Rescue teams battle reach remote areas

April 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 29 April 2015: Rescuers in Nepal battled, Tuesday, to reach remote communities devastated by a huge earthquake that has killed at least 4,310 people, as the impoverished country’s leader said relief workers had still not reached many of the worst-hit areas.

Prime Minister Sushil Koirala told an emergency all-party meeting the government was sending desperately needed tents, water and food supplies to those in need.

But he said getting help to remote Himalayan villages left devastated by Saturday’s 7.8-magnitude quake was a “major challenge” in the desperately poor country, where many communities are inaccessible by road.

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PG and Jet Airways codeshare

April 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

MUMBAI, 29 April 2015: India’s Jet Airways and Bangkok Airways, a Thailand-based regional airline, have signed a codeshare agreement with sales due to start 30 April.

Under the arrangement, Jet Airways will place its marketing code on Bangkok Airways’ flights between Mumbai (BOM) and Bangkok (SWB).

Bangkok Airways will place its marketing code on Jet Airways’ operations between Bangkok (SWB) and Mumbai (BOM).

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Centara expands to Doha

April 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 29 April 2015: Centara Hotels & Resorts, one of Thailand’s iconic hotel brands, is about to make its debut in the Middle East with a new property in Doha, Qatar.

The company has just signed a management contract with owner Al Bandary Hotel Management to create Centara Grand West Bay Hotel Doha, in the city’s newly-developed West Bay district.

Centara Hotels & Resorts owns or manages 48 deluxe and first-class properties across all of the major tourist destinations in Thailand, as well as a further 25 hotels and resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Laos, Oman, Turkey and China. Read more

Thai universities rise in rankings

April 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

LONDON, 29 April 2015: With the addition of six new subjects, specialised strengths in Thailand’s higher education system are evident in the 36 disciplines covered in the  QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today at

Thailand’s Kasetsart University ranks 39th worldwide for agriculture & forestry studies. This is the highest Thai ranking.

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MH cuts fares to Australia

April 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 28 April 2015: Malaysia Airlines sells promotional fares for travel from Thailand to Australia until the end of this year.

The promotional one-way fares, inclusive of taxes and fees, are for departures from Bangkok, Phuket or Krabi and start at THB8,145 to Perth, THB8,740 to Darwin, and THB9,885 toAdelaide.

Other Australian cities are covered: THB10,455 to Melbourne, THB10,795 to Sydney, and THB10,910 to Brisbane. Read more

Air talks between Cambodia and Indonesia

PHNOM PENH, 28 April 2015: Cambodia’s and Indonesia’s leaders have discussed proposals that would provide a direct air link between the two nations to boost trade and tourism.

Phnom Penh Post reported that Cambodia’s Prime Minister, Hun Sen and Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, discussed establishing a direct airline link during a meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum East Asia in Jakarta last week.

No specifics were given and even if the two leaders succeed in opening the door for direct airline routes it is not certain that any airlines would take up the option for scheduled services. There could be some interest in charter flights sold to Indonesian tourists. However, the main tourist attraction would be Siem Reap, home to the Angkor Historical Park, rather than the capital Phnom Penh.

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AirAsia fills TAAX gap to Sapporo

April 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 28 April 2015: Thai AirAsia will operate a new service, Bangkok to Sapporo, in Japan, using an AirAsia X (Malaysian) aircraft 1 to 31 May.

The move is a temporary measure to serve passengers who had pre-paid for flights to Sapporo during May. There is a Japanese ban on new services operated by Thai registered airlines following the failure of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation to meet ICAO safety protocols.

Thai AirAsia X said in its statement that  the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB)’s stopped Thai-based airlines from operating charter flights, applying for additional flights or adding any new routes, effective 29 March. Thai AirAsia X has been working closely with both relevant Thai government agencies and JCAB to resolve the situation  for passengers who had booked and pre-paid for flights up to the end of May.

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Myanmar sets a hot pace for tourism

April 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 28 April 2015: Myanmar’s tourism master plan has 21 projects that are critically important to help the country grow its tourism at an impressive pace through to 2020.

Tourism Promotion and International Relations Department director, Daw Khin Than Win, told Global New Light of Myanmar that 12 projects identified in the master plan are being undertaken by Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in cooperation with development partners.

“A project for tourism development in the Bagan region in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and another focusing on Mawlamyine and Kyaik-hto regions in cooperation with Asian Development Bank are among the ongoing tasks that will run for the next two or three years.”

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Season II: Thailand Extreme MakeOver

April 28, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 28 April 2015: To boost Thailand’s medical tourism segment, the Tourism Authority of Thailand invites tourists to participate in the  “Thailand Extreme MakeOver Season II”.

The competition gives participant the chance to win cash, a beauty transformation and travel in Thailand for free.

Thailand is a top destination for medical treatments and check ups due its world-class facilities and high standard of medical staff to ensure the quality of treatments and services.

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Singapore’s Changi makes March gains

April 28, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 28 April 2015: Singapore’s Changi Airport recorded 4.54 million passenger movements in March, 0.9% higher than a year ago.

Aircraft movements were 1.2% fewer with 28,800 landings and take-offs, and cargo movements fell 4.2% to 162,700 tonnes.

During the month, traffic to and from Southwest Pacific and South Asia registered growths of 8% and 4.9% respectively.

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