Don’t rip off festival fans

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

SIEM REAP, 24 March 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has urged tourism operators and related businesses to maintain prices during major festivals.

According to a Khmer Times report Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, threatened to suspend licenses of business owners if they failed to display the correct prices for goods and services over the Khmer New Year, especially during the mid-April Angkor Sankranta celebrations in Siem Reap.

Khmer New Year is celebrated at the same time as Songkran in Thailand that starts on Thursday 13 April. Easter is also celebrated worldwide during the same week. Read more

Bagan map in pipeline

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 24 March 2017: Bagan Tourism Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are working on a new tourist map of Bagan.

Myanmar Times media quoted Bagan Tourism Development assistant project manager, Daw Yu Yu Lin, saying the map would make it easier for visitors to explore the heritage destinations.

“The guide map will also highlight some not-so-well-known pagodas where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of Bagan.” Read more

Thai airports improve passenger traffic

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Airports of Thailand reported strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during February this year.

AoT reported, on Tuesday, that all of its supervised airports served 11,177,269 passengers, up 4.59% from 10,686,642 when compared with the same month in 2016.

Overall, aircraft movements also increased by 2.96% from 64,624 to 66,535. Read more

Regional hotel rates soften

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

LONDON, 24 March 2017: Hotels in the Asia Pacific region reported mixed revenue and occupancy results during February 2017, according to the latest data from STR.

Based on US dollar constant currency, year-over-year comparisons, hotels in the Asia Pacific region saw occupancy increase by 8% to an average 68.7% during February.

However the average daily rate (ADR) slipped 5% to USD102.95. Read more

LENS LINES: Centara Maldives wins awards

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

MALDIVES, 24 March 2017: Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives won two prestigious awards, the ‘Leading All Inclusive Resort’ from South Asian Travel Awards 2016 and the ‘Guest Review Award 2016’ from Booking.com, one of the largest global travel websites.

The South Asian Travel Awards is the first-ever regional travel awards endorsed by multi national associations.

Awards were presented to leading hotels and resorts, travel agencies and partners in over 30 categories represented in Sri Lanka, Maldives and India. Read more

Sunway names hotel GM

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Trade Talk

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 March 2017: Sunway Hotels & Resorts has announced the appointment of Michael Monks as general manager for Sunway Putra Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Drawing on over 35 years of hospitality industry experience, Monks is responsible for the overall operations at Sunway’s 650-room hotel, located opposite Kuala Lumpur’s Putra World Trade Centre (PTWC).

A British national, he joins Sunway from Crowne Plaza Xi’an in China where he was  general manager. He has worked in China’s hotel sector for more than 15 years. Read more

OTAs told to drop illegal hotels

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: The Thai government intends to work closely with the private sector to sift out illegal hotel operators that sell rooms through the online room bookings space.

Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn chaired a meeting of the National Policy Committee for Tourism, earlier this week to discuss the subject within the framework of tourism management and community tourism promotions, according to the National News Bureau.

Gen Tanasak noted at the meeting that tourist arrivals had surpassed 6 million and generating more than THB300 million in revenue. Read more

Lost without my laptop

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DUBAI, 24 March 2017: Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration Wednesday at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation.

From Saturday, passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in any device larger than a smartphone, including laptops and tablets.

The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted via explosives planted in electronic devices. Read more

New Zealand: No longer 100% pure

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

CHRISTCHURCH, 24 March 2017: New Zealand’s strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment that threaten to undermine its “clean, green” reputation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned Tuesday.

The South Pacific nation has long marketed itself internationally as “100% pure” and is undergoing a tourism boom as visitors flock to see the spectacular scenery featured in films such as “The Hobbit” trilogy.

But an OECD report said the environment was paying the price for growth in the farm-reliant economy, which is currently among the strongest in the developed world at more than 3%. Read more

Philippines a hard sell

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

MANILA, 24 March 2017: The Philippines tourism secretary urged the media, Wednesday, to “tone down” cover of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war, complaining that reports on extrajudicial killings were scaring away foreigners.

On a trip to Thailand accompanying Duterte, Tourism Secretary, Wanda Teo, insisted the Philippines was a safe destination, but said journalists were making the country a hard sell because of their focus on the killings.

“Help us because you know, it’s really difficult for me to sell the Philippines, especially when extrajudicial killings becomes the topic,” Teo told Filipino reporters following the Duterte entourage. Read more

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