TG sells Europe stopovers

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 30 November 2015: Thai Airways International offers “Europe Happiness Stopovers” promotional fares for travel to Europe using codeshare or interline agreements.

The fares are available until the end of March, next year, for both bookings and travel. Fares save 15%.

The promotional fares are valid from Bangkok  on TG’s three digit flights to four cities in Europe.

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Vietnam upgrades floating market

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

CAN THO, 30 November 2015: Vietnam’s Can Tho City’s People’s Committee has approved a project to restore and improve the Cai Rang floating market in Cai Rang district.

Submitted by the district’s People’s Committee, the project will upgrade facilities, while adding new features at the market according to the vice chairman, Ngo Anh Tin,

It will involve installing new moorings for boats, landing jetties, and building a new floating restaurant. Read more

Lights shine on Ratchaprasong

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 November 2015: The second edition of Thailand Kingdom of Light will be hosted 15 December to 5 January 2016 in the tourist district of Ratchaprasong.

Thailand Kingdom of Light is organised by the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, Amsterdam Light Festival, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways International and Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association.

TCEB’s Strategic and Business Development vice president, Supawan Teerarat, said the event will improve the image of the downtown shopping district. Read more

Cambodia and Russia sign air accord

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 30 November 2015: Cambodia and Russia signed an air transport services agreement, last week, that will facilitate direct flights between the two countries.

Phnom Penh Post reported representatives from both countries signed the agreement in the presence of Prime Minister Hun Sen and visiting Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the Peace Palace.

There have been no direct flights between the two countries since Russia’s national airline, Aeroflot, ended flights between Moscow and Phnom Penh in the early 1990s. Currently, travellers must fly via neighbouring countries such as Vietnam or Thailand. Read more

Trains booked in two clicks

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Technology

BANGKOK, 30 November 2015: A new airport express module has been added to the Amadeus selling platform that will allow travel agencies to include an airport express train ticket in a traveller’s PNR booking.

The airport express train transfer can be bundled with other bookings such as hotel rooms to bring the ‘door-to-door booking experience’ one step closer to reality.

Airport express providers run transport links between airports and city centres and are a popular option for airline travellers who prefer trains to the more expensive taxi transfers.

Heathrow Express is the first to implement this service and will be followed by AirTrain in Brisbane early next year. Read more

Carlson expands in Vietnam

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 30 November 2015: Carlson Rezidor signed a management contract, last week, with Eurowindow Nha Trang Investment and Tourism Joint Stock Company to manage the Radisson Blu Cam Ranh Bay.

Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019, the beachfront property is one of a cluster of tourism and hotel developments now underway along the Cam Ranh Bay coastline.

“As we grow across Asia-Pacific, we are pleased to expand our footprint in Vietnam and in a segment that is currently underserved in the region,” said Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group president, Asia Pacific, Thorsten Kirschke. Read more

LH signs off on wage rise

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BERLIN, 30 November 2015: German carrier Lufthansa, reeling under a series of recent strikes, said over the weekend it had reached a wage rise accord with services sector union Verdi covering 30,000 ground staff.

The accord gives a one-off payment of 2,250 euros (USD2,350) and a 2.2% wage rise to ground staff and employees of IT subsidiary Lufthansa Systems, Lufthansa Service catering, Lufthansa Technik maintenance and Lufthansa Cargo freight service, the airline and Verdi said.

The collective bargaining accord runs to the end of 2017. Read more

Indonesian airports on alert

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 30 November 2015: Indonesia has increased security at all of its airports after a threat was directed at an airport serving the capital Jakarta, last week.

Security has been beefed up at airports across the ASEAN region.

Enhanced security procedures have been in place for one week with sniffer dogs checking cargo and luggage. Read more

Hong Kong dolphins disappear

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 30 November 2015: Hong Kong seeks to expand its international airport and with a major new bridge project under way, campaigners warn that the dwindling number of much-loved pink dolphins in surrounding waters may disappear altogether.

Conservationists say their repeated concerns have fallen on deaf ears, with what they describe as a “rapid” decline of the mammal in the past few decades.

The Chinese white dolphin — popularly known as the pink dolphin due to its pale pink colouring — draws scores of tourists daily to the waters north of Hong Kong’s Lantau island. Read more

New York safe to visit

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 30 November 2015: New York is reassuring tourists that America’s biggest city is safe as it prepares to welcome more than 5 million visitors for the busy holiday season after the Paris attacks.

The winter tourism season officially kicked off with a Thanksgiving Parade, last week, where hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets to watch the three-hour event amid tight security.

After the Paris attacks, 13 November an Islamic State group propaganda video broadcast images of New York from Times Square. US authorities hit back that there was no credible threat against the city or anywhere else in the United States. Read more

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