Winter Olympics ticket sales suffer

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 6 September 2017: Online ticket sales for next year’s Winter Olympics opened in South Korea, Tuesday, with organisers admitting far fewer places had so far been sold than previously implied and concerns growing over North Korea’s nuclear antics.

The 2018 Pyeongchang Games will take place in a country with a limited winter sports tradition and far from the core markets of Europe and North America — making local attendance crucial to ensuring the grandstands are full.

But in the first phase of South Korean sales earlier this year, organisers offered 162,000 tickets in an application lottery — just over a quarter of their 600,000 target. Read more

THAI sets up Alitrip online sales

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

BANGKOK, 5 September 2017: Thai Airways International opened its first THAI online Flagship Store last week, in China through the Fliggy sales platform run under  Alitrip and the Alibaba Group.

THAI’s acting president, Usanee Sangsingkeo (third from left), presided over the opening of the online store.

Also attending the launch: Wells Zheng (fourth from left), vice president of Fliggy (Alitrip), along with Alibaba Group representatives, members of THAI Management and Kittiphong Sansomboon (Fifth from left), THAI Regional Director, Greater China. Read more

Hue will dump paper tickets

May 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

THUA THIEN-HUE, 29 May 2017: City authorities in Hue, Vietnam, will dump paper tickets to  to use exclusively magnetic strip Smartcards or credit cards to pay entrance fees at important tourist sites.

Local media reported that paper tickets will likely be replaced very soon as the Smartcard would be more efficient and visitors could buy them in advance online.

According to the plan, visitors to Hue will be able buy tickets online – using a computer or mobile phone – and gain entry to sites carrying just the credit or debit card which was used to pay for the entrance fees.  Read more

Spider project told to speed up

May 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 May 2017: The day when Bangkok visitors can use one smartcard for all public transport in the Thai capital draws closer following a prod from Thailand’s Ministry of Transport.

October is now the target deadline to issue the first smartcard applicable  for all available train systems including the Airport Express.

The ministry called on the Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning Office to speed up the issuance of the so-called “spider” ticket project that is supposed to allow Bangkok commuters to travel by electric train, bus and boat using just one smart card. Read more

Canada bans flight bumps

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

OTTAWA, 18 May 2017: Canada introduced a ban Tuesday against bumping passengers from commercial flights following a public outcry over a passenger being dragged off a plane in the United States, and other incidents.

The passenger bill of rights is part of a package of transportation law amendments that also expand the limit on airline foreign ownership from 25% to 49%, and require railways to install voice and video recorders on locomotives.

“We heard recent news reports about shoddy treatment of air passengers,” Transportation Minister Marc Garneau told a press conference. Read more

Angkor ticket sales will go online

April 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

SIEM REAP, 12 April 2017: Two Cambodian ministries approved measures, last week, that will allow tourists to pay by credit card and obtain entrance tickets to Angkor Wat online.

Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that approval was granted during a Board Meeting of Angkor Enterprise chaired by Aun Porn Moniroth, senior minister and Minister of Economy and Finance as well as the Ministry of Tourism.

The two ministries agreed to allow Angkor Enterprise to develop and manage  ticket sales to foreign tourists online with secure credit card payments. Read more

THAI suspends ticket change fee

March 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 8 March 2017: Thai Airways International has cancelled ticket change surcharges due to the likelihood of flight delays at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Maintenance work is now being carried out on the east runway and B1 taxiway, 3 March to 2 May.

THAI announced the end of the cancellation fee only for delayed flights at Bangkok’s main airport. Read more

Angkor experts check progress

January 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

SIEM REAP, 19 January 2017: A meeting to discuss Angkor Archaeological Park preservation will be held next week to identify measures to protect and develop in a sustainable manner the country’s world heritage site.

Khmer Times reported the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), co-chaired by Japan and France, will meet 24 January to discuss ongoing preservation efforts at the Angkor Archaeological Park as well as the up-coming ticket price hike, due to take effect next month.

The two-day meeting will consist of a plenary session to discuss policy and development projects, as well as a technical session, which will see dozens of experts gathered to identify and provide solutions to issues plaguing the UNESCO world heritage site. Read more