UNWTO chief promise relevance

January 3, 2018 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

MADRID, 3 January 2018: UNWTO’s incoming secretary-general of the World Tourism Organisation vowed to make the organisation more relevant for the benefit of global tourism

Zurab Pololikashvili assumed the role of secretary-general 1 January for a term that extends through to the end of 2021.

In his New Year message to the tourism industry, worldwide, he promised to maintain a strong commitment to make UNWTO an even more relevant organisation for the benefit of tourism and member states Read more

New Year Holiday

December 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 December 2017: TTR Weekly wishes all our readers a very Happy New and a prosperous 2018, packed with good health and happiness,

Following the Christmas holiday, the TTR Weekly team takes another break to enjoy New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Singapore, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

We will be back at our  desks Wednesday, 3 January, to resume business-day reports. Read more

Rio readies for celebrations

December 29, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

RIO DE JANEIRO, 29 December 2017: Rio de Janeiro expects 3 million people to attend New Year’s festivities at the famed Copacabana beach, the Brazilian city said on Wednesday.

In previous years, there have been around 2 million people to watch fireworks at the beach, almost all dressed in white, as tradition dictates.

“We believe that there will be 3 million people,” Marcelo Alves, the head of the municipal tourism agency Riotur, said at a news conference. Read more

Indonesia tightens security

December 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 28 December 2017: Indonesia will deploy some 180,000 security personnel ahead of the New Year holidays, authorities said earlier this week, following the arrests of more than a dozen suspected militants in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.

Thirteen suspected militants were arrested in separate, pre-emptive raids across the Southeast Asian nation earlier this month.

Many of the suspects were proven to have links to the Islamic State group or had fought in Syria. Read more

Shwedagon closes at New Year

December 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 27 December 2017: Myanmar’s iconic and revered Shwedagon Pagoda will be closed to tourists, 30 to 1 January 2018,

The pagoda will close to tourists 0700 on 30 December to all foreign visitors and reopen after religious ceremonies at 1200, 1 January.

Authorities at the pagoda, released a statement to travel companies, 18 December. advising them the closure. Read more

HK Disney outlines 2018 events

December 19, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, TAKEABREAK, Your Stories

HONG KONG, 19 December 2017: Hong Kong Disneyland Resort is setting out its sales counter with details of seasonal events year-round in 2018.

HKDL introduces the brand-new Disney Princess-themed offering in the park called Royal Princess Garden this month. Guests can enter the themed garden area that showcase encounters with Disney princesses.

Royal Princess Garden features the park’s first Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, a magical beauty salon where children are transformed into princesses complete with hairstyling, makeup and a Disney Princess costume of their choosing.

Hong Kong Disneyland has released details of its 2018 calendar.
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Tips on festive season travel

December 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, TAKEABREAK

BANGKOK, 15 December 2017:  Insuremytrip offers tips on how to make your festive season travel easier on your nerves and more stress free.

Airports are definitely a pain-point during festive seasons. No matter how big they are there is just not enough space when everyone decides to drop tools and head for a holiday at Christmas and New Year.

Here are some helpful tips to avoid the stress and craziness that occurs at airports during the holidays. Read more

Bus fleet boost for festive season

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 December, 2017: Thailand’s transport authorities are engaging overdrive to prepare for the annual exodus of holiday makers from the Thai capital over the Christmas and New Year weeks.

Authorities confirmed 9,000 additional daily bus trip will be arranged to ferry more than 198,000 daily passengers during the festive season week.

The busiest days will be from 28 to 30 December when  daily passenger traffic will increase by 2,400 trips from around an average of 6,200 trips daily during the rest of the year. Read more

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

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