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: 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”.

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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

Singapore: Asia’s top passport

January 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

MONTREAL, 16 January 2017: Singapore rises to second place worldwide in the latest Passport Index.

The index is presented as a real-time global web-based ranking of the world’s passports mainly on how many visa-free, or visa-on-arrival countries, can be visited by passport holders.

Germany topped the ranking with a visa-free score of 157. Read more

Qatar Air tops AirHelp ranking

November 17, 2016 by  
Filed under Airlines, Middle east, News

NEW YORK, 17 November 2016: Based on AirHelp’s annual rankings of airlines, worldwide, Qatar Airways has been named Best Airline in the World.

Qatar Airways gained the number one spot over 77 other airlines ranked by AirHelp internationally based on feedback from worldwide travellers who use AirHelp.

The New York agency assists travellers to resolve issues related to airline services. Read more

Cambodia to rank quality

October 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 11 October 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has introduced new set of rankings in an effort to boost the quality of goods and service venues across the country.

Cambodia Daily media reported that the tourism ministry has unveiled a new system, last week, to rank the quality of service at restaurants, entertainment establishments such as bars and clubs, and event venues such as conference halls.

Clubs, karaoke parlors and beer gardens will be grouped in one category, receiving up to a maximum of three ‘orchid’ icons on a ministry-assigned certificate. Read more

Qatar wins AirHelp accolade

August 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

DOHA, 9 August 2016: Qatar Airways has topped a global ranking of international airlines for providing travellers, worldwide, with the highest quality and service, on-time performance, and customer claim processing.

The airline achieved the number one spot in a global study by independent airline consumer rights organisation, AirHelp, which compares international airlines head-to-head for their customer service and delivery.

Qatar Airways gained 10 out of 10 in the quality and service category, which is based on metrics from and measures performance in the air and on the ground. Read more

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