Better revenue with barcodes

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

LUANG PRABANG, 29 May 2015: Luang Prabang province will extend a barcodes system to more places to make it easier for tourists to pay entrance fees at popular attractions.

Lao News Agency reported the barcode system has already been installed at two popular tourist sights – The National Museum (Old Palace) and Kuang Si Waterfall – earlier this year. It generated more income than before the system was installed, probably because it eliminated an opportunity to pilfer.

Luang Prabang Finance Department, Somnith Khomthavong, said: “The barcode system installed at Luang Prabang’s museum (Old Palace) has helped increase income collection to almost USD186,000. When compared to the previous year, the income generated this year represents an increase of 32%.”

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Vietnam promises easier visas

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 May 2015: Vietnam’s government has simplified immigration requirements for international visitors in the wake of tour operator complaints that claimed procedures were driving away tourists.

Local media reported Deputy Prime Minister, Vu Duc Dam, who said he recently approved a plan to remove hindrances in the issue of visas for foreign travellers.

International travellers entitled to visa exemption for a 15-day stay in Vietnam will be allowed to stay for up to 30 days if they can fulfil certain conditions. They need to show a valid roundtrip air-ticket and a package tour schedules. Their extension must be guaranteed by the travel agency handling their travel itinerary.

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Garuda betters low-cost airline fares

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Indonesian flag carrier, Garuda, is discounting fares to Indonesia for travel until the end of October this year.

The promotion sells roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes and fuel surcharges, ex-Bangkok, starting at THB9,630 to Jakarta.

It represents the lowest fare on the route undercutting even low-cost airline Thai AirAsia by slightly less than THB1,000.

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Visakha Bucha Day

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Festivals, News

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Visakha Bucha Day, 1 June, is an important religious festival in the Buddhist calendar, falling usually in May on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month.

When a year has an extra eighth lunar month –Adhikamasa (13 full moons in the year) – Visakha Bucha Day falls on the full moon day of the seventh lunar month (June).

This year the religious holiday will be celebrated Monday, 1 June. It is public holiday in many ASEAN countries; Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore.

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Hotel.com honours top hotels

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Hotels.com has introduced a new programme that recognises hotels that have achieved excellent to outstanding guest review ratings from customers around the world.

The ratings are based on customer opinions posted on the website with reference to their hotel stays.

In the first phase, Hotels.com has identified more than 6,400 boutique properties in 117 countries that have achieved an average guest review rating of 4.5 or higher (out of 5).

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TG cuts cost of summer travel

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Thai Airways International has introduced two promotional fares to cut the cost of summer travel to Europe.

“Europe 2gether” is valid for travel with a minimum of two adults at a starting fare of THB30,200 per person.

“Family & Friends to Europe GV4” is for travel with four adults and has a per person fare of THB29,200.

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Trivago tracks best booking times

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 29 May 2015: New research from hotel comparison site, trivago.co.uk, shows that in general, hotels should be booked approximately one month in advance to secure the lowest prices.

Contrary to popular opinion, booking further in advance is generally more expensive. Although rates increase closer to the travel date, they generally do not reach the same rate quoted two to three months in advance.

A trivago graph shows that cheapest rates are available one month up front. There is little difference between booking two months in advance and booking on the day of departure, making last-minute travel a cost effective option. Planning in advance rarely pays off, with rates at their highest and average savings at their lowest over two months in advance. Read more

Routes organises first Middle East event

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

MANCHESTER, 29 May 2015: The inaugural Routes Middle East & Africa will open this weekend in Manama, capital city of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The event takes place 31 May to 2 June hosted by Bahrain Airport Company the operator of Bahrain International Airport.

Routes Middle East & Africa will bring together over 300 delegates from across Africa and the Middle East to =discuss route development opportunities across the region.

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Germany sent to EU court

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BRUSSELS, 29 May 2015: The EU referred Germany to court, Thursday, for failing to regularly monitor security measures at some airports, but said it was not related to the Germanwings crash.

Germany failed to act on repeated requests from Brussels to comply with EU law on airport security and the case will now go to the European Court of Justice, the European Commission said.

“Inspections by the Commission have shown that Germany does not comply with the minimum frequency and the scope of controls required under EU legislation,” the Commission said in a statement.

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Etihad’s profits soar

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 29 May 2015: Etihad Airways net profits surged by more than half in 2014 to USD73 million, the Abu Dhabi-based carrier said Thursday, buoyed by increased passenger numbers and further expansion into the European market.

Revenue for the fast-growing carrier rose 26.7% to USD7.6 billion, with net profits increasing 52.1% from USD48 million in 2013, Etihad said in a statement.

The airline said it carried 14.8 million passengers in 2014, up 22.3% from the year before, when it transported 12.1 million passengers.

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