Jetstar Asia a sticker for time

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 19 October 2017: If punctuality means more than inflight catering and loyalty points, then Jetstar Asia could be your top choice airline in Asia-Pacific

Jetstar Asia scored the highest on-time performance of all Asia Pacific airlines, achieving a five-star status on the biannual OAG ranking released yesterday.

OAG releases its standings for on-time performance twice yearly, based on flights taking off and landing within 15 minutes of the scheduled times. Read more

Pattaya clears beach garbage

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

PATTAYA, 19 October 2017: City authorities say they have cleaned the resort’s beaches after heavy monsoon storms washed up tons of mostly plastic garbage on the resort’s main bay and adjacent Jomthien beach.

Manager online reported, 18 October, that Jomtien beach was clean once more after damning pictures appeared, earlier in the week, on social websites and a local Pattaya online news channel.

The photos appeared to show tourists sunbathing on the beach in the midst of a pile of trash. It looked as if they were lying in the garbage, but that was probably exaggerated by the camera’s zoom that reduced depth of field. Read more

Manathai muddles summer savers

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 18 October 2017: MANATHAI Hotels & Resorts is offering travellers a 50% reduction on room rates at any of the group’s properties in Thailand.

The exclusive deal will run for five days, 19 to 23 October.

Guests can enjoy a discounted stay at MANATHAI Hua Hin, MANATHAI Khao Lak, MANATHAI Surin Phuket and MANATHAI Koh Samui. Read more

Hanoi: Walking street gains popularity

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 18 October 2017: Hanoi’s Department of Transportation has made adjustments to traffic and transportation in several areas around Hoan Kiem Lake to improve pedestrian street space during weekends as more travellers and residents visit the lakeside attraction.

According to the latest regulations,  all vehicle transport is banned 1900 to 2400 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on Hang Gai and Cau Go streets (from Luong Van Can street to Dinh Liet street).

On Hang Bai street, cars are prohibited from Ly Thuong Kiet street to Hai Ba Trung street; and taxis are banned from Tran Hung Dao street to Ly Thuong Kiet street. Read more

Tour East taps Expedia channel

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 16 October 2017: Tour East has gained access to Expedia Local Expert’s programme reaching out to more than 1 million Expedia customers visiting Phuket and Bangkok to offer them in-destination services.

Expedia signed an agreement with Tour East Thailand, earlier this month, that creates a partnership with the inbound tour company and allows it to sell tours and transfers, ultimately in all major tourist destinations in Thailand,

It’s the first agreement of its kind outside of the US where Expedia launched its “Local Experts” programme in 2013 that acts as a concierge for travellers booked through Expedia. Read more

Green flag for Thai airlines

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 16 October 2017” Thailand’s aviation industry heaved a sigh or relief, earlier this month, when the International Civil Aviation Organisation removed its red flag on the country’s safety and compliance standards.

A green flag opens the way for Thai airlines to once more add international services to countries that had earlier capped flight levels.

In truth, the country’s airlines were not strictly at fault. They had maintained high safety standards independently of government checks. The problem was government oversight, which proved to be shoddy. Read more

Cachet stamps footprint in Phuket sand

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 October 2017: A relatively new player in the hotel management game, Cachet Hospitality Group, will manage its first property in Thailand on Nai Yang Beach on the northwest coast of Phuket.

The resort will be branded Cachet Resort Dewa and have 128 rooms when the “conversion property” comes under its management 16 December.

The property is owned by R&B Partners Co Ltd, a Phuket-based property management company headed by Swedish entrepreneur and long-term Phuket expatriate resident, Lars Ydmark, who has 30 years experience in the hospitality industry mainly in Thailand. Read more

HCMC kills hotel night tax

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 October 2017: A proposal to tax tourists for every overnight stay to raise funds to promote the city, worldwide, failed to gain traction with authorities.

Tourists will be happy with the decision to scotch a plan to tax them, as one of the main drawcards for Ho Chi Minh City is its competitive prices when compared with Bangkok and other capitals in the region.

The city’s tourism department that floated the idea was singled out for stiff criticism with officials noting it was a very “sensitive’ topic.” Read more

Smoking on the beach banned

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK , 12 October 2017: Hua Hin’s municipal “beach police” will target smokers in a move to clean up the resort’s beaches as a new rule banning smoking at 20 beaches, nationwide, comes into effect 1 November.

Thailand’s Thai language daily, Thai Rath, broke the story saying Hua Hin’s city authorities would introduce a THB2,000 fine on beach goers who throw their cigarette butts on the seashore.

A representative of the Hua Hin authority said a 2,000 baht fine would be reasonable for smokers caught puffing on beaches, next month. The law stipulates the fine should not exceed THB100,000. Read more

Pain points of business travel

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 12 October, 2017: Time spent in transit is the most challenging aspect of business travel in Asia-Pacific, says a new report released today by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association.

Before anyone says so what, or “tell us something new”,  the Asia-Pacific study identifies other serious gripes dished out by airlines and hotels.

They included complaints that focused on hassles related to the away-from-home work environment,  layovers and  the task of rebooking flights and hotels. Read more

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