Elephants gather for polo match

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News

BANGKOK, 28 February 2017: Anantara Hotels and Resorts’ King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament will be hosted, 9 to 12 March, on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River.

Now in its 15th year, the tournament has become one of the biggest charity events in Southeast Asia raising USD1.3 million (THB46 million) for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s wild and domesticated elephant population.

Projects supported by the fund include the world’s first Thai Elephant Assisted Autistic Therapy Project; positive reinforcement elephant training workshops; mahout community development initiatives, and wild elephant conservation. Read more

Amadeus in the lion’s den

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Technology

BANGKOK, 28 February 2017: A new content deal signed between Amadeus and low-cost airline, Thai Lion, will give travellers worldwide a channel to book low fares to Thailand’s popular holiday destinations.

More than 30 million international tourists visited Thailand last year and according to the country’s research more than 60% will return for a second or third trip.

Familiar with the destination they will search cheap flights and the latest Amadeus agreement will ensure they can book the best fares on 17 Thai Lion routes through the Amadeus network of travel agents, worldwide. Read more

AoT starts 2017 on positive note

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 February 2017: Airports of Thailand reports strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic, during January, at six airports under its management.

AoT reported in its latest data  that all of its supervised airports handled 12,090,048 passengers up 10.72% from 10,919,106 when compared with the same month, last year.

Aircraft movements increased by 8.37% from 67,692 to 73,358. Read more

Fair Prices please for everyone

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 27 February 2017: We are comfortable with Fair Trade having read the small print on the label of our joggers that confidently assures us they were manufactured with an eye on ethics.

Fair play is internationally accepted as the ruling principle in the drive to rid global sports of cheats. No one challenges that enterprise.

So why is the tourism industry slow to campaign for fair prices? We don’t see the UNWTO coming out in condemnation of dual pricing that is practiced by many of its member countries. But there is no doubt that establishing prices based on nationality is a form of discrimination for the rest of the world. Read more

Roundabout cross country fares

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

CHIANG MAI, 27 February 2017: Thai Airways International is offering “Special Cross Country” promotional fares for travel from Chiang Mai to Phuket and Krabi in South Thailand.

Cross country refers to the need to book an indirect routing that combines a Chiang Mai-Bangkok flight with a connecting flight to Krabi or Phuket, out of Bangkok.

But it is competitive if you don’t mind downtime in busy Suvarnabhumi Airport notorious for its expensive junk food and snacks, that are double the prices  at the same branded outlets at luxury downtown shopping malls. Read more

HCMC: Ferries to ease traffic woes

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 27 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Transport will launch two commuter ferry services on canals and rivers this June and in September to ease traffic pressure on city highways.

Local media reported the commuter ferry from Bach Dang wharf in District 1 to Linh Dong ward in Thu Duc will start services this June.

The second route from Bach Dang to District 8 will start in September. Read more

Salavan requests funds

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

SALAVAN, 27 February 2017: Salavan province is asking for funds to develop natural tourism sites and help guesthouses and hotels improve services ahead of Visit Laos Year 2018.

Lao New Agency quoted the province’s Information, Culture and Tourism Division head, Somchay Ounchit, saying provincial authorities would focus on improving access at natural tourist sites such as waterfalls.

It will also support guesthouses, hotels and restaurants to improve their facilities, through training and funding. Read more

Egypt delays visa hike

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

BANGKOK, 27 February 2017: Egypt says it is delaying an increase in its tourist visa until 1 July, mainly due to pressure from the tourism industry that said the move would damage tourism.

Struggling with the task of winning back tourist confidence, Egypt’s Ministry of Interior has taken the unusual step of more than doubling tourist entry visas from USD25 to USD60. It was supposed to be introduced 1 March.

The country’s State Information Service announced the changes that prompted a strong backlash from the country’s travel industry. Read more

Uber cars banned by AoT

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 February 2017: Uber taxis are banned from Airports of Thailand’s six airports according to AoT officials who claim the service is not registered legally in the country.

National News Bureau of Thailand reported that AoT would enforce the regulation that states non-public registered vehicles will be not be allowed to pick up passengers from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The same rule applies at all of six AoT managed airports in the country. Read more

Save the reef hits setback

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 27 February 2017: Australia’s plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year, experts said Friday.

The vast coral reef — which provides a tourism boon for Australia — is under pressure from agricultural run-off, the crown-of-thorns starfish, development and climate change.

Last year swathes of coral succumbed to devastating bleaching, due to warming sea temperatures, and the reef’s caretakers have warned it faces a fresh onslaught in the coming months. Read more

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