Agents need to study trends

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 29 February 2016: Association of Thai Travel Agents suggests travel firm should study travel trends more closely and harness the power of social media.

Speaking at the association’s monthly meeting, late last week, ATTA secretary Adit Chairattananont advised members to keep an eye on current travel trends to improve their business prospects.

“Today social media plays an important role…tourists rely on the internet to access travel information…tourism operators should use social media as a tool to present products and communicate with their customers.” Read more

MH cuts fares

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 29 February 2016: Malaysia Airlines is discounting fares for travel to selected destinations until the end of June this year.

The promotion sets one-way fares, inclusive of airport taxes, ex-Bangkok at THB4,520 to Kuala Lumpur and THB6,475 to Penang in Malaysia.

A THB6,200 fare is on offer to Singapore and THB8,100 to Manila in the Philippines. Read more

AirAsia X pulls out of dive

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, 29 February 2016: AirAsia X   announced Saturday it had achieved its first net profit after eight quarters of losses.

The long-haul low-cost airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group, released details of its latest financial results for the fourth quarter and its full financial year that ended 31 December 2015.

AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk, Kamarudin Meranun, commented on the business environment and outlook for the company: “During the year under review, the company took the biggest steps towards change since its inception, including business and organisational restructuring.” Read more

Vietjet teases with zero fares

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 29 February 2016: Vietjet is offering deep discounts on 2 million tickets in a week-long promotion that the airline claims leads off with zero fares.

The online promotion will run, 1 to 8 March and is valid for travel between 15 March to 31 December. The promotion is applicable on Vietjet’s domestic and international routes connecting Vietnam with Seoul, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok.

The zero fares are teasers to attract visits to the website and come with add-on costs in fees and surcharges. Read more

LATA calls for vehicle checks

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 29 February 2016: Lao Association of Travel Agencies (LATA) is urging transport authorities to ensure travel agencies conduct regular safety checks on ehicles following a tragic bus and minivan collision, last week, which killed four Korean tourists.

The road accident in Kasi district, Vientiane province, killed the Lao driver of a minivan in addition to the four Koreans and injured two other passengers. Another 22 passengers were injured in the bus involved in the collision.

Vientiane Times quoted LATA’s management committee, Somphong Dayviengxay, saying safety should be a top priority for all travel agencies. Read more

Emirates connects Mekong

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Mekong, News

YANGON, 29 February 2016: Emirates will launch a daily service from Dubai to Yangon (RGN) in Myanmar and Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam, starting 3 August.

The new service will link two Mekong Region destinations directly to the Dubai hub where passenger can transfer to flights to Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

If successful it will cut into Bangkok’s role as the main gateway to the Mekong Region.   Read more

Solar 2 ready to resume flight

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

GENEVA, 29 February 2016: The sun-powered plane Solar Impulse 2 has made a successful test flight in Hawaii, where it has been grounded for repairs on its round-the-world trek, the Swiss-based project said Saturday.

“The first Solar Impulse 2 maintenance flight took place on Friday 26 of February (and) was uneventful. The plane took off from Kalaeloa airport at 4:32PM UTC [GMT] with our test pilot, Markus Scherdel, in the cockpit, and landed at 6:05PM UTC,” it said on its blog.

Lasting an hour and a half and reaching an altitude of 8,000 feet (2,400 metres), the flight enabled technicians to run checks on the stabilisation and cooling system, “which both performed superbly,” the project said. Read more

London City Airport sold

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 29 February 2016: London City Airport, the closest air hub to the city’s financial district, is to be bought by a consortium of Canadian and Kuwaiti investors, the future owners said on last Friday.

The sale was announced by the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), and Wren House, an arm of the Kuwait Investment Authority.

The value of the sale by the airport’s current owner, American fund Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), was not disclosed. Read more

Another plane crashes in Nepal

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

KATHMANDU, 29 February 2016: Two pilots were killed when a small passenger plane crash landed in Nepal on Friday but all nine passengers survived, an airport official said.

It is not clear what caused the accident, which came two days after a Tara Air Twin Otter turboprop plane crashed into a mountainside in Nepal killing all 23 people on board.

A spokesman for the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu confirmed that a rescue team had confirmed all the passengers survived. A helicopter was used to airlift the injured for treatment. Read more

Waterfall adventure kills tourists

February 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 February 2016: Three British tourists found dead at the foot of a waterfall in Vietnam had slipped into a gorge and were swept by strong currents over the 20 metre falls, the director of a tour company told AFP Saturday.

The bodies of two women and one man were retrieved Friday by scores of aid workers who scrambled down cliffs abutting the tiered waterfalls outside of Dalat, a city nestled in Vietnam’s central highlands.

The Datanla falls are a popular spot for adventure tourists, with opportunities to rappel on the rocks and luge around the jungle park. Read more

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