London revokes Uber licence

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 26 September 2017: The head of Uber apologised, Monday, for “mistakes” made by the US ride-sharing app after London authorities refused to renew its licence, but still vowed to appeal the decision.

“While Uber had revolutionised the way people move in cities around the world, it’s equally true that we’ve got things wrong along the way,” Uber chief executive, Dara Khosrowshahi, wrote in an open letter.

“On behalf of everyone at Uber globally, I’d like to apologise for the mistakes we’ve made.” Read more

What we need is shorter flights

July 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

BANGKOK, 31 July 2017: Carlson Wagonlit’s latest global forecasts warns Thai travellers that the cost of flying may rise by 6.6% in 2018, the second largest increase in Southeast Asia.

Lucky Vietnamese and Japanese travellers may see fares fall by 6.3%. Good news for the destinations that welcome them. Philippines is the only country in the region where citizens could face bigger fare increases, up 7.1%, and higher than fare hikes in Thailand.

Of course, the figures are part of the trending game made possibly by big data analytics supplied by online bookings sites and other sources that can tap millions of bookings and shifts in fares and travel costs almost by the minute. Read more

Carlson Wagonlit traces travel hikes

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, North Asia

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Air fares in the Asia Pacific are forecast to rise 2.8% in 2018 with domestic demand increasing, particularly in China and India according to the 4th annual Global Travel Forecast.

As many of the region’s economies strengthen, the downside is the ability of airports to keep up with demand.

Released Wednesday by Carlson Wagonlit Travel and GBTA Foundation, the research arm of the Global Business Travel Association, the 4th annual 2018 Global Travel Forecast shows global airfares could rise 3.5% in 2018. Read more

Disruption downs Uber chief

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 22 June 2017: Travis Kalanick was the driving force behind Uber, taking a spur-of-moment idea and turning it into the world’s most valuable venture-funded tech startup.

But Kalanick’s brash personality and freewheeling management style made him a liability as well as an asset to the global ridesharing giant, and on Wednesday he stepped down as chief executive.

Kalanick, 40, frequently recounts how the idea behind Uber was born, when he and a colleague were attending a technology conference in Paris in 2008 and failed to find a taxi on a cold night. Read more

Uber takes to the skies

April 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SAN FRANCISCO, 26 April 2017: Uber said Tuesday it wants to launch a system of flying cars to move people around cities, with a goal of putting demonstration projects in place by 2020.

The ridesharing giant announced a series of partnerships to manufacture “vertical take-off and landing” (VTOL) vehicles and put networks in place, a system dubbed Uber Elevate.

The partner cities working with Uber are Dubai and the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis in Texas. Read more

Security tightened at airport

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 April 2017: The Ministry of Tourism and Sports is working with the Tourist Police Division to increase security during the Songkran holiday and ensure taxis and public transport do not cheat passengers.

Permanent secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra and commissioner of the Tourist Police Division, Pol Maj Gen Prasert Ngenyuang, confirmed a joint-effort to provide more security services for tourists at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport. Read more

Uber cars banned by AoT

February 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 February 2017: Uber taxis are banned from Airports of Thailand’s six airports according to AoT officials who claim the service is not registered legally in the country.

National News Bureau of Thailand reported that AoT would enforce the regulation that states non-public registered vehicles will be not be allowed to pick up passengers from Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The same rule applies at all of six AoT managed airports in the country. Read more

Taxis checks to catch cheats

July 7, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 7 July 2016: Thailand’s Department of Land Transport and relevant agencies are checking taxi services at Don Mueang international Airport to improve safety and prevent exploitation of passengers.

Starting last Monday, officials of the Department of Land Transport and relevant agencies are now carrying out checks on taxis during rush hours from 0700 to 0900 and from 1630 to 2000.

The checks are made to ensure cabbies do not take advantage of passengers especially during the rush hours when demand exceeds the supply of available taxis. Read more

Yangon to tackle taxi woes

June 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 28 June 2016: Yangon will establish a city taxi association to increase safety and security for passengers using its members’ services.

Global New Light of Myanmar quoted Yangon regional chief minister, U Phyo Min Thein, saying the City Taxi Association will be founded in Yangon to ensure the security of tourists and local passengers.

Currently, taxis running in Yangon are considered unsafe and without supervisory procedures, The new associations would monitor drivers through GPS tracking, the report said. Read more

China car-hailing app cashed up

May 17, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 17 May 2016: Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Chuxing is mulling an initial public offering, a report said Monday, after US technology giant Apple invested USD1 billion.

A fierce rival of Uber, Didi is “targeting” a listing in New York next year, Bloomberg News said, citing unnamed people “familiar with the matter”.

The exact timing would depend on how its battle with US-based Uber goes in China, the sources were quoted as saying. Read more

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