Best Western in triple win

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 5 June 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has secured licence agreements for three hotels in key destinations across the Japan.

These three new hotels reinforce Japan’s position as one of Best Western’s largest and most important Asian markets.

“We are excited to have signed another three outstanding hotels in Japan, which demonstrate Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ continued commitment to this wonderful and dynamic country,” said Best Western Hotels & Resorts’ managing director of international Operations – Asia, Olivier Berrivin. Read more

Kuoni offloads travel to JTB

June 1, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BANGKOK, 1 June 2017: Once a mega tour operator, what remains of Kuoni Global Travel Services’ tour operations will be bought out JTB Corporation, just weeks after Thomas Cook India acquired the Swiss group’s network of destination management companies.

In its media release, Wednesday, Kuoni Global Travel Services confirmed it had been acquired by Japan’s JTB Corporation.

“The partnership formed between Kuoni Global Travel Services and JTB Corporation will open prospects to become a global No 1 Destination Management Company,” the statement read. Read more

Silk to fly to Hiroshima

May 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 31 May 2017: Singapore-based SilkAir, will launch a nonstop flight between Singapore and Hiroshima, Japan, this year.

Commencing 30 October the new service will operate three times a week, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays [1].

Using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft, the service will feature both business and economy class cabins. Read more

Ninja to promote tourism

May 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 12 May 2017: A Japanese university is planning what it says will be the world’s first research centre devoted to ninja — the black clad assassins known for secrecy and stealth.

While mostly confined to history books and fiction, ninja have been enjoying something of a resurgence as Japanese authorities increasingly deploy them to promote tourism ahead of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Now, Mie University in central Japan — the region considered the home of the feudal martial arts masters — has announced that a ninja research facility will be established in July. Read more

Cambodian airline to study Japanese route

SIEM REAP, 9 May 2017: Cambodia Angkor Air is undertaking a study to assess travel demand for a proposed new service linking Siem Reap to Japan.

Khmer Times quoted the airline’s marketing general manager, Eng Molina, saying Cambodia Angkor Air was studying the market before making a decision.

The airline launched its first charter flight from Japan to Siem Reap last week. Read more

Japan thinks ahead on Olympic congestion

April 25, 2017 by  
Filed under East Asia, News

TOKYO, 25 April 2017: Japanese commuters will be encouraged to work from home for one day in a nationwide exercise for the 2020 Olympics that authorities hope will ease congestion on roads and public transport.

Tokyo has declared 24 July — exactly three years before the opening  ceremony of the summer games — as “Telework Day” and wants firms and government departments to let employees work remotely.

London introduced a similar measure during the 2012 Olympics with 80% of businesses in the city participating, according to Japan’s Internal Affairs Ministry, which announced the plan on Tuesday. Read more

Trip to Japan turns to disaster

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: More than 1,000 Thai travellers were stranded at Bangkok’s busy Suvarnabhumi Airport, on the eve of Thailand’s annual Songkran holiday, when their holiday arrangements to Japan no-showed.

They thought they had bought packages from a travel agency and early media reports appeared to confirm that, but within hours it became apparent WealthEver, the organiser of the fake Japan tours has no connection with Thailand’s travel industry.

It probably represents the biggest holiday scam to hit Thailand’s holiday travellers. Tourists were visibly upset and angry when they realised they had prepaid between THB10,000 to 15,000 for packages that were fake courtesy of Facebook pages. Read more

BW upgrades Nagasaki property

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 3 April 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts has launched its newest upscale brand, BW Premier Collection in Japan.

The former Best Western Premier Hotel Nagasaki has been serving guests for years with its upscale amenities, from high-end restaurants and bars to international-standard conference facilities.

Now it has enhanced its market position even further by joining the BW Premier Collection. Read more

JNTO opens Hanoi office

April 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Vietnam

HANOI, 3 April 2017: Japan National Tourism Organisation opened a representative office in Hanoi, last week, to support local travel agencies to create new tour content featuring Japan and introduce consumer campaigns.

Local media quoted Vietnam National Administration of Tourism director, Nguyen Van Tuan, saying the opening of the JNTO representative office in Vietnam capital city could be used to promote two-way tourism.

JNTO’s primary goal is to develop outbound travel to Japan and Vietnam has been identified as a key market.  But the agency will also assist VNAT to build contacts to improve tourist arrival from Japan. Read more

Dusit takes on a dash of colour

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Lens Lines, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 30 March 2017: Dusit International announced, Wednesday, it has entered into a joint venture with a Japanese hotel company to launch, Dusit Colours, a company that will operate and expand Dusit brands across Japan.

The partnership is with Colours International Co Ltd, operator of the E-Hotel chain in Japan.

As part of the agreement, both companies will  develop a hotel franchise model merging the best of their corporate cultures. Read more

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