Tourists iritate Hoi An fathers

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

QUANG NAM, 31 October 2016: Hoi An’s city fathers are preparing a code of conduct in the hope a few rules will help tourists to behave appropriately when visiting Vietnam’s popular  historical town.

Tuoi Tre News reported Hoi An authorities are critical of tourists who visit the World Heritage town. They claim tourists behave badly, many of them failing to recognise that the town’s customs and Vietnamese culture are different from their home countries.

Hoi An chairman, Nguyen Van Dung, was quoted saying that many tourists wear skimpy clothes when walking around the old town district and even when visiting temples and pagodas. Read more

Thai airline compete on Kolkata route

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Airlines, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 October 2016: Thai AirAsia will operate direct flight services from Bangkok (DMK) to Kolkata in India, effective 16 December.

According to the airline, the Indian outbound travel market is growing fast and Koltaka the largest city after Mumbai has strong trading links with Thailand’s Indian community. Visiting friends and relatives traffic prospers.

Thai AirAsia already flies to three Indian destinations: Chennai (five flights weekly), Bengaluru (five flights weekly) and Kochi (daily).   Read more

Special companion fare

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 31 October 2016: Thai Airways International offers a “Special Companion Fare to Bangkok” promotion for two passengers travelling together from selected domestic destinations to the capital city until the end of December this year.

The fare per person is based on two people travelling together.

Domestic travel is on the increase as thousands of Thais residing in the south, north and northeast provinces visit Bangkok to pay their respects to the Late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away 13 October. Read more

Tourism grows 4% in Cambodia

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 31 October 2016: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 4.3% during January to August, this year, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.

Released by the Ministry of Tourism, the latest data showed the country welcomed 3,162,907 international travellers compared to 3,032,411 during the same period last year.

Outbound trips by Cambodians reached 937,588, up 23.7% for the first eight months of the year from 758,041 trips last year. Read more

Bangkok’s Grand Palace reopens

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 October 2016: The Grand Palace will reopen its doors to visitors, 1 November, according to a statement released by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Due its status as a Royal Palace, all visitors are expected to dress respectfully.

Visitors are asked for their understanding and mindfulness during the country’s national mourning for the Late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away 13 October. Read more

IHG to manage Penang hotel

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Malaysia, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 31 October 2016: InterContinental Hotels Group has signed a management agreement with Exopuri Development Sdn Bhd to manage a new 288-room Holiday Inn & Suites in mainland Penang due to open in 2020.

The hotel will be located in the commercial district of Prai, between the major bridges connecting mainland Penang and Penang Island.

The transfer time to most major commercial areas in Prai will be around 15 minutes commute. A visit to Penang Island’s  Georgetown, will take around 30 minutes by car. Read more

Qatar and BA tweak codeshares

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 31 October 2016: Qatar Airways and British Airways have extended their codeshare agreement following the launch of British Airway’s nonstop service between London and Doha.

Travellers will now benefit from seven daily flights to Heathrow, improving connectivity on to each airline’s network.

The expanded codeshare network will include all of British Airways’ flights within the United Kingdom, covering Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle. Read more

Qantas creates dream seats

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 31 October 2016: Qantas newest 787-9 Dreamliner due to arrive in a year’s time will feature the next generation of its Business Suite.

The Qantas Dreamliner will seat 236 passengers across business, premium economy and economy cabins in a layout that the airline says will maximise comfort for the long-distance traveller.

A hallmark feature of the new aircraft will be the Business Suite, the next generation of a seat recently installed on Qantas’ Airbus A330 fleet. Read more

Mourners pay respect at Grand Palace

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 October 2016: Thousands of Thais streamed through gates of Bangkok’s Grand Palace at the weekend as the public was granted its first chance to enter the throne hall where the body of Late HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej lies in state.

The Late HM the King, who died 13 October, age 88, was seen as the father of the nation by the people and an anchor of stability in a kingdom often rocked by political turmoil.

His passing has thrust the country into a year of official mourning, with many Thais wearing only black and white since his death and TV channels devoting hours of airtime to footage from his 70-year reign. Read more

Low-cost flights battle for Atlantic

October 31, 2016 by  
Filed under Airlines, AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 31 October 2016: Low-cost air carriers are spreading their wings across the Atlantic, much to the chagrin of the major airlines now forced to serve new destinations and cut fares.

Transatlantic flights operated by Norwegian Air, Iceland’s Wow air, Canada’s WestJet and Morocco’s Royal Air Maroc have multiplied in recent years, as jet fuel prices fall.

Frequently offering fares less than half that of major airlines, low-cost carriers have quickly attracted travellers. Read more

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