Thailand’s bookings looks bright

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, Thailand, August 22, 2017: Interest in booking Thailand holidays is as robust as ever with the country heading for a great last quarter season, TripAdvisor senior director key accounts APAC, Grant Colquhoun, told a press briefing, Tuesday.

Commenting on TripAdisor’s latest inbound travel data for Thailand he said “barring anything disruptive Thailand tourism is looking robust… there is a wish-to-visit driven by low-cost airlines, new air access and emerging beach resorts.”

He argued that there was no sign of Thailand’s popularity waning, or bookings dampened by a strengthening of the Thai baht against the US dollar and UK pound. Read more

What will not happen in travel

August 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 22 August 2017: Usually experts are telling us what will happen and how to adapt to the every changing travel scene.

This time round, Mike Murray, founder of the hotel booking app Vir.al, predicts what will definitely not happen.

Perhaps a mite tongue-in-cheek, Murray underscores the gulf between hotels and OTAs and the fact that OTAs are happy with the status quo. Read more

Many shades of Asia

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 17 August 2017: Asia Pacific recognised as the world’s largest travel market, mainly due to the presence of China, presents the greatest opportunities for the global tourism industry to expand according to the latest Amadeus Journey of Me Insights study.

Considering that in China, the world’s leading outbound market, less than 9% of the population own a passport, this makes the Asia Pacific traveller a force to be reckoned with – one that presents the greatest opportunity for the travel industry, but also many challenges.

According to Amadeus Asia Pacific president, Albert Pozo, “there is no traveller today quite as important as the Asia Pacific traveller. Yet the irony is that even as we talk about the ‘Asia Pacific traveller’ – it doesn’t exist Read more

Sports spice Phuket MICE

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

PHUKET, 11 August 2017: Sporting events are a key catalyst for Phuket’s MICE demand, with the industry valued at THB5.74 billion, C9 Hotelworks says its latest Phuket MICE Market Update released Thursday.

With Thailand being ranked as the top MICE destination among ASEAN countries in 2016, Phuket is one of the major contributors with 202,555 visitors.

Last year, the domestic sector was the key feeder of MICE travellers, which accounted for 70% of total demand on the island. Read more

Rich travel could look poor

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 9 August 2017: Travellers are adopting new ideas on what constitutes luxury travel, according to the latest Sabre study.

Heading for the exit are the flashy logos and conspicuous consumption, replaced by more subtle indulgences, not so showy and not in the face of those who are blessed with less cash.

The trending shows today’s luxury traveller gravitates toward travel that enables them to live out their personal values and fulfill dreams through exclusive experiences. Read more

Push for Phang Nga airport

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

PHUKET, 7 August 2017: Thailand’s Phang Nga province recorded an all-time record high 4,475,223 visitors in 2016 as tourism revenue topped USD1.16 billion according to a new report by consulting group C9 Hotelworks.

While the numbers are impressive, the destination’s lack of a gateway airport remains a stumbling block to broader success.

Phang Nga and its leading resort area Khao Lak heavily rely on Phuket’s overloaded international airport as a lifeline. With over 12,000 registered hotel rooms in the province and a burgeoning pipeline of new projects, something has to give. Read more

Exchanging urban for rural

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

HUZHOU, CHINA, 3 August 2017: Interest in Asia’s  rural tourism has spiked in recent years as a growing urban Asian population seek to escape their stressed-filled city life, through a relaxing holidays in the countryside.

Huzhou City, China, partnered with the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to host The Second International Rural Tourism Conference last month in Anji County.

During the opening ceremony, PATA chief operating officer, Dale Lawrence, presented the International Rural Tourism Destination Base Award to Anji County Magistrate Chen Yonghua. Read more

Chinese travellers more demanding

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 2 August 2017: Chinese travellers prefer overseas travel and are interested in more diversified itineraries, according the sixth edition of the Hotels.com Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) 2017.

Hotels.com engaged Ipsos, a world leader in market research, to conduct interviews during May 2017 with 3,000 Chinese residents, aged 18 to 54 years, who had travelled overseas in the past 12 months.

The travellers were asked about their spending patterns, travel preferences, booking methods, accommodation choices and future plans, along with many other aspects of their travel. Read more

Shifts in medical tourism

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 1 August 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates income from international patients at private hospitals will generate THB48 to THB49 billion this year, an increase of 3% to 4% year-on-year.

The bank think-tank unit said the number of patients from the Middle East has declined steadily, mainly due to a change in healthcare policies in their home countries and an improvement in quality and standards of their public health systems.

However, the drop in medical tourists from the Middle East should be compensated by international patients from other regions, in particular Asia such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Japan. Read more

Asia’s top travel planners

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 20 July 2017: Hong Kongers are the most organised travel planners booking travel on average just short of 50 days in advance, according to the latest Agoda.com research.

Its holiday booking trends covered 20 countries offering insights on who likes to stay close to home, who tends to book at the last minute, and who are the most serious forward planners.

From the millions of bookings made on the agoda site in 2016, there are some clear distinctions from market to market in terms of booking habits. Read more

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