PHNOM PENH, 28 February 2017: JC International Airlines, a Chinese-backed airline, owned by a conglomerate in Yunnan province, is almost ready to launch Cambodia’s newest airline.
Phnom Penh Post reported the airline will launch its first services from its home-base in Phnom Penh, 17 March, once its air operator’s certificate is issued.
The airline’s production manager, Cheav Kirirom, was quoted saying the new airline would serve domestic routes, flying between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 28 February 2017: An automatic toilet cabin has been located in downtown Ho Chi Minh City in an effort to raise the standard of public toilets in the southern Vietnamese city.
Local media reported the city’s People’s Committee in District 1 introduced the automatic toilet cabin, last week, the first in a pilot scheme that aims to offer facilities that are compatible with the ASEAN Public Toilet Standard (APTS).
The USD10,909 toilet was installed on the sidewalk at number 116 on Nguyen Du Street. Read more
SEPANG, 10 February 2017: Aspiring fashion designers resident in ASEAN nations are in the frame to win recognition and big cash prizes following the launch of AirAsia’s Runway Ready Designer Search 2017.
Now in its third year, the competition will extend from Malaysia to include all 10 ASEAN countries.
The competition will see audition tours to the capital cities of all member countries, April to June, in search of the top two aspiring fashion designers to represent their country at a grand finale, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, this August. Read more
BANGKOK, 1 February 2017: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says all 10 ASEAN ministers have endorsed the Thailand MICE Venue Standard as the model to adopt across the 10-nation region.
TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said TCEB would take the lead role to finalise the ASEAN MICE Venue Standard based largely on features in Thailand’s own venue standard.
“The vote of confidence from the ASEAN minsters confirmed the ASEAN MICE Venue Standard, will be based on the framework of the Thailand MICE Venue Standard,” he said. Read more
VIENTIANE, 22 November 2016: Laos is believes its top tourist destination, Luang Prabang, is a contender to gain the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) in early 2018.
Vientiane Times quoted Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s Tourism Development Department deputy director, Phonemaly Inthaphome, saying the world heritage town would present its application soon.
“During our last meeting we collected information that would support Luang Prabang’s application. There are 108 criteria that need to be met.” Read more
PHNOM PENH, 14 November 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Education agreed, last week, to set up a joint committee to work on content for vocational training under the “ASEAN Tourism Professionals” initiative to be integrated into the high-school curriculum.
Phnom Penh Post quoted the tourism ministry’s deputy general director, Try Chhiv, saying the agreement was made first week of November to improve human resources in the tourism sector.
The timeframe for content to be included in the curriculum has yet to be determined, he said. Read more
YANGON, 10 November 2016: Myanmar National Airlines will add five weekly flights on its Yangon-Singapore route effective 1 December.
It already flies a daily service and the additions will give it 12 flights a week between the two destinations.
According to the airline, the additional flight will operate in the evenings, Monday to Friday, together with its current daily service to meet travel demand. Read more
SINGAPORE, 10 November 2016: Fifty specially chosen cross border travel products will help to attract more visitors to Southeast Asia during the 50th anniversary celebrations of ASEAN’s founding.
The VISIT ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration 2017 campaign focuses on 50 cross-border travel experiences in Southeast Asia that will showcase the region’s rich diversity.
This will contribute to raising international tourist arrivals to the region from 109 million in 2015 to 121 million by 2017, officials say. Read more
BANGKOK, 14 October 2016: Kasikorn Research Centre said Thailand’s aviation industry is now a driving force in the economy, but it still remains a tough contest for Thailand to become the preferred ASEAN hub.
The bank think-tank unit said positive trends were measured by passenger traffic between 2012 to 2015 at 31 airports (excluding Mae Sariang, Tak and Pattani airports) run by Airports of Thailand and the Department of Civil Aviation.
Annual growth has averaged out at 15.2%. Read more
BANGKOK, 10 October 2016: Weekly airline seat quotas on routes between Thailand and Lao PDR have been substantially increased in a bid to promote trade, investment and tourism between the two countries.
Thai and Lao PDR officials approved, last week, a revised Thai-Lao accord that increases the ceiling on seat capacity on routes between the two countries to as many as 14,500 seats weekly depending on the route.
According to the statement, the agreement will pave the way for designated carriers, registered in both countries, to add more flights on routes that have been restricted for years. Read more