EVA launches early bird promo

September 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 September 2015: EVA Air launches its “Economy Advance Purchase Promotion” for travel to selected destinations in North America.

The promotion is valid for travel, 22 November ,to the end of September next year.

Passengers will need to purchase tickets at least 60 days before the outbound flight and booking must be confirmed by 20 November this year.

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More fees for passengers to pay

September 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 29 September 2015: Airports of Thailand’s board of directors approved, last week, a plan to introduce a THB35 extra charge to fund its Advance Passenger Processing System (APPS) effective 1 December.

Passengers will be subsidising the investment cost of APPS at six airports under AoT, but there has been plenty of criticism on social media channels that AoT should not burden the country’s travellers who are already paying numerous fees and surcharges to airports and airlines.

AoT chairman, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, confirmed that the THB35 passenger security screening charge would be imposed, 1 December, at its six managed airports — Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket and Hat Yai.

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Turkish to fly nonstop to Vietnam

September 29, 2015 by  
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HANOI, 29 September 2015: Turkish Airlines plans to operate nonstop flights from Istanbul to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, Vietnam, by July next year.

Tuoi Tre News quoted the airline CEO, Temel Kotil, saying direct routes will cut the inconvenience of flying via Bangkok.

The airline believes it can generate enough passenger traffic to justify the nonstop services. It hopes to offer four flights weekly to HCMC and three to Hanoi. It will start with HCMC, which is the main commercial and tourism city in Vietnam.

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Laos-China railway to begin soon

September 29, 2015 by  
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VIENTIANE, 29 September 2015: Construction of a railway linking Laos and China, destined to stretch to ASEAN neighbours, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore, should begin in November this year.

Vientiane Times quoted Minister of Public Works and Transport Bounchanh saying if things go as planned construction of the railway could start as early as November and take about five years to complete.

The project will connect the Lao capital of Vientiane with the Chinese border, near Luang Namtha, at a distance of 417 km. It will pass through Luang Prabang and through mountain ranges providing the Chinese construction teams with a formidable challenge.

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Globus offers 15% discounts

September 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 September 2015: Globus Family of Brands officially launched its 2016 Europe packages earlier this month.

Headquartered in Lugano Switzerland, GFOB has two coach touring brands available in the Thai outbound travel market. Positioned as first-class touring Globus packages include stays at hotels such as ​ Hilton and Sofitel​. Tour buses are WIFI-enabled.

In the second tier, Cosmos, is positioned more as a budget brand and is known for its reliable year-round departures and the use of good quality but lower-priced hotels.

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Anantara hands guests a smartphone

September 29, 2015 by  
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BANGKOK 29 September 2015: Both Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort are offering  complimentary smartphones called “handy” in all guest rooms.

They are the first hotels in Thailand to offer the service.

The handy phone is preloaded with destination specific features to provide tips for leisure and business travellers.

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Work begins on luxury tent resort

September 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

GEROKGAK, BULELENG, 29 September 2015: The groundbreaking of a tented resort on the coast of North Bali opposite Menjangan Island took place, last week, with local officials, company directors and government officials attending the event, hosted by the owning company; PT Prapat Agung.

The all-tented resort will provide a different experience from other resorts in Bali” commented company president and director, Sandy Rachmat.

The resort named Menjangan Dynasty Resort, Beach Camp and Dive Centre is scheduled to open in August 2016 and will be managed by Prime Plaza Hotels and Resorts.

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Haze troubles Singapore

September 29, 2015 by  
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SINGAPORE, 29 September 2015: The haze in Singapore deteriorated, Monday as a shift in the prevailing winds carried denser haze from Sumatra.

The National Environment Agency’s summary for Tuesday forecast that the haze would continue in the “mid to high very unhealthy range.”

The 24-hr PSI level on Monday was 138 to 197, in the Unhealthy range. However as of Tuesday morning the PSI level was averaging 170 and worsened reaching into the high 200s by late afternoon.

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Singapore top races end

September 29, 2015 by  
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SINGAPORE, 29 September 2015: The two crown jewels of the Singapore horse racing scene have been “discontinued”, the gambling-obsessed island’s turf operator said Monday.

The SGD3.0 million (USD2.1 million) Singapore Airlines (SIA) International Cup and the SGD1.0 million KrisFlyer International Sprint have achieved their objectives and will no longer be held, the Singapore Turf Club said in a statement.

Among the objectives was “branding Singapore races internationally and uplifting the quality of Singapore horses and Singapore racing”, the statement said.

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Thailand’s great firewall under attack

September 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 September 2015: Thailand’s junta is facing growing opposition over plans to introduce a single Internet gateway for the country to make it easier to monitor the web and block content.

Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition against the proposal, which has been dubbed the “Great Firewall of Thailand” — a play on China’s draconian Internet censorship programme — by commentators, analysts and netizens.

News of the proposal first emerged last week when a cabinet order was unearthed by a Thai programmer and spread on social media.

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