PATA Gold goes to C&K

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia, South Asia

MUMBAI, 19 September 2017:  Cox & Kings (C&K), tagged the world’s oldest travel company, has won the prestigious Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award for its ‘Forever Young’ campaign in the Marketing  Social Media category.

The award ceremony held at The Parisian Macao recognised 31 outstanding entries that were selected by an international panel of experts.

Cox & King’s winning entry featured a promotion selling solo women travel to Thailand. Read more

Ctrip reports strong growth

September 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, tour operators

SHANGHAI, 4 September 2017: China’s mega travel corporation Ctrip reports strong financial results in the second quarter of 2017 with net revenue increasing 45% year-on-year to RMB6.4 billion (USD946 million).

The unaudited results revealed Ctrip’s accommodation reservation business delivered healthy growth. Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 reached RMB2.3 billion (USD341 million), representing a 30% increase from the same period of 2016

The transportation ticketing business also continued its strong growth. Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 reached RMB3.0 billion (USD441 million), representing a 49% increase from the same period of 2016, primarily driven by an increase in ticketing volume and the consolidation of Skyscanner’s financial results since December 31, 2016. Read more

Carnival picks up ASTA award

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, cruises, News

SAN DIEGO, 31 August 2017: Carnival Corporation  was honored by the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) with the 2017 ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year Award for its commitment to travel agents.

ASTA’s president and CEO, Zane Kerby, presented the cruise-line company with the award at the ASTA Global Convention 2017 in San Diego following a keynote address by Carnival Corporation president and CEO, Arnold Donald, during which he highlighted the key role of travel agents in growing demand for cruise vacations in North America.

The ASTA Supplier Partner of the Year Award was established to recognise the partner who has impressed the agency community most by offering the best service and by helping agencies with attractive agency compensation and creative pricing. Read more

Park Hotel wins art award

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 30 August 2017: Park Hotel Tokyo won the “Excellence in the Field of Domestic and Inbound Travel Award” at the Japan Tourism Awards for its “Artist in Hotel” project.

The Japan Tourism Awards recognise those who contribute to the development and expansion of the tourism industry.

They give recognition to exceptionally sustainable initiatives by organisations and companies based in Japan as well as international groups represented in Japan. Read more

VFS Global acquires competitor

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

LONDON, 25 August 2017: VFS Global completed the acquisition of visa service provider TT Services (TTS) earlier this week a move that strengthens VFS hold on the lucrative visa processing business.

According to VFS Global, thee transaction enables it “to leverage core competences and brands and to further enhance operating performance.”

The press statement says the change in control will have no impact on the business operations of the two companies. Read more

UK falling out of favour

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON 25 August 2017: The UK is falling out of favour as a must-visit English speaking destination for young travellers wanting to study, tour and work, a wide-ranging new report has warned.

Visa controls, currency fluctuations and an unfriendly impression following Brexit are putting one in five young visitors off visiting the UK, says the British Educational Travel Association.

The latest visitor statistics show youth travel is no longer growing as it once did. At the same time competitive English speaking countries elsewhere are thriving. Read more

Fiji is a hot spot

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

NADI, Fiji, 23 August 2017:  Fiji scooped up a top award at the 29th Annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference, recently, being named the Hottest Destination for 2017.

Announced by International luxury travel network Virtuoso, the award recognises Fiji as the destination with the highest year-over-year growth within the Virtuoso Network.

Tourism Fiji received the award last week at The Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas. Virtuoso has a network of 1,700 partners eligible for voting in various categories. Travel Week. Read more

India’s Yatra buys out ATB

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Tour Companies

GURGAON, INDIA, 27 July 2017: Yatra Online has entered into a definitive agreement, through its subsidiary, Yatra Online Private Limited to acquire Air Travel Bureau Ltd.

The Boards of Directors of both companies have approved the transaction according to the announcement last Tuesday.

ATB is India’s largest independent corporate travel services provider with gross bookings of INR15 billion mainly through 400 large and medium sized businesses across India. Read more

ASEAN PR gathers in Bali

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 26 July 2017: The first-ever public relations conference on a global scale in Asia will be hosted in Bali, 20 to 23 September.

The event will be organised by ASEAN Public Relations Network (APRN), and Global Alliance PR and Communication Management.

APRN was established in 2014 and chaired by its founder, Prita Kemal Gani, who is also a former chair of Perhumas and owner of the London School of Public Relations. Read more

Asia’s top travel planners

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 20 July 2017: Hong Kongers are the most organised travel planners booking travel on average just short of 50 days in advance, according to the latest Agoda.com research.

Its holiday booking trends covered 20 countries offering insights on who likes to stay close to home, who tends to book at the last minute, and who are the most serious forward planners.

From the millions of bookings made on the agoda site in 2016, there are some clear distinctions from market to market in terms of booking habits. Read more

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