CHIANG RAI, 22 October 2018: Whenever the curtain falls on ITB Asia, a three-day mega trade show, there should be a moment for reflection; “ was it really worth the effort? This year’s show, that closed last Friday, demands closer...
SINGAPORE, 17 October 2018: Now in its 11th edition, ITB Asia opens its doors this morning, spot-on at 0900, for three days of selling and buying in the region’s capital of commerce Singapore. Over the three days, 17 to 19...
CHIANG RAI, 10 October 2018: Just a few months back, the debate in Thailand focused on the threat of overtourism, a word we coined to explain how our destinations are at risk from over crowding. We looked at travel forecasts...
CHIANG RAI, 2 October 2018: Myanmar should be congratulated for easing entry formalities for Chinese, Korean and Japanese tourists that took effect 1 October. Koreans and Japanese travellers now enjoy visa-free travel to Myanmar through international airport and recognised land...
CHIANG RAI, 26 September 2018: It’s not fake news, but it’s the next best thing that snares gullible media who forgot to think and evaluate or have fallen into the mindless trap of copy and paste. The Bangkok Post ran...
CHIANG RAI, 18 September 2018: Myanmar’s political capital, Nay Pyi Taw, attracts a captive audience of business travellers who have no other options. They have to fly to Nay Pyi Taw, a 300-km hop from Yangon, to conduct business meetings...
BANGKOK, 12 September 2018: If you were thinking of paying for a British Airways ticket using your credit card think again. The latest reports from the UK claim 380,000 British Airways passengers were victims of a massive hack on the...

Trivago TV ads in hot water

BANGKOK, 10 September 2018: A leading hotel booking website, Trivago, is facing a federal court case in Australia over alleged misrepresentation and misleading TV campaigns. The suit is being filed by the zealous Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, but it...

Beyond the sightseeing bus

CHIANG RAI, 7 September 2018: Promoting secondary destinations exposes the urgent need to source more travel experiences and connect visitors with local experts. In theory, travel experiences go beyond pressing your face up to the window of a tour bus...
CHIANG RAI, 30 August 2018: Today’s watchword is ‘overtourism’ a newcomer to the tourism dictionary, but it is trending and gaining considerable traction. The ‘overtourism’ blight is really a symptom of over industrialising travel turning it into a massive commercial...