Singapore gains liveable points

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Singapore, Thailand

SINGAPORE, 18 August 2017: For the first time Singapore overhauled Hong Kong in the Economist Intelligence Unit 2017 Global Liveability Ranking released Wednesday.

Singapore jumped 11 places to 35th in the annual survey that assigns scores for 140 cities based on 30 criteria covering stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Hong Kong slipped two places to 45th. Read more

TTM turns into money-maker

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 17 July 2017: Thailand’s national travel show TTM+ generated business transactions valued at an estimated THB1.4 billion according to a survey by the Tourist Authority of Thailand.

In its post-show assessment  TAT said the show attracted a record turnout of international buyers.

Thailand’s main travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) was held in Chiang Mai for the second year in a row, 14 to 17 June. Read more

Laos studies potential tourist sites

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

SAVANNAKHET, 13 July 2017: Savannakhet province, in central Laos bordering Thailand, plans to develop Xe Salalong reservoir, in Thapangthong district, as a new tourist destination.

Lao News Agency reported the Savannakhet Information Culture and Tourism Department joined forces with authorities from Thapangthong district to survey Xe Salalong reservoir to collect information and identify possible tourist attractions.

The survey identified sites at the reservoir for a tourist service centre, a boat marina, a protected nature park, a community handicraft centre and a parking area for buses and cars. Read more

Thai elephants need better care

July 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 7 July 2017: Twice as many elephants work in Thailand’s tourism industry as the rest of Asia combined, with the vast majority kept in “severely inadequate conditions”, a new report revealed Thursday.

The world’s largest land mammal is a huge draw for tourists across two continents. But while Africa’s elephants are more likely to be spotted roaming vast nature reserves, their Asian cousins are less fortunate.

A multi-million dollar industry has flourished in recent decades with tourists taking rides on the giant beasts or watching them perform in circus shows. Read more

Singapore top veggie spot in ASEAN

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 19 May 2017: Globally, Dubai, the UK and Singapore were the top choices for vegetarian travellers, according to a Cox & Kings survey.

Third placed Singapore came out ahead over ASEAN rivals Malaysia and Singapore in the Veggie ranking commissioned by one of India’s top travel firms.

Indian Express quoted the Cox & Kings survey results, Thursday, saying that due to the high vegetarian population in the country, outbound travellers choose a destination based on accessibility to vegetarian food. Read more

Thai PM demands quality street food

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 May 2017: Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, has called on the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to push forward the promotion and quality of Bangkok’s street food venues.

Government spokesperson, Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, said the Prime Minister was pleased with the latest findings that indicated Bangkok was the most visited destination in Asia Pacific according to Mastercard Asia Pacific Destinations Index 2017.

“With Bangkok now ranked highly in several polls including best street food and fresh markets, the Prime Minister has called on the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to collaborate with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to reorganise and promote Bangkok’s street food in a tangible manner, especially in Yaowarat, and Khao San areas.” Read more

Shower before you fly in Thailand

March 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 14 March 2017: Thai airline passengers expect to be treated with courteousness and politeness by fellow passengers and flight attendants, according to Expedia’s 2017 Thailand Aircraft Etiquette Study released last Thursday.

The survey conducted online,  9 to 12 February, explored the expectations of Thai’ airline travellers, based on a sampling 1,125 adult Thai residents.

It showed that 86% of Thai passengers agreed that for the most part, fellow airline passengers were generally considerate, but the majority admitted to finding certain types of travellers annoying. Read more

Are Chinese travellers a pain?

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: Chinese are not alone when it comes to spitting out of car and bus windows, or urinating behind an obliging tree, but we conveniently like to think they have a monopoly on bad manners.

Late last month, China National Tourism Administration released a survey on whether Chinese travellers were improving their manners when visiting the top 10 overseas destinations.

(See http://www.ttrweekly.com/site/2017/03/are-chinese-travellers-minding-their-manners/) Read more

Silver generation keeps on travelling

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: More than 80% of Britons over 50 expect to enjoy travelling until they are at least 75 – and nearly half say they feel 10 years or younger than they are according to a survey conducted by Silver Travel Advisor.

That was a key finding in an annual survey by the UK travel booking website, Silver Travel Advisor, based on responses from 500 people age 50 or more.

It illustrates how the imaginary age ceiling for silver generation travel is literally going through the ceiling to the late 70s and 80s age bracket. Read more

Are Chinese travellers minding their manners?

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 1 March 2017: There are signs that Chinese travellers maybe mending their manners according to latest China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) survey.

The CNTA survey, released last week, interviewed 3,650 people in 10 major tourist destinations popular with Chinese tourists.

It concluded that Chinese overseas travellers were bettered mannered than five years ago, but there was still plenty room for improvement. Read more

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