More US travel bans in the making

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 25 September 2017: More countries could be hit with tough travel restrictions to the United States after the ban on people from six mainly Muslim countries expires from Sunday, Trump administration officials hinted at the weekend.

White House and Homeland Security officials said that after a 50-day review, they had identified a number of countries that could not or were not willing to meet US standards for identifying potential terror threats.

President Donald Trump, whose initial measures against the six countries were blasted as an effective “Muslim ban,” has yet to make a final decision on which nations will make the new list for much-restricted issuance of US visas, they said. Read more

Passenger traffic at Changi rises

September 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 22 September 2017: Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.27 million passenger movements in August, a 7.0% year-on-year increase.

There was a 10.7% increase in airfreight throughput to 180,590 tonnes, while aircraft movements rose 4.9% to 31,750 landings and take-offs.

Passenger traffic during August was supported by growth across all regions, with air travel to and from South Asia, Africa and the Americas rising by double digits. Read more

Data partnership supports airports

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 8 September 2017: Airports are about to receive an enhanced insight on their travellers’ profile following a new collaboration between ForwardKeys and Skyscanner,

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions a day, while Skyscanner the award-winning global travel search site.

The agreement to share data will enable airports to see the catchment areas of their travellers and discover whether they are suffering from “leakage” to other airports. It will help airport executives decide which new routes to develop. Read more

Travel agents see market shrink

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: Thailand’s inbound travel companies continue to face declines in tourists using their services, based on the latest data from the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

Based on a meet-and-greet tally at Bangkok’s two gateway airports, ATTA members provided services for 3,740,187 travellers, January to August 20, this year, down by 6%.

ATTA provides the most accurate barometer of the state of health of the inbound travel agency scene, but limited to guests met at Bangkok’s two gateway airports. Read more

Singaporeans fast track immigration

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017: The first automated passport checkpoints opened at the weekend at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in a bid to reduce long queues at immigration checkpoints.

The automated channels are now open to Singaporean travellers in the first phase of a project to introduce automated checks for foreign passport holders.

Thai nationals have been using automated checkpoints for more than five years, but the at least one official is on duty to assist travellers who are not confident with the automated process. Read more

Fewer gates for eVisa travel

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 21 August 2017: Travellers should be aware that Cambodia’s eVisa is not available at every immigration checkpoint in the country.

Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced, last week, a decision to restrict the scope of the eVisa with regards entry locations.

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Ryanair calls for booze curb

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 16 August 2017: Ryanair on Monday called for British airports to impose a two-drink limit on passengers and end boozing at breakfast time to help curb a rise in rowdy passengers.

The Irish no-frills airline wants airport bars and restaurants to check boarding passes and sell no more than two alcohol drinks per pass, in addition to stopping them selling any alcohol before 1000.

Ryanair said its intervention came “in the wake of increased disruptive behaviour from passengers travelling from British airports”. Read more

TM6 form just a duplication

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 August 2017: Thai travellers will face less paper work when they travel overseas, this October, following a decision  to phase out the departure and arrival card known as TM6, but only for its nationals.

Foreigners entering Thailand will still have to complete a brand new TM6 that will incorporate additional questions to aid tourism marketing.

Travellers fill out the form at land, sea and air borders, but it is the main gateway airports that cannot cope with the long queues at immigration counters. Read more

Popularity causes checkpoint delays

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 August 2017: Thailand’s second gateway Don Mueang International Airport pledges to improve airport immigration services after passengers suffered delays of up to four hours to pass through immigration checks last weekend.

The country’s Immigration Bureau acknowledged that it was grossly understaffed and efforts to recruit hundreds of new officers to staff empty checkpoints at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports have largely failed.

Thailand’s tourism planners and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are partly to blame for the long queues. More support was needed to head off the immigration bureau staff shortage when alerted three years ago. Read more

2017 slumps 7% for Thai agents

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 7 August 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 3,365,734 travellers, January to July this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 7.2% from 3,627,261 trips during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, late 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 vice president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, said organise programmes and provide products corresponding to the state’s policy would help to boost tourism business. Read more

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