Lion plays catch up with Nok

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

BANGKOK, 28 August 2015: Thai Lion Air could surpass Nok Air in fleet strength, next year, when it adds 10 more aircraft, according to Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation’s recent analysis.

CAPA said the carrier is slated to add five more 737-800s by the end of this year and 10 additional aircraft are planned for 2016 – a yet to be determined mix of 737-800s and 737-900ERs. This would give Thai Lion a fleet of 30 aircraft by the end of 2015.

Nok’s current fleet plan says it will have 32 aircraft by the end of 2016. But this includes 10 turboprops and 22 737-800s and that gives the airline a maximum of 4,978 available seats.

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Myanmar lacks signposts

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 28 August 2015: The Union of Myanmar Tourism Association is worried foreign tourists visiting Myanmar could lose their way due to a lack of signposts.

Myanmar Business Today, Wednesday, ran the news snippet quoting UMTA central executive committee member, Aung Myat Kyaw, saying international tourists ,who travel by themselves, face considerable inconvenience as there are not enough signs pointing the way to tourist attractions.

“Once foreign tourists leave the major tourist destinations  they will not find signposts written in English… there are few signpost even in our own language in some places,” the association chief commented.

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Swiss slashes Euro fares

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 28 August 2015: Swiss International Airlines offers promotional fares for travel to selected Europe destinations, September to mid-December, this year.

Ex-Bangkok, the promotion sells economy roundtrip fares, inclusive of airport taxes and fees at THB27,860 to Moscow and THB27,900 to Geneva.

A THB28,065 fare is on offer to Milan, THB29,595 to Tel Aviv and THB32,720 to London.

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Luang Prabang seeks investors

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

LUANG PRABANG, 28 August 2015: Laos says it will focus on attracting tourism investment to Luang Prabang province to boost tourist arrivals, but there are concerns that very little of the revenue will benefit the local community.

Lao News Agency reported the government has spent just USD650,000 developing tourist attractions in Luang Prabang, which is a paltry figure considering the revenue tourism earns in taxes.

Luang Prabang Department of Information, Culture and Tourism head, Ounchanh Souvannalith, said over the past five years, the government has approved nine projects that will improve 228 tourist sites. These included 86 cultural attractions, 108 natural tourist sites, and 34 historical tourist attractions.

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Chiang Mai travel fair opens

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 28 August 2015: The Time To Travel show opened, Wednesday, at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport, a consumer travel fair organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Office in Chiang Mai.

Local travel media consultant and travel writer, Reinhard Hohler, attended the opening ceremony and alerted expatriate residents  to a show they would have probably never heard of otherwise.

The main objective of the show was to sell travel to Chiang Mai residents with booths presenting products from around Thailand and even Malaysia.

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Accor expands Pullman in China

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SINGAPORE, 28 August 2015: Accor Hotels and Yichang Xin Hua Yuan Real Estate announced the signing of Pullman Yichang, Wednesday, the first Pullman hotel in Hubei Province, China.

The 250-room new-build hotel will open in the middle of 2018.

Steeped in history, Yichang is the second-largest in Hubei Province after Wuhan, and an important transportation hub. Read more

TAT welcomes 20th million visitor

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 28 August 2015: Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged by 1 million in just 10 days marked by the arrival of the country’s 20th million visitor Thursday.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand claims it showed that the widely projected temporary downturn in arrivals following the 17 August attack at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok had failed to materialise.

The 20 millionth visitor, Shoji Omori from Japan, was given the traditional surprise welcome at Suvarnabhumi Airport by executives and representatives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International, the Immigration Bureau, Airports of Thailand and True Corporation.

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Singaporeans are travel junkies

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 28 August 2015: Visa’s latest Global Travel Intentions Study 2015 shows travellers from Singapore take more leisure holidays than their global peers, and travel more with their families.

The study showed that 95% of Singaporeans have travelled abroad for leisure in the past two years, higher than the Asia Pacific (84%) and global averages (76%), according to the study.

Singapore travellers also cite leisure as their main purpose of travel for their most recent trips (85%) compared to their counterparts in Asia Pacific (76%) and globally (69%).

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PG garners award

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 28 August 2015: SmartTravelAsia.Com’s latest travel poll “Best in Travel 2015” named Bangkok Airways as one of the top ten airlines, worldwide.

The airline was also ranked 5th for cabin service worldwide in the annual awards.

SmartTravelAsia.Com, based in Hong Kong, is a leading travel information website for travel consumers in the region. Read more

Youngest bomb victim flies home

August 28, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

HONG KONG, 28 August 2015: A nine-year-old girl left seriously injured by a bomb which killed 20 people at a Bangkok shrine — the youngest person wounded by the blast — returned to Hong Kong Thursday.

The girl, named as Jasmine Chu by local media, flew back to her home city in the early hours of the morning, with her father saying that she had turned the corner in terms of her recovery.

Last week’s bombing at the Erawan shrine in the Thai capital’s commercial heart was the country’s worst single mass-casualty attack.

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