Taiwan extends visa free for Thais

April 27, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 27 April 2017: Good news for Thai travellers as Taiwan decides to extend visa-free visits for Thai passport holders for another year until the end of July 2018.

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China (Taiwan), the visa exemption that was offered to nationals of Thailand and Brunei will now be extended to 31 July, 2018.

It was due to expire 31 July this year. Read more

China buys Brazil airport

April 26, 2017 by  
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BRASILIA, 26 April 2017: Chinese conglomerate HNA has agreed to buy a stake in Rio de Janeiro’s airport from the corruption-tainted Brazilian firm Odebrecht, a government official said Tuesday.

HNA will take over from Odebrecht as the joint holder of a controlling stake in Tom Jobim airport, Brazil’s second busiest air hub with some 17 million passengers a year.

“The Odebrecht-HNA deal is closed. Only the paperwork remains,” a senior economy official in the government, Tarcisio de Freitas, told AFP. Read more

Air China resumes Korea flight

April 26, 2017 by  
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BEIJING, 26 April 2017: Air China will resume services to North Korea, 5 May after suspending flights for around two weeks.

At the time media reports said the cancellation was a response to political and military tension in the region.

However, the airline insisted it was a commercial decision due to low traffic response. Read more

Snow but no skiers

April 26, 2017 by  
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MASIKRYONG, NORTH KOREA, 26 April 2017: Outside a large stone tablet acclaims “the work of Dear Leader Kim Jong-Un who devoted hard work and heart and soul to make our people the happiest and most civilised people”.

On the ski fields of Mount Taehwa, groomed pistes snake down wooded hillsides to a luxurious hotel and a giant screen showing a North Korean army choir. But the runs are empty.

Work began on Masikryong ski resort, the only one in the North and the brainchild of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, after Pyeongchang in the neighbouring South was awarded the 2018 winter Olympics. Read more

No politics behind flight suspension

April 19, 2017 by  
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BEIJING, 19 April 2017: China Monday denied any political motive in the cancellation of flights by its flag carrier to North Korea, as pressure mounts on Beijing to help curb Pyongyang’s weapons programmes.

State broadcaster CCTV reported last Friday that Air China had suspended its Beijing-Pyongyang route, leading to speculation the move was intended to pressure the North.

But foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang distanced his government from the decision and said it was purely “market-based”. Read more

Air China suspends North Korea flights

April 18, 2017 by  
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BEIJING, 18 April 2017: Flights between Beijing and Pyongyang operated by Air China, the only foreign carrier operating regular commercial flights into North Korea, were suspended Monday, state broadcaster CCTV said on its official website.

The news comes in the wake of North Korean army statements vowing a “merciless” response to any US provocation, according to the country’s official news agency KCNA.

Reports of activity at a nuclear test site in North Korea ahead of Saturday’s 105th anniversary of the birth of the country’s founder Kim Il-Sung have fuelled speculation it could imminently carry out a sixth test. Read more

Hilton Garden opens in Shanghai

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 10 April 2017: Hilton announced the opening of Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao, Friday, which marks the debut of the Hilton Garden Inn brand in Shanghai.

Hilton currently manages Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund, Hilton Shanghai, Hilton Shanghai Hongqiao, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Shanghai – Pudong in this top tier city.

“The addition of Hilton Garden Inn Shanghai Hongqiao enables us to address the growing demand in the city’s mid-market segment,” said Hilton senior vice president, operations, Greater China & Mongolia, Bruce McKenzie. “This is our 12 Hilton Garden Inn hotel in China… With a pipeline of over 230 hotels, including more than 30 Hilton Garden Inn hotels, we will continue to provide our guests with more choice in this key market.” Read more

Japan the favourite for Thais

BANGKOK, 7 April 2017: Japan ranked as the top destination for Thai travellers in 2016 according to Hotels.com’s latest Hotel Price Index (HPI).

Released Tuesday, the index reported that Thai travellers spent 10% more when travelling to Japan and South Korea – their favourite destinations in 2016.

Japan’s Tokyo, Osaka and Sapporo were the three favourite destinations for Thai travellers. Read more

Speed date at ITB China

April 7, 2017 by  
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BERLIN, 7 April 2017: China’s largest lifestyle service provider, Meituan-Dianping, will host a speed-dating event on the first day of ITB China, an inaugural trade show scheduled for Shanghai, 10 to 12 May.

The event will enable buyers to establish business links with Meituan-Dianping that has been developing its travel services since 2013.

With the synergy of its hotel, tourism and catering units, Meituan-Dianping aims at working with top-ranked travel service providers to become a one-stop full-service app for China’s consumers. Read more

Wyndham hits a million members

April 5, 2017 by  
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SHANGHAI, 5 April 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group’s loyalty programme announced, Tuesday, that it has surpassed 50 million members worldwide.

Wyndham Rewards’ milestone member enrolled, last week, at the newly opened Wyndham Grand Xiame.

Wyndham is currently the largest US-based hotel company in China with more than 1,300 hotels and expects to hit more than 2,000 hotels in country by the end of 2019. Read more

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