Ministry focuses on health tourism

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 May 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says health tourism could generate more revenue and attract high spend travellers to visit the country.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said health tourism is divided into two segments namely medical and wellness tourism. Both would help to boost the country’s overall revenue.

“About 7 to 8 million international visitors travel for off-shore medical treatment annually…of that 1.2 million visit Thailand…the country has strong potential in terms of service standards, modern technology, professional medical providers on par with Singapore in terms of international certification and offers lower medical costs than India.” Read more

Cambodia tough on smokers

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 30 May 2016: Cambodia will ramp up effort to end smoking in public places by imposing fines on both individuals and businesses, effective this September.

Phnom Penh Post reported that the Ministry of Health will run a campaign to explain  recent legislation that bans smoking in public places. Once the campaign ends the law will be strictly enforced against smokers and establishments, mainly restaurants and hotels.  Fines will be imposed from 16 September.

Under the sub-decree, approved in March, establishments will face a USD12.50 fine if they fail to put up no smoking signs, or they provide ashtrays for customers. Smokers will be fined USD5. Read more

Laos and Japan mull air services

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 30 May 2016: Laos and Japan have exchanged diplomatic documents in a follow up procedure linked to an Air Service Agreement between the two countries signed last year.

Vientiane Times reported the exchange of documents took place in Vientiane, last week, that should expand cooperation in aviation and lead to direct air services between Laos and Japan.

The exchange of documents follows the signing of the Air Service Agreement in Vientiane, last year, which commemorated the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Laos and Japan. Read more

TG sells fares for Japan

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK,30 May 2016: Thai Airways International offers promotional fares for two passengers travelling together to selected destinations in Japan until the end of July this year.

The “Hello Japan for Two” starts with a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, ex-Bangkok, at THB15,385 to Fukuoka.

A THB16,930 fare sells to Nagoya, THB16,945 to Narita, THB16,965 to Haneda, THB17,085 to Osaka and THB21,480 to Sapporo. Read more

PATA honours former TAT governor

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 30 May 2016: Former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Phornsiri Manoharn, has been honoured with a life membership award by the Pacific Asia Travel Association in recognition of her contribution to PATA and the regional tourism industry.

Phornsiri, who headed the TAT between 2007 to 2009, received the award at the PATA Annual Summit, mid-May, at the association’s annual summit in Guam. PATA celebrated its 65th anniversary this year.

“I would like to pay tribute to the memory of the late General Chalermchai Charuvastr, who was the first director general of what was then known as the Tourist Organisation of Thailand (1960 to 1976),” she said at the close of the award ceremony. Read more

Flower show in Putrajaya

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Festivals, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 May 2016: Putrajaya FLORIA or Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2016 opened, last Friday, attracting a record attendance of garden enthusiasts and tourists on the opening day.

The annual flower show will remain open to the public through to 4 June.

This year’s theme is Magical World of FLORIA, featuring the Chrysanthemum. Read more

Lufthansa drops Venezuela flight

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 30 May 2016: German airline Lufthansa said Sunday it will suspend flights to Venezuela from next month owing to the economic crisis in the country.

“We have decided to suspend the service between Frankfurt and Caracas for the time being as from 17 June,” a company spokesman told AFP.

The three weekly service, was Lufthansa’s only flight between Germany and Venezuela, he said, adding that it was not clear at this point when it would resume. Read more

Passengers escape KAL fire

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SEOUL, 30 May 2016: Passengers of a Korean Air plane recalled the terrifying moment one of the aircraft’s twin engines caught fire as it was gaining speed for take-off at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

All 302 passengers and 17 crew were evacuated safely from the Korean Air Boeing 777 on Friday, escaping down the plane’s inflatable evacuation slides to the runway.

“As the plane was picking up speed to take off, there was a bang and I saw a plume of black smoke rising from the wing,” Keum Min-Woo, 34, told journalists after the passengers arrived in Seoul on an alternative flight late Friday. Read more

Turkey’s tourism takes a tumble

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

ISTANBUL, 30 May 2016: Tourist arrivals to Turkey crashed by almost 30% in April as visitors stayed away due to security fears following a wave of attacks and tensions with Russia, statistics showed Friday.

The fall was the steepest monthly decrease for 17 years and raises new concerns about the health of the industry heading into the crucial summer season.

Some 1.75 million foreigners visited Turkey in April, down 28.07% on April 2015, the tourism ministry said in its latest release. Read more

Thai boat accident kills four tourists

May 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 May 2016: The body of a British man missing for four days after a tourist speedboat crashed in southern Thailand was found Sunday on rocks close to where the boat went down, bringing the death toll to four.

The vessel, which was carrying 32 tourists plus four crew, capsized Thursday afternoon after it was slammed by a wave near a rocky stretch of coast off Samui Island, a popular tourist destination in the Gulf of Thailand.

The accident threw all of the passengers overboard, trapping some under the ship’s hull. Read more

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