AirAsia increases Kunming flights

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, Malaysia, 12 December 2017- AirAsia will increase flights from both Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok, Thailand to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, Southwest China.

Flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kunming will increase from daily to double daily starting 19 December, while the Bangkok -Kunming service will also increase to 14 flights weekly, effective 16 January, 2018.

To mark the increase in services, AirAsia is offering all-in-fares as low as MYR179 from Kuala Lumpur to Kunming. Read more

Asia sustains Thai travel agency bookings

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 8 December 2017:  Thailand’s inbound tour companies are enjoying a 5.76% increase in clients using their ground services, January through to 30 November.

The latest data from the Association of Thai Travel agents shows member companies handled 5,330,881 clients at Bangkok’s two gateway airports.

ATTA does not provide figures for clients handled at airports elsewhere in the country. Read more

More Chinese travel further afield

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, trends

BEIJING, 7 December 2017: COTRI projects that China’s outbound travel will increase to 154 million border crossings in 2018, representing a 6.3% year-on-year increase from 2017’s final forecast of 145 million.

The Autumn 2017 edition of the COTRI Market Report contains COTRI’s 2018 forecast for Chinese outbound tourist arrival numbers, released 1 December.

The research institution, said the 2018 figure was made up of 68 million trips to Greater China destinations, a 2% year-on-year increase. Read more

China tours resume to Korea

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 30 November 2017: China is resuming limited tour group travel to South Korea, a sign of warming relations which were strained by Seoul’s installation of a US missile defence system.

Tour group operators in Beijing said Tuesday the city’s tourism bureau had told them they could resume booking group visits to South Korea.

China halted group travel to the South in March after the country began deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which Seoul and Washington say is intended to combat missile threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. Read more

Chinese airlines eye Cambodia routes

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 24 November 2017:  More Chinese airlines are planning services to Cambodia, mainly charter flights that will bring in thousands of package tour holiday makers from China’s major cities.

Ruili Airlines, a Chinese low-cost airline based in Yunnan province, told the Khmer Times it will start a service to  Phnom Penh by the end of this year.

All 160 seats on the new service, using an Airbus A320, will be pre-sold to Chinese tour operators in Yunnan province.  Read more

Phnom Penh faces traffic chaos

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 24 November 2017: Government officials  want China to invest more in a metropolitan rail system and invest in real estate projects in the capital Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh Municipal Governor  Khuong Sreng made the suggestion during a meeting with Li Dejin, vice governor of Fujian province, the People’s Republic of China in Phnom Penh yesterday, according to Khmer Times.

Phnom Penh is heading the same way as other Southeast Asian cities as residents clamour to buy cars  causing both traffic congestion and air pollution. Read more

Air China ends North Korea flight

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 23 November 2017: Air China has suspended flights to North Korea, further limiting the secretive state’s links with the outside world, but the company said Wednesday it was a business decision.

The suspension comes shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Beijing and pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme.

China sent a special envoy, Song Tao, to the North last week but his four-day trip ended with no direct statement on the crisis, after Pyongyang’s series of nuclear and missile tests triggered global alarm. Read more

Thailand’s high season begins

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 20 November 2017: Thai travel agents enjoyed a 102% increase in tourist clients for the period 1 to 10 November when compared with the same 10-day period in November 2016.

In its latest appraisal, Thailand’s Association of Thai Travel Agents confirmed its member companies handled 177,902 clients at Bangkok’s two airports for the first 10 days of November.

It signals the start of the high season for Thailand when tour company business spikes. Read more

ITB China builds partnership

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 16 November 2017: ITB China and the China Tourism Association have confirmed a partnership to present marketing and promotional activities during the annual trade show.

It should beef up attendance by China’s  tour operators to ensure exhibitors can network and fill up their show appointment slots with decision makers from China’s outbound travel market.

The second edition of ITB China will take place, 16 to 18 May, in Shanghai focusing on the Chinese outbound travel market. Read more

AirAsia offers more China flights

November 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia is adding more flights to destinations in China with start dates this November and early 2018.

The flight increases involve the low-cost AirAsia and its offshoot, AirAsia X, a medium to long-haul version.

By 2 March 2018, AirAsia will add three weekly flights, departing Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, according to the latest timetable information from Airlineroute. Read more

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