Thailand creates new tourism plan

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 July 2016: Ministry of Tourism and Sports will draft National Tourism Development Plan II (2017 to 2021) that will become the country’s master plan for tourism once approved by the Thai Cabinet.

Speaking at the Association of Thai Travel Agents meeting, Thursday, the ministry’s Office of the Permanent Secretary’s Advisory Committee of Project Planning head, Chanchai Tanatkatrakul, told members that the ministry was drafting the National Tourism Development Plan II based on recent discussions with the private and related sectors.

The first plan covered the years 2012 to 2016. Read more

KAL treats Thai travellers

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 29 July 2016: Korean Air offers promotional fares on selected destinations to the US and Canada until the end of April next year.

The promotion sells roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes and fees, ex-Bangkok, starting THB27,590 to Vancouver, THB27,990 to Los Angeles and THB28,190 to San Francisco.

A THB30,590 fare is on offer to Honolulu, THB31,590 to New York and THB32,890 to Seattle and Chicago. Read more

ANA double flights to HCMC

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

HO CHI MINH CITY, 29 July 2016: All Nippon Airways (ANA) will double flights between Narita and Ho Chi Minh City to two daily from 30 October.

ANA’s current daily flight departs Narita in the afternoon and returns to Narita early next morning.

The additional Ho Chi Minh City flight will depart Narita late night, returning to Narita the following evening, according to the airline. Read more

CEB flies 10 million

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Philippines

MANILA, 29 July 2016: The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific flew over 10 million passengers from January to June this year, an increase of 9% over the same period in 2015. On average, flights were 87% full during these months.

For June 2016 alone, the Cebu Pacific Air group flew 1.6 million passengers, up by 8% from the 1.5 million passengers flown in the same month in 2015.

This upsurge in passenger volume was primarily driven by popular domestic destinations in Visayas and Mindanao such as Kalibo, Tacloban, Siargao, and Tagbilaran. Read more

Myanmar cuts licence fees

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 29 July 2016: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism will cut licence fees by 50% from 1 October to support the country’s emerging tourism industry.

Licences granted by the ministry are for hotels, tour companies, tour guides and tourist transport firms. License fees are different for each category.

A hotel licence costs between K200,000 (USD168.70) and K1.9 million (USD1,602.65) depending on the size of the project; a tour company licence costs K400,000 (USD337.40); a tour guide licence K50,000 (USD42.17); and a tourist transportation licence between K50,000 (USD42.17) and K500,000 (USD421.75). Read more

Tourico forecasts UK travel growth

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 29 July 2016: Tourico Holidays, a wholesale travel brokerage company predicts a 30% increase in UK hotel room night bookings during second half of the year.

According to company booking data, Tourico has already sold nearly a quarter of a million room nights in the United Kingdom in 2016 – led by a 12% year-over-year increase from the United States.

The spike in holiday bookings to the UK have been linked to a decline in the UK pound, while July and August are summer peak months for UK-bound travellers. Read more

TAT: Drive to add family travel attractions

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, TAT

PATTAYA, 29 July 2016: A 40-km cycle route around Pattaya to the resort’s Big Buddha hill will be promoted as a distinctive travel experience in the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s promotional activities for the east coast resort.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Pattaya office director, Suladda Sarutilavan, said the agency would focus considerable efforts on marketing Pattaya to the Thai domestic travel market and introducing a new 40-km bike route would be a crucial element in the campaign.

For international visitors the replantation of mangrove trees in the Siricharoenwat Forest Project was cited as a strong selling point. Read more

Thai referendum triggers advisory

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

LONDON, 29 July 2016: A UK travel advisory updated Wednesday, advises  against all but essential travel to Thailand’s southern border provinces and cautions UK citizens of potential unrest ahead of the referendum vote, 7 August.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to identify  Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhla province on the Thai-Malaysia border claiming there was a high threat from terrorism

But the travel advisory also alerts UK citizens of the potential for trouble during the 7 August national referendum on the  draft Thai constitution. Read more

Khon Kaen will become a gateway

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

KHON KAEN, 29 July 2016:  The Tourism Authority of Thailand says Khon Kaen is a potential destination to attract more visitors and become a prime gateway to explore Northeast Thailand.

TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said Khon Kaen figures in the up-coming TAT’s Action Plan 2017 as a tourism model for other cities in the country and could  attract 5 million visitors a year.

“We aim to position Khon Kaen as a key tourist destination attracting 5 million visits per year up from the current 3.8 million visits…the province is not only potential for leisure tourists, but also for business travel, meetings and conferences.” Read more

Storm disrupts Hanoi flights

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 July 2016: A powerful storm rolled across northern Vietnam, Thursday, killing one person, delaying flights and felling hundreds of trees in the capital Hanoi.

Tropical storm Mirinae, which barrelled across China’s Hainan island before surging into Vietnam in the early hours of Thursday, brought high winds and more than 280 millimetres of rain as it pushed inland.

More than 32,000 people were evacuated ahead of the storm, which struck six provinces and cities across the north, authorities said. Read more

Next Page »