SIEM REAP, 19 January 2017: A meeting to discuss Angkor Archaeological Park preservation will be held next week to identify measures to protect and develop in a sustainable manner the country’s world heritage site.
Khmer Times reported the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), co-chaired by Japan and France, will meet 24 January to discuss ongoing preservation efforts at the Angkor Archaeological Park as well as the up-coming ticket price hike, due to take effect next month.
The two-day meeting will consist of a plenary session to discuss policy and development projects, as well as a technical session, which will see dozens of experts gathered to identify and provide solutions to issues plaguing the UNESCO world heritage site. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 January 2017: A cable car transfer has been proposed to ease congestion on the approach to Tan Son Nhat International Airport on the outskirts of Ho Chi Minh City.
Local media reported the project developer, Vu Huy Thang, had proposed building a cable-propelled transit system for passengers to reach Tan Son Nhat International Airport instead of struggling in the usually crowded main streets leading to Vietnam’s busiest airport.
The cable car system would be built in the nearby Hoang Van Thu and Go Vap parks. Read more
BANGKOK, 19 January 2017: Thai AirAsia will increase flights on the Bangkok-Mandalay route to twice daily starting 17 March.
The airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said direct flights to Myanmar’s second largest city are busy as more Thai people travel to the country mainly on Buddhist pilgrimage holidays.
There is also strong medical tourism traffic out of Mandalay heading to Bangkok’s top hospitals. Visa-free travel between the two countries (airline passengers only) has encouraged travel agents to organise holiday packages in both directions. Read more
SINGAPORE, 19 January 2017: Vietjet has launched its fifth route to Taiwan, linking Ho Chi Minh City with Taichung.
The airline now has the most routes connecting Vietnam and Taiwan and serves more destinations in Taiwan than any other budget airline.
The new service was launched 15 January to meet increased travel demand between the two destinations. Read more
MADRID, 19 January 2017: ASEAN speciality tour operator, Khiri Travel, is showcasing its Southeast Asian travel content at the Spain’s top trade show FITUR.
Khiri Travel says it is attending the trade show to open new travel options in Southeast Asia for Spanish speaking tour operators who wish to discover authentic local travel in Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Maldives.
Khiri Travel is represented at the show by managers, Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka & Maldives, and Florencia Allo Moreno of Khiri Travel Vietnam. Read more
HONG KONG, 19 January 2017: Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has teed off 2017 with the opening of its first golf resort in China, located on Hainan Island.
The property is located on the world-class golf resort of Mission Hills, which boasts 10 18-hole championship courses.
“Hainan Island is one of the most exciting emerging destinations in Asia-Pacific today. With our partners, Mission Hills Group, we have created one of the most immersive golf and leisure travel experiences anywhere in the world,” said Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company president and chief operating officer, Hervé Humler. Read more
PUNE, INDIA, 19 January 2017: ‘Do it yourself trip planning’ was the dominant trend in 2016 and it will continue in 2017 further threatening the traditional tour operator and destination management companies.
TripHobo’s latest research shows do-it-yourself planning seems to be the preferred choice for most travellers, especially millennial travellers.
Summarising travellers’ data through users at TripHobo.com, noted travellers are focusing more on experiential travel, and the trend is to plan trips without outside help from travel companies or travel consultants. Read more
MACAU, 19 January 2017: Two members of an Indian family were found dead and two others unconscious in a luxury Macau hotel room Wednesday in what police said was a suspected suicide case.
The father and eldest son, aged about 52 and 24 were found dead, while the mother and the younger son, aged around 45 and 20, were injured.
“Today at 1408, the [police] department received notification that in a certain casino hotel in the Taipa area, three men and one woman were unconscious in a room,” Macau police said in statement late Wednesday. Read more
TOKYO, 19 January 2017: Japan’s toilet chiefs say they have come up with a plan to stop tourists getting their knickers in a twist over the country’s mind-bogglingly high-tech loos.
Under new guidelines, manufacturers will use the same eight pictograms to tell users which button flushes, which one fires a frighteningly accurate jet of water at the backside and what to press to close the lid.
Japan has been drawing record numbers of tourists in recent years and Tokyo is expecting millions of visitors when it hosts the Olympic Games in 2020. Read more
BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 5,377,843 travellers, January to December, last year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a 3.04% increase from 5,219,066 in 2015.
ATTA released its data, last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide a meet-and-greet service for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.
The association president, Charoen Wangananont, said ASEAN and Asia continue to be major suppliers for Thailand’s inbound tour companies. Read more