Orientours taps events travel

March 30, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 March 2015: Thailand’s events related travel is picking up from Italy despite a weakening of the Euro against the Thai baht.

Commenting on the lucrative events business to Thailand, Orientours managing director, Ugo Salamone,  said there were strong indications of recovery so far this year.

Orientours handles between 10,000 and 15,000 tourists a year, mostly from Italy with 60% travelling on events related itineraries.

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Hotel will have a training role

March 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 30 March 2015: The Lao PDR government has recently signed off on a Lao World Company and Champassak Grand Hotel proposal to construct a five-star hotel near Pakpasack Technical College  in Vientiane .

The project will have a dual role of serving tourists and offering on-site hotel training for students.

The joint venture partners Lao World Company, Champassak Grand Hotel, and the Lao National Institute of Tourism and Hospitality signed the joint venture contract recently in Vientiane.

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PG to beef up Samui flights

March 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 March 2015: Bangkok Airways’ outlook brightens as expansion at Samui Airport begins, according to an assessment made by Centre for Asia-Pacific Aviation.

According to the CAPA report, Bangkok Airways is pursuing expansion at Samui Airport, using some of the additional slots made available after Thai authorities agreed to raise the cap on aircraft movements by almost 40%.

The expansion should result in the resumption of passenger growth at Samui, which recorded a 2% drop in passenger numbers in 2014.

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VN aviation to expand network

March 30, 2015 by  
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HO CHI MINH CITY, 30 March 2015: Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport is gathering feedback on a restructuring plan for the country’s aviation sector that if approved would be effective by 2020.

Saigon Times reported that the aviation plan called for a major increase in domestic flights at all key airports.

The objective is to position the country as one of top aviation centres in Southeast Asia along side Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia.

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Vichit calls for travel grants

March 30, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 March 2015: Just days before the Association of Thai Travel Agents’ board election, one of the candidates for president has made some bold promises.

ATTA’s annual general meeting and committee elections will be held, 31 March,  0900 to 1200, at Dusit Thani Hotel.

Vichit Prakobgosol, who heads an election ticket of several prominent travel executives, said if his team is elected his priority will be to lobby the government to introduce a free travel insurance scheme.

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TCEB focuses on IT

March 30, 2015 by  
Filed under MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 March 2015: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says it will focus on digital marketing to make it easier for overseas event organisers to gain updated information.

The plan involves developing a Thailand MICE web portal, to improve TCEB’s online information distribution with mobile applications and easier access to the Thai MICE database.

TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, identified three key initiatives. Read more

PAL buys to more Airbus

March 30, 2015 by  
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MANILA, 30 March 2015: The Philippines’ struggling flag carrier said Sunday it has purchased an additional two Airbus jets as part of its re-fleeting program.

The two Airbus A321 NEO planes bring to 40 the total number of deliveries that Philippine Airlines will receive from Airbus up to 2024, the carrier said in a statement.

“The A321 NEOs will enable PAL to continue to grow its current single-aisle fleet and spread out its aircraft delivery stream in line with market growth,” according to the statement.

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Singapore farewells founding father

March 30, 2015 by  
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SINGAPORE, 30 March 2015: More than 100,000 people lined Singapore’s streets to bid farewell to its founding father Lee Kuan Yew on Sunday, officials said as a week of mourning ended in the city-state he led to prosperity.

Torrential rain soaked the crowds as howitzers fired a 21-gun salute to the country’s first prime minister and jet fighters screamed across the sky in a grand farewell normally reserved for a head of state.

“The light that has guided us all these years has been extinguished,” his son, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, told a state funeral attended by 2,200 people including Asia-Pacific leaders at the National University of Singapore.

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Hainan buys Dreamliner

March 30, 2015 by  
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BEIJING, 30 March 2015: China’s Hainan Airlines said Friday it was planning to buy 30 Dreamliner aircraft from US giant Boeing — worth almost USD8 billion at list prices — as it seeks to looks to expand its long-haul service.

The 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners are due to be delivered before 2021, Hainan Airlines said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange, where it is listed.

The order would be valued at USD7.7 billion based on list prices given on Boeing’s website, although airlines typically negotiate discounts.

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EU airlines adopts rule of two

March 30, 2015 by  
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BERLIN, 30 March 2015: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recommended Friday that at least two people be present in the cockpit of planes at all times, following the apparently deliberate crashing of the Germanwings flight this week.

Transport ministries and aviation authorities in Germany, Austria and Portugal announced earlier Friday that they would be requiring the adoption of the so-called “rule of two” which is already standard in the United States.

The regulation would come into immediate effect for Portugal’s national airline, TAP Portugal, Secretary of State for Transport Sergio Monteiro said.

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