Thai AirAsia reaches Surin

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

BANGKOK, 30 April 2015: Thai AirAsia will launch a new city transfer service, starting 14 May, that extends the reach of the daily Bangkok (DMK) to Buri Ram flight to Surin, through a connecting bus service.

Commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said Thai AirAsia’s objective is to create a network that offers convenience through reliable land or ferry transfer services that extend the reach of air services.

“After launching several City Transfer routes, the airline has gained strong feedback from both local and foreign travellers who appreciate the option of easy travel.”

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Five day break starts 1 May

April 30, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 April 2015: Thailand’s commercial sector, banks and government offices enjoy another long break starting with Labour Day, 1 May and ending with Thailand’s Coronation Day, 5 May.

Labour Day was adopted to give workers an opportunity to take a break, although Thailand’s workers arrive at this holiday already refreshed by a five to seven-day break during the annual Songkran Festival in mid-April.

Labour Day is observed in more than 80 countries.

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Dragonair sells North America fares

April 30, 2015 by  
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CHIANG MAI, 30 April 2015: Dragonair, a subsidiary of Cathay Pacific, is discounting fares from Chiang Mai and Phuket for connecting services to the United States and Canada until the end of November this year.

The through fares are applicable on Dragonair flights from the two Thai destinations to Hong Kong where connections are made with Cathay Pacific flights.

Ex-Chiang Mai, the promotion sells roundtrip fares in business class  at THB101,900 to Los Angeles, THB113,400 to San Francisco and THB136,500 to New York and Chicago.

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Concerts at Hanoi Airport

April 30, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 30 April 2015: Noi Bai International Airport will host concerts twice weekly to entertain passengers, who are waiting for flights.

The airport’s director, Vu The Phiet, told local media that the first concert will take place on the evening of 19 May, in the lobby lounge of T2 terminal.

The 120-minute performance will feature chamber or traditional music of Vietnam. Traditional music will be performed on Wednesday evenings and international classical music on Saturday evenings. Read more

HCMC mulls underground shopping

April 30, 2015 by  
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HO CHI MINH CITY, 30 April 2015: Construction on an underground shopping mall in Ho Chi Minh City will begin this year, but it will take an estimated eight years to complete as part of a wider project to give the city a subway transport system..

Tuoi Tre media reported the underground trade centre will be constructed alongside the Ben Thanh Terminal, which will be the central terminal for a subway system in the southern metropolis.

Passengers will be able to board metro trains on three separate routes to Suoi Tien in District 9, Tham Luong in District 12, and the Western Bus Station in Binh Tan District. The project is underway but will not be fully operational until 2023. Read more

Thailand’s medical tourism on the rise

April 30, 2015 by  
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MUMBAI, 30 April 2015: Thailand’s medical tourism industry continues to grow at an impressive rate primarily due to its expanding network of medical facilities catering to international visitors and proactive marketing, according to the latest medical tourism 2020 forecast.

Supplied by India’s Bharat Book Bureau, the forecast says Thailand’s medical tourism industry is slated to grow during the forecasting period due to the availability of quality hospitals that are staffed by qualified doctors, feature state of the art infrastructure and  have the backing of strong marketing support by tourism related organisations.

Japan is emerging as a top source market, but Thailand has witnessed an increase in medical tourist arrivals from various countries such as Britain, Taiwan and China, Australia, France and Germany. Read more

IHG grows HI Express brand in Australia

April 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, PACIFIC

SINGAPORE, 30 April 2015: InterContinental Hotels Group and international investment company Pro Invest Group have signed a franchise agreement for a 245-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Adelaide’s Central Business District.

The hotel is the third to be signed under the master development agreement between IHG and Pro Invest, which will see the company develop 15 Holiday Inn Express hotels across Australia by 2025. The first two hotels will open in Sydney’s Macquarie Park, North Ryde in the first quarter of 2016, and Brisbane’s Spring Hill in the third quarter of 2016.

The new build hotel will be situated on the city’s thriving Hindley Street, in close proximity to North Terrace and the Adelaide Convention Centre. It is just a short walk to the Adelaide Casino and local sporting hub Adelaide Oval.

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Lufthansa scarred forever

April 30, 2015 by  
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HAMBURG, 30 April 2015: The Germanwings crash has left permanent scars on parent airline Lufthansa, its chief executive told shareholders at their annual meeting Wednesday, which started with a minute’s silence to honour the dead.

“This tragedy has changed us and the scars that it has left on our company will remain forever,” CEO Carsten Spohr told some 2,000 shareholders in the northern German port city of Hamburg.

A jet from Germanwings, the low-cost subsidiary of Lufthansa, crashed in the French Alps 24 March — apparently in a deliberate act by the co-pilot — killing all 150 people on board.

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Residents flee Kathmandu

April 30, 2015 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 30 April 2015: After days of sleeping outdoors with her two young children and hours of waiting in the strong sun for a bus out of Nepal’s quake-devastated capital, Rajana’s patience finally snapped.

“We’ve been left starving in the cold and the best this government can give us is this queue. Why are they so slow?” demanded Rajana as she lined up along with thousands of other Nepalis for a bus to her home village.

“I keep hearing on the news that all governments and aid agencies are here, but where are they? Our government is totally absent. Forget shelter, they couldn’t even give us water,” said Rajana, who goes by only one name.

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NEPAL: Facts on quake impact

April 30, 2015 by  
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KATHMANDU, 30 April 2015: The 7.8-magnitude quake struck Nepal at 0611 GMT on Saturday 25 April, flattening large parts of the capital Kathmandu and causing devastation across the impoverished Himalayan nation.

Here are the key facts about Nepal’s worst natural disaster in 80 years.

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