Yangon park now a landmark

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 23 December 2015: Yangon Heritage Trust awarded a blue plaque to Maha Bandoola Park in Kyauktada township, Yangon, to distinguish it as one of the city’s top architectural landmarks.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported the Blue Plaque is the 10th that the Trust has granted in the city. Other recent additions were the Government Technical Institute (GTI) and the Lawkanat Building.

Blue Plaques are permanent signs installed at a public place to commemorate a link between the location and a famous person, event, or landmark. They serve as a kind of historical marker. Read more

Vietjet adds Airbus A320

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

HO CHI MINH CITY, 23 December 2015: Vietjet took delivery of another A320, late last week, making it the 30th aircraft in the low-cost airline’s fleet.

Vietjet has a standing order for purchases and leases of 100 aircraft from Airbus.

Currently, the airline operates 190 flights daily from gateway cities in Vietnam. Read more

Road safety in the headlights

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 December 2015: A road accident in North Thailand that claimed the lives of 13 Malaysian tourists, last Sunday, serves to illustrate the dangers of overland travel.

The tragedy  prompted officials to say they will intensify efforts to crackdown on drunk and reckless drivers during the festive season.

Tourism  is a major source of revenue for Thailand popularly tagged a world-class destination, but the safety of overland travel is far from world-class according to World Health Organisation’s data on road deaths. It is, in fact, the second worst country for road deaths in the world.

Although,  foreign tourist arrivals continue to increase, there is a threat to the quality of the overland journey in Thailand due to an absence of road safety compliance, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and a serious deficiency in mindfulness for other road users. Read more

Thai Smile flies to Siem Reap

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 23 December 2015: Thai Smile will launch services from Thailand’s Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) to Siem Reap in Cambodia effective 1 February next year.

It will offer 10 weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday using a 168-seat Airbus A320-200 on the route.

Siem Reap is a home to the famed Angkor temples, the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia. The destination is packed with  tourist hotels, five-star resorts, restaurants and businesses all living off tourism drawn to the towns famed Angkor Historical Park. Read more

Thailand hits 29 million visits

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 December 2015: Thailand will welcome its 29 millionth visitor today at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, exceeding the country’s target of 28.8 million set for the entire year.

With eight days to the New Year countdown, 31 December, it is now very likely the country will close the year  200,000 short of 30 million tourist arrivals.

Considering the global economic woes, security scares and a deadly bomb attack at a Bangkok tourist venue, earlier in the year, the performance is nothing short of incredible. Read more

Smart Traveller Asia

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 23 December 2015: With just a few weeks to go to Smart Traveller Asia 201,  the organisers have released details of speakers that will be taking the podium in Hong Kong, 26 to 27 January.

The list includes speakers from  Shangri-La, Hotel Quickly, Cordis Hotels, Kayak.com, Zuji and Japan Airlines.

They will be speaking at Smart Traveller Asia to start the year off discussing the shifting mobile travel landscape and what end users really want from travel brands. Read more

Tuk-Tuk: What a beauty

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 23 December 2015: A Tuk-Tuk costume won the day for Miss Universe Thailand 2015, Aniporn Chalermburanawong, who took home the Best National Costume Award at the Miss Universe Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, last week.

Aniporn or “Nat,” the 21-year-old contestant from Lampang, also advanced to the last 10 of the pageant’s finalists.

TAT partly sponsored the creation of the dress as part of its strategy to promote Thailand’s tourism. The dress’ creator, Hirankrit Pattaraboriboonkul, took the inspiration from one of the most iconic symbols of Bangkok streets and incorporated it with engineering precision, 3D imaging technology, and high fashion couture craftsmanship to create the winning national costume. Read more

Mövenpick grows in Southeast Asia

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Hospitality, News

HONG KONG, 23 December 2015: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts is expanding in Southeast Asia with two new properties set to open in Malaysia and Vietnam by 2018.

The Swiss hospitality firm has signed a deal to manage the 30-storey Mövenpick Hotel Kota Bharu, a 453-key five-star resort in Kelantan, a state under rapid transformation on the country’s east coast. This takes the group’s portfolio in Malaysia to three properties strong, with an upcoming hotel in Kuala Lumpur and a beachfront resort in Terengganu.

In the same year, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will open Mövenpick Resort Cam Ranh Bay, an integrated beachfront resort located in Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam, spanning some 20 hectares and featuring 250 rooms, 100 residences and 100 villas. This will be the fourth Mövenpick hotel in Vietnam. Read more

Festive season time out

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 23 December 2015: The year-end holiday season is underway with Christmas celebrations followed a week later with mega countdown events to mark the New Year across destination in Southeast Asia.

TTR Weekly takes a break for its daily news cover over Christmas and New Year.

We will be back 4 January with business-day news updates on travel in Southeast Asia and particularly the Mekong Region. Read more

Airlines make record profits in 2015

December 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

OTTAWA, 23 December 2015: The world’s airlines are expected to post a collective record USD60 billion in profits this year, according to preliminary figures released by the UN aviation agency on Tuesday.

Final figures will be released in July 2016.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which represents some 1,400 commercial airlines around the world, said a 6.4% increase in the number of passengers from 2014 and a 40% decline in jet fuel costs contributed to the industry’s profits. Read more

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