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

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 17 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

Danang tourist arrivals climb dramatically

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

DANANG, 16 October 2017: Foreign arrivals to the central Danang improved 49% to more than 1.766 million visits during the first nine months of this year, the municipal Department of Tourism announced, last week.

The city welcomed more than 5.15 million visitors including domestic travellers over the nine months, up 22.7% against the same period last year.

Total revenue from tourism services was estimated at VND15,141 billion, up 24.4% compared to the corresponding period last year and equal to 81.8% of this year’s forecast. Read more

Rail packages roll out to Malaysia

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

HAT YAI, 16 October 2017: Tourism Malaysia launched the “Southern Thai Packages to Malaysia” at the Centara Hotel, Hat Yai, last week, to promote the connectivity of cross-border travel for Thais wishing to visit Malaysia.

More than 80 delegates representing travel agencies in southern Thailand  and members of the media from southern Thailand attended the event to  witness the launch of the “Southern Thai Packages Malaysia” which is based entirely on rail travel.

The rail packages are  combined with several attractions and activities including theme parks, city and night tours, which will help to promote the convenience of rail travel from South Thailand to Malaysia. Read more

Penang hosts luxury travel

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Malaysia, News

GEORGETOWN, Penang, 16 October 2017: RHB Premier International Luxury Collections Week 2017, a three-day event, opens in Penang 27 October.

A grand opening ceremony will be held at 1100, 27 October, for VIPs, guests and media at the Atrium, Gurney, Paragon Mall, Penang.

The Luxury Collection Week will be officially opened by YB Danny Law Hen Kiang, Penng State Exco Member for Tourism Development and Culture. Read more

Trump slump confirmed by ForwardKeys

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: International airline passenger arrivals in the United States have fallen consistently since President Donald Trump’s original travel ban on people from several mainly Muslim countries, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys.

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions daily.

The period of decline also coincides with a strengthening US dollar making the US a more expensive destination to visit. Read more

Virgin jumps in Hyperloop

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: Richard Branson’s Virgin Group announced last week it is investing in Hyperloop One in a strategic partnership aimed at establishing new passenger and cargo transport services for the superfast rail concept.

As part of the deal, Branson will join the board of the California startup, which will be renamed Virgin Hyperloop One in the coming months, according to a joint statement.

No financial details were immediately available. Read more

First flight to St Helena

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

JAMESTOWN, UK, 16 October 2017: The first scheduled commercial flight landed at St. Helena Saturday, opening the small British island in the South Atlantic to the world after centuries of isolation.

Around 100 islanders came out to the airport to watch the historic landing of the Embraer 190 jet, which came from Johannesburg.

On the tarmac, some 60 incoming passengers were welcomed by the island’s smiling governor, Lisa Phillips. Read more

Property developers in bed with hotel brands

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 October 2017: Southeast Asia’s real estate love affair between property developers and hotel brands is morphing into a feeding frenzy, according to C9 Hotelworks’ new SE Asia focused Hotel Residences Market Trends.

With nearly 100 mainstream hotel residence projects and over 21,000 units completed, the next three years will see sector boldly expanding into new territory.

The reports states that between 2018 and 2020 new completed units will represent a massive 83% increase over existing supply. Read more

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