Penang cleans up after storm

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 November 2017: Strong winds and heavy rain closed down many of Penang’s tourist attractions as the popular island destination suffered the worst storms in decades.

A weekend of torrential downpour and strong winds, left many parts of Georgetown, the state capital, inundated with flood water, while there were reports of landslides in the hilly regions of the island.

According to bulletins, issued by travel management companies, the storms resulted in the temporarily closure of some sites and activities possibly for rest of the week. Read more

Fly to Udon, drive to Laos

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, TAKEABREAK

UDON THANI, 8 August 2017: Udon Thani is best known as a gateway province to both upper Northeast Thailand and neighbouring Laos and its capital Vientiane.

The city itself serves as an aviation hub, the closest airport to the border with Laos and the starting point for heritage tours that visit Mekong River towns such as Nong Khai, and the World Heritage sites of Ban Chiang.

Major highways link this city to other provinces, while the border is just 60 km by a four and six-lane highway. It is also an important station on the north-south rail line linking Bangkok with Nong Khai. Read more

Chinese vote Thai favourites

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 June 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand announced, Tuesday, the top 14 tourist attractions and activities for Chinese tourists visiting Thailand.

The 2017 People’s Choice Awards Thailand were based on 3.7 million votes cast during a two-week period.

The contest was a continuation of a project carried out successfully in 2015 and 2016 to enhance Thailand’s tourism profile and brand image via social media networks. Read more

Tourists skip London attractions

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 14 June 2017: Terror attacks in Britain have lowered visitor numbers at London attractions and theme parks run by Merlin Entertainments, the company said on Tuesday.

Merlin, which runs the London Eye and Madame Tussauds and a string of theme parks, said the Westminster attack 22 March in which five people were killed initially led to “a softer domestic, day-trip market”.

Two subsequent attacks in Manchester and London, which killed 30 people and injured dozens more “resulted in a further deterioration in domestic demand,” the company said in a stock market trading update. Read more

Where travellers check-in

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

NEEDHAM, MASS, US, 26 April 2017: TripAdvisor launched its first-ever mobile Check-Index, Tuesday, that reveals travellers’ and locals’ most frequented hotels, restaurants and attractions in major world tourism destinations.

The study was based TripAdvisor’s massive databank of mobile check-in information.

“Our mobile Check-Index shows the points of interest where consumers are voting with their feet and actually spending their time,” said TripAdvisor vice president of product, consumer experience Jeff Chow. “It’s interesting to see how in some cities travellers and locals are drawn to the same things to do or places to eat, while in others you see distinct differences in their preferences.” Read more

Oudomxay calls for tourism investment

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

OUDOMXAY, 9 February 2017: Oudomxay Tourism Office says about 100 tourist sites in the province await development in order to attract more tourists.

Vientiane Times quoted the provincial tourism officer, Van Mingboupha, saying the province is encouraging the private sector to take the lead in developing tourism.

“So far about eight businesses have submitted proposals to the provincial Informational, Culture and Tourism Department with suggestions on how to improve of visitor attractions.” Read more

Cave tops Salavan’s tourism agenda

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

SALAVAN, 8 December 2016: Salavan authorities believe they can turn Tham Kaleang Cave into a major tourist attraction in the province.

Lao News Agency reported Tham Kaleang Cave will officially open to visitors during the Lao New Year in April next year.

The cave is located in Taleo village, about 30 km from Salavan on the way to Ta Oy district. 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

ITB Asia: Cable car adds new line

October 21, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 21 October 2016: Faber Peak, a hilltop attraction facing Sentosa, makes its debut at ITB Asia this year.

Best known for its cable car that spans the narrow sea channel between Singapore and Sentosa, the 100-metre high peak is now positioning itself as an attraction for overseas visitors.

The cable car and peak were side-by-side at ITB Asia promoting to the trade for the first time. Read more

TCEB says business events go ahead

October 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 19 October 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau recommends MICE travellers visiting Thailand to continue with their travel plans.

The notice acknowledged that most Thai people will be wearing black or white dress  as a sign of mourning, but this is not required of business travellers attending events in Thailand.

However, TCEB said it would be appreciated if visitors wore appropriate clothing when in public. They should recognise the country is in mourning, but Thai people welcome visitors and this sentiment has not changed. Read more

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