Princess travels to Shanghai

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under China, News

SHANGHAI, 14 July 2017: Princess Cruises announced, Thursday, the arrival of its first new international luxury cruise liner tailor-made for China.

Majestic Princess arrived in Shanghai to begin her maiden season.

Yao Ming and Ye Li served as the ‘Naming Ambassadors’ and officially named Majestic Princess during an inaugural ceremony. Read more

Ministry to improve river safety

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says it will focus on safety measures along waterways to prevent accidents particularly along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said he would improve safety for boat users to prevent accidents, especially in rainy season, and to raise confidence that travel in Bangkok is safe.

He noted that dining cruises topped the list of favourite activities along the Chao Phraya River particularly for European and American travellers. The dinner cruises generate an estimated THB3,067 million in revenue last year. Read more

Luxury is a snooze

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, TRENDING

LONDON, 5 June 2017: A good night’s sleep proves to be most important factor for US and European consumers purchasing a luxury travel experience according to a survey of consumer sentiment regarding luxury travel.

The findings are featured in a Travelzoo and Global Hotel Alliance joint survey of 4,800 people chosen from their respective membership bases.

The conclusion was simple enough. Hotels, cruise ships and airlines should focus on delivering comfort, cleanliness and exemplary service in order to win over customers seeking a luxury experience. Read more

Quang Ninh ups Halong bay fees

May 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

QUANG NINH, 5 May 2017: Quang Ninh People’s Committee approved, Tuesday, new fees for tourists passing through Tuan Chau international port that is a base for boats cruising Halong Bay.

Local media reported tourists, effective 28 May, will pay VND40,000 (USD1.8) for a two-way ticket and VND20,000 (USD0.9) for a one-way ticket.

The new fees are double those that have been valid since November 2016. Read more

Iran sets sail in cruise business

April 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

TEHRAN, 21 April 2017: Iran’s first cruise ship since the 1979 Islamic revolution completed its maiden revenue-earning voyage on Thursday, docking in the Gulf resort island of Qeshm, a port official said.

The Swedish-built Sunny carried more than 200 passengers on the 127-kilometre (79 mile) voyage from Kish, Iran’s other main resort island.

The nine-storey ship is 176 metres long by 23 metres wide, and is planned to carry up to 1,600 passengers and 200 vehicles between the two islands on four- to seven-day cruises. Read more

Halong bay kayaks are back

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

QUANG NINH, 12 April 2017: Quang Ninh province authorities have lifted the ban on kayaking trips on Halang Bay after the city’s authorities faced huge opposition from travel firms that feature boat trips.

Local media reported that the ban of kayak service on Halong Bay came into effect, 1 April, prompting protests from travel firms.

Tour operators complained that they were given just three days notice before the ban took effect, leaving them little time to make changes to their scheduled tours. Read more

Halong Bay boats in hot water

March 13, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

QUANG NINH, 13 March 2017: Six tourist cruise boats in Halong and Bai Tu Long bays have been permanently beached by the People’s Committee of Quang Ninh province’s Halong City.

Local media reported the action was taken, last week, to restore a positive image for Halong Bay cruises after several boat fires in recent years.

Five of the six banned boats, coded Hung Long QN-1156, Hoa Phuong 02 QN-4239, White Dolphine QN-4894, Sunrise QN-2287 and Aphrodite 11 QN-6299, were damaged by fires during the last two years. They are not allowed to return to service despite having undergone repairs. Read more

HG Holdings creates foundation

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: HG Holdings has launched a foundation tasked with centralising and expanding the companies CSR activities, ahead of what the group calls a major expansion in Asia.

Led by a group of experienced leaders, HG Foundation will spearhead the company’s vision to create brighter future for tourism in Asia.

The company named Darius Postma to head leadership of the programme as its foundation director. Read more

Tourico measures cruise surge

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

ORLANDO, 23 February 2017: Cruise bookings through Tourico Holidays increased 37% in 2016 year-on-year with an 8% increase in average transaction size.

The major growth in the wholesaler’s cruise sector was driven primarily by outbound bookings from the US, which increased by 49% year-on-year.

Canada increased its cruise bookings by 12% followed by the UK with a 10% increase and Latin America 21%. Read more

Viking conquers cruise awards

February 17, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

LOS ANGELES, 17 February 2017: Viking Ocean Cruises Viking Star and Viking Sea, won honours in 10 categories in the Cruise Critic 7th Annual Cruisers’ Choice Awards, this week.

Viking’s two ships won the top two placements in nearly every category where they were eligible.

Viking Sea won first place in six award categories: Best Overall, Best Entertainment, Best for Fitness & Recreation, Best Public Rooms, Best Service and Best Shore Excursions. Read more

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