Orient Thai cuts HK fare

October 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 29 October 2015: Orient Thai Airlines offers a promotional fare to Hong Kong until the end of November this year.

The promotion sells a roundtrip fare, inclusive of airport taxes, fees and surcharges, ex-Bangkok, (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Hong Kong starting at THB5,900.

Booking and travel periods are open until 30 November this year. Read more

Guilin wants air link with Cambodia

October 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

PHNOM PENH, 29 October 2015: Guilin City, in the north of China’s Guangxi province, hopes to establish more direct flights to and from Cambodia to open a new tourism market.

Khmer Times quoted Guilin Municipal Tourism Bureau deputy director, Zhang Zhihong, saying a steady rise in tourists from Southeast Asia, has prompted the bureau to push for direct flights from all major ASEAN cities, including Phnom Penh in Cambodia.

“About 10 airlines fly to Guilin city, including direct [international] flights from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Europe, and we are planning a direct flight from Cambodia.” Read more

Bags in fast lane

October 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 29 October 2015: Passengers passing through Vietnam’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport will benefit from a simplified baggage scan procedure due to implemented 15 November.

Tuoi Tre News reported that the Ministry of Transport has called on the agencies monitoring security and customs to combine the baggage procedure to cut the processing time at the airport and streamline services for passengers.

Currently, the airport terminal requires passengers to have their carry-on and checked luggage scanned by two separate machines under the supervision of airport security and customs. This frequently leads to delays during peak hours. Read more

THAI in top 10 ratings

October 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 29 October 2015: Thai Airways International gained recognition in the Top 10 for Best First Class Cabin and Top 10 for Best Long Haul Economy Class Cabin from AirlineRatings.com.

THAI product and guest experience department acting vice president, Busaba Sangkawibha, said currently the airline offers first class cabins on the airline’s Airbus A380-800s and Boeing 747-400s. Royal first class on both aircraft types offers 180-degree lie-flat beds.

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Sungrow event glows for Bangkok

October 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 29 October 2015: Sungrow, a leading PV-inverter manufacturers in the solar energy sector, concluded, last week,  its first major event in Southeast Asia, Forum Sungrow,  at the Peninsula Bangkok.

It underscores the fast recovery Bangkok has made in the months since the 17 August Erawan Shrine bomb.

Events and corporate meetings are returning with hotels reporting improvements in occupancy and advance bookings, through to early 2016. Read more

Medical tourism revenue grows

October 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 October 2015: Most of the medical tourists to the Asia-Pacific region are from Asia, the Middle East and Africa according to Frost & Sullivan’s latest research on medical tourism in the region.

Just a small proportion of medical tourist come from the US and Europe, the study noted.

Thailand is considered the leading medical tourism destination drawing business from neighbouring countries such as Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos. It is also strong in the Middle East and Nepal.

However, the study indicated that medical tourism in Malaysia and South Korea would grow faster than region’s leaders Singapore, Thailand and India, but from a lower revenue base.

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Seatrade upgrades website

October 29, 2015 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 29 October 2015: Seatrade Cruise Global launched anew website , Wednesday, for  its premier event, Seatrade Global 2016.

The site, http://www.seatradecruiseglobal.com, is the official online resource for the four-day conference and exhibition that has become the world’s top event for the cruise industry.

The 2016 edition marks a transition year for Seatrade Cruise Global (formerly Cruise Shipping Miami) as it moves to Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County Convention Centre, 14 to 17 March, 2016.

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China bid for Starwood?

October 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North America

NEW YORK, 29 October 2015: A trio of Chinese companies are consulting the Chinese government on a possible bid for US hotel giant Starwood, the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week.

Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels, HNA Group and sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp. have all expressed interest to the government in bidding for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, the Journal said, citing unnamed sources.

Starwood’s properties include the Sheraton, Westin and W hotel chains. The company currently has some 1,270 properties in 100 countries.

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Shanghai airport sanctioned

October 28, 2015 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 29 October 2015: Nearly half the flights leaving the main international airport of China’s commercial hub Shanghai were delayed in August, regulators said, punishing the facility by denying it new routes.

Air travel in the world’s most populous country has boomed as incomes rise, but the industry scores poorly for customer satisfaction and constant flight delays top the list of complaints.

The phenomenon is often blamed on the military, which controls most of the skies over the country.

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ANA profits soar

October 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

TOKYO, 29 October 2015: All Nippon Airways said Wednesday that its six-month net profit soared 51% as a jump in inbound tourism boosted its international business, while falling oil prices also help finances.

The airline has been given a lift by an expansion of landing slots at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, while a weak yen has been drawing record numbers of tourists to Japan.

ANA has been in a spat with its rival and one-time flag-carrier Japan Airlines (JAL) over the allocation of landing slots at Haneda, after JAL emerged from one of the nation’s biggest-ever bankruptcies following a government rescue. JAL reports its earnings later this week.

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