OKINAWA, 22 March 2017: Routes Asia announced at the close of its Okinawa event Monday that Brisbane, Australia, would host the 2018 Routes Asia conference.
The event brings together airlines, airports and stakeholders to discuss air service to, from and within Asia-Pacific.
A consortium comprising of Brisbane Airport Corporation, Brisbane Marketing, Tourism Australia, Tourism Events Queensland and Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will underwrite the 2018 event. Read more
BANGKOK, 16 March 2017: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says 101 venues in Thailand have been certified under the Thailand MICE Venue Standard in 2017.
TCEB’s MICE Capabilities Department director, Nichapa Yoswee, said this year Thailand MICE Venue Standard will extend to cover exhibition venues and special event venue categories in five key cities — Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Khon Kaen — as well as Hat Yai that is now emerging as an events venue.
“Extending the standard to more MICE venues will help to ensure organisers can confidently choose Thailand as the destination for their next MICE events.” Read more
BANGKOK, 16 March 2017: Laguna Phuket Marathon is set to celebrate its 12th year with organisers forecasting more than 7,000 runners from over 40 countries will participate in the June race.
Sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races, the Laguna Phuket Marathon is held from sunset to sunrise over two days, 3 to 4 June.
Organised by sports management company, Go Adventure Asia, the event uses the latest technology in professional race timing and results supplied by Sportstats Asia. Read more
BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Tourism leaders are set to explore future travel and tourism trends at the PATA Annual Summit 2017 in Negombo, Sri Lanka, 18 to 21 May.
The Pacific Asia Travel Association has recruited a strong line-up of speakers and panellists to share their insights and knowledge at the one-day conference that forms an integral part of the association’s annual summit.
The PATA Annual Summit will be hosted by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, 18 to 21 May, at Jetwing Blue Hotel, Negombo. Read more
BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Gulf Air is backing the 2017 Skal Asian Area Annual Congress and General Assembly in Bahrain with a 30% discount on fares to Bahrain for all delegates.
Skal members and their guests attending the 46th Asian Area Congress, this May, receive a discount code when registering. The code applies to selected fares in economy and business class available on the Gulf Air website.
“This is a fantastic gesture by Bahrain’s national carrier and it reflects the importance of our forthcoming congress in a tourism destination that is growing in popularity,” said Skal Asian area president Robert Sohn. Read more
BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok will host ‘Hope Fair’ 28 March.
Established in 2014, Hope Fair will attract more than 100 artisans, craft makers, chefs, and delicatessen outlets.
Vendors are selected for their history, their product lines and what they can offer the community. Read more
SINGAPORE, 14 March 2017: After 10 years and 20 Asia Connect Conferences across Asia, the revitalised Asia Connect will see a few firsts in its next edition.
Recognised for bringing together global hospitality and tourism leaders to connect with new customers and future partners, this year’s event will be held at Marina Mandarin Singapore, 25 to 26 May.
The new edition conference will include a wider scope to address the entire tourism ecosystem; a lively and innovative ‘Three-In-One’ format; and the inaugural Asia Connect Customer Experience (ACCE) Tourism Awards. Read more
BERLIN, 10 March 2017: Five winners of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced Thursday during an awards ceremony held at the Palais am Funkturm, the new official awards venue of ITB Berlin.
For the first time four of the 15 finalists that reached the awards stage at ITB Berlin, this year, were from Asia.
It indicates a growing recognition in Asia that tourism must abide by sustainable tourism principles and be part of the solution to save the environment. Read more
BANGKOK, 10 March 2017: Go Adventure Asia is meeting the press, 14 March, to launch the 2017 Laguna Phuket Marathon, an international sports events endorsed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.
Go Adventure Asia organises the annual event led by the company’s general manager Roman Fosser.
The launch media event will be attended by TAT director of events promotion, Apichai Chatchalermkit, of the Tourism Authority of Thailand; Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau director exhibitions and events Jaruwan Suwannasat, Laguna Phuket senior assistant vice president Anthony Loh and Floesser. Read more
BERLIN, 9 March 2017: Tourism can transform our world and build better understanding in a world living a deficit of tolerance, said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening ceremony of the 2017 edition of ITB Berlin, Wednesday.
He appeared to make a veiled reference to US President Donald Trump’s now infamous travel ban and the signing off a revised ban on Monday.
“We live the worst of times and the best of times. Times when we wake up… to the threat of terrorism on our doorsteps and the glooming numbers of unemployment. Times of isolationism and ill-conceived actions like travel bans, which do not lead to increased security, but just to growing tension. Despite all these complex and interlinked challenges, despite acts against the freedom of travel, the power of tourism continues to shine through the darkness,” Rifai said. Read more