess” was unveiled for the ASEAN countries, Tuesday, during the 34th edition of the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2015, between 22-29 January, 2015, in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

ASEAN countries are expected to be among the top sources of visitor arrivals in 2015 as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) comes into force end of this year. will Also there is valuable travel movements to Thailand through the border-crossings with Malaysia, Myanmar, Lao PDR. and Cambodia for both trade and tourism.

The “2015 Discover Thainess” campaign highlights the country’s famed hospitality, respect for others and laid-back charm even it the country’s urban destinations.

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Deck chairs banned

January 29, 2015 by  
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PATTAYA, 29 January 2015: The Chonburi Governor has ordered local authorities in Pattaya to keep beaches free of deck chairs every Wednesday in an effort to improve the look of the resort’s main bay and beaches at Jomthien.

The scheme is in line with the government’s clean-up policy that came into effect 14 January.

Chonburi governor, Komsan Ekchai, said there had been a proliferation of deck chairs on beaches, that cluttered up recreational areas. Read more

MH370 report due early March

January 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 January 2015: Malaysia will release an interim report on its investigation into Flight MH370 7 March 7, a day before the first anniversary of the jet’s mysterious disappearance, an official said Wednesday.

However, deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi declined comment on whether the report would contain any revelations on the fate of the Malaysia Airlines jet.

“It is a report by the investigation team. It will be a lengthy report of a few hundred pages,” he said.

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Hopes fade on finding crash victims

January 29, 2015 by  
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KUALA LUMPUR, 29 January 2015: Hopes faded Wednesday of finding 92 victims still missing from an AirAsia plane crash as Indonesian search and rescue authorities said the remaining bodies could have been swept away or lost on the seabed.

Flight QZ8501 went down in the Java Sea, 28 December, in stormy weather with 162 people on board, during what was supposed to be a short trip from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore.

So far just 70 bodies have been recovered. Authorities had hoped that the majority of the passengers and crew would be in the plane’s main section, but after several days searching the fuselage, they said no more bodies could be located.

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