Vietjet links Nha Trang and Seoul

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

SINGAPORE, 12 December 2017 – Vietjet launched its newest route last week, from Nha Trang, Vietnam to Seoul, South Korea.

Connecting the two popular travel destinations, the route will help to meet travel demands and promote trade between the two countries.

Vietjet now operates six international routes connecting Vietnam and South Korea. Read more

Missiles raise safety risks

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

SEOUL, 8 December 2017: A North Korean ballistic missile was seen by the crew of several airliners last week, aviation authorities said Wednesday, raising concerns about the threat to civilian flights posed by Pyongyang’s unannounced tests.

The North has conducted a flurry of missile tests this year in defiance of repeated international protests, including from aviation authorities.

Pyongyang fired an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) last week, which reached an altitude of 4,475 kilometres (2,780 miles) before splashing into the sea 950 kilometres (590 miles) east of its launch site, North Korean state media said. Read more

IHG expands brands in South Korea

December 1, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

SINGAPORE, 1 December 2017: InterContinental Hotels Group will open a new 300-room Holiday Inn Express hotel in Seoul, South Korea in 2018.

JEJUair, is developing the hotel as part of Hongdae’s largest mixed-use complex, featuring a retail mall, dining options and an office tower.

IHG was given the management contract for the hotel component. Read more

Air China ends North Korea flight

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BEIJING, 23 November 2017: Air China has suspended flights to North Korea, further limiting the secretive state’s links with the outside world, but the company said Wednesday it was a business decision.

The suspension comes shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Beijing and pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to rein in North Korea’s nuclear programme.

China sent a special envoy, Song Tao, to the North last week but his four-day trip ended with no direct statement on the crisis, after Pyongyang’s series of nuclear and missile tests triggered global alarm. Read more

Winter Olympics ticket sales suffer

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 6 September 2017: Online ticket sales for next year’s Winter Olympics opened in South Korea, Tuesday, with organisers admitting far fewer places had so far been sold than previously implied and concerns growing over North Korea’s nuclear antics.

The 2018 Pyeongchang Games will take place in a country with a limited winter sports tradition and far from the core markets of Europe and North America — making local attendance crucial to ensuring the grandstands are full.

But in the first phase of South Korean sales earlier this year, organisers offered 162,000 tickets in an application lottery — just over a quarter of their 600,000 target. 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

Korea partners with ITB Asia

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 10 August 2017: ITB Asia has secured a partnership with the Korea Tourism Organisation of Singapore.

The memorandum of cooperation with Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, organiser of ITB Asia, looks to boost Korea’s appeal as a key destination for leisure travel in Southeast Asia.

“ITB Asia has been chosen as the key platform of choice for KTO in bridging more visitor and buyer connections, and boosting awareness of Korea’s thriving tourism industry,” said Messe Berlin (Singapore) executive director Katrina Leung. Read more

North Korea: Tourists welcome

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 8 August 2017: North Korea’s doors are still open to US tourists, Pyongyang said at the weekend, despite Washington banning its citizens from travelling there following the death of a US student who had been jailed in the country.

The US prohibition, which comes into effect 1 September was introduced after officials said the “serious risk” of arrest by Pyongyang authorities during tourist travel presented an “imminent danger to the physical safety” of its nationals.

The move was triggered by the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, who was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in the North for trying to steal a propaganda poster during a tourist visit, but was released in a mysterious coma in June and died soon afterwards. Read more

Chinese stay away from Korea

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 24 May 2017: Chinese tourist arrivals to South Korea plunged by two-thirds in April after Beijing banned tour groups over Seoul’s deployment of a US missile defence system, official statistics showed.

Beijing imposed a boycott from 15 March on Chinese tour groups visiting the South in a spat over the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Washington and Seoul say it is purely to defend against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, but Beijing fears it could undermine its own nuclear deterrent and has reacted with fury, imposing a series of measures seen as economic retaliation. Read more

KAL fine tunes business fare

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 16 January 2017: Korean Air launches a “Fly to Korea” promotion for travel to Seoul, South Korea, until the end of March this year.

The promotion offers a roundtrip fare on business class departing Bangkok to Seoul starting at THB30,022. The fare includes taxes and fuel surcharge.

Booking and travel  periods remain open until 31 March this year, but bookings must be made directly on the KAL website rather than through other booking channels such as travel agencies Read more

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