Study on six sustainable tourism areas

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK 20 November 2017: Thailand’s tourism architects have been told to concentrate on six development zones to promote sustainable income distribution to communities rather than corporate entities.

At a meeting chaired last week by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, a plan was unveiled to concentrate on six zones focusing on sustainable balance and income distribution, according to the ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand will be commissioned to promote and market the zones based on content and developments curated by various ministries including the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Read more

Housekeepers hassled and underpaid

October 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 24 October 2017: Equality in the hotel workplace still remains a big issue with far too few women taking up the top posts in management.

The hotel industry will quote the vast improvements that have been made noting the high number of women who head marketing, sales and public relations. It may even quote the fact that the majority of housekeepers are women.

Oxfam Canada’s latest report on women’s rights in the hotel industry begs to differ and it focuses particularly on the disparity in wages for women housekeepers. Read more

Pain points of business travel

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 12 October, 2017: Time spent in transit is the most challenging aspect of business travel in Asia-Pacific, says a new report released today by the GBTA Foundation – the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association.

Before anyone says so what, or “tell us something new”,  the Asia-Pacific study identifies other serious gripes dished out by airlines and hotels.

They included complaints that focused on hassles related to the away-from-home work environment,  layovers and  the task of rebooking flights and hotels. Read more

Filipinos love to travel close to home

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Philippines, TRENDING

MANILA, 12 October, 2017: Travel statistics have hinted at it for years – Filipinos are not prolific leisure travellers. Now the latest Agoda.com’s research suggests they much prefer to explore their own country than travel overseas.

It’s the wealth of scenic getaways in the home country that grabs the attention of Filipino vacationers, according to Agoda’s Travel and Tech Study, based on the site’s booking data.

In contrast, Filipinos travel the world to work in various industries including hospitality and the cruise industy, but when they are planning holidays nothing quite beats the lure of their homeland. Read more

Bed and internet replaces B&B.

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 11 September 2017: AccorHotels’ latest research underscores what we have always suspected; a good internet connection tops the clicked boxes when we make a holiday choice.

AccorHotels.com did its homework on what makes for a great holiday, assisted by the research institute GFK*.

There were no surprises concerning the internet’s crucial importance to holiday success, but the responses to the question “who is the best travel companion raised a few eyebrows. Read more

UK falling out of favour

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON 25 August 2017: The UK is falling out of favour as a must-visit English speaking destination for young travellers wanting to study, tour and work, a wide-ranging new report has warned.

Visa controls, currency fluctuations and an unfriendly impression following Brexit are putting one in five young visitors off visiting the UK, says the British Educational Travel Association.

The latest visitor statistics show youth travel is no longer growing as it once did. At the same time competitive English speaking countries elsewhere are thriving. Read more

Chinese flock to the USA

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under North America, Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 24 August 2017; If there any doubts where Chinese travellers are going these days, the latest study from Hotels.com tracks the trip trends.

Some of the findings are surprising for those who marvel at the queues of Chinese passing through Thailand’s gateway airports.

According to Hotels.com’s Chinese International Travel Monitor (CITM) the USA was the second most popular long-haul destination for Chinese travellers in 2016, behind France. But while both destinations topped the long-haul destinations, Asia-Pacific’s popular destinations gobbled up the numbers to stay top of the pile, globally. Read more

Many shades of Asia

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 17 August 2017: Asia Pacific recognised as the world’s largest travel market, mainly due to the presence of China, presents the greatest opportunities for the global tourism industry to expand according to the latest Amadeus Journey of Me Insights study.

Considering that in China, the world’s leading outbound market, less than 9% of the population own a passport, this makes the Asia Pacific traveller a force to be reckoned with – one that presents the greatest opportunity for the travel industry, but also many challenges.

According to Amadeus Asia Pacific president, Albert Pozo, “there is no traveller today quite as important as the Asia Pacific traveller. Yet the irony is that even as we talk about the ‘Asia Pacific traveller’ – it doesn’t exist Read more

Cambodian airline to study Japanese route

SIEM REAP, 9 May 2017: Cambodia Angkor Air is undertaking a study to assess travel demand for a proposed new service linking Siem Reap to Japan.

Khmer Times quoted the airline’s marketing general manager, Eng Molina, saying Cambodia Angkor Air was studying the market before making a decision.

The airline launched its first charter flight from Japan to Siem Reap last week. Read more

Tips on best times to buy fares

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, TRENDING

CALABASAS, CALIFORNIA, 10 April 2017: CheapAir.com released details, Friday, of its latest Annual Airfare Study, which crunched 921 million airfares from 2.9 million trips to find the best and worst times to buy an airline ticket.

For the second consecutive year, the study found that 54 days out is, on average, when travellers can get the best deals on US domestic flights. However, the best timing depends on when and where passengers fly.

CheapAir.com found that the lowest fare for a given flight changes an average of 71 times between the time it’s announced and the day the plane takes off. In other words, the price of a flight changes on average every 4.5 days, and each change averages USD33 up or down. Read more

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