AoT airports report traffic growth

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

BANGKOK, 30 August 2016: Thailand’s six main airports reported 71,634,730 passenger movements during the first seven months of the year with 33,266,963 passing through Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport alone.

During July, Airports of Thailand reported strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at all six airports under its management.

All of the airports under its management served 10,562,575 passengers,  up 13.91% from 9,272,962 when compared with the same month last year. Read more

Roundtrip to London THB14,650

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 30 August 2016: Oman Air offers promotional fares for travel to selected destinations until the end of March, next year, for bookings made by 15 September.

The promotion sells a roundtrip fare, inclusive of all taxes and service charges, ex-Bangkok, starting at THB10,090 to Abu Dhabi.

A THB11,005 fare is on offer to Dubai, THB12,380 to Muscat and THB13,190 to Bahrain. Read more

Cambodia seeks Malaysian know-how

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 30 August 2016: Cambodia and Malaysia will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on tourism, this October, for training and community-based tourism.

Agence Kampuchea Presse reported the MoU will focus on an exchange of know-how on tourism policy, investment management and tourism product development.

The agreement will also include assistance on improving coastal, eco and community-based tourism management protection of the environment and ways to reduce work migration from rural communities to urban areas. Read more

World Tourism Day all work and no play

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 August 2016: The Thai government spokesman, Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, says there have been no discussions at Cabinet level on the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s idea to declare 26 and 27 September special holidays.

According to TAT a press release, 15 August, the authority said it would seek  Cabinet approval to recognise 26 and 27 September as a special one-off holidays to celebrate World Tourism Day that is being officially hosed in Thailand, 27 September.

Declaring a long-weekend holiday from Saturday 24 to Tuesday 27 September would promote domestic tourism.  Read more

UNWTO event builds confidence

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 August 2016: World Tourism Day, hosted for the first time in Bangkok, 27 September, will give Thailand an opportunity to demonstrate travel confidence has fully recovered after the 12 August bomb attacks.

Established in 1970 to mark the day the statutes of the UNWTO were signed, World Tourism Day is an annual event and since 1997 UNWTO has selected a member country to share in its hosting.

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s governor, Yuthasak Surpasorn, had said earlier in the month in a TAT Newsroom press release: “TAT is seeking cabinet approval for a special long-holiday weekend in September.”  (Saturday 24 September through to Tuesday 27 September). Read more

Top airport performers

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

HONG KONG, 30 August 2016: Phuket climbed to the top of the region’s airports in the 5 to 15 million passenger a year category, based on first half year passenger traffic figures, released by the Aviation Council International.

During the first half of the year Phuket enjoyed a traffic growth of 19.4% followed by South Korea’s Busan airport in second place with 23.6% growth and Osaka, Japan, with just a 1% growth.

But the mega-league top performers in the 40 million category remained Beijing with a growth of 3.5%, Dubai (5.8%) and Tokyo-Haneda (5.9%). Read more

G Hotel completes makeover

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Malaysia, News

PENANG, 30 AUGUST 2016: G Hotel Gurney has recently completed a MYR35 million makeover that unveils a new lobby, new food and beverage outlets and meeting rooms.

The 312 room located on busy Gurney drive, Penang,  stands between two shopping malls, Gurney Plaza and Gurney Paragon, and close to the famous Gurney drive hawker eateries.

Noting the property’s convenient location to UNESCO World Heritage sites and beaches, general manager, Michael Hanratty, said: “We look forward to welcoming corporate and leisure guests to the hotel.” Read more

Citilink embarks on data journey

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

JAKARTA, 30 August 2016: Indonesia’s Citilink is using data to drive new revenue streams in a bid to become the country’s leading low-cost airline.

Media Outreach in the first of its ‘Data Culture Champions in Asia’ series looks at how Citilink Indonesia, VP of information technology, Achmad Royhan, led his team to use data to create new revenue streams.

The airline industry globally is facing up to the threat and opportunity of disruptions, by using technology and real-time data. Read more

Doha introduces airport tax

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 30 August 2016: Qatar’s international airport said Monday it will begin charging passengers an exit tax, later this week as the energy-reliant emirate adjusts to falling oil prices.

The 35-riyal (USD10) levy will be introduced this week, Hamad International Airport (HIA) said in a statement.

The fee, to be added to airline ticket prices, will apply to tickets issued on or after 30 August, as well as for travel starting on or after 1 December. Read more

Thai police identify tourist attackers

August 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 August 2016: Two suspects in a spate of bomb attacks on Thailand’s tourist towns have links to southern separatists, police said on Monday, the first time a clear link has been made to the insurgency.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing and arson spree, which hit popular resorts across the south earlier this month, killing four and wounding dozens including European visitors.

But the attacks have heightened concerns the ethnic Malay insurgency may have spread north after years of stalled peace talks — a theory the country’s junta has played down given the importance of tourism to the economy. Read more

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