Udon to Ubon direct with Nok

December 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 December 2017:  Nok Air will launch the first direct flight between Udon Thani and Ubon Ratchathani, 17 January 2018.

Using a Q400 aircraft the airline will introduce a three weekly service to connect the two major towns in northeast Thailand.

The airline’s research showed there was high car traffic between the two cities; a cross-country trip that can take around six hours to complete. Read more

Thailand tops deadly roads list

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under News

BANGKOK, 13 December 2017:  A Thailand foundation battling to reduce road fatalities has called on the government to enforce road safety laws in the lead-up to Christmas and New Year holidays.

Thailand’s Don’t Drink and Drive Foundation, director general, Thaejing Siripanit, told a seminar at the weekend that around 22,000 Thais will die on the roads in 2017 an average of 60 per day, but the daily toll will peak during the New Year holiday.

The foundation wants the government to introduce regulations forcing vehicle owners to install dash cam to record driving habits and bear witness to accidents, as well as shaming dangerous drivers. Read more

Smart is good, child-friendly is better

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 12 December 2017:Airport customer relations were in the news when AirAsia’s founder challenged the management of  Malaysia’s airport on its decision to raise the passenger service tax at KLIA2 to be in line with other international airports in Malaysia.

KLIA2 is the low-cost airport next to KLIA and home to AirAsia. Its founder and chairman, Tony Fernandes, is known for dishing out criticism of the airport’s management on pricing and delays in introducing smart check-in solutions.

Airports tend to make arbitrary decisions on customer services and fees without seeking passenger feedback. Read more

Bus fleet boost for festive season

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 December, 2017: Thailand’s transport authorities are engaging overdrive to prepare for the annual exodus of holiday makers from the Thai capital over the Christmas and New Year weeks.

Authorities confirmed 9,000 additional daily bus trip will be arranged to ferry more than 198,000 daily passengers during the festive season week.

The busiest days will be from 28 to 30 December when  daily passenger traffic will increase by 2,400 trips from around an average of 6,200 trips daily during the rest of the year. Read more

Laos Visit Year is hard to pin down

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

BANGKOK, 12 December 2017: Time is ticking by on the recently introduced Visit Laos Year 2018 without any accurate revelations on what makes the year special for international travellers.

Critics would be right to describe this “Visit Year” project as a botched effort by government to dupe travellers into thinking there are incentives and valuable reasons to buy a holiday in Laos during 2018.

There is a general consensus in the travel segment, particularly from the perspective of governments, that Visit Years can be announced at the drop of a hat. No one in the travel industry asks serious questions about strategy, budgets and specific Visit Year signature events. Read more

Asia sustains Thai travel agency bookings

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 8 December 2017:  Thailand’s inbound tour companies are enjoying a 5.76% increase in clients using their ground services, January through to 30 November.

The latest data from the Association of Thai Travel agents shows member companies handled 5,330,881 clients at Bangkok’s two gateway airports.

ATTA does not provide figures for clients handled at airports elsewhere in the country. Read more

Northeast India eyes ASEAN travel markets

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

GUWAHATI, Assam India, 8 December 2017: More flights, an aggressive campaign to double northeast India’s tourist arrivals in five years were key elements in the game plan outlined by Secretary of Tourism, Government of India, Rashmi Verma, during a three-day travel mart hosted in Guwahati, Assam.

Details of the northeast strategy and campaign were presented by the Secretary of Tourism, during the travel mart briefing, attended by media and international buyers from 29 countries, earlier this week.

Over 160,000 foreign and 7.7 million domestic tourists visited Assam and other northeast states during 2016, registering a 5.2% increase over previous year. Read more

Twice weekly flight to Yangon

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Myanmar, News

CHIANG MAI, 8 December 2017:  Myanmar’s privately owned airline, AIR KBZ, has introduced a service from Chiang May to Yangon.

The airline is offering a twice weekly service on Wednesday and Sunday using a 70-seat ATR aircraft.

The twice-weekly service is in the timetable for the winter season through to 21 March 2018. The airline is selling seats mainly to tour operators who are planning trips for clients that combine North Thailand and Myanmar. Read more

Korea: Boxing holidays the latest craze

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Thailand

BANGKOK, 8 December 2017: Thailand and Korea will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Thailand-Korea relations in 2018, a celebration that will be included in the events calendar of the Thailand Tourism Year.

Korean tourist arrivals to Thailand increased to 1.4 million in 2016 and in the first half of this year visits had already reached 700,000  up 3% on the previous year.

Joint celebrations will mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Korea along with promotions to draw more tourists from Korea during the off-peak months of 2018. Read more

Thai VietJet flies to Dalat

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand, Vietnam

Thai VietJet reports it will resume international air services 18 December with the introduction of a new service from Bangkok to Dalat in Vietnam.

The airline has successfully recertified with Thailand’s aviation authority allowing it to resume international flights from its Bangkok base.

It was the 12th and last commercial airline based in Thailand to gain ICAO recognised certification. Read more

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