Tourism sidesteps Rohingya crisis

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

YANGON, 21 September 2017: Myanmar Tourism Marketing has made repeated impassioned pleas for tourists to continue visiting the country.

Nothing wrong with that, MTM is the official body that promotes the country’s tourism on behalf of its stakeholders.

Membership is made up of a multitude of travel firms, hotels and airlines and the government’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has a strong say in MTM directives. Read more

TAT outlines marketing plan

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 20 July 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand has outlined its marketing plan 2018 to heighten Thailand as a preferred destination.

Speaking at the TAT Action Plan for 2018 meeting on Monday, TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said TAT’s marketing plan 2018 has been designed to generate revenue and increase visitor arrivals, promote new ideas and follow the development agenda of Thailand 4.0.

Strategies are in line with the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan and the 2nd National Tourism Development Plan. Read more

Tourist tax to fund Myanmar’s promotions

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 16 May 2017: Myanmar Tourism Federation says the country will soon impose a tourist tax on visitors to fund the country’s tourism promotional activities.

Myanmar Times quoted the federation’s chairman, U Yan Win, saying the scheme was decided by the tourism development committee during a meeting with Ministry of Hotels and Tourism late last month.

“The committee decided that tourists, even visitors travelling on a business visa, would have to pay USD1 each per night when they stay at hotels or guest houses.” Read more

Cambodia unwraps tourism marketing council

April 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 5 April 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism aims to establish a marketing and advertising council, this month, to build tourism competitiveness and extend awareness.

Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying the ministry would establish a so-called marketing and advertisement council to leverage the country’s potential to promote its tourism industry more effectively.

“The council will play a crucial role to engage with the private sector in marketing and advertising to gain more exposure for Cambodia’s tourism,” he said. Read more

Sarawak bags marketing award

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUCHING, 29 March 2017: The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has honoured Sarawak Tourism with a Silver Adrian Award for travel marketing excellence in public relations.

The Adrian Awards claim to be the “largest and most prestigious global travel marketing competition”.

Sarawak Tourism, which promotes and markets Sarawak as a globally recognised destination for culture, adventure and nature visitation, won the 2016 Adrian Award for its public relations work for the Rainforest World Music Festival. Read more

GNTB steps up ASEAN sales

December 13, 2016 by  
Filed under ASEAN, News

FRANKFURT, 13 December 2016: German National Tourist Board will increase its marketing activities in Southeast Asia focusing on the key markets of Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

This is the first time the national tourist office has identified the four markets for a focused sales campaign.

In the past, promotions in Southeast Asia were led by state agencies such as Munich’s tourist office and private company, or corporations such as airlines and Deutsche Bahn, the German rail system. Read more

China crackdown curtails Crown

October 18, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SYDNEY, 18 October 2016: Shares in billionaire James Packer’s Crown Resorts plunged Monday after 18 sales and marketing staff were detained in China, including an executive in charge of luring high-rollers to Australia.

The gaming company’s stock fell 13.9% to close in Sydney at AUD11.15.

It followed news that three Australians were among those hauled in for questioning by Chinese authorities on Thursday and Friday, last week, with the company unable to contact them. Read more

TravPax expands marketing force

October 12, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Thailand

PATTAYA, 12 October 2016: TravPax, an in-cloud IT and travel distribution company, with its operational headquarters in Bangkok has opened its latest sales office in the Philippines.

According to TravPax CEO, Dror Maytal, the office will pioneer a new business model for the company by recruiting small travel agents to use the company’s newest booking platform TravPax 5, due to roll out mid-2017.

Up until now the company has built its customer base around travel wholesalers and destination management companies in the B2B space who pay a monthly fee to use TravPax 4.4. Read more

ASEAN calls for strategy bids

August 2, 2016 by  
Filed under ASEAN, News

JAKARTA, 2 August 2016: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations is calling for bids from experienced consultants to create the ASEAN Tourism Marketing Strategy 2017 to 2020.

An overall budget of USD30,000 will be assigned to the task.

The deadline to submit proposals is 19 August, with the service agreement due to be signed by 9 September. Read more

Barrett heads Hype Global

August 1, 2016 by  
Filed under News, People, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 1 August 2016: Hype Global Company, Monday, appointed David Barrett as chief executive officer and director creative of the privately-owned boutique branding agency’s Thailand studio.

Barrett, who has 27 years experience in tourism and hospitality, was head of events at Diethelm Travel Group for 13 years and more recently executive director events at ONYX Hospitality Group’s Amari Hotels and Resorts for just short of four years.

Barrett assumes the role of CEO at Hype Global, where his focus will be on growing the group’s tourism and hospitality SME portfolio, in addition to expanding the firm’s global network of associated offices within the next 18 months. Read more

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