Lion links north and south Thailand

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

CHIANG MAI, 31 January 2017: Thai Lion Air is promoting an introductory fare on its newest route linking Chiang Mai and Hat Yai that is due to start 16 February.

It will serve the route with two daily flights linking the southern commercial town close to the Malaysian border with the northern capital, which is a popular tourist destination.

The introductory fare is set at THB925 one-way. Fare includes all charges, free baggage allowance 15 kg, sport equipment allowance 15 kg and seat selection. Read more

Vietnam ready to upgrade airport

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 31 January 2017: Vietnam’s Deputy Prime Minister, Trinh Dinh Dung, has made a decision on which proposed plan to adopt for the upgrade of Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.

Local media reported that the government has opted for a plan that includes major improvements to runway and taxiways.

It will include the construction of parallel taxiways and connecting taxiways between the current runways and aircraft parking areas. Read more

Laos proposes World Heritage site

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

KHAMMOUANE, 31 January 2017: Laos will present a final master plan for the Hin Nam No National Protected Area in Khammouane province  to UNESCO in 2018,  for inclusion on the World Heritage list.

Earlier, officials said they would submit  documents this February, but the deadline has now been moved forward to 2018.

Submissions are not ready and officials admit it will take another year to complete in a manner that complies with UNESCO’s strict guidelines. Read more

Thailand’s 2017 targets within reach

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 31 January 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates international travel to Thailand could reach 33.50 to 34.15 million trips this year.

The bank analysis said inbound tourism would continue to grow, this year, in a positive manner despite the threat of natural disasters and the clampdown on zero-dollar tours.

The clampdown on illegal tour companies that operate below cost tours, but earn enormous commissions from tourists will slow arrivals from China. Read more

ITB: Faster networking takes shape

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

BERLIN, 31 January 2017: ITB Berlin is organising two speed dating events, 9 March, that will enable buyers as well as bloggers to contact exhibitors, worldwide, in the shortest possible time.

In the morning,  9 March, the members of the ITB Buyers Circle can meet national and international exhibitors at ITB’s so-called Speed Networking event.

In the afternoon, at the ITB Blogger Speed Dating event, bloggers can make use of eight-minute time slots to talk to representatives at the table-top session. The new ITB matchmaking tool is the latest effort to increase communications and networking during ITB Berlin to add value for exhibitors. Read more

Double points on IHG bookings

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 31 January 2017: InterContinental Hotels Group has introduced its latest deal for loyal guests with its Double Play Double Points promotion.

Loyalty programme members can double points they earn on bookings made through participating IHG hotels, worldwide.

The reward points can be earned on accommodation, meetings and events bookings (capped at USD20,000) made by 15 April, this year, for events and stays up until 31 August. Read more

Q&A: Asia DMC on Vietnam’s tourism climb

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk, Vietnam

HANOI, 31 January 2017: With more than 10 million visitors last year, Vietnam is swiftly climbing the ranks to challenge ASEAN’s traditional leaders in tourism.

Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are ahead in tourist arrivals, but Vietnam is now poised to overtake the Philippines and Indonesia.

We ask Vietnam travel specialist, Guilhem Cavaille, who works for the recently rebranded tour operator, ASIA DMC, what is driving Vietnam’s exceptional growth and his thoughts and observations on what will keep it that way. Read more

Oman launches budget airline

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

MUSCAT, 31 January 2017: Omani budget carrier SalamAir launched operations, Monday, becoming the latest Gulf airline competing for the region’s low-cost travel market.

The airline said it began operations with a domestic flight from the southwest city of Salalah to the capital Muscat.

In addition to the domestic market, SalamAir will fly to Dubai, as well as Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, and Karachi in Pakistan, chairman Khalid al-Yahmadi told reporters. Read more

Trump’s blames protesters

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 31 January 2017: US President Donald Trump on Monday again rejected accusations that his ban on travellers from Muslim countries had prompted chaos in US airports, blaming protesters and a computer systems outage at Delta Airlines.

Trump’s executive order issued, Friday, temporarily banning travellers from seven predominantly Muslim countries and suspending the arrival of all refugees prompted thousands to protest at major US airports amid outrage around the world.

“Big problems at airports were caused by Delta computer outage, protesters and the tears of Senator Schumer,” he tweeted about the Democratic Senate minority leader who made an emotional vow on Sunday to fight Trump’s order. Read more

Search for Chinese tourists expands

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 31 January 2017: Rescuers Monday expanded their search for four Chinese tourists and a crewman whose boat sank in rough seas off Malaysia, as police detained the skipper, another crewman and the boat owner for suspected negligence.

The owner had breached procedures, including overloading the boat, Sabah state Police Commissioner Ramli Din was quoted as saying by national news agency Bernama.

“Police will also investigate whether negligence led to the deaths of the tourists,” Ramli said. Read more

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