Missiles raise safety risks

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

SEOUL, 8 December 2017: A North Korean ballistic missile was seen by the crew of several airliners last week, aviation authorities said Wednesday, raising concerns about the threat to civilian flights posed by Pyongyang’s unannounced tests.

The North has conducted a flurry of missile tests this year in defiance of repeated international protests, including from aviation authorities.

Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week, which reached an altitude of 4,475 kilometres (2,780 miles) before splashing into the sea 950 kilometres (590 miles) east of its launch site, North Korean state media said. 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

More Chinese travel further afield

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, trends

BEIJING, 7 December 2017: COTRI projects that China’s outbound travel will increase to 154 million border crossings in 2018, representing a 6.3% year-on-year increase from 2017’s final forecast of 145 million.

The Autumn 2017 edition of the COTRI Market Report contains COTRI’s 2018 forecast for Chinese outbound tourist arrival numbers, released 1 December.

The research institution, said the 2018 figure was made up of 68 million trips to Greater China destinations, a 2% year-on-year increase. Read more

Parkview Group owner dies

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SINGAPORE, 6 December 2017: One of Hong Kong’s richest men, George Wong, 65, chairman of Parkview Group died 2 December.

A spokesperson for Parkview Group’s Atlas bar in Singapore reported, 5 December that Wong died peacefully in his sleep last Saturday

In 2013, Wong was named by Forbes as the 39th richest person Hong Kong with a wealth of USD1.09 billion. Read more

Sabre taps Mongolia travel

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SINGAPORE, 30 November, 2017: Sabre has entered into a new distribution agreement with Aviation Services Mongolia (ASM) to distribute the Sabre global distribution system (GDS) in Mongolia.

In tandem with this, ASM has successfully converted Air Market, Mongolia’s largest travel agency, to the Sabre GDS.

The agreement gives Air Market access to 750,000 global hotel properties, 400 international airlines, and hundreds of other services including car rental, rail and cruise providers through the Sabre travel marketplace. Read more

Japan and China top for nosh

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

PARIS, 30 November 2017: Japan and China have more of the world’s best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week.

Although the French-based list will declare Guy Savoy’s flagship Paris riverside restaurant the best in the world for the second year running — and French cooking dominates the top 100 — the big trend is the climb of Chinese haute cuisine.

“The rise and rise of China is the big story,” said Jorg Zipprick, who crunched the numbers for the “guide of guides”, which was set up as a “more scientific and reliable” rival three years ago to the British-based 50 Best Restaurants. Read more

China tours resume to Korea

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 30 November 2017: China is resuming limited tour group travel to South Korea, a sign of warming relations which were strained by Seoul’s installation of a US missile defence system.

Tour group operators in Beijing said Tuesday the city’s tourism bureau had told them they could resume booking group visits to South Korea.

China halted group travel to the South in March after the country began deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which Seoul and Washington say is intended to combat missile threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. Read more

Hong Kong refreshes light show

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 29 November 2017: Travel agents should remind their clients, who are heading to Hong Kong, not to miss the refreshed new version of the Hong Kong’s Symphony of Lights show.

Credited with being the world’s largest permanent light and sound show, according to Guinness World Records, the Hong Kong Tourism Board will introduce an overhauled version for a premiere, 1 December, performance.

The revamped Symphony of Lights will include a new set up with dynamic lighting and a new musical score. Read more

JIN Air opens market sale

November 28, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, Travel Deals

HONG KONG, 28 November 2017: South Korea’s low-cost carrier, Jin Air, is selling fares discounted by up to 88%  through to 1 December.

The quick sale ‘JIN MARKET’ is described as the biggest flight discount promotion that the airline has ever offered inspired by Korea’s department store seasonal super sales.

The JIN MARKET online special discount promotion is offered every six months during Korea’s autumn and spring. Read more

Okay Air thumbs up for Dreamliner

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 27 November 2017: Boeing and China’s first privately owned airline, Okay Airways, have finalised a USD1.4-billion order for five Dreamliner jets, the two companies said on Thursday.

The purchase of the five 787-9 long-haul aircraft by the Beijing-based airline was signed off in the United States on Wednesday and announced on Thursday via the companies’ official accounts on Chinese microblogging site, Weibo.

Okay Airways currently has a fleet of 26 single-corridor Boeing 737 planes, which fly to 70 destinations in China and elsewhere in Asia. Read more

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