Don’t rip off festival fans Don’t rip off festival fans

SIEM REAP, 24 March 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has urged tourism operators and related businesses to maintain prices during major festivals. According to a Khmer Times report Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, threatened to suspend licenses of business owners if they failed to display the correct prices for goods and services over the Khmer New... [Read full story]

Bagan map in pipeline Bagan map in pipeline

BAGAN, 24 March 2017: Bagan Tourism Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are working on a new tourist map of Bagan. Myanmar Times media quoted Bagan Tourism Development assistant project manager, Daw Yu Yu Lin, saying the map would make it easier for visitors to explore the heritage destinations. “The guide map will also... [Read full story]

Thai airports improve passenger traffic Thai airports improve passenger traffic

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Airports of Thailand reported strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during February this year. AoT reported, on Tuesday, that all of its supervised airports served 11,177,269 passengers, up 4.59% from 10,686,642 when compared with the same month in 2016. Overall,... [Read full story]

Regional hotel rates soften Regional hotel rates soften

LONDON, 24 March 2017: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported mixed revenue and occupancy results during February 2017, according to the latest data from STR. Based on US dollar constant currency, year-over-year comparisons, hotels in the Asia Pacific region saw occupancy increase by 8% to an average 68.7% during February. However the average daily... [Read full story]

LENS LINES: Centara Maldives wins awards LENS LINES: Centara Maldives wins awards

MALDIVES, 24 March 2017: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives won two prestigious awards, the ‘Leading All Inclusive Resort’ from South Asian Travel Awards 2016 and the ‘Guest Review Award 2016’ from, one of the largest global travel websites. The South Asian Travel Awards is the first-ever regional travel awards endorsed... [Read full story]

Sunway names hotel GM Sunway names hotel GM

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 March 2017: Sunway Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Michael Monks as general manager for Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Drawing on over 35 years of hospitality industry experience, Monks is responsible for the overall operations at Sunway’s 650-room hotel, located opposite Kuala Lumpur’s... [Read full story]

OTAs told to drop illegal hotels OTAs told to drop illegal hotels

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: The Thai government intends to work closely with the private sector to sift out illegal hotel operators that sell rooms through the online room bookings space. Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn chaired a meeting of the National Policy Committee for Tourism, earlier this week to discuss the subject within the... [Read full story]

Lost without my laptop Lost without my laptop

DUBAI, 24 March 2017: Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation. From Saturday, passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in... [Read full story]

New Zealand: No longer 100% pure New Zealand: No longer 100% pure

CHRISTCHURCH, 24 March 2017: New Zealand’s strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment that threaten to undermine its “clean, green” reputation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned Tuesday. The South Pacific nation has long marketed itself internationally as “100% pure”... [Read full story]

Philippines a hard sell Philippines a hard sell

MANILA, 24 March 2017: The Philippines tourism secretary urged the media, Wednesday, to “tone down” cover of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners. On a trip to Thailand accompanying Duterte, Tourism Secretary, Wanda Teo, insisted the Philippines... [Read full story]

Thailand strives for ICAO green flag Thailand strives for ICAO green flag

BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre says the ongoing ICAO and FAA process of recertification of Thailand’s aviation industry will strengthen the country’s ambitions to regain its status as a top regional hub. It noted that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has now issued its first Air Operations Certificate (AOC) under... [Read full story]

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Travel Deals

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15% off Qatar fares

BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Qatar Airways is offering promotional fares for travel on selected routes until the end... 

Travel Logs

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BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Trump’s arch enemy, The Washington Post, fielded an alternative explanation for the US... 

Laptop or bomb who knows?

BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: The latest inflight ban on laptops and other devices larger than a mobile phone sends mixed... 

Bad manners in the sky

BANGKOK, 20 March 2017: Expedia’s study on Thai airline travellers’ perceptions of good inflight manners hits...