Destination Asia strengthen North America sales

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News, Thailand, tour company

BANGKOK, 14 December 2017: Destination Asia has appointed Michelle Rust to head its North American incentive travel and event business development for the Asian region.

The new appointment offers North American customers access to highly skilled Asian operations, backed by Destination Asia’s existing sales and marketing team located in their head office in Bangkok.

Rust, originally from New England and based in New York City, brings over 17 years’ experience to the role. Read more

Myanmar revives overland route

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 14 December 2017: Tourists can once more apply for permits to travel overland from Inle Lake to Keng Tung a historical city around 100 km from the border with China and 160 km from Thailand.

The military closed the route along highway 4 from Inle Lake to Keng Tung two years ago, ending a popular overland route used by group tours and even motor bike caravans.

According to the Myanmar Tourism Marketing, a public/private organisation that promotes the country’s tourism, the Ministry of Hotel & Tourism announced recently that it was now possible to apply for permits to travel overland. Read more

AirAsia’s Omar shifts role to digital

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, Malaysia, 14 December 2017: AirAsia’s board has approved senior leadership changes, in line with the AirAsia Group’s new digitalisation strategy.

AirAsia’s chief executive officer, Aireen Omar, will be promoted to deputy group CEO – digital, transformation, corporate services.

Her appointment signals AirAsia’s a management strategy to turn an aviation company into a digital corporation. Read more

IATA: Airlines perform well in October

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

GENEVA 14 December 2017: Global passenger traffic in October, measured in revenue passenger kilometres, rose 7,2% according to the latest International Air Transport Association (IATA) results.

IATA reported capacity grew 6.2% and load factor climbed 0.8 percentage points to 80.8%, which was a record for the month.

October’s performance was a strong bounce-back after the hurricane-related disruptions in September. Domestic and international travel growth largely was in balance. Read more

Air China codeshares with Air Canada

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 14 December 2017:  Air Canada and Air China  announced, Wednesday, they will expand their codeshare services and lounge agreement in time for the 2018 Canada-China Year of Tourism.

Recognizing the importance of tourism and trade between the two countries, the two airlines are finalising a planned joint venture, while satisfying both countries’ applicable regulatory conditions.

The two Star Alliance carriers also launched their first joint frequent flyer promotion to offer members up to a 30% bonus in miles effective 15 December for eligible travel between 1 April to 15 June, 2018 on all Air China and Air Canada flights between the two countries. Read more

AirAsia X launches Jeju flight

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News, North Asia

JEJU, 13 DECEMBER 2017 –AirAsia X has launched flights to the South Korean island of Jeju, Tuesday.

Flight D7 501 on an Airbus A330-300 landed at Jeju International Airport, Tuesday, making AirAsia X, the only airline with direct connections between Kuala Lumpur and the popular tourist largest island off the coast of the Korean Peninsula.

Jeju is the airline’s third destination in South Korea after Seoul (Incheon) and Busan. Read more

New book launch

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Myanmar, News

CHIANG RAI, 14 December 2017: Knowledge Media Group will release its latest guidebook, ‘The Best of Myanmar’ at a book launch, 27 December, hosted by Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake, Yangon.

Publisher, Jaffee Yee, describes Best of Myanmar  as a “premium armchair travel guide to showcase as much as possible all of the best Myanmar has to offer.”

Content includes top attractions, rare flora and fauna, art and cultural heritage, luxury river cruises, hotels and resorts and fine dining. Read more

Brexit: Britain cannot avoid EU rules

December 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 14 December 2017: The EU must make Britain’s air industry sign up to the bloc’s environment rules if it wants to keep access to European skies after Brexit, a campaign group warned in a report Wednesday.

Airlines should stay in the EU’s emissions trading scheme and follow rules against subsidies to prevent Britain becoming a “carbon haven”, Brussels-based group Transport and Environment said in the report seen by AFP.

The group — which has had meetings with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier’s task force — warned that without a deal British planes could be unable to land in the bloc the day after the UK leaves. Read more

Emirates cuts business fares

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 13 December 2017: Emirates is offering deals on business class fares for bookings made by 25 December.

The special business class fares are valid for for travel between 1 January and 30 June 2018.

All-inclusive business class fares from Singapore to select destinations start at SGD2,859 to Dubai. Read more

PATA to campaign for gender equality

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Associations, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 13 December 2017: Pacific Asia Travel Association will advocate for better gender equality in the travel and tourism industry in 2018.

The decision is in line with United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal Five, that calls for gender equality in travel.

PATA chairperson Sarah Mathews made the  announcement recently stating that while the world has achieved progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment under the Millennium Development Goals, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence in every part of the world. Read more

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