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

KAL ditches Siem Reap

November 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

SIEM REAP, 29 November 2016: Korean Air will suspend the Incheon-Siem Reap route from early February next year due to its failure to attract enough passengers.

According to the airline’s statement, Korean Air will suspend two routes, next February, due to low demand and pressure on profitability.

“From early February, Korean Air will suspend the Incheon -Siem Reap route and from late February the Incheon-Jeddah (via Riyadh) route,” it read. Read more

Vietjet expands network

November 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

HANOI, 3 November 2016: Vietjet will launch three new routes from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Taiwan and South Korea.

The Hanoi-Taipei route served by a daily flight started 30 October. The  flight time is two hours 45 minutes.

The flight departs from Hanoi at 1405 and arrives in Taipei at 1800. The return flight departs at 1910 and arrives in Hanoi at 2120. All times are local. Read more

KAL offers low fares to Japan

November 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 2 November 2016: Korean Air launches a “Japan Early Saver” promotion for travel to selected destinations in Japan until the end of June next year.

Bookings must be secured by the end of this month.

All of the flights are routed via Seoul, the main hub for the airline and seats assigned to the discounted fares are limited. Read more

KAL cuts fares by 25%

October 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 17 October 2016: Korean Air is discounting promotional fares for travel on selected destinations.

Bookings and travel periods vary depending on dates and destinations.

The promotion starts with roundtrip fares, inclusive of taxes and surcharges, ex-Bangkok, at THB14,110 to Gimhae in South Korea and THB25,435 to Sapporo in Japan. Read more

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