AirAsia opens good pop-up stores

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Malaysia

PHOTO: (2nd from Left) Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz, senior general manager, Commercial Services Malaysia Airports; (centre) Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, managing director of Malaysia Airports; (3rd from right) Yap Mun Ching, executive director of AirAsia Foundation; (4th from right) Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, executive chairman of AirAsia Berhad and Group CEO of AirAsia X with members of the media holding the Christmas GOOD Boxes in front of AirAsia Foundation ‘Destination: GOOD pop-up store@klia2’.

SEPANG, 20 November 2017; AirAsia Group, AirAsia Foundation has opened its first social enterprise pop-up shop at Kuala Lumpur  international airport 2.

Named ‘Destination: GOOD’, the store retails selected social enterprise gift items from around the region.

Opened as a joint collaboration with Malaysia Airports, Destination: GOOD pop-up@klia2 creates a shopping experience for travellers who are keen to source sustainable products. Read more

ASEAN plus 3 meeting in Bangkok

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Lens Lines, Thailand

ASEAN + 3 line-up. (from Left) Suriyani Ali, Deputy Director Economic Planning Unit, Prime Ministers’ Department of Malaysia; Mary Ash Day Oquendo Malimit, Chief Economic Development Specialist of National Economic and Development Authourity (NEDA); H.E. Ms. Phasporn Sangasubana, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Mission of Thailand to ASEAN; Dr. Suriya Chindawongse; H.E. Dr. Pichit Akarathit; Rhodora Concepcion, Regional Cooperation Specialist of Asian Development Bank (ADB); Men Jing, Project Manager of China Development Bank; Lim Chze Cheen, Director of the ASEAN Connectivity Division and Borg Stein Tham, Deputy Director of Department of ASEAN Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singapore

BANGKOK, 17 October 2017: The opening ceremony for the ASEAN+3 Symposium on Promoting Regional Connectivity’s was hosted at the Dusit Thani, Bangkok.

The event was opened by Thailand’s  Deputy Minister of Transport, Dr Pichit Akarathit,  who was the guest of honour.

Organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, Director-General of ASEAN Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr Suriya Chindawongse, welcomed participants. Read more

China attracts ASEAN interest

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

GUANGZHOU, China, 5 September 2017: The China (Guangdong) International Tourism Industry Expo 2017 (CITIE) will open 8 September at the China Import and Export Fair Complex, here in Guangzhou.

By the time the expo closes, 10 September, the organisers promise business transactions will have been concluded that will tap China’s vast outbound travel market particular for Asian destinations.

Show organisers confirmed more than 4,500 booths have booked 90,000 m2 of exhibition space presenting travel content from 55 countries and 22 Chinese provinces, and autonomous regions. Read more

AirAsia honoured for marketing campaign

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Lens Lines, Malaysia, News

AirAsia Group CEO for Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan accepts the award on behalf of AirAsia Group from Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

SEPANG, 10 August 2017: AirAsia snapped up the best Asean marketing campaign at the Asean Tourism Association (ASEANTA) Awards for Excellence, Tuesday.

AirAsia’s “Think ASEAN, Think AirAsia” campaign was named Best ASEAN Marketing and Promotional Campaign at the 30th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence hosted at the Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta last night.

The awards coincided with same-day celebrations to mark the founding of ASEAN, 50 years. Read more

Thailand focuses on ATF agenda

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

VINH PHUC, VIETNAM, 3 August 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, met with tourism officials from national tourist offices from ASEAN nations, including Vietnam,  to update them on Thailand’s readiness to host the 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018.

The 46th ASEAN National Tourism National Organisations, held last month, gave the ministry’s permanent secretary an opportunity to update officials on ATF, which will be held 22 to 26 January. in Chiang Mai, the first time the forum has been hosted in North Thailand.

ASEAN tourism officials are collaborating to promote gastronomy tourism, tourism investment, cruise tourism and community based tourism. Read more

ASEAN PR gathers in Bali

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 26 July 2017: The first-ever public relations conference on a global scale in Asia will be hosted in Bali, 20 to 23 September.

The event will be organised by ASEAN Public Relations Network (APRN), and Global Alliance PR and Communication Management.

APRN was established in 2014 and chaired by its founder, Prita Kemal Gani, who is also a former chair of Perhumas and owner of the London School of Public Relations. Read more

Lens Lines: Food for flying

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 31 March 2017: Bangkok Airways presented its  latest inflight menus to Bangkok journalists who were given a preview during a media event, Thursday.

Tagged “The best of Thai and ASEAN cuisine,” the new menu rotates six Thai dishes and on the national days of the other nine ASEAN nations a signature dish will be served to mark the occasion.

The menu launch was hosted at Suvarnabhumi Airport by Sirichalerm Svasti, Inflight services consultant of Bangkok Airways, together with the airline’s inflight services manager, Aramsri Tassanasuwan  and Bangkok Air Catering director corporate communications Amorn Rassamesangpetch. Read more

Chinese launches Cambodian airline

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

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

Vietnam opens ASEAN standard toilet

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

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

AirAsia rolls out ASEAN fashion runway

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Aviation, Malaysia, News

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

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