Thai Lion serves up China charters

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 October 2017: Thai Lion Air is adding more flights to China, but they  are not open for bookings here in Thailand.

The flights are technically scheduled charters; cheap deals for Chinese tour operators who bulk-purchase seat allotments at below market fares. They  are  bundled into holiday packages sold to Chinese tourists through retail travel and online outlets.

For the airline, which has poor aircraft utilisation, offering them to Chinese tour operators keeps planes in the air earning revenue. Read more

Dragons banish the stars

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 5 October, 2017: If tourism and hotel operators want to capture the attention of China’s traveller they should think dragons rather than stars, or so a new website portal, Feel Like Home, would have us believe.

The brand new website is promoting its “Five Dragons” rating system that is supposed to help Chinese travellers identify their preferred restaurants or hotels when overseas.

Its core message runs along the lines of we need to have our dragons stacked up if we want to be China friendly. Read more

No holding Ho back

October 5, 2017 by  
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HONG KONG, 5 October 2017: Casino magnate Lawrence Ho –  son of Macau gaming legend Stanley Ho –  is eyeing a major foray into Japan as he seeks to broaden his family’s reach beyond the world’s biggest gambling hub.

His father was credited with transforming Macau from a sleepy Portuguese outpost to a gaming boomtown boasting revenues surpassing Las Vegas.

With its myriad shimmering palaces to fortune and fantasy, the city is the only part of China where casino gambling is legal and has become a favourite haunt of mainland high rollers. Read more

Nok boosts network with charters

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 October 2017: Nok Air has started flight operations from U-tapao airport, 30 km south of Pattaya resort.

The low-cost airline marked the first flight from the airport with a celebratory water spray arch to welcome the aircraft that flew from Nanchang.

The airline is contracted to offer four weekly charter flights from Nanchang, China, that arrive at 1600 at U-tapao International Airport. Read more

Golden Week travel stays close to home

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 2 October 2017: China’s Golden Week’s holiday season got underway at the weekend, promising a major boost for destinations in Asia that are now almost totally reliant on the Chinese holiday makers to keep their tourist industries afloat.

But a report by Reuters, Sunday, noted that a cooling economy is keeping more Chinese tourists closer to home than in previous holiday seasons.

Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand are likely to be the losers when the Golden Week’s tourists data comes under review. Read more

UnionPay: Must-have card for China’s travellers

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 2 October 201: China’s outbound tourism reaches its peak during this National Day and mid-Autumn festival, China’s National Tourism Administration reported on Sunday.

Of the long-haul destinations where Chinese are heading the USA, Canada, Australia, France and Egypt were identified as top attractions for UnionPay cards holders.

More than 21 million merchants and 1.5 million ATMs outside the Chinese Mainland accept UnionPay cards. Read more

Guangzhou to host World Routes 2018

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

BARCELONA, 2 October 2017: The annual World Routes forum was officially handed over to next year’s host city, Guangzhou, at the closing ceremony in Barcelona late last week.

World Routes brings together airlines, airports and destinations to plan and negotiate future air services.

Guangzhou, an economic hub on the Pearl River in Guangdong Province, South China, often promoted alongside Hong Kong and Macau will host the event in 2018. Read more

Helsinki taps Tencent link to China

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News, Technology

HELSINKI, Finland, 25 September 2017: Helsinki, World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and Tencent have signed a tripartite cooperation agreement, to boost promotions in China’s massive outbound market.

The agreement was signed at the WTCF Los Angeles Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit 2017.

Helsinki continues to see travel from China grow with the registered overnight stays by Chinese travellers  more than doubling in the past five years to reach 90,000 in 2016. Read more

Airbus extends China footprint

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TIANJIN, 21 September 2017: Airbus on Wednesday inaugurated its first completion centre for large aircraft in China, a new asset for the European manufacturer in heated competition with American rival Boeing.

China is one of the Western manufacturers’ key battlegrounds, with its travellers taking to the skies in ever-growing numbers.

In Tianjin, a port city 150 km (93 miles) from Beijing, Airbus already has an assembly line for the single-aisle aircraft A319 and A320, the first of its kind outside Europe. Read more

Sichuan flies seasonal to Chiang Rai

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

CHIANG RAI, 12 September 2017: Sichuan Airlines will operate flights for the month of October from Chengdu in China to Chiang Rai, a far-north town in Thailand.

The Chinese airline, according to a schedule posted by AirlineRoute, will fly three weekly services to Chiang Rai 2 to 28 October.

Flights will use a 150-seat Airbus A320. Read more

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