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

SOS survey: Travel risks on the rise

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under trends

HONG KONG, 30 November 2017: Perception of risk remains at an elevated level with 63% of business decision-makers saying they believe travel risks have increased in the past year.

It was a key conclusion from the latest insights presented by International SOS, Wednesday.

The Ipsos MORI Global Business Resilience Trends Watch 2018 survey reveals the latest insights into the actions and attitudes of business decision-makers when it comes to the health, safety and security of their global mobile workforce. Read more

Europe’s tourism grows 8%

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, trends

BRUSSELS, 16 November  2017: European tourism remained buoyant over the summer season in 2017, according to the latest European Travel Commission’s  ‘European Tourism 2017-Trends & Prospects’ report.

ETC said international tourist arrivals to Europe grew 8% in the first eight months of the year compared to the same period in 2016.

Despite lingering security concerns, most destinations (32 out of 34) saw increases in tourist arrivals with over half enjoying double-digit growth. Read more

What freaks out business travellers?

November 6, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, PACIFIC, South Asia, TRENDING

AMSTERDAM, 6 November 2017: Asia Pacific travellers are likely to worry more about safety and security than their counterparts from other regions recent research by Carlson Wagonlit Travel concludes.

Findings showed Asia Pacific 56% of travellers worry about their safety and security compared with 37% of European travellers and 47% American travellers.

There were considerable geographical differences when it comes to identifying what scares travellers the most.  For example only 19% of Australians surveyed said they worried about terrorist attacks. In contrast, 59% of Singaporeans said they worried most about terror attacks. Indians shared the same concern with 46% claiming terror attacks were their main worry. Read more

Green flag for Thai airlines

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 16 October 2017” Thailand’s aviation industry heaved a sigh or relief, earlier this month, when the International Civil Aviation Organisation removed its red flag on the country’s safety and compliance standards.

A green flag opens the way for Thai airlines to once more add international services to countries that had earlier capped flight levels.

In truth, the country’s airlines were not strictly at fault. They had maintained high safety standards independently of government checks. The problem was government oversight, which proved to be shoddy. Read more

ICAO removes red flag

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 10 October 2017: The UN’s aviation agency has removed a safety “red flag” against Thailand civil aviation, the kingdom’s junta leader said Monday, in a major boost to the country’s stuttering airlines.

A 2015 audit by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of Thailand’s aviation compliance and management of regulations that govern airlines identified “significant safety concerns” prompting the downgrade.

That triggered restrictions on Thai carriers launching new international routes, cramping expansion plans for a sector that has in recent years laboured under debts and management woes. Read more

Thailand promises crime crackdown

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 3 October 2017: Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Prawit Wongsuwan, has ordered a crackdown at major tourist destinations in the country targeting foreign ‘Mafia like’ gangs, scammers and illegal immigrants.

Defence Ministry’s spokesman Maj-Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich confirmed to the Thai PBS TV news channel that the deputy prime minister had ordered all security branches to crackdown on illegals residing in tourist destinations such as Pattaya and Phuket.

Thai PBS said the crackdown would focus on so-called “dark influential figures” linked to prostitution, money laundering, drug and human trafficking. Foreigners who are illegally working and resident in the country have been a target for at least two years with offenders often deported. Read more

Rumblings aside Bail is safe

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

DENPARSAR, 3 October 2017: Bali’s travel industry is making an impassioned plea for tourists to visit the island saying safety measures are in place in the event Mount Agung blows.

Rising from the plains on the eastern side of the island,  the volcano is a good 76 km away from popular beaches and the  island’s airport. Thousands of villagers have been evacuated to safety from around the mountain’s slopes within a radius of 9 km.

ASITA Bali Chapter, which operates under the auspices of Bali Tourism Board (BTB), issued a statement, Monday,  reassuring visitors that that the government and local communities are displaying a high level of vigilance and commitment to ensure visitors are safe. Read more

London revokes Uber licence

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 26 September 2017: The head of Uber apologised, Monday, for “mistakes” made by the US ride-sharing app after London authorities refused to renew its licence, but still vowed to appeal the decision.

“While Uber had revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way,” Uber chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, wrote in an open letter.

“On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I’d like to apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.” Read more

Phuket’s safety needs review

August 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Editor's Post, News

PHUKET, 15 August 2017: Phuket hoteliers have enough on their mind worrying about the massive increase in new hotels rooms just over the horizon, but there is more to fret about if you have a hotel on Patong Bay.

Hoteliers fear Chinese tour operators might take their tour groups to other beaches on the island to avoid the risky bus transfers to Patong Bay.

Three serious tour bus accidents occurred over the last six weeks on a hilly road that climbs a forested ridge and then drops down in a series of hairpin bends to the popular resort. Read more

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