Bus fleet boost for festive season

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 December, 2017: Thailand’s transport authorities are engaging overdrive to prepare for the annual exodus of holiday makers from the Thai capital over the Christmas and New Year weeks.

Authorities confirmed 9,000 additional daily bus trip will be arranged to ferry more than 198,000 daily passengers during the festive season week.

The busiest days will be from 28 to 30 December when  daily passenger traffic will increase by 2,400 trips from around an average of 6,200 trips daily during the rest of the year. Read more

Vietjet links Nha Trang and Seoul

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 12 December 2017 – Vietjet launched its newest route last week, from Nha Trang, Vietnam to Seoul, South Korea.

Connecting the two popular travel destinations, the route will help to meet travel demands and promote trade between the two countries.

Vietjet now operates six international routes connecting Vietnam and South Korea. Read more

Laos Visit Year is hard to pin down

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

BANGKOK, 12 December 2017: Time is ticking by on the recently introduced Visit Laos Year 2018 without any accurate revelations on what makes the year special for international travellers.

Critics would be right to describe this “Visit Year” project as a botched effort by government to dupe travellers into thinking there are incentives and valuable reasons to buy a holiday in Laos during 2018.

There is a general consensus in the travel segment, particularly from the perspective of governments, that Visit Years can be announced at the drop of a hat. No one in the travel industry asks serious questions about strategy, budgets and specific Visit Year signature events. Read more

EU concerns over Air Berlin bid

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 12 December 2017: The European Union said Friday it was concerned about the impact on competition of German airline Lufthansa’s plan to take over routes operated by failed rival Air Berlin.

“We have quite deep competition concerns because there is a risk that on some routes Lufthansa becomes de facto a monopoly,” EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said at a news conference.

The warning comes a week after Lufthansa offered concessions to encourage the European Commission to green-light its planned purchase of parts of Air Berlin. Read more

Festive season celebrations

BANGKOK, 12 December 2017: Rembrandt Hotel presents its festive season calendar that feature special dining experiences in four award-winning restaurants.

On offer are party venues and fixed-price festive promotions from 24 December to 1 January 2018.

The four restaurant venues: Read more

Asia sustains Thai travel agency bookings

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 8 December 2017:  Thailand’s inbound tour companies are enjoying a 5.76% increase in clients using their ground services, January through to 30 November.

The latest data from the Association of Thai Travel agents shows member companies handled 5,330,881 clients at Bangkok’s two gateway airports.

ATTA does not provide figures for clients handled at airports elsewhere in the country. Read more

Two fly cheaper than one

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 8 December 2017: Thai Airways International celebrated the 30th anniversary of direct flight to Auckland, New Zealand, by offering special fares.

The “Auckland 2gether” economy class promotional fares, took effect Thursday and are valid through to 31 December.

THAI is also celebrating the launch of  its new route to Vienna, Austria, with a promotional fare, effective  through to 31 January 2018. Read more

Northeast India eyes ASEAN travel markets

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

GUWAHATI, Assam India, 8 December 2017: More flights, an aggressive campaign to double northeast India’s tourist arrivals in five years were key elements in the game plan outlined by Secretary of Tourism, Government of India, Rashmi Verma, during a three-day travel mart hosted in Guwahati, Assam.

Details of the northeast strategy and campaign were presented by the Secretary of Tourism, during the travel mart briefing, attended by media and international buyers from 29 countries, earlier this week.

Over 160,000 foreign and 7.7 million domestic tourists visited Assam and other northeast states during 2016, registering a 5.2% increase over previous year. Read more

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

Catalan crisis cuts hotel bookings

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

MADRID, 8 December 2017: Hotel reservations in Barcelona are down by 10% in the first quarter of 2018 over the same time last year due to Catalonia’s separatist crisis, which could lead to job losses in the sector, industry lobby group Exceltur said earlier this week.

If the trend continues “tourism company heads may have to start adjusting the number of their employees to adapt to lower levels of demand,” Exceltur — which groups Spain’s major hotel chains and tour operators — said in a statement.

Hotels expect they would have to reduce their staff by an average of 8.2%, while car rental firms predict they would shrink their payrolls by about 5%, it added. Read more

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