Strategy to tap travel from India

July 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 July 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will focus on attracting Indian travellers mainly in the incentives, or events market, while encouraging airlines to add flights between the two countries.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said the ministry discussed promotions with Indian associations and airline representatives.

“Organising events would help to encourage more Indian travellers to the kingdom such as Worship Lord Ganesha 2018, Holy Festival 2018 and Thai India Fun Fair.” Read more

Cambodia chasing MICE

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 17 July 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has called on officials and stakeholders in the tourism business to focus more on meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions popularly known in the trade as MICE.

Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, saying MICE business attracts high-spend tourists, while the events they attend offer added value in terms sharing expertise and new ideas.

Developing MICE is now a priority for the country’s tourism business, he said. Read more

TAT promotes festivals

May 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News

BANGKOK, 12 May 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand gives the heads up on popular festivals that will attract local and international tourists.

The government agency’s advance list of festivals will encourage visitors to extend their stay and enjoy the country’s way of life during June to July this year. Read more

Events still on Thai calendar

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 October 2016: Tourism Authority of Thailand’s newsroom has updated its list of events that will continue, despite national mourning for the Late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

TAT reiterates the country remains open for business and welcomes tourists, but advises visitors be mindful and act respectfully in public.

The update notes that the Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture, has waived entrance fees for national museums and historical parks throughout Thailand until 31 January 2017. Read more

Singapore boosts MICE

July 11, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 11 July 2016: Singapore will host a slew of business events majoring in information and medical technology sectors.

Scheduled for 2016 and beyond, the technology-centric MICE (Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions & Exhibitions) events range from meetings to regional conventions making their debuts in Singapore.

They are expected to attract the brightest minds and provide delegates with content and opportunities to exchange knowledge with local and regional leaders. Read more

TICA tables at IMEX

June 27, 2016 by  
Filed under MICE, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 27 June 2016: A delegation of Thai events promoters will attend the trade show, IMEX America, this October, under the banner of Thailand’s TCEB and TICA.

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau is cooperating with Thailand Incentive and Convention Association to  offer eight tables (three tables reserved for destination management companies) at IMEX this year.

IMEX America 2016 (America’s Worldwide Exhibition for Meetings, Incentives Travel & Events) will be held from 18 to 20 October at the Sand Expo & Convention Centre, Las Vegas, America. Read more

ATPI expands footprint to New Zealand

June 17, 2016 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC, South Asia, Trade Talk

MUMBAI, 17 June 2016: Leading global travel management and events business, the ATPI Group, announced, Thursday, its acquisition of New Zealand-based Business World Travel.

The addition of Business World Travel to the ATPI Group’s portfolio further increases the footprint of the growing business across Australasia.

Business World Travel, based in Auckland, raises the ATPI Group’s wholly owned offices to 34 in 18 countries around the world. Read more

Sabre plots trends for APAC airlines

May 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 18 May 2016: Over 60 Asia Pacific airline representatives gathered at the Sabre APAC Airline Conference in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to discuss industry challenges and opportunities.

Sabre Corporation hosted airline representatives from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Middle East to attend the event, 11 to May 13.

Asia Pacific is expected to account for up to half of  the annual increase in air traffic by 2020 and routes to, from and within Asia Pacific are projected to see an extra 1.8 billion passengers annually by 2034. In relative terms the region is expected to account for 42% of global passenger traffic. Read more

STB to promote events to extend stays

March 11, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

BANGKOK, 11 March 2016: Singapore was among the top 10 destinations favoured by Thai travellers in 2015, according to Singapore Tourism Board.

STB Thailand and Myanmar areas director, Sherleen Seah, said Thai travellers, made 516,000 trips to Singapore in 2015, representing a 2% growth over the same period.

“STB Thailand’s plans for 2016 include promoting quality tourism by encouraging travellers to extend their average length of stay in Singapore, particularly business and MICE travellers.” Read more

Promoting Nay Pyi Taw is a tall order

March 31, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

NAY PYI TAW, 31 March 2015: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it is studying ways to boost tourism to Nay Pyi Taw, the country’s capital city.

Eleven Myanmar media reported, Monday, that the ministry plans to create city tours that will include a visit to the Lower House of Parliament and will also  launch a website for the capital city to highlight its tour potential.

The ministry has been working with Air KBZ to run Nay Pyi Taw-Mandalay flights starting this April. It will also plan sports events and encourage events to move their venue to Nay Pyi Taw to take advantage of cheap hotel accommodation and a congestion-free airport.

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