Pavilions embarks on expansion

September 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 15 September 2017: Leading luxury hospitality brand, Pavilions Hotels & Resorts, has unveiled The Ginto Residences in Niseko, Japan, as the company introduces hotel and residential projects in destinations across Asia and Europe.

The first phase of the global project is a land release on which a collection of luxury villas will be built in Niseko, the exclusive mountain destination on the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

Nestled in pinewood forests at Ginto Hirafu, with access to premium ski lifts and snow slopes, the Ginto Residences is a USD100 million development comprising a total of 31 private villas, with no single plot measuring less than 1,000 sqm. Read more

TripAdvisor tells Japan’s Untold Stories

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 12 September 2017: Japan Airlines and TripAdvisor, announced, Monday, a strategic partnership supporting the country’s efforts to better capture and disperse inbound tourism across Japan.

According to TripAdvisor data, global inbound travel interest in Japan has been growing at an average rate of 30% year-on-year over the past four years, with majority of interest focused on the Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto prefectures.

The joint initiative will take the form of a multi-media portal named “Untold Stories of Japan”, highlighting the very best that locals love beyond the obvious, driving sustainable tourism and increasing the likelihood of repeat visits. Read more

JNTO backs Japan Tour show

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour company

BANGKOK, 30 August 2017: Japan Tourism Organization (JNTO) will host the  Japan Tour 2017,  22 to 24 September in a downtown Bangkok shopping mall hall.

The event’s venue is Royal Paragon Hall 3, Siam Paragon, 5th Floor.

JNTO is assembling travel content from tour and hotel operators in Japan along with tour companies from various provinces in Japan and with supporting air fare deals from airlines. Read more

BW opens hotel in Osaka

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 29 August 2017: Best Western Hotels & Resorts continues its expansion in Asia’s key gateway cities with the launch of a new-built hotel in Osaka.

Opening 1 September, Best Western Osaka Tsukamoto will provide business and leisure travelers with a brand new midscale accommodation option in the heart of Japan’s second largest city.

Located in downtown Osaka, the hotel is just two-minute transfer away from JR Tsukamoto Station, which provides direct links to the Japanese cultural capital Kyoto, and is only two stops away from Shin Osaka Station, where guests can catch the Shinkansen bullet train to Tokyo. Read more

Thailand’s outbound travel grows

BANGKOK, 15 August 2017: Thai Travel Agents Association estimates Thais travel overseas will reach 8.5 million visits by this the end of this year.

TTAA’s president, Suparerk Soorangura, told TTR Weekly that the number of Thais make overseas trips this year will continue to grow from 7.9 million visits last year.

TTAA’s members are made up of tour companies that sell holiday packages to overseas destinations. Read more

Typhoon hits Japan

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 8 August 2017: Strong typhoon Noru made landfall in western Japan, Monday, after killing two people on outlying islands, as authorities warned against landslides and floods.

Noru forced airlines to cancel some 400 flights, mainly in western Japan according to the news channel NHK.

The typhoon with gusts up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour hit the northern part of Wakayama prefecture at around 1530 (0630 GMT) after whipping up waves and winds off southern Japanese islands at the weekend, the meteorological agency said. Read more

ANA profits rise

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 3 August 2017: The parent company of Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) said, Wednesday, its quarterly net profit skyrocketed after it raised its stake in a budget carrier, confirming it is on course for a new record full-year profit.

ANA Holdings has soared in recent years, booking an all-time high net profit for the last fiscal year on gains in its international business.

It said Wednesday that net profit came to 51.1 billion yen (USD462 million) for April to June, up from 6.6 billion yen from a year earlier. Read more

JAL declares quarterly profit

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

TOKYO, 1 August 2017: Japan Airlines (JAL) on Monday reported a jump in quarterly net profit thanks to brisk sales at home and overseas, and revised its full-year forecast upward.

JAL, once a symbol of Japan’s rise from the ashes of defeat in World War II as it ferried the country’s newly rich tourists around the world, received a government bailout after a high-profile bankruptcy restructuring in 2010.

After slashing routes and cutting costs, the carrier relisted on the Tokyo bourse two years later and has continued a steady ascent. Read more

Vietjet inks partnership with JAL

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

BANGKOK, 27 July 2017: Japan Airlines and Vietjet signed a formal partnership agreement, earlier this week, starting with codeshare flights and extending to other areas impacting on passenger services.

The two airlines concluded an agreement after discussions on expanding their networks to respond to growing travel demand between the two countries.

As a first step, JAL and Vietjet agreed to start  codeshare cooperation for all flights between Japan and Vietnam as well as JAL’s domestic flights, and Vietjet’s domestic flights. Read more

Europe’s tourism conquers security fears

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BRUSSELS, 12 July 2017: Europe continues to lure millions[1] of international travellers confirming the tourism sector’s resilience to geopolitical uncertainty and perceptions of safety and security.

According to the latest European Travel Commission’s “European Tourism 2017-Trends & Prospects”, 28 out of 30 reporting destinations recorded growth so far in 2017.

Almost one in two posted double-digit increases led by Iceland (+56%) the fastest growing destination. Read more

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