Routes Asia opens in Japan

March 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

OKINAWA, 20 March 2017: Routes Asia opened at the weekend here Okinawa attracting over 930 route development professionals from 110 airlines, 170 airports and 20 tourism authorities.

The event is being held at the Okinawa Convention Centre through to 21 March.

“Routes Asia 2017 highlights Okinawa airline’s access from Asian cities, such as Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Seoul and Bangkok,” said Takeshi Onaga, Governor of Okinawa Prefecture at the opening ceremony. Read more

PATA summit explores future of travel

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: Tourism leaders are set to explore future travel and tourism trends at the PATA Annual Summit 2017 in Negombo, Sri Lanka, 18 to 21 May.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has recruited a strong line-up of speakers and panellists to share their insights and knowledge at the one-day conference that forms an integral part of the association’s annual summit.

The PATA Annual Summit will be hosted by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, 18 to 21 May, at  Jetwing Blue Hotel, Negombo. Read more

HMT back in Bangkok

March 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 3 March 2017: The Hotel Management Thailand Summit will return to Bangkok 25 May.

Over 150 international speakers and delegates are expected to attend HMT.

Produced by international conference organiser, Questex Hospitality Group, the event will draw senior hoteliers to discuss ways to succeed through generating revenue and boosting operational efficiency. Read more

Ctrip launches business travel app

March 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Trade Talk

BEIJING, 2 March 2017: China’s business travel spend reached USD290 billion in 2016, second only to the US according to a report, based on 2016 market data from Ctrip Corporate Travel and Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world’s largest business travel organisation.

The report’s findings were highlighted at the 2017 Asia-Pacific Corporate Travel Summit, hosted by Ctrip Corporate Travel, in Beijing last week.

“As the market grows, the need for upgrading the industry is also increasing. In addition to the basic demand for cost savings through business travel management, enterprise customers currently hope to improve management efficiency through an effective and integrated business travel management system,” said Ctrip Corporate Travel CEO Fang Jiqin in his presentation at the summit. Read more

PATA seeks Face of the Future

February 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 6 February 2017: If you think you are the face of the future, then here is your chances to win an award while changing travel for the better.

Pacific Asia Travel Association announced at the weekend the call for entries for this year’s PATA Face of the Future.

PATA claims this special award recognises the exceptional ‘rising star’ in the travel and tourism industry.

To win the award you have to demonstrate you have exhibited “initiative and leadership in the advancement of tourism, as well as demonstrated commitment to the sustainable development of the Asia Pacific travel industry in line with PATA’s mission”. Read more

Thailand begins e-Visa migration

January 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 January 2017: Thailand is exploring the world of e-Visas with the introduction phase scheduled to take place by the end of this year.

Minster of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, confirmed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently evaluating the project.

She was commenting on ways to ease visa formalities and make travel to Thailand more convenient during a press conference, Tuesday, convened to announce the hosting of the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit, 26 to 27 April, in the Thai capital. Read more

Minute of silence at global summit

October 18, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 October 2016 (NNT): Participants at the BIMSTEC Outreach during the BRICS Summit 2016 joined in mourning the passing of the Late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

A minute of silence was observed at the summit’s opening, taking place in Goa of India, representatives of 11 countries, Monday.

The summit was attended by five BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Read more

Visit ASEAN@50 branding launched

September 8, 2016 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, News

VIENTIANE, 8 September 2016: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, revealed, Wednesday, the branding for its “Visit ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration 2017” tourism campaign.

The branding was unveiled by the 10 ASEAN heads of state at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, in Lao PDR.

The new campaign will promote the twin objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN in 2017, and embracing the ASEAN region of Southeast Asia as a single and united, yet diverse, tourism destination. Read more

Hotel summit back in Hong Kong

August 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, North Asia

HONG KONG, 26 August 2016: The Hotel Management Asia Summit, organised by Questex Hospitality Group, is set to welcome hotel executives from both corporate and property levels, 8 September at The Mira, Hong Kong.

HMA provides a one-stop platform for senior hoteliers to strategise and engage in tactical discussions on topics such as anticipating game-changing travel trends in the future.

Other topics include short to medium term success strategies amidst turbulent economy and managing performance expectations in adjustment periods to leveraging pricing best practices for maximum yields. Read more

UNWTO and WTTC reaffirm Thailand events

August 15, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 August 2016: UNWTO has expressed its full confidence in Thailand’s ability to host World Tourism Day, 27 September.

UNWTO secretary-general, Taleb Rifai, in a message to Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, reiterated his confidence in Thailand that World Tourism Day celebrations would be hosted in Thailand successfully.

Thailand, as one of UNWTO high flying member-nations, was selected as the host destination for the worldwide celebrations to mark World Tourism Day. Read more

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