Cambodia eyes China market

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 30 June 2016: Cambodia government plans to create a specialised agency that will concentrate on improving the travel experience for Chinese tourists.

Phnom Penh Post quoted Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying the “China-ready” centre and accreditation system would support the goals of a white paper on China tourism that was released in January.

The document outlines strategies to capitalise on the rapid growth in Chinese inbound tourism, with the aim of drawing roughly 2 million Chinese tourists per year by 2020. Read more

Thai Cabinet approves seaboard expansion

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 June 2016: Thailand’s Cabinet has approved, Tuesday, a project to develop an Eastern Economic Corridor, mainly concentrating on the eastern seaboard north of Pattaya to Rayong.

The objective is to turn it ultimately into major economic zone in ASEAN.

According to the plan, Chonburi, Rayong and Chachoengsao will be turned into a high-tech industry cluster, that will ultimately be one of ASEAN’s leading economic zone for industrial, infrastructure and urban development. Read more

Hainan sells summer fares

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 30 June 2016: Hainan Airlines offers promotional fares for travel during the summer months to selected destinations until the end of September this year.

The promotion sells a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes, fees and fuel surcharges, ex-Bangkok, starting THB11,935 to Beijing.

Fares to destinations in the United States start at THB34,685 to San Jose and THB38,050 to Seattle. Read more

Halong Bay breaks records

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

QUANG NINH, 30 June 2016: The world’s longest cabin cable car system and the highest Ferris Wheel were inaugurated at Bai Chay tourist site, Halong city, in the northern province of Quang Ninh late last week.

Local media reports during the opening ceremony, 25 June, claimed representatives from Guinness World Records were present to provide certificates that recognised the cable car system as the world’s largest cabin cable car system and the Sun Wheel as the world’s highest Ferris wheel.

The cable car, which was designed based on consultations with the Austrian company Doppelmayr and Switzerland’s Garaventa, extends 2.2 km and can carry up to 230 persons per cabin. The pylon stands at a height of 188.88-metre above the ground. Read more

Thai Smile takes on more routes

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 June 2016: Thai Airways International will transfer its Chongqing, China and Penang, Malaysia flights to its subsidiary company THAI Smile Airways, effective July.

In a press statement released Wednesday, THAI president, Charamporn Jotikasthira, said Thai Smile Airways will operate daily flights with an A320 aircraft replacing its THAI’s services to Chongqing, China, effective 1 July.

THAI flights to Penang, Malaysia will transfer to Thai Smile 16 July.  Read more

TripAdvisor ranks parks

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 30 June 2016: Universal Studios Singapore was named top amusement park in Asia in the latest TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards, released Wednesday.

This is the third consecutive year Universal Studios Singapore has ranked top of Asia’s amusement parks.

“Universal Studios Singapore has once again been lauded as Asia’s leading amusement park by travellers all over the world,” said TripAdvisor’s communications director for Asia-Pacific, Janice Lee Fang. “Our TripAdvisor data shows that travellers should look at spending their holidays at the park in November when it is most affordable to visit.” Read more

Amadeus wins 10th annual Red Hat

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Technology

MADRID, 30 June 2016: Amadeus won “Cloud Innovator of the Year” by open source solutions provider Red Hat, for a project it describes as providing “a wonderful example of what is possible with open source.”

The commendation follows the successful launch of Amadeus Cloud Services last June, supported by an open source project Amadeus developed in collaboration with Red Hat on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

The Red Hat Innovation Awards honour customers and partners for their outstanding and innovative use of Red Hat solutions, and Amadeus was recognised, earlier this week, at the 2016 Red Hat Summit, in San Francisco. Read more

IATA outrage over airport slaughter

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

GENEVA, 30 June 2016: The International Air Transport Association expressed outrage at Tuesday’s terrorist attack on Atatürk Airport Istanbul, Turkey, that left 42 dead and almost 300 injured.

“Once again, innocent travellers have been attacked in a cowardly and murderous act. Our thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends,” said IATA’s director general and CEO, Tony Tyler.

“Air transport brings people together and facilitates both social and economic development. Istanbul has a particularly significant and historical role in connecting East and West. Last night’s attack was a broad attack on our shared humanity. But terrorism will never succeed in reversing the interconnectedness of the world. The desire of the human spirit to explore and trade will always triumph over suspicion and fear. That Istanbul airport is operating today is a testament to the resilience and determination of the Turkish people and the aviation industry,” said Tyler. Read more

AA adds flight to Auckland

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

AUCKLAND, 30 June 2016: American Airlines launched a daily nonstop Auckland-Los Angeles service, earlier this week, the airline’s seventh destination  in the Pacific.

The new service uses a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and adds 1,600 seats a week on the Auckland-Los Angeles route.

For inbound visitors, the new route taps Qantas Group’s network of more than 70 destinations in Australia and New Zealand.  Qantas and its subsidiary airline, Jetstar, operate up to 175 return flights a week between New Zealand and Australia. Read more

Turkey’s tourism in free-fall

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

ISTANBUL, 30 June 2016: Turkey’s already limping tourism industry is suffering a fresh grievous blow after the latest in a series of attacks targeted at tourists claimed dozens of lives, analysts said Wednesday.

“This is very bad news for tourism and more generally for air travel. It’s an attack that directly targeted travellers,” said Jean-Pierre Mas, head of French travel agencies association Entreprises du Voyage.

The suicide bombings at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport — which also left hundreds wounded – come just days after Kurdish separatists issued a warning to travellers against visiting the country. Read more

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