HCMC to expand tourist attractions

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 29 December 2016: Ho Chi Minh City tourism authorities will develop more tourism products in an effort to make the city more attractive to foreign visitors.

Local media reported the city vice chairman, Tran Vinh Tuyen, has asked the Department of Tourism to offer farm-based tourism products with leisure and culinary tourism features in outlying areas such as Can Gio and Hoc Mon districts.

The department was also told to develop sports-based tourism and arrange at least three large-scale sporting events in the city annually. Read more

Oman early bird deal on 2017 flights

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 29 December 2016: Omar Air is offering promotional fares on selected routes until the end of October next year.

Bookings must be made by the end of this month.

The promotion starts with a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, ex-Bangkok, at THB14,480 to Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Read more

Cambodia upgrades airport

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

SIHANOUKVILLE, 29 December 2016: Expansion and other improvements at Sihanoukville International Airport are underway, that will extend the runway and terminal capacity to 500,000 passengers a year.

Phnom Penh Post quoted Cambodia Airports’ communications director, Khek Norinda, saying the upgrades will enable the airport to attract more flights in the future.

The expansion is part of a USD2 billion investment in the kingdom’s three international airports — Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville – through to 2040. Read more

Thailand: New Year travel boom

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 December 2016: Six airports managed by Airports of Thailand will achieve record passenger and aircraft movements during the holiday season, 29 December to 4 January.

Officials say 2.69 million passengers will board and deplane aircraft at the six airports during the peak travel week.

Passengers are advised to check-in early as airline counters and security checks will be congested with long queues. Read more

Nok notches up year-end sale

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 29 December 2016: Nok Air launches “Year End Sale” promotion for travel to selected domestic and international destinations, January to the end of September, next year.

Bookings must be finalised by 4 January.

The promotion starts with a one-way fare, inclusive of airport tax and fee, ex-Bangkok, at THB817 to Phitsanulok, Loei, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Phanom, Krabi, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phuket. Read more

Hilton expands in Vietnam

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 December 2016: Hilton has signed a management agreement with Victory Hotel Joint Stock Company, which is part of Vietnam’s BRG Group, for a 610-room dual-branded hotel.

BRG Group chairman, Nguyen Thi Nga and Hilton vice president of operations, Southeast Asia & India, William Costley, signed off on the deal earlier this week.

Owned by BRG Group, and to be managed by Hilton, the dual-branded property will feature Hilton Hanoi West Lake, with 240 rooms and suites, as well as 50 residences and DoubleTree by Hilton Hanoi West Lake, with 320 rooms and suites. Read more

A380 deliver slows down

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

PARIS, 29 December 2017: Airbus said earlier this week it was postponing for a year the planned delivery of 12 A380 superjumbos to Dubai’s Emirates airline, without offering reasons for the delay.

The aerospace giant will “change its pace of its deliveries by delaying the delivery to Emirates of six A380 planes from 2017 to 2018 and six others from 2018 to 2019,” it said in a statement.

Despite the delay, Airbus restated its aim announced earlier this year of delivering 12 planes annually from 2018. Read more

Liverpool a pricy New Year option

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 29 December 2016: Surprise, Liverpool and not London, is the most expensive destination in England for a New Year’s  stay, this year, according to a survey by Cheaprooms.co.uk.

The survey compared the cost of hotels across 20 popular UK cities for the night of 31 December 2016. Only centrally located hotels rated at least three stars were included.

In Liverpool, a New Year’s Eve reveller will have to spend UKP219 for the cheapest available double room on 31 December, making it the priciest of all English cities included in the survey. Read more

Passengers battle airlines in court

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 29 December 2016: FlyersRights, a US-based airline passenger organisation, and Travellers United, have joined forces with an aggrieved airline passenger whose personal injury claim was denied by a Federal Appeals court.

In a short 2-1 decision, the 9th Circuit US Court of Appeals struck a blow against airline passenger rights with claims against airlines by refusing to recognise claims filed within two years in another country, unless also filed in a US court within the same two years.

There was, however, a lengthy dissenting opinion according to FlyersRights and Travellers United prompting them to file an ‘amicus curiae’ brief with the Supreme Court in support of the aggrieved passenger’s appeal. Read more

KAL to stun unruly passengers

December 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

SEOUL, 29 December 2016: Korean Air said Wednesday it would let its crew use stun guns more aggressively and put more male staff aboard flights to clamp down on violent passengers, after an incident involving an unruly passenger.

South Korea’s flag carrier said it was tightening security after 1980s US pop singer Richard Marx lashed out at the company on social media for its handling of the incident.

Until now, the use of stun guns or Tasers has been limited to situations where there was an “imminent threat to the lives of passengers and crew or to safe navigation”, said airline spokesman Nathan Cho. Read more

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