Online shock for UK travel stores

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON; 7 December 2017: A sign of the times, Thomas Cook intends to close 50 of its retail travel stores in the UK over the next few months, according to reports in the UK media.

Thomas Cook revealed plans, earlier this week, to close another 50 shops as part of its ongoing review of its retail network that could see up to 400 employees lose their jobs or be shifted to different posts.

The closures will involve around two thirds of all Thomas Cook stores and a third Co-operative Travel the company stated. Read more

AirAsia opens good pop-up stores

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Malaysia

PHOTO: (2nd from Left) Mohammad Nazli Abdul Aziz, senior general manager, Commercial Services Malaysia Airports; (centre) Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, managing director of Malaysia Airports; (3rd from right) Yap Mun Ching, executive director of AirAsia Foundation; (4th from right) Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, executive chairman of AirAsia Berhad and Group CEO of AirAsia X with members of the media holding the Christmas GOOD Boxes in front of AirAsia Foundation ‘Destination: GOOD pop-up store@klia2’.

SEPANG, 20 November 2017; AirAsia Group, AirAsia Foundation has opened its first social enterprise pop-up shop at Kuala Lumpur  international airport 2.

Named ‘Destination: GOOD’, the store retails selected social enterprise gift items from around the region.

Opened as a joint collaboration with Malaysia Airports, Destination: GOOD pop-up@klia2 creates a shopping experience for travellers who are keen to source sustainable products. Read more

Grand Sale goes digital

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 June 2017: For the first time, the annual Visa Thailand Grand Sale goes digital as the flagship inbound programme gets a mobile-first revamp.

Visa Thailand Grand Sale 2017 was officially launched earlier this month by Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Visa country manager, Thailand Suripong Tantiyanon and Tourism Authority of Thailand deputy governor for tourism products and business Noppadon Pakprot.

However details of the new digital features were released, Wednesday, that opens shopping for the first time to the mobile online experience. Read more

Chinese love VR technology

June 28, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, TRENDING

BASINGSTOKE, UK, 28 June 2017: Most Chinese visitors at theme parks want to use futuristic technology when they are shopping says the latest Omnico survey.

The survey covered consumers from China, Japan and Malaysia noting there were vast differences between the three consumer markets.

97% of consumers in China want to use futuristic technology when they go shopping in theme parks, while Read more

Scary side of Dalat shopping

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

LAM DONG, 14 June 2017: Dalat authorities are taking measures to tackle rising cases of shopping scams targeting tourists.

Local media reported statements from the Lam Dong People’s Committee claiming sellers and marketers used violent measures to force drivers, guides and visitors to buy their products.

The committee has asked the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Department of Industry and Trade and local authorities to increase inspections. Read more

Japan’s brand shopping flourishes

May 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 2 May 2017: Tight-fisted shoppers, unsteady economic growth and a shrinking population; Japan doesn’t exactly fit the image of a spending powerhouse these days.

But you would never know it in Ginza — Tokyo’s answer to the Champs-Elysees or Fifth Avenue — where a new 13-storey upscale mall is proving that Japan is still a whale in the luxury business.

The country logs some USD22.7 billion in annual spending on top-end goods made by brands including Chanel, Dior, and Prada, ranking it as the world’s number two luxury market behind the United States. Read more

Stockholm still on alert

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BANGKOK, 10 April 2017: Swedish authorities are requesting the public to continue to avoid central Stockholm, around Drottninggatan, due to the ongoing investigation and transport disruptions following the vehicle attack on a pedestrian street last Friday.

Travel advisories issued by various nations warn citizens travelling to Stockholm to be vigilant and carry their passports at all time.

The Swedish Government has temporarily introduced stricter border control measures that will remain in place until at least 17 April. Read more

Kowloon Shangri-La on a mission

January 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 25 January 2017: Kowloon Shangri-La  embarked on a sales mission in the Thai capital this week to convince Thai travellers to revisit Hong Kong and explore its shopping.

The hotel’s general manager, Ulf Bremer, led the team that entertained Bangkok’s major consumer media for lunch and made sales calls on tour companies and corporate meetings planners.

“We have identified three key outbound markets, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand, that hold promise for the hotel,” he told TTR Weekly. Read more

Sunday shopping to save tourism

January 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 10 January 2017: Good news for tourists, Sunday shopping at Paris’s prestigious department stores will soon become a reality.

Officials believe the move to free up Sunday shopping should counter a drop in visits following terror attacks that scared away foreign visitors to the world’s fashion capital.

President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government has chipped away at France’s laws preventing shops opening on Sunday. Read more

Bumper sales months in Thailand

June 22, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 June, 2016: Thailand’s 18th annual Amazing Thailand Grand Sale got underway last week launched by the campaign’s main sponsor and organiser, Visa Thailand and the Tourism  Authority of Thailand.

The annual sale, with prices cut by as much as 60%, continues until 31 August in major tourist destinations around the country.

More than 15,000 shops in 110 department stores and shopping malls are participating in the promotion. Read more

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