Myanmar moves ahead on airport

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Myanmar, News

YANGON, 30 December 2016: Myanmar’s vice president, U Henry Van Thio, has called for a show of transparency to ensure the Hanthawaddy International Airport project becomes a showcase for the country’s tourism development.

Global New Light of Myanmar quoted the vice president saying the airport, once completed will become a major gateway for international airlines.

“Therefore, it will be implemented as a national project and needs to be transparent at all levels.” Read more

Hanoi issues code of conduct

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 30 December 2016: Hanoi’s Culture Department will distribute a code of conduct to domestic visitors arriving at the city’s airport and bus and rail stations.

Tuoi Tre News media reported the department saying the code of conduct leaflet in the Vietnamese language will have three chapters and eight clauses, aimed at “building a positive branding and a civilised image for Hanoi”.

The rules are applicable for “all organisations and individuals who live, work, study, visit, and stay in Hanoi”, it said. Read more

New Year holiday gets underway

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 December 2016: Thailand’s New Year holiday will run from 31 December to 3 January with offices reopening 4 January.

The Thai Cabinet approved an extra public holiday, 3 January, in addition to 2 January, to give residents a four-day break.

Traditionally, families reunite usually at the homes of parents or grand parents, but in recent years more Thais are travelling overseas or to beach resorts. Read more

TCEB outlines 2017 plan

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 December 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau outlines strategies and action plans to boost events hosted in Thailand next year.

TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said the plan will focus on integration of public and private partnerships at the national and international level to help create new MICE events, while attracting high quality MICE events.

To generate revenue, the bureau will target Asia, Europe, the Americas and Oceania markets. Read more

Discounts on Thai Lion routes

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 30 December 2016: Thai Lion Air launches “Happy New Year 2017” promotion for travel to domestic and international destinations mid-January to the end of March next year.

Bookings must be secured by 8 January.

The promotion starts with a one-way fare, inclusive of taxes and fees, departing Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) at THB625 to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Hat Yai, Krabi, Surat Thani, Phuket and Nakhon Si Thammarat. Read more

No takers for Cambodia-Indonesia flights

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 30 December 2016: A direct flight connecting Cambodia and Indonesia remains in the pipeline, although airlines have told officials it will depend on commercial viability and the chances of success are remote.

Khmer Time quoted the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation spokesman, Sinn Chan Sereyvutha, saying the Cambodian government has already signed an MoU with Indonesia to pave the way for direct flights between the two countries, but market factors are not positive and airlines are not convinced there is enough traffic.

“The main problem for Indonesian airlines is market demand, but there are still choices for them as they can also enter into a codeshare with other airlines to save costs.” Read more

Vietnam must improve tourism skills

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 30 December 2016: Vietnam tourism authorities say the country’s tourism industry needs to urgently improve training and educational facilities for the hospitality and travel sectors.

Local media quoted Vietnam Tourism Association vice chairman, Vu The Binh, saying the country has enough tourism schools, but the training quality is low, and schools are not turning out well-trained workers.

“The demand for tourism and hospitality workers will rise 20% in the next five years… more enterprises have entered the tourism market and hundreds of new hotels will open… tourism schools should be restructured so that they can provide the market with better trained people.” Read more

Emirates resolves A380 issue

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

DUBAI, 30 December 2016: Dubai’s Emirates said Thursday it has reached an agreement with Rolls-Royce over a “technical issue” relating to the engines of Airbus’s A380 superjumbo, and confirmed receiving one plane this week.

The carrier also said it “will continue to receive deliveries of both A380s and (Boeing) 777s in 2017”.

“Emirates can confirm that we have come to an agreement with Rolls-Royce on the technical issue relating to engines for our A380s. We have received delivery of our first Rolls-Royce powered A380s this week,” a spokesperson told AFP. Read more

Qatar buys LATAM stake

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

SANTIAGO, 30 December 2016: Qatar Airways bought a 10% stake Wednesday in LATAM, the largest airline in Latin America, the Chilean-Brazilian company said.

The investment, first announced last July, amounts to 60.8 million shares at a price of USD10 each, LATAM said in a statement.

The airline — the product of a 2012 merger between Chile’s LAN and Brazil’s TAM — said Qatar’s arrival as a stakeholder “represents a unique opportunity to develop a long-term relationship and explore new opportunities to connect with Asia and the Middle East”. Read more

Manila’s mega casino ready Q1 2017

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 30 December 2016: Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada, who is opening a new USD2.4 billion casino resort in Manila, said Wednesday he hoped to make the Philippines “the next Hawaii” as he looks to expand his business there.

In addition to Manila, Okada said he was also exploring the possibility of operating resorts on the Philippine islands of Palawan and Boracay, both major tourist attractions, in a bid to tap the lucrative Chinese market.

“I would like to make the Philippines the next Hawaii, given that there are a lot of great beaches here,” he told ABS-CBN television in an interview aired late Wednesday. Read more

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