Green flag for Thai airlines

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 16 October 2017” Thailand’s aviation industry heaved a sigh or relief, earlier this month, when the International Civil Aviation Organisation removed its red flag on the country’s safety and compliance standards.

A green flag opens the way for Thai airlines to once more add international services to countries that had earlier capped flight levels.

In truth, the country’s airlines were not strictly at fault. They had maintained high safety standards independently of government checks. The problem was government oversight, which proved to be shoddy. Read more

Sports and travel a perfect match.

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 19 September 2017: After 19 years, Malaysia farewells the Formula 1 series later this month, while neighbour Singapore has signed a new contract to keep its famous F1 night race roaring for another five years.

Hosting mega sports events are the Holy Grail for nations keen to create awareness and boost tourism earnings.

Malaysia lowered the curtain on its F1 Grand Prix claiming it was no longer cost effective. Singapore after several rounds of negotiations secured a financial package that should give it bottom-line benefits for the next five year. Read more

Clean up Thai beaches

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

Thailand identified its cleanest beaches and not a single one was a popular beach destination rated by the likes of TripAdvisor.

The Pollution Control Department bases its top 10 list on a scorecard of strict environmental checks of land and sea conditions at all of the country’s beaches.

Predictably, the top beaches were in national parks protected from consumer activities such as hotel and tourism developments.  Some of them close for six months to allow the sensitive environment to recover. Read more

Phuket’s safety needs review

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, News

PHUKET, 15 August 2017: Phuket hoteliers have enough on their mind worrying about the massive increase in new hotels rooms just over the horizon, but there is more to fret about if you have a hotel on Patong Bay.

Hoteliers fear Chinese tour operators might take their tour groups to other beaches on the island to avoid the risky bus transfers to Patong Bay.

Three serious tour bus accidents occurred over the last six weeks on a hilly road that climbs a forested ridge and then drops down in a series of hairpin bends to the popular resort. Read more

Thai airlines codeshare

April 24, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Two Thai airlines finding common ground to cooperate and codeshare spells good news for travel consumers.

Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways announced a comprehensive codeshare agreement, just days before the mid-April Songkran Festival. It’s good news that will make it considerably more convenient to fly the national airline and connect with Bangkok Airways to 10 destinations in is domestic network. Read more

Thanks India for easy visas

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 10 April 2017: India might be a giant in the outbound travel stakes capable of  challenging even China in the long-run, but it is often classed as an under achiever in the lucrative inbound travel market.

That is likely to change as India continues to liberalise and open its visa procedures.

Last year, India attracted 8.89 million visits in 2016, representing an increase of 10.2%. Some of the credit for growth should go to the government’s decision make it easier to obtain visas. Read more