Cross border hot deals

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 3 October 2017: Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism is collaborating with several ferry and tourism operators in Batam and Bintan islands to boost travel through promotions.

Foreign visitors, who want to explore Batam via Singapore and Malaysia, can now buy travel packages at concessional prices,  Monday to Thursday.

The ‘hot deals’ offer a ferry return ticket from Singapore to Batam at SGD20 including terminal fees, down from the usual SGD48. Read more

Bintan’s corporate ‘rojack package

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, Travel Deals

BINTAN, 21 September 2017: Bintan Lagoon Resort has created a so-called ‘Rojak’ package that takes the hard work out of booking and organising an off shore event.

The Rojak package is named after the popular Southeast Asian salad, which is a mix of fresh fruits and vegetables tossed in a spicy sauce.

Just like its namesake, the BLR Corporate Rojak is designed to include  basic ingredients such as ferry tickets, deluxe accommodation, use of meeting room with technical accessories, lunch and even a stretching session during coffee break conducted by the resort’s recreational team. Read more

Singapore’s cruise centre promotes islands

September 13, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, News, Singapore

SINGAPAORE, 13 September 2017 – Singapore Cruise Centre and PT Nongsa Terminal Bahari (NTB) have entered into a marketing collaboration agreement to promote tourism to Batam and Riau Islands.

Under the agreement, SCC and NTB will jointly work on marketing and promotional activities to increase tourism to three islands.

They will pursue goals to achieve sustainable and continual growth in passenger traffic at NTB’s Nongsapura Ferry Terminal to draw more visitors to Nongsa, Batam and the Riau Islands. Read more

Fly and ferry service at Changi

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 7 June 2017: Changi Airport Group and Singapore Cruise Centre launched of a new shuttle bus service, last week, to transfer passengers from the airport to Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.

The move should improve connectivity for passengers who travel to and from Changi Airport and the Riau Islands of Batam and Bintan in Indonesia.

The shuttle buses depart from TMFT, or Terminal 2 at Changi Airport, offering eight return services on weekdays and 10 on weekends. The one-way transfer costs SGD2. Read more

Russian ferry serves North Korea

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

MOSCOW, 19 May 2017: The first ever ferry service linking Russia and North Korea was launched, Thursday.

The company operating it said, it hope to serve tourists and North Korean workers.

The ferry will travel weekly between Russia’s far eastern city of Vladivostok and the North Korean port of Rajin, also called Rason, said Vladimir Baranov, director of InvestStroiTrest, the company that operates the Man Gyong Bong boat that will service the route. Read more

Ferry terminal adopts solar

March 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 2 March 2017: Singapore Cruise Centre’s Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal will soon become the city state’s first solar-powered ferry terminal.

Under an agreement with Sunseap Group, SCC will buy 100% of the terminal’s energy requirements via a hybrid offer that allows SCC to use solar power and supply from the grid.

The hybrid offer is structured around Sunseap’s capabilities as a licensed wholesaler (generation) and an electricity retailer. Read more

Boatmen up in arms over park fees

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

KRABI, 23 February 2017: The unusual sight of local boat operators fighting for fair entrance fees at a Thai national park unfolded here in Krabi, Wednesday.

Boat operators are objecting to their foreign customers paying a THB400 national park entrance fee claiming Thailand’s national parks are fleecing tourists.

According to the Thai Rath report the national park chief in Krabi refused to yield despite boat operators threatening to boycott the park. Read more

Phnom Penh considers water taxis

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 14 February 2017: Boat services will be launched next year to ease traffic congestion in Phnom Penh by providing scheduled river and canal ferry services.

Khmer Times reported that the project called Water Taxi Service could cost USD22 million to establish and will need to be operated by municipal authorities.

The capital’s Department of Public Works and Transport director, Saing Piseth, said the service would cover 25 km of waterways from the Prek Phnov bridge on the northern outskirts of Phnom Penh south to Takhmao City in Kandal province via the Tonle Sap and Tonle Bassac rivers. Read more

Gulf ferry link for tourists

February 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

PATTAYA, 14 February 2017: Pattaya’s fast ferry service to Hua Hin directly across the Gulf of Thailand was officially launched, Sunday, by Minister of Transport, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

After a series technical delays, bad weather and confusion over ticket sales, the new service sailed out of Pattaya bay from the Bali Hai pier on the two-hour trip to Hua Hin.

National News Bureau of Thailand said the ferry service is part of the government’s policy to develop sea connections for tourists vising resorts on both sides of the Gulf of Thailand. Read more

Ferry service fare falls

January 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

PATTAYA, 30 January 2017: Rough seas and unseasonal storms put a damper on the new ferry service between Pattaya and Hua Him prompting the company to cut fares effective 1 February to THB999 one-way.

Launched in early January it serves two popular resorts that face each other directly across the Gulf of Thailand.  So far, very few passengers have booked the service, partly due trips being suspended due to bad weather and a fare of THB1,250 per person.

Even now there are no guarantees a low-fare will work for the ferry as  passengers must visit the pier office at either Pattaya, or Hua Hin, to buy a ticket. Read more

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