Turkey tourism falls 26%

January 17, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

ISTANBUL, 17 January 2017: Yavuz Indere has worked as a hotel receptionist in Istanbul for nearly half a century, witnessing coups, unrest and economic crises.

But as a string of terror attacks erodes the backbone of Turkey’s key tourism sector, Indere admits he has never seen anything like this in the city.

“I’ve been doing this job for 45 years, obviously I’ve had tough years, but this time it was different,” he told AFP at his tiny hotel in the historic Sultanahmet area, the scene of a deadly attack, 12 January 2016, that rocked the tourism industry. Read more

Bomb hoax grounds plane

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

KUWAIT CITY, 16 January 2017: A German plane carrying 299 passengers made an emergency landing in Kuwait on Sunday over a hoax bomb threat, authorities in the Gulf emirate said.

The aircraft was operated by Eurowings, a low-cost carrier owned by Lufthansa, that competes head-on with Ryanair and Easyjet.

The aircraft was travelling from Salalah in Oman to Cologne in Germany when the captain requested an emergency landing. Read more

Thai airports tighten security

October 12, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 October 2016: Airports of Thailand tightened security, Monday, at  six airports nation-wide,  following a police alert that warned bomb attacks could target Bangkok’s airports and tourist attractions in late October.

AoT’s president, Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, said security checks would be increased at airports following the announcement by National Police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, who instructed police to step up security following an intelligence report of possible bomb attacks in Bangkok and its suburbs, later this month.

According to deputy police chief, Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, there was information suggesting several car bomb attacks were being planned for the Thai capital and its suburbs between 25 and 30 October. The targets of the attacks could be airports, parking lots, tourist attractions and shopping malls. Read more

Bombs fail to slow Thai tourism

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 October 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits to Thailand exceeded 22.41 million, an improvement of 11.75% during January to August this year.

Released Tuesday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 22,412,610 international visits during the first eight months of this year, compared to 20,055,513 visits during the same period last year.

The data is based on foreign passports, or ID holders  (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia,) through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). Read more

Bomb blast in New York

September 19, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 19 September 2016: An explosion rocked one of the most fashionable neighbourhoods of New York on Saturday night, injuring 29 people, one seriously, a week after America’s financial capital marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated the blast was not accidental, even if there was no known link to terrorism.

“We believe it was intentional. As soon as we’re able to determine what specifically caused this explosion, we will report it,” de Blasio said. Read more

Bangkok: Daily travel tally declines

September 6, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 6 September 2016: Tourist arrivals through the country’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, have continued to slow down, between 4% to 12% daily, for the 19-day period following the bombs attacks in the seven southern provinces 11 to 12 August.

At the time of the bomb attacks the daily tally of tourist arrivals was 55,000 plus, but by the end of August the tally was around 34,000 visitors.

Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism updated the daily tally, late last week, covering the period, 13 to 31 August, on its website. Read more

Tourist town bomb suspect arrested

September 5, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 September 2016: Thai authorities have arrested the first suspect linked to a string of bomb and arson attacks that rocked southern tourist towns mid- August, a police officer said Saturday.

The coordinated blasts erupted across seven provinces on 11 to 12 August, killing four and injuring dozens, including foreign tourists.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing spree but analysts say it bore the hallmarks of ethnic Malay insurgents behind a 12-year rebellion concentrated further south. Read more

Thailand’s daily visitor tally slow

August 26, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 August 2016: Tourist arrivals through the country’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, have continued to slow down between 5% to 8% daily for a 12-day period following the bombs attacks in the seven southern provinces, 11 to 12 August.

Tourism officials said the decline was not excessive, claiming it was manageable and consistent with past performance figures during a crisis.

They highlighted the need to maintain the heightened security and build travel confidence across the country, while being alert. They noted that attacks in tourist destinations are occurring worldwide in popular tourist destinations. Read more

Arrests not linked to bomb attacks

August 22, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 August 2016: A group of 15 suspects detained by the Thai military investigating the 12 August tourist resort bomb attacks was not involved in the blasts, police said Friday, adding to confusion surrounding the case.

The junta was quoted earlier on Thursday saying the detainees had been held during their investigation into the bombing spree, which hit tourist towns in the south, killing four and wounding dozens, including Europeans.

But on Friday police officials said the group — many of whom were elderly — had instead set up an illegal network aimed at overthrowing the regime and were unconnected to last week’s attacks. Read more

Tourism braves the storm

August 19, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 19 August 2016: Tourist arrivals through the country’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport, slowed down between 5% to 11% daily for a six-day period following the bombs attacks in the seven southern provinces 11 to 12 August.

Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism updated the daily tally, Thursday, for the period  13 to 18 August, on its website based on the Immigration Bureau data collected at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand’s main gateway airport.

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s public relations department forwarded PDF charts of the tourist flow to the media for 11 to 18 August. They showed a slight upturn 17 and 18 August in the daily tally of tourist arrivals at Suvarnabhumi Airport Bangkok. Read more

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