Invite to join Skal Chiang Mai

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

CHIANG MAI, 27 March 2017: Skal International Thailand is campaigning to boost membership in its Chiang Mai club with a special event this Thursday.

The cocktail reception and dinner hosted at 137 Pillar Hotel in Chiang Mai is billed as a networking evening and a drive to increase membership of Thailand’s second oldest Skal Club after Bangkok.

The event is open to executives working in the hospitality industry travel and tourism, but they should register in advance Read more

Sabre rattlers swipe Champagne

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 27 March 2017: The first time I witnessed a demonstration of Sabrage, the art of opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre, was at the St Regis Bangkok a few years back. It was quite impressive especially the part when the cork, still attached to the bottle’s lip, shot off in the direction of the well stocked bar lined with expensive wines and liquors.

It made it to the bar top and landed an ice bucket. Well done, cried the F&B manager and we all applauded the feat like kids at a circus.

Where I hail from there was a significant lack of champagne culture. In the 1960s folk in Manchester, UK, frowned on pub goers sipping champagne, let alone whacking them with a sabre. Read more

HCMC plans weekend market

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 27 March 2017: Ho Chi Minh City will open a weekend market in the city’s downtown district, later this year, to create a new shopping and entertainment venue for locals and visitors.

In recent months both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi have announced plans to add tourist attractions and walking streets.

Studies show Vietnam’s tourism is expanding fast and will become a leader in the region over the next 10 years, especially in aviation. It is already competing head-on with business rival Thailand. Read more

Don’t rip off festival fans

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

SIEM REAP, 24 March 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has urged tourism operators and related businesses to maintain prices during major festivals.

According to a Khmer Times report Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, threatened to suspend licenses of business owners if they failed to display the correct prices for goods and services over the Khmer New Year, especially during the mid-April Angkor Sankranta celebrations in Siem Reap.

Khmer New Year is celebrated at the same time as Songkran in Thailand that starts on Thursday 13 April. Easter is also celebrated worldwide during the same week. Read more

Discounts to draw more event visitors

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau launched, Wednesday, its Thailand CONNECT Welcome Package versioin III promotion that offers a discount of up to 20% for travellers who visit the country this year.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, TCEB’s Administration and Strategic Support vice president Chirut Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya said the bureau joined hands with King Power and Airports of Thailand, two of its core partners, to offer packages to visitors attending events in Thailand.

The package is bundled with TCEB’s offers to event organisers. The event secretariat distributes discount cards to delegates and on presentation to shops, restaurants or service providers it identifies the holder as being eligible for a discount.   Read more

Bagan map in pipeline

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 24 March 2017: Bagan Tourism Development and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are working on a new tourist map of Bagan.

Myanmar Times media quoted Bagan Tourism Development assistant project manager, Daw Yu Yu Lin, saying the map would make it easier for visitors to explore the heritage destinations.

“The guide map will also highlight some not-so-well-known pagodas where visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery and history of Bagan.” Read more

Laptop ban: Is there a commercial plot?

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Trump’s arch enemy, The Washington Post, fielded an alternative explanation for the US laptop travel ban that it claimed was more to do with commercial reasons than a terrorism threat.

Writing in The Washington Post, Wednesday, Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman, professors at George Washington University, suggested that the ban might have been more to do with economic protectionism than a national security threat.

Domestic Homeland Security says the new rules were introduced because of intelligence that shows terrorists are continuing to target airlines flying to the United States. Read more

Thailand strives for ICAO green flag

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre says the ongoing ICAO and FAA process of recertification of Thailand’s aviation industry will strengthen the country’s ambitions to regain its status as a top regional hub.

It noted that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has now issued its first Air Operations Certificate (AOC) under an ongoing recertification programme,  27 February.

Bangkok Airways was the first recipient as part of CAAT’s recertification programme, in partnership with CAA International (CAAi), which is part of the International Directorate of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA). Read more

15% off Qatar fares

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Qatar Airways is offering promotional fares for travel on selected routes until the end of June this year.

The promotion starts with a roundtrip fare, inclusive of taxes, fees and surcharges, ex-Bangkok at THB5,985 to Hanoi in economy class.

Fares to the Middle East sells THB21,665 to Dubai and THB33,300 Doha. Read more

Thai travel agency business dips

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 906,558 travellers, January to February, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 10.14% when compared with 1,008,879 visits during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, Monday, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide meet-and-greet services for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.

The association president, Charoen Wangananont, said the slow down was due to an above average and extraordinary growth registered during the first two months of 2016. Read more

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