Lens Lines: Food for flying

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 31 March 2017: Bangkok Airways presented its  latest inflight menus to Bangkok journalists who were given a preview during a media event, Thursday.

Tagged “The best of Thai and ASEAN cuisine,” the new menu rotates six Thai dishes and on the national days of the other nine ASEAN nations a signature dish will be served to mark the occasion.

The menu launch was hosted at Suvarnabhumi Airport by Sirichalerm Svasti, Inflight services consultant of Bangkok Airways, together with the airline’s inflight services manager, Aramsri Tassanasuwan  and Bangkok Air Catering director corporate communications Amorn Rassamesangpetch. Read more

Qatar offers inflight laptop loan

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

DOHA, 31 March 2017: Qatar Airways said on Thursday it will offer free laptops to business class passengers flying to the United States, in an effort to get round an American ban on electronics.

In a statement, the Doha-based carrier said it would begin offering a “laptop loan service” to those travelling in business class from “next week”.

The computers would be collected by US-bound passengers from their departure gate just before boarding, said Qatar Airways. Read more

Sihanoukville’s tourism shapes up

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

SIHANOUKVILLE, 30 March 2017: Sihanoukville’s provincial tourism department reports nearly 2.4 million local and international tourists travelled to the seaside destination last year generating an estimated USD96 million in revenue.

Phnom Penh Post quoted the department’s marketing and promotions deputy director, May Nimol, saying arrivals to the coastal province grew by 37% last year compared to 2015.

The growth was driven by a sharp increase in domestic tourists, with visits from other Cambodian provinces surging 45% last year to reach 1,974,631. Read more

Quang Nam’s tourism future bright

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

QUANG NAM, 30 March 2017: Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called on provincial authorities to take on board a plan to turn Quang Nam into an international tourism hub.

Tuoi Tre News quoted Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, saying Quang Nam has all the features and facilities to become a major tourism hub.

The central province is home to the world-renowned Hoi An ancient town, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Read more

One queue less at Phuket airport

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

PHUKET, 30 March 2017: Phuket Airport will use an in-line screening system for hold baggage checks, effective 1 April, to end long queues at the terminal entrance where passengers currently have their bags screened.

The security screening at the terminal entrance works fine for small airports, but despite an expansion of the terminal building,  the baggage check at the entrance continued and is now a major bottleneck causing long queues and complaints.

Airport director, Monrudee Gettuphan, said that effective 1 April, Phuket Airport would do away with terminal entrance screening, for the more efficient in-line screening system where baggage is checked on the belts as it moves from the check-in counters to the baggage handling area. Read more

A sub for two sails to the Maldives

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 30 March 2017: Luxury submarine trips for two are heading for the clear waters of Maldives later this year.

Ocean Group, a specialist promoting dive and water sports experiences, says it will offer submarine trips in the Maldives through partner DeepFlight Adventures.

The first ever three-man submarine (pilot plus two passengers) will be operated by DeepFlight Adventures later this year at a luxury resort in the Maldives, where the current underwater experience is limited to scuba and snorkel. Read more

Marriott opens long-stay in London

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 30 March 2017: Marriott International announced, Tuesday, the expansion of its extended-stay brand, Residence Inn by Marriott, with the signing of two new properties in London.

With additional openings in Amsterdam and Aberdeen this year, Residence Inn expects to more than double its European portfolio in 2017.

The opening of Residence Inn London – London Bridge expected in the second quarter of this year and the opening of Residence Inn London – Kensington is scheduled to follow in the last quarter. Read more

Dusit takes on a dash of colour

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Lens Lines, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 30 March 2017: Dusit International announced, Wednesday, it has entered into a joint venture with a Japanese hotel company to launch, Dusit Colours, a company that will operate and expand Dusit brands across Japan.

The partnership is with Colours International Co Ltd, operator of the E-Hotel chain in Japan.

As part of the agreement, both companies will  develop a hotel franchise model merging the best of their corporate cultures. Read more

Chittagong joins Thai Smile network

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 30 March 2017: Thai Smile is offering a promotional fare for its recently launched Bangkok-Chittagong route until late October, this year.

The “Exotic Getaway” promotion sells a one-way fare, inclusive of taxes and fees, ex-Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) at THB4,045 to Chittagong in Bangladesh.

There are no relevant fare comparisons as Thai Smile is the only airline flying direct from Bangkok to Chittagong. Parent airline, Thai Airways International flies to Dacca and there is a fare of USD924 (Roundtrip Bangkok-Chittagong) quoted in combination with Biman Bangladesh for the Dacca-Chittagong sector. Flight time is seven hours and 55 minutes with a four-hour wait in Dacca between connections. Read more

No stopping Europe’s tourism

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

MADRID, 30 March 2017: International tourist arrivals to the European Union increased by 4% in 2016, reaching almost 500 million or 40% of the world’s total.

This preliminary result is included in the first release of the ‘European Union Short-Term Tourism Trends’, a regular monitoring of EU tourism by the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO).

Despite many challenges facing Europe in 2016, tourism has once again shown resilience, reinforcing its contribution to economic growth, job creation and social wellbeing in the European Union. Read more

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