Indonesia and Vietnam seek more tourists

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 28 October 2016: Indonesia’s ambassador to Vietnam says more  tourism products and direct air services should be offer to boost the countries tourism demand.

Local media quoted Indonesia’s Ambassador, Ibnu Hadi, saying his embassy was considering how to introduce solutions to promote tourism development cooperation between Indonesia and Vietnam.

“Indonesia is an attractive destination for Vietnamese tourists due to its ancient history, culture and pristine beaches,” he said. Read more

MAI cuts fares

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 28 October 2016: Myanmar Airways International offers promotional fares for travel to destinations in Myanmar through November this year.

Bookings must be secured by the end of this month.

The promotion starts with a roundtrip fare of THB3,950 on the Bangkok-Yangon route. Read more

PG slashes fares

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 28 October 2016: Bangkok Airways is offering promotional fares on domestic routes until the end of the year.

Bookings must be made by the end of this month.

The “Great Journey, Lively Attraction” promotion offers a one-way fare, inclusive of airport taxes, ex-Bangkok, starting at THB1,290 to Sukhothai. A return fare to Bangkok is THB1,390. Fares are valid on only PG209 and PG210.  Read more

Cambodia running short of tourism staff

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 28 October 2016: The Ministry of Tourism says Cambodia would need an additional 200,000 trained tourism professionals to serve a tourism industry that is set to attract a record 7 million international tourists by 2020.

Phnom Penh Post quoted the ministry deputy general director, Try Chhiv, saying in order to to the demands of 7 million tourists, the sector needs to urgently train more staff.

Currently, there are 620,000 Cambodians working in the tourism sector. Read more

Dalat hosts cherry blossom festival

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Vietnam

LAM DONG, 28 October 2016: Lam Dong’s provincial capital, Dalat, will host its first ever Cherry Blossom Festival in January next year.

Local media reported a variety of activities are planned including a light festival, a night food market and cultural entertainment at the TerraCotta Hotel & Resort Dalat. A golf tournament and a photo exhibition are also scheduled.

The organisers are compiling detailed promotional materials that will be made available next month to travellers and travel agents.. Read more

Airlines offer free bus service

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 28 October 2016: Thai Smile, Thai Airways International join hands with Thailand’s Ministry of Transport to offer a free bus service for passengers travelling from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sanam Luang to pay their respects to the Late His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The service starts from today, 28 October, to 30 November, according to the airline statement.

The bus service will depart 1030 from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Sanam Luang. The meeting point is at the first floor, gate 8. Read more

Malindo Air flies to Chiang Mai

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

CHIANG MAI, 28 October 2016: Malindo Air, a Malaysian-based, low-cost airline, will launch a service connecting Kuala Lumpur and Chiang Mai, 30 October.

According to the airline, a daily service to Chiang Mai will mark the airline’s second destination in Thailand following the introduction of services to Bangkok.

The airline will use a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 162 seats, (12 business class and 150 economy class). Read more

Green travel blooms in Hoi An

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

QUANG NAM, 28 October 2016: Vietnam’s World Heritage town, Hoi An, will work with its twinned city, Wernigerode in Germany, to build a solar power system for the old quarter of the town.

Local media reported the town’s administration saying the project would cost 135,000 euro (nearly USD150,000), of which 90% would be donated by the German government.

The solar power source will provide 55 kilowatts per hour (kWh) for a public lighting system, lanterns, decorations,  power for public loudspeaker system, street and folk performances, and illumination of the Japanese Bridge . Read more

Strikes stall German airlines

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE

BERLIN, 28 October 2016: Strikes at German low-cost airlines Eurowings and Germanwings led to the cancellation of nearly 400 flights Thursday, stranding some 40,000 passengers, a spokesman for the two companies said.

The airlines, owned by flag carrier Lufthansa, are locked in disputes with the Ufo flight attendants union.

Eurowings staff are calling for salary increases and improved working conditions while Germanwings personnel are unhappy with terms for part-time employees. Read more

Safety mishaps trouble Dreamworld

October 28, 2016 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 28 October 2016: An Australian theme park defended its safety standards, Thursday, following the deaths of four people on a malfunctioning ride, while admitting it had not been in touch with grieving relatives of those killed.

Two women and two men died when rafts on the Thunder River Rapids ride at the hugely popular Dreamworld tourist attraction on the Gold Coast collided Tuesday, tipping one backwards and crushing or drowning those on board.

A boy and a girl, aged 10 and 12, on the six-person raft miraculously survived the tragedy. Read more

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