Tour East taps Expedia channel

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 16 October 2017: Tour East has gained access to Expedia Local Expert’s programme reaching out to more than 1 million Expedia customers visiting Phuket and Bangkok to offer them in-destination services.

Expedia signed an agreement with Tour East Thailand, earlier this month, that creates a partnership with the inbound tour company and allows it to sell tours and transfers, ultimately in all major tourist destinations in Thailand,

It’s the first agreement of its kind outside of the US where Expedia launched its “Local Experts” programme in 2013 that acts as a concierge for travellers booked through Expedia. Read more

India’s Kerala taps adventure

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia, tour operators

KUMARAKOM, India, 29 September  2017: India’s Kerala State has been rebranded a “land of adventure in a bid to attract young international travellers, according to, the Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran.

He made the comments at the opening of the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Wednesday.

Adopting the theme  ‘Emerging Pathways’, the annual convention aims to position India as the adventure capital of the world. Read more

Asia DMC gains Travelife status

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, tour operators, Vietnam

HANOI, 21 September 2017: Award-winning destination management company ASIA DMC has achieved partner status with Travelife, a global sustainability leader.

To coincide with the celebration of its 20th anniversary, ASIA DMC Vietnam has been awarded partner status with Travelife, a training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies.

This demonstrates the tour company’s on-going commitment to environmental and social sustainability across its business. Read more

TRAVEX to rigorously check buyers

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 8 September 2017: The Tourism Authority of Thailand has pledged to make the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Chiang Mai a success, by improving the quality of TRAVEX buyers. claiming ASEAN destinations earn millions of dollars in business transacted during the three-day trade show.

To add credence to that claim, TAT says it will abide by strict guidelines to scrutinise buyer registration at the show to ensure only decision makers who are empowered to negotiate contracts can attend.

The show in recent year has been criticised for a poor turnout of quality buyers. Critics claim there are too many buyers who view ATF as an annual paid holiday, or reunion with buddy tour operators. Read more

Ctrip reports strong growth

September 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, tour operators

SHANGHAI, 4 September 2017: China’s mega travel corporation Ctrip reports strong financial results in the second quarter of 2017 with net revenue increasing 45% year-on-year to RMB6.4 billion (USD946 million).

The unaudited results revealed Ctrip’s accommodation reservation business delivered healthy growth. Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 reached RMB2.3 billion (USD341 million), representing a 30% increase from the same period of 2016

The transportation ticketing business also continued its strong growth. Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 reached RMB3.0 billion (USD441 million), representing a 49% increase from the same period of 2016, primarily driven by an increase in ticketing volume and the consolidation of Skyscanner’s financial results since December 31, 2016. Read more

ASIA DMC bags six awards

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, tour operators

SHANGHAI, 8 June 2017: ASIA DMC has been named winner at the World Travel Awards in an impressive six categories.

The company was awarded Asia’s Leading Destination Management Company 2017 and also received accolades for the leading DMC in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

ASIA DMC founder Tran Thanh Nam attended the gala ceremony held at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai on the 4 June to collect the awards, accompanied by group managing director Linh Le and Indochina Managing Director Nguyen Thi Tuyet. Read more

Belmond booking office in Manila

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines, tour operators

MANILA, 7 June 2017: Luxury travel specialist, Belmond, has opened a new central reservations office in Manila, in a move to improve customer service in the Asia-Pacific region.

Belmond consultants will be based in Manila to arrange  travel to destinations in Myanmar, Peru, Africa and Italy, spanning the company’s portfolio of trains, river cruises, heritage hotels and safari lodges.

New toll-free telephone numbers have opened for 12 countries. Read more

Travel club in fight to raise prices

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 6 June 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand joins hands with the Online Tourism Club (Thailand)  that seeks to minimise online operators that sell what it called ‘lower quality tour packages.”

The recently-established Online Tourism Club (Thailand) is made up of 44 members who represent tour operators and attractions across Thailand.

The club claims the objective is to work with TAT to stem the practice of selling cheap low quality travel to Chinese independent travellers. Read more

TUI bets on summer boost

May 15, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, tour operators

FRANKFURT, 16 May 2017: German travel group TUI on Monday confirmed its sunny forecast for the full year, betting on strong summer business to outweigh a net loss in the “challenging” first half.

TUI is in the midst of a transformation into a package holiday provider, focussing on its own hotels and cruises after taking over British subsidiary TUI Travel in 2014.

TUI, which runs its business year from October to September, booked a net loss of 363 million euros (USD397 million) for the six months to March. Read more

Downward trend in agency bookings

BANGKOK, 9 May 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 1,887,821 travellers, January to April this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 11.63% from 2,136,197 visits during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide meet-and-greet services for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.

The association’s president, Vichit Prakobgosol, said the number of tourists travelling on itineraries sold by the association’s member companies, this year, should be around the same as last year. Read more

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