Travellers’ poll names top airlines

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

BANGKOK, 13 July 2017: Singapore Airlines swept all airline categories in the annual SmartTravelAsia Best in Travel Poll.

Conducted annually since 2004 the online magazine’s awards are based on votes by readers, who have made more than 12 trips a year and have an income of more than USD156,000.

Singapore Airlines swept the board winning Best Airline Worldwide, Best Business Class and Best Cabin Service. Read more

Asian airlines dominate Skytrax’s top 10

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 27 June 2017: Asian airlines dominated Skytrax’s 2017 top 10 rankings of the World Airlines Awards taking six of the 10 leading slots.

Qatar Airways took the top award, but Singapore Airlines was a close second, while Japan’s ANA was third, Cathay Pacific fifth, Taiwan’s EVA sixth, China’s Hainan ninth and Indonesia’s Garuda 10th.

Middle East Airlines, Qatar (first) Emirates, fourth and Etihad, eighth, illustrated the brand strength of the three gateway carriers that now carry the lion’s share of the traffic between Southeast Asia and Europe. Read more

Indian tucker at its best

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Rang Mahal restaurant at the 407-room Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok has won the Editor’s Choice Award for Indian cuisine at the 19th Bangkok’s Best Restaurant awards.

The Rang Mahal was selected by a panel of five judges, with 12 to 23 nominees in each category vying for recognition by Bangkok’s most respected awards in the hospitality industry.

Bangkok Best Restaurant Awards is hosted by Bangkok Best Dining & Entertainment magazine. Read more

Mekong startups win cash awards

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

LUANG PRABANG, 13 July 2017: GoP a travel app startup company serving domestic travellers in Myanmar walked away with the USD10,000 prize at the inaugural MIST awards presentation during the Mekong Tourism Forum last week.

GoP works like a typical travel agency by working with tour operators, hotels tour providers, restaurants and transport operators to offer vacations to Myanmar’s family market. It won the MIST Startup Accelerator Award that comes with a USD10,000 cash prize.

The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Accelerator Programme’s final pitch and awards presentations were key highlights of this year’s Mekong Tourism Forum, held in Luang Prabang, Laos. Read more

ASIA DMC bags six awards

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, tour operators

SHANGHAI, 8 June 2017: ASIA DMC has been named winner at the World Travel Awards in an impressive six categories.

The company was awarded Asia’s Leading Destination Management Company 2017 and also received accolades for the leading DMC in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

ASIA DMC founder Tran Thanh Nam attended the gala ceremony held at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai on the 4 June to collect the awards, accompanied by group managing director Linh Le and Indochina Managing Director Nguyen Thi Tuyet. Read more

Awards for being sustainable

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, News

SINGAPORE, 8 June 2017: Tourism operators in Southeast Asia who claim they are sustainable can prove it by entering the new ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA), launched under the ASEAN’s Tourism Strategic Plan 2016 to 2025.

Twenty sustainable tourism winners – two from each ASEAN member state – will receive a package of benefits that will raise their business profile.

Winners will be highlighted on their national tourist office website and stand to gain exposure through NTO press conferences at trade shows such as ATF, TRAVEX, ITB and WTM. Read more

AirAsia top of the class

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines

SEPANG, MALAYSIA, 8 June 2017: AirAsia has been voted as Asia’s leading low-cost airline for the fifth year running at the 2017 World Travel Awards Asia and Australasia.

The accolade, chosen through votes by travel and tourism professionals, worldwide, recognises AirAsia’s commitment to excellence in service, putting it ahead of contenders; Air India Express, Firefly, GoAir, JetKonnect, JetStar Airways, Lucky Air, Nok Air, Scoot, SpiceJet and West Air.

The airline also won the leading low-cost airline cabin crew award, beating nine other contenders; Air India Express, Firefly, GoAir, JetKonnect, Jetstar Airways, Lucky Air, Nok Air, SpiceJet and West Air. Read more

Ctrip honours Marco Polo

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 6 June 2017: Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel, Gateway Hotel and Prince Hotel have been recognised with a Ctrip Award 2016.

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel was named the Best Business Hotel, Gateway Hotel won Best Popular Hotel, and Prince Hotel received the Best Family-friendly Hotel accolade from Ctrip, signifying that the three hotels have consistently earned outstanding feedback from Ctrip guests on its global platform.

As China’s top online travel agency offering domestic and international hotel and flight bookings, Ctrip has over 90 million online members, as well as 50,000 hotel memberships. Read more

Thai hotels win gold

BANGKOK, 19 May 2017: Thailand ranked the 10th country globally to feature the highest number of gold award-winning properties according to the Hotels.com Loved by Guests Awards 2017.

Released last week, the awards are based on Hotels.com’s analysis of more than 25 million guest reviews, with 2,500 hotels across 87 countries. Those taking home the top prize of a Loved by Guests Gold Award  have all achieved an average guest review rating of 4.7 or higher* (out of 5). Read more

ONYX awards creativity

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 May 2017: ONYX Hospitality Group’s Arts for The Planet 2017 awarded Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab students for their creative and innovative up-cycling achievements.

The group’s president and CEO,  Peter Henley congratulated students of Kasetsart University’s Scrap Lab who won the Best Design, Inspiring Design and Creative Design Awards as part of its Arts for the Planet 2017 project.

The four winning teams received trophies and scholarships worth  THB110,000 from the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation at the award ceremony. Read more

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