Anantara Vacation Club names COO

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, People, Thailand

BANGKOK, 19 October 2017: Anantara Vacation Club has promoted Maurizio Bisicky, the former chief commercial officer, to the new role of chief operating officer.

The promotion adds finance, accounting, legal, IT and development & construction to his current responsibilities of sales & marketing, club operations and human resources.

He joined Anantara Vacation Club in May 2016 to lead the turnaround of the organisation as its senior vice president sales & marketing and subsequently became its chief commercial officer. Read more

Boeing to tweak Nok’s aircraft range

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 October 2017: Nok Air, Thailand’s low-cost carrier is planning regional expansion over the next few months by adding new destinations in mainland China  from Phuket International Airport, Thailand.

Some of the routes will require tweaking the fuel range of its Boeing 737-800s to gain another 900 nautical miles a task that Boeing Company is now addressing.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes, vice president of Northeast Asia sales, Rick Anderson, commented that “Boeing has been working closely with Nok Air for many years… By working together, we will further increase the 737’s efficiency and reliability to enable Nok Air to continue providing its customers with high-quality service and the best flying experience.” Read more

Hong Kongers travel closer to home

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under East Asia, News

HONG KONG, 19 October 2017: Short-haul destinations remain the favourites for Hong Kong’s avid travellers according  Travelzoo that promotes and sells online travel deals.

In its key findings for the first half of the year, short-haul destinations remain by far the most popular vacation choices, while exotic destinations are gaining ground.

Over the first half of the year, Travelzoo published 521 deals in 26 releases of its weekly travel deals for Hong Kong’s travel audience. Read more

Security officers fired after United probe

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

CHICAGO, 19 October 2017: The city of Chicago revealed, Tuesday, that it fired two airport police officers in connection with the controversial removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane earlier this year.

Video of the April incident went viral online, showing airport officers dragging a bloodied David Dao off a full plane to make room for airline crew needing to be repositioned for future flights.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, who heads the mid-west US city’s watchdog office, had been pursuing an internal probe of the officers’ actions. Read more

Plane rides: Uber of the sky

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

LAGUNA BEACH, USA, 19 October 2017: Eviation Aircraft chief executive Omer Bar-Yohay pictures a day not too far away when summoning a bargain plane ride with a smartphone will be as easy as hailing Uber.

The Israel-based start-up working on a self-piloting, electric aircraft was at the WSJD Live conference here Tuesday with a vision of “Uber meeting Tesla in the sky.”

Bar-Yohay spoke of a future in which people could take Uber to a regional airport, then use another smartphone application to summon an Eviation electric plane to whisk them inexpensively to destinations hundreds of miles away. Read more

CEO quits Malaysia Airlines

October 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 October 207: Malaysia Airlines CEO quit Tuesday to take a job at Ryanair, a fresh blow to the troubled Malaysian carrier which is still struggling to recover from twin disasters in 2014.

Peter Bellew has been appointed chief operations officer at the Irish airline, where he used to work, following a recent crisis that led to the cancellation of thousands of flights.

He was the third chief executive of Malaysia Airlines since 2014, when the company was plunged into crisis by the disappearance of flight MH370 and the downing of MH17 over Ukraine. Read more

Oxfam fights for housekeeper rights

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Hospitality, News

OTTAWA, 18 October 2017: Profits in the global hotel industry are based on the systematic exploitation of housekeepers, the majority of whom are poor women living in fear of losing their jobs, says a new report by Oxfam Canada entitled Tourism’s Dirty Secret: The Exploitation of Hotel Housekeepers.

The report points out the alarming truth that it would take a Thai housekeeper based in a hotel in Phuket 14 years to earn what a the highest hotel CEO earns in a day.

Findings were based on interviews with current and former hotel housekeepers in Canada, the Dominican Republic and Thailand. Read more

Manathai muddles summer savers

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 18 October 2017: MANATHAI Hotels & Resorts is offering travellers a 50% reduction on room rates at any of the group’s properties in Thailand.

The exclusive deal will run for five days, 19 to 23 October.

Guests can enjoy a discounted stay at MANATHAI Hua Hin, MANATHAI Khao Lak, MANATHAI Surin Phuket and MANATHAI Koh Samui. Read more

Cebu Pacific flies a seat sale

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Philippines, Travel Deals

SINGAPORE, 18 October 2017: To mark this year’s celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Cebu Pacific Air launched a five-day seat sale that closes midnight 20 October.

The sale offers all-inclusive fares from Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam to four cities in the Philippines*: Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete and Manila, from as low as USD40.

Travel will be valid 1 January to 31 March 2018, which covers the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays. Read more

Hanoi: Walking street gains popularity

October 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 18 October 2017: Hanoi’s Department of Transportation has made adjustments to traffic and transportation in several areas around Hoan Kiem Lake to improve pedestrian street space during weekends as more travellers and residents visit the lakeside attraction.

According to the latest regulations,  all vehicle transport is banned 1900 to 2400 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, on Hang Gai and Cau Go streets (from Luong Van Can street to Dinh Liet street).

On Hang Bai street, cars are prohibited from Ly Thuong Kiet street to Hai Ba Trung street; and taxis are banned from Tran Hung Dao street to Ly Thuong Kiet street. Read more

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