TG warms up winter deals

August 31, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 31 August 2015: Thai Airways International launches its “Goodbye Summer” promotion that covers travel within Thailand and to selected regional and international destinations until the end of March next year.

The promotion sells roundtrip fares, exclusive of airport taxes, ex-Bangkok, to Mekong region destinations starting at THB3,400 to Mandalay, THB3,690 to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, and THB3,885 to Yangon. A THB4,855 fare is on sale to Phnom Penh, Vientiane and Luang Prabang.

Other ASEAN destinations are also covered. Fares start at THB3,675  to Kuala Lumpur and Penang, THB4,755 to Singapore, THB6,985 Denpasar and Jakarta and THB8,825 Manila.

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Developers look for sites in Yangon

August 31, 2015 by  
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YANGON, 31 August 2015: Myanmar Investment Commission says the relocation of five cancelled real estate projects planned for sites close to Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda will be finalised by the end of the year.

Irrawaddy media quoted MIC secretary, Aung Naing Oo, saying investors would be given alternative plots in Yangon to compensate for the government’s  cancellation order last July.

However the news channel said government officials were demanding that developers first find suitable sites by negotiating with government departments that own most of the prime spots in the city.

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Ministry dusts off insurance scheme

August 31, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 31 August 2015: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says it will revive a proposal that would require independent international travellers to buy travel insurance when visiting Thailand.

The proposal was first introduced, last year, but was not given the kind of support the ministry was expecting. In fact, it was lambasted by the country’s travel industry for proposing an unwieldy, unmanageable scheme that was for the majority of visitors redundant. Travel leaders, in the private sector, argued that most tourists took out their own insurance before they left their homelands.

But the 17 August bomb attack at the Erawan Shrine that left 20 dead of which 11 were tourists has prompted an urgent rethink.

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Chinese top visits to Laos

August 31, 2015 by  
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VIENTIANE, 31 August 2015: Chinese visitors represent the third largest segment of foreign visitors to Lao PDR, following visitors from Thailand and Vietnam.

In the not-so-distant future it is very likely that China will surpass  Thailand and Vietnam as the top supply market for travel.

Lao News Agency quoted Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Chaleun Warinthrasak, saying more than 420,000 Chinese tourists visited Laos in 2014, representing an increase of 72% from 2013.

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Nok builds its own fleet

August 31, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 August 2015: Nok Air took delivery of its first direct-purchased aircraft, a 737-800 from Boeing.

It will take deliver of 14 more aircraft from the US aircraft manufacturer.

In the past, its fleet was made up of aircraft leased from its major shareholder Thai Airways International or from leasing firms in the region.

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Thai Skal presidents head north

August 31, 2015 by  
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CHIANG MAI, 31 August 2015: Thailand’s Skål Club presidents travel to Chiang Mai 10 October for a their national commttee meeting and a dinner hosted by the northern city’s club.

They will update Skål members on the bid to host the annual Skål International Congress in 2017. Bangkok is competing with Hyderabad, India, the only other contender shortlisted, to host the prestigious event that attracts around 1,000 travel leaders from the private sector.

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Qatar Airways shamed into action

August 31, 2015 by  
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DOHA, 31 August 2015: Qatar Airways was shamed into relaxing its policy of sacking cabin crew for getting pregnant or marrying in their first five years of employment, a labour federation said Thursday, while welcoming the move.

“Qatar Airways has been shamed into action, and that’s a tremendous advance,” International Transport Workers Federation president Paddy Crumlin said in a statement.

“No amount of hiding behind ‘best airline’ awards has kept the truth about how staff are treated from emerging.”

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Chinese keep on spending

August 31, 2015 by  
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SINGAPORE, 31 August 2015: China’s currency devaluation and slowing economy have caused enormous turmoil in world financial markets, but they have not really bothered tourists like Henry Lee.

Not yet, at least.

“I don’t even know what the exchange rate is,” the 36-year-old technology entrepreneur from Beijing admitted.

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Air China profits leap

August 31, 2015 by  
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SHANGHAI, 31 August 2015: Air China, the country’s flag carrier, said its net profit surged more than 720% year-on-year in the first half of 2015, supported by lower fuel prices.

The company made net profits of 4.19 billion yuan (USD655 million) in the first half, up strongly from 510.37 million yuan in the same period last year, it said in a statement filed to the Hong Kong stock exchange late Thursday.

“The global aviation industry was generally healthy with sustained growth in demand and relatively low fuel prices,” Air China said, adding a recovery in the world economy and a “steady” Chinese economy supported the company.

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Police interrogate bomb suspect

August 31, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 31 August 2015: Police in Thailand are scrambling to find accomplices as they interrogate a foreign man whom investigators say is linked to the deadly bomb blast at Bangkok’s Erawan religious shrine.

His arrest on Saturday is the first major success since the unprecedented and unclaimed 17 August attack that killed 20 people, mostly ethnic Chinese from across Asia.

More than 120 people were in injured in the attack.

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