Cosi targets the smartphone traveller

December 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Thailand

SAMUI, Thailand 6 December 2017: The new COSI Hotel on Samui island is now officially opened and welcoming tech savvy travellers.

It is as different from a traditional hotel as the latest smartphone is from mobile phones of the 90s. Centara says its newest brand is a total rethink of what a hotel should be for the new generation of connected, freedom loving, anti price-frill travellers.

The result is an affordable lifestyle hub set in the middle of shopping, dining   and entertainment scene in the heart of Chaweng Beach. Read more

Gemalto on passport trending

September 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 12 September 2017: A leader in digital security, Gemalto reports that its advanced ePassport technologies are now being used in over 30 countries.

Claiming the ePassports have “outstanding security” Gemalto believes they also speed up border crossings.

Introduced in 2005, the ePassport now represents 57% of passports in circulation.  They deliver enhanced fraud protection by incorporating a secure microprocessor that stores the holder’s personal data and digital photo. Read more

Galaxy Note 7 grounded

October 25, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

BANGKOK, 25 October 2016: An outright ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones has now been adopted by most airlines, worldwide.

By Monday, all Asian airlines were complying with the ban that started in the US and was quickly adopted in Europe last week.

Turkey’s flagship carrier Turkish Airlines was one of the last in Europe to ban Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 last Friday. Read more

More airlines ban Samsung phone

September 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 13 September 2016: Three Thai airlines have banned the inflight use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

They  also prohibit passengers from storing the devices in check-in luggage.

Thai PBS TV reported that Thai AirAsia, Nok Air and Thai Airways International had all announced bans on the smartphone. Read more

Emirates bans Samsung phablet

September 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

DUBAI, 12 September 2016: Civil aviation authorities in the Emirates have banned the use of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 on all its national carriers because of the risk of batteries exploding in the “phablet” smartphone.

“The General Civil Aviation Authority has banned operating, charging and carrying in bags the Samsung Note 7 on board national carriers’ flights,” it said in a statement carried by the official WAM news agency on Saturday.

Samsung, last week, suspended sales of its latest flagship smartphone and announced a recall of 2.5 million units already sold, after faulty batteries caused some handsets to explode during charging. Read more

Airlines ground Samsung Note 7

September 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, PACIFIC

SYDNEY, 9 September 2016: Australian carriers Qantas and Virgin Australia told customers on Thursday not to use or charge Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 during flights after faulty batteries in the new smartphone caused some handsets to explode.

Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone maker, said last week it was suspending sales of its latest flagship mobile device and recalling 2.5 million units shipped globally following reports of exploding “phablets” that dealt a heavy blow to the firm’s reputation.

“Following Samsung Australia’s recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Personal Electronic Device (PED), we are requesting that passengers who own them do not switch on or charge them inflight,” a Qantas spokesman said in a statement. Read more

MICE app for event organisers

April 29, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, MICE, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 April 2016: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau launched, earlier this week, a ‘Biz Thailand’ mobile application as an information channel for business event travellers.

TCEB’s Information Technology Department director, Sarita Chintakanond, said the new mobile application is part of the bureau digital marketing strategy to boost MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibition) business.

“The Biz Thailand mobile application, comes in two language versions Thai and English…it has been developed to provide easy access to Thai MICE industry via a smartphone.” Read more