Tachilek on an e-Visa

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 17 January 2017: Travel to the Mekong Region is often called the ‘last frontier,” but with a littler effort the frontier hassles can be rolled back for the determined traveller.

A phrase coined to conjure up the mystique of travel ironically identifies the major snag for travellers to the Greater Mekong Sub-region; frontiers.

Myanmar is a contradiction as far as last frontiers are concerned. It rolls back obstacles through its widely popular e-Visa programme, while frustrating innovative travel providers with frontier closures that put the tourism of entire regions at risk. Read more

Holiday pick is child’s play

December 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Travel Logs

SINGAPORE, 19 December 2016: Children are playing an important role in deciding where families go and what they do when on holiday, a recent Holiday Inn® survey discovered.

A resounding seven in 10 respondents of the Holiday Inn ‘Do More of What You Love’ survey said it was important to get their little one’s input when choosing how and where to spend precious family breaks.

The Holiday Inn sponsored survey covered family with a history of travel in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Read more

Expedia: Book early and bundle

December 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 16 December 2016: Declining airline ticket prices and a global surge in capacity suggests 2017 could be a banner year for global tourism, according to the latest Expedia analysis.

The report advises travellers to book early, at least 21 days up front, and bundle airline bookings with hotels and car rental to take advantage of packaging discounts.

Forecasts and trends are outlined in a report, New Heights for Air Travel, released this week by Expedia and its partner Airlines Reporting Corporation. Read more

Will Thailand revive controversial travel insurance

December 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 15 December 2016: A proposal to introduce compulsory travel insurance for all travellers visiting Thailand failed to gain traction in 2016, mainly due to stiff opposition from the travel industry.

But it hasn’t gone away. It’s hibernating.

The same minister of tourism, who suggested travel insurance and even the ridiculous wrist ID bracelet proposal, remains in the chair and therefore it is likely she will revisit the subject of travel insurance in 2017. Read more

Trending: Busy but free to travel

December 9, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Travel Logs

NEW YORK, 9 December 2016: Americans will spend more on travel in 2017 despite being busier than ever, reaffirming the view that travel matters to most people according to a Travel Trend Outlook by Choice Hotels.

As for preferred international travel destinations, Australia heads the wish-list leading South America and Cuba.

Asian destinations failed to make the priority travel list for those travellers surveyed. Read more

Asia’s rising stars in travel

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Malaysia, Singapore, Travel Logs, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 8 December 2016: TripAdvisor announced, Wednesday, its latest Travellers’ Choice awards for top 10 Destinations on the Rise in Asia and worldwide.

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, took the top spot for Asia, while the laid-back local scene of San Jose del Cabo in Mexico earned the number one ranking in the world.

This is the fifth year of the awards and Travellers’ Choice Destinations on the Rise lists were also released for the US, Europe and South America, according to TripAdvisor. Read more

Grounded: Toddlers in trouble

December 7, 2016 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 7 December 2016: You could say it takes the cake. That particular sarcastic distinction goes to the SMS from Nok Air that expressed thanks for flying with the airline on the previous evening, a flight my friend and family failed to make.

The recipient was not amused. Father, mother and their two-year toddler were denied boarding at Chiang Rai airport for arriving at the check-in counter five minutes after the airline’s 45-minute deadline.

The checkers who were still manning their check-in stations blamed it on the flight’s captain. He was in a hurry to get back to Bangkok. Read more

Southeast Asia’s trending attractions

December 6, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

SINGAPORE, 6 December 2016: TripAdvisor announced, Monday, its Attractions Trend Index that is based on the greatest increase in traveller interest during September to October 2016.

“The Attractions Trend Index reveals the diverse mix of sites and activities in Southeast Asia that are rising with travellers when they move around the region,” said TripAdvisor Asia Pacific communications director, Janice Lee Fang.

“From beautiful beaches to art appreciation and lively market shopping, travellers can find incredibly local experiences across markets that are completely bookable on TripAdvisor this year-end.” Read more

Sydney summer draws a crowd

December 2, 2016 by  
Filed under PACIFIC, Travel Logs

SYDNEY, 2 December 2016: More than 10 million overnight and day trip visitors are expected to visit Sydney during Australia’s summer months, December to February.

To make the most of the warm weather, world famous beaches, globally recognised icons, first class dining scene and calendar of events.

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Cycling in the footsteps of White Rajahs

November 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

SINGAPORE, 3 November 2016: A week-long cycling “Fort-to-Fort” trail launched, earlier in October, by the state’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MTAC) Sarawak and Paradesa Borneo was given an airing at the recent ITB Asia.

The trade show, late October, attracted around 890 buyers and those that visited the Sarawak booth were given a briefing on the new soft adventure travel experiences some of them created by Paradesa Borneo.

The cycle project, co developed with the ministry, identifies a  marketable heritage route for six out of 12 gazetted forts that are linked to the legacy of the Sarawak White Rajahs. Read more

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