UN tracks population growth

June 22, 2017 by  
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UNITED NATIONS, US, 22 June 2017: The world’s current population of 7.6 billion will balloon to 9.8 billion in 2050, with India’s numbers to surpass China’s in just seven years, a UN report said Wednesday.

Nigeria will overtake the United States by 2050 to become the third most populous country in the world, according to the figures by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

“With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline,” the report’s authors said. Read more

Thai Lion spreads wings

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Thai Lion Air has revised schedules for new international routes out of Bangkok, while plans go ahead for services from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to China.

A daily service from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Denpasar, Bali begins 1 August, a flight that was previously scheduled to start 1 July.

The fight uses a Boeing 737. Read more

Bid to topple giants

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 21 June 2017: China’s C919 and Russia’s MC-21 may be absent from the tarmac at the Paris Air Show, but their makers don’t hide their ambition to nose into the biggest part of the civil aviation market — single-aisle medium-haul aircraft — which is dominated by Airbus and Boeing.

“For decades there were just two families of competing aircraft in the single-aisle segment, the A320 and the 737” built by Airbus and Boeing, said Stephane Albernhe, managing partner at Archery Consulting.

Both firms have been announcing business worth tens of billions of dollars for their mid-range bestsellers at the Paris Air Show, but they’re unlikely to keep the market for themselves for long. Read more

Kunming flight turbulence

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Mekong, News

BEIJING, 19 June 2017: At least 26 people were injured, four of them seriously, when a China Eastern Airlines flight from Paris hit turbulence on Sunday over southwest China, state media said.

The incident happened when Flight MU744 from Charles de Gaulle Airport was descending to land at Kunming Changshui International Airport in Yunnan province, Xinhua news agency reported.

Passengers are being treated for bone fractures, scalp lacerations and soft tissue injuries caused by falling baggage or collisions with overhead lockers, it cited local hospitals as saying. Read more

Junta tough on rail project

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 June 2017: Thailand’s junta chief on Tuesday said he would invoke his ‘absolute powers’ to clear hurdles holding up a multi-billion-dollar deal with China to build a high-speed railway.

The two countries, that enjoy close ties, have agreed to lay track that will ultimately join with a line now under construction in Laos.

The track will eventually link China with Malaysia and Singapore starting in the southern Chinese city of Kunming. Read more

Crown staff charged in China

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under China, News

SYDNEY, 14 June 2017: Up to 18 staff from Australian billionaire James Packer’s Crown Resorts have been charged with promoting gambling in China, eight months after being detained, the company said Tuesday.

The marketing employees were seized in raids across China last October, including an executive in charge of luring rich Chinese to Australia, as Beijing cracks down on high-roller gambling promotions.

Crown at the time said 18 staff were being held, but did not mention the number in an update to the Australian stock exchange. Read more

Lion adds new China route

June 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 13 June 2017: Thai Lion Air will launch a new flight linking Chiang Mai and Guangzhou in China, 16 July.

The new service will strengthen Chiang Mai’s regional gateway status and should encourage more Chinese tourists to visit North Thailand.

According to the airline’s website, the new service will offer four weekly flights between Thailand’s northern capital and Guangzhou, the most populous city Guangdong province, southern China. Read more

China-Lao rail gathers steam

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

LUANG PRABANG, 7 June 2017: A fast rail line from China to Laos will run straight through Luang Prabang, Lao PDR’s famed World Heritage town, when it opens December 2021.

Officials confirmed late last month that the construction of the Laos-China railway is gathering steam as teams bore and drill foundations at 75 tunnel and 167 bridge locations on a route that will stretch 414 km from end-to-end.

The line crosses the China-Lao border with major rail stations planned for Luang Namtha, 360 km northeast of Lao capital, Luang Prabang and Vientiane where it will eventually merge with a line crossing into Thailand at Nong Khai. Read more

Sukhothai in Shanghai

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 5 June 2017: HKR International Limited will open its second hotel under the Sukhothai Hotels & Resorts portfolio in Shanghai, China, late this year.

The other Sukhothai is the group’s flagship hotel, The Sukhothai Bangkok.

The Sukhothai Shanghai, located on Shanghai’s Nanjing Road (West) the central district business, will open with 168 rooms and 33 suites. Read more

Like it or not China drives Asia’s tourism

June 1, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 1 June 2017: Greater China will remain the main source of Asia Pacific arrivals growth through 2021 with Russia also showing strong promise, according to latest findings in the PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2017 to 2021.

Released by the Pacific Asia Travel Association, Wednesday, the report identifies China and the Russian Federation as the key source markets to watch over the next five years.

Other key takeaways include estimates of tourism receipts, income and price variations. Read more

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