Sanchava introduces festive agenda

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Travel Logs

BINTAN ISLAND, Indonesia, 11 October  2017: Sanchaya is lining up festivities for travel planners looking for new venues to  celebrate Christmas and New Year.

Sanchaya is a a short ferry ride from Singapore and a popular venue 20 December to 1 January for exclusive corporate and family celebrations.

It will stage end-of-the festivities including Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve gala dinners, as well as caviar and Champagne evenings, a private philharmonic performance, a croquet afternoon by the ocean with rosé, strawberries and live music. Read more

Luang Prabang packed out

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 31 March 2017: Luang Prabng province claims it will welcome 500,000 domestic and overseas tourists during the Lao Lunar New Year celebrated mid-April, according to the official Laos News Agency (KPL).

If the forecast is accurate the tiny World Heritage town will be swamped with tourists; hotels will be turning guests away.

Restaurants will not be able to cope and the small three parallel streets that make up the inner district will gridlocked; cars and motor cycles bumper- to-bumper. Read more

Disney heroes welcome Year of the Rooster

January 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 23 January 2017: The Year of the Rooster is just around the corner, and Hong Kong Disneyland is ringing in the New Year with a line up of super heroes, up until 12 February.

Chinese New Year festivities follow the debut of Iron Man Experience, the first-ever Marvel-themed ride in a Disney park.

From the first day of the Chinese New Year 28 January, the park will present every guest with a special ‘lai see’ containing chocolate. The ‘lai see’, which has an auspicious gold design graced by Iron Man, is the park’s way of bidding everyone good fortune of heroic proportions. Read more

UNWTO backs sustainable tourism

January 4, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

MADRID, 4 January 2016: UNWTO has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development according to secretary-general, Taleb Rifai.

He confirmed the 2017 theme in a New Year letter to stakeholders released, Tuesday, that outlined the challenges and opportunities facing global tourism.

He also confirmed 2017 would be his final year as UNWTO Secretary-General, a position he has held for seven years. Read more

New Year holiday gets underway

December 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 December 2016: Thailand’s New Year holiday will run from 31 December to 3 January with offices reopening 4 January.

The Thai Cabinet approved an extra public holiday, 3 January, in addition to 2 January, to give residents a four-day break.

Traditionally, families reunite usually at the homes of parents or grand parents, but in recent years more Thais are travelling overseas or to beach resorts. Read more

Liverpool a pricy New Year option

December 29, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 29 December 2016: Surprise, Liverpool and not London, is the most expensive destination in England for a New Year’s  stay, this year, according to a survey by

The survey compared the cost of hotels across 20 popular UK cities for the night of 31 December 2016. Only centrally located hotels rated at least three stars were included.

In Liverpool, a New Year’s Eve reveller will have to spend UKP219 for the cheapest available double room on 31 December, making it the priciest of all English cities included in the survey. Read more

Thais ready to splurge at New Year

December 16, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 December 2016: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates Bangkok residents will spend THB28,500 million during the upcoming of New Year period, but the growth trend when compared with last year will shrink.

The bank’s think-tank said business operators hope the New Year festival will stimulate sales, but it is very likely that celebrations, toned-down during the country’s mourning period for the Late King, could slow New Year sales.

The centre estimates that during the New Year holiday Bangkok residents will spend THB28,500 million, up just 5.0% when compared to an 8% improvement achieved during the festival celebrations last year. Read more

China trips go sky high

February 9, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 February 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports estimates the country’s tourism industry will earn at least THB1 billion by the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, made the assessment during a visit to the China Cultural Centre in Bangkok, Monday.

According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, she joined Chinese Ambassador to Thailand, Ning Fukui, to wish Thai-Chinese residents a happy Chinese New Year. Read more

Chinese New Year travel boom

February 5, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 February 2016: Tourism Authority of Thailand estimates that international arrivals during Chinese New Year, 6 to 14 February, will reach 1.01 million visits, a 19% increase over last year.

Chinese New Year is celebrated 8 February.

TAT governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, estimates Chinese New Year tourism revenue will hit THB29,920 million representing a 32% climb over last year. Read more

Chinese passenger flies solo

February 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BEIJING, 4 February 2016: A Chinese woman heading home for the holidays had a commercial airline flight all to herself after gruelling delays winnowed down other passengers.

As nearly 100,000 people found themselves stranded at train stations in Guangzhou on Monday trying to leave, the woman, surnamed Zhang, documented her unique trip to the city on social media.

She posted photos showing row after row of empty seats on the China Southern plane as it flew from Wuhan. Read more

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