Phoenix invests in rural education

October 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, Lens Lines

Edouard George, president of Phoenix Voyages Group, at the ground breaking ceremony.

PHNOM PENH, 24 October 2017:  Phoenix Voyages is supporting the construction of a new vocational school in  Cambodia’s Kampong Thom province that will provide professional studies in computer science, tourism and agriculture to rural students.

Phoenix Voyages group president, Edouard George, attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the future ‘Professional School of Baray,’ earlier this month

The school project is being funded by donations from the Phoenix Voyages Foundation, a CSR initiative established by the regional tour company. Read more

Pain points of business travel

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 12 October, 2017: Time spent in transit is the most challenging aspect of business travel in Asia-Pacific, says a new report released today by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association.

Before anyone says so what, or “tell us something new”,  the Asia-Pacific study identifies other serious gripes dished out by airlines and hotels.

They included complaints that focused on hassles related to the away-from-home work environment,  layovers and  the task of rebooking flights and hotels. Read more

THAI signs MoU on engineering skills

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

TTHAI signs MOU with Office of the Vocational Education Commission.

BANGKOK, 3 October 2017: Thai Airways International and the Office of the Vocational Education Commission recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly build personnel and aircraft engineering skills.

The MoU also  extends to other related fields in aviation that are linked to ensuring compliance with international standards.

Seen here are  Surachai Piencharoensak (second from left), THAI vice president, heavy maintenance department, and Wanich Oumsri (third from left), deputy secretary-general of the Office of the Vocational Education Commission (OVEC). Read more

UK falling out of favour

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON 25 August 2017: The UK is falling out of favour as a must-visit English speaking destination for young travellers wanting to study, tour and work, a wide-ranging new report has warned.

Visa controls, currency fluctuations and an unfriendly impression following Brexit are putting one in five young visitors off visiting the UK, says the British Educational Travel Association.

The latest visitor statistics show youth travel is no longer growing as it once did. At the same time competitive English speaking countries elsewhere are thriving. Read more

Mekong Tourism: Is there a way forward?

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

LUANG PRABANG, 14 June 2017: “We shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of others, I am not happy with tourism development and be careful what you wish for,” were some of the cryptic comments of panelists at last week’s Mekong Tourism Forum.

Asked to talk about the way forward, 20 years after the first MTF convened in Thailand, a new generation appears to be ready to grapple with tough decisions and choices.

Their comments followed the official presentation of the GMS Tourism Strategy Draft Report 2016 to 2025 and a thought provoking keynote address by Conscience Travel Founder, Anna Pollock, who told the travel industry it isn’t an industry. Read more

Australia woos Singaporean tourists

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 5 June 2017: Singaporeans travelling to Australia, next year will be eligible for a new visa that will allow stays of up to three months at a time, over a six-year validity period.

ChannelNewsAsia reported the new visa was “exclusive” to Singaporeans and would be effective from 1 January, 2018.

The announcement on the long-term visa was made 2 June by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during his three-day visit to Singapore. Read more

TCEB expands MICE education

March 17, 2016 by  
Filed under MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 17 March 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau says projects designed to build MICE skills through education will produce 20,000 MICE graduates over the next five years and ensure Thailand becomes ASEAN’s top MICE Education Hub.

TCEB president, Nopparat Maythaveekulchai, said the Ministry of Education has appointed TCEB to chair the Public and Private Participation Sub-committee for Vocational Education Development. TCEB will drive efforts to establish a MICE cluster to support the work of the committee under the theme ‘Vocational education development to produce professionals for the country’.

“The MICE business, which is a part of the service industry, is facing a serious shortage of entrants to build its vocational workforce,” the TCEB president said. Read more

IT&CMA draws praises for its forums

October 2, 2015 by  
Filed under Events, MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 October 2015: IT&CMA and CTW Asia-Pacific 2015 closed, Thursday evening ,claiming it had successfully hosed 100 business, education and networking sessions.

The organisers said delegates gave “their thumbs up” to highly satisfactory outcomes across the board, from business appointments, to knowledge fulfilment, and networking engagement.

Returning exhibitor Tourism New Zealand’s Business events manager South & Southeast Asia, Edward Kwek, was quoted saying his team had met high quality buyers.

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