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

KTC offers snow holiday prizes

July 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 11 July 2017: Japanese food fans can enjoy a meal discount and if they pay for it with their Krungthai credit card they will also have a chance to win a holiday to Hokkaido.

The 30% discount offer for KTC credit cards holders is valid until 31 December this year.

To be in the running for a free tour package to Japan, members have to spend at least THB1,000 on a meal at participating restaurants to be eligible for the holiday draw. Read more

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

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