Loyalty programme winners and losers

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, trends

LOS ANGELES, 30 November 2017:  Three Asian airlines made it to the top-10 list for the sheer financial weight of their loyalty programmes, when compared with 170 airlines worldwide.

Japan Airlines in 8th place, Korean Airlines in 9th and ANA in 10th were the highest placed Asian airlines on a top-10 list led by four major airlines in the US; Delta Air Lines. American Airlines, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines.

In the middle of the table were three powerful airline groups that have single loyalty programmes, but for multiple airlines. They were led by the Air France-KLM group with its Flying Blue programme, followed by Lufthansa Group’s Miles & More and IAG (British Airways with its Avios loyalty programme. Read more

Japan and China top for nosh

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

PARIS, 30 November 2017: Japan and China have more of the world’s best restaurants than anywhere else, according to the La Liste ranking, which will be published next week.

Although the French-based list will declare Guy Savoy’s flagship Paris riverside restaurant the best in the world for the second year running — and French cooking dominates the top 100 — the big trend is the climb of Chinese haute cuisine.

“The rise and rise of China is the big story,” said Jorg Zipprick, who crunched the numbers for the “guide of guides”, which was set up as a “more scientific and reliable” rival three years ago to the British-based 50 Best Restaurants. Read more

Delhi still tops the charts

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 21 November 2017: Delhi still wins top recognition in India’s state ranking survey despite its reputation for air pollution.

The Indian national capital territory scored top points as the country’s “destination leader” in the fifth biennial Hotelivate State Ranking Survey for Tourism.

The survey checks out the status of tourism and hospitality industries across the country supported by the World Travel & Tourism Council. Read more

Check out hotel locations

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology

BANGKOK, 9 November 2017: When you are not sure which part of a city to stay in, or need to know what’s cool and there are no local experts to ask, then startup AVUXI could be one answer.

The young startup claims it will rank the popularity of every place on earth so you can figure out the best places to visit when you are about to book your hotel and flight.

The London and Barcelona-based company is the latest startup to benefit from an Amadeus Ventures investment. Read more

Bangkok ranks world’s top tourist capital

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 October 2017:  Bangkok topped Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2017, released last week,  on the sheer weight of its overnight tourist arrivals and tourism spend.

Of the 132 destinations featured, five of the top 10 places in the annual survey went to destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bangkok has topped the chart for two years in a row. The latest report is based on the overnight stay head count and cross border spend in 2016. Read more

Singapore gains liveable points

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Singapore, Thailand

SINGAPORE, 18 August 2017: For the first time Singapore overhauled Hong Kong in the Economist Intelligence Unit 2017 Global Liveability Ranking released Wednesday.

Singapore jumped 11 places to 35th in the annual survey that assigns scores for 140 cities based on 30 criteria covering stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Hong Kong slipped two places to 45th. Read more

Ctrip wins investor honours

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 17 July 2017: Ctrip.com International has been recognised as a “Most Honoured Company” in the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications: internet category by Institutional Investor in its 2017 All-Asia Executive Team Rankings.

The tour operators, chief executive officer, Jane Jie Sun, was named one of the “Best CEOs”; chief financial officer, Cindy Wang, was named one of the “Best CFOs”; and Ctrip Investor Relations was named one of the “Best Investor Relations Programmes”.

Institutional Investor is a leading international business-to-business publisher, focused primarily on international finance. Read more

Reputation counts in tourism

July 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News

BANGKOK, 4 July 2017: After two years as a runner up, Canada is back as the leader of a ranking index of the world’s most reputed countries.

Reputation Institute released details of its 2017 Country RepTrak report, that claims to be the world’s largest annual survey of country reputations. It monitored 55 countries, worldwide, in its latest report.

Canada, with 82.8 RepTrak ‘pulse points’ (an indicator that quantifies esteem, admiration and good image that a country evokes), led the Country RepTrak report with the same number of points as Switzerland (difference is centesimal) and with three tenths more than Sweden. Read more

Thai PM demands quality street food

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 May 2017: Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has called on the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to push forward the promotion and quality of Bangkok’s street food venues.

Government spokesperson, Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, said the Prime Minister was pleased with the latest findings that indicated Bangkok was the most visited destination in Asia Pacific according to Mastercard Asia Pacific Destinations Index 2017.

“With Bangkok now ranked highly in several polls including best street food and fresh markets, the Prime Minister has called on the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to collaborate with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to reorganise and promote Bangkok’s street food in a tangible manner, especially in Yaowarat, and Khao San areas.” Read more

Cambodia improves WEF ranking

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 26 April 2017: Cambodia National Tourism Alliance says an improvement of Cambodia’s ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index will help to encourage the kingdom’s tourism sector.

According to WEF’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017, Cambodia was ranked 101 of 136 countries in the report. But thanks to performance improvements that drove an overall score increase from 3.2 points in 2015 to 3.3 points this year. Read more

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