ICAO will revaluate Thai red flag status

February 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 February 2017: International Civil Aviation Organisation is due to conduct a security inspection of Thailand’s aviation 30 June.

According the National News Bureau of Thailand, Transport Minister, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, met with executives from 15 Thai airlines to notify them of the up-coming inspection.

He expressed confidence that Thailand’s aviation  would be given a clean bill of health on aviation and safety supervision prompting the country’s removal from the ICAO red flag list. Read more

Ctrip revenue surges in 2016

February 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 24 February 2017: Ctrip’s net revenue for its fiscal year 2016 reached RMB19.2 billion (USD2.8 billion) a massive 76% increase over 2015.

Ctrip.com International, a leading travel provider headquartered in China announced, Thursday, its unaudited financial results for the full year ending 31 December 2016.

Despite the massive increases in net revenue, the company reported a full year a loss from operations of RMB1.6 billion (USD226 million), compared to income from operations of RMB381 million in 2015. Read more

Tips to make business travel better

February 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Travel Logs

SINGAPORE, 24 February 2017: Sabre Corporation and Egencia, the business travel company of Expedia, released, Thursday, analysis and recommendations on ways companies can support their road warrior employees while travelling.

The joint whitepaper titled, “The Year of the Business Traveller: Four keys to use data to support road warriors in 2017”.

Based on analysis of Sabre’s global air, hotel and ancillary booking data, companies have the opportunity to increase traveller satisfaction in several areas, especially for road warriors. Read more

Boatmen up in arms over park fees

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

KRABI, 23 February 2017: The unusual sight of local boat operators fighting for fair entrance fees at a Thai national park unfolded here in Krabi, Wednesday.

Boat operators are objecting to their foreign customers paying a THB400 national park entrance fee claiming Thailand’s national parks are fleecing tourists.

According to the Thai Rath report the national park chief in Krabi refused to yield despite boat operators threatening to boycott the park. Read more

HCMC eyes on night market

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 23 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s District 4 authorities will open a night market in Ward 12 to offer more attractions for tourists.

Local media reported the district authorities have sought permission from the People’s Committee.

The 3,000-sqm night market will stretch from Khanh Hoi Bridge to Calmette Bridge along the Tau Hu – Ben Nghe Canal. Read more

AirAsia X flies to Honolulu

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

KUALA LUMPUR, 23 February 2017: Long-haul low-cost AirAsia X will operate a four weekly service from Kuala Lumpur to Honolulu, Hawaii via Osaka, Japan, starting 28 June.

To celebrate the launch, AirAsia X will offer fares from as low as RM499* that are bookable by the end of February for travel from 28 June 2017 to 6 February 2018.

During the offer period, guests wanting to travel in greater comfort can experience AirAsia X’s flatbed seats from RM2,999* – one of the lowest fares to Hawaii from Asia.  (* One-way all-in fare inclusive of taxes and fees.) Read more

Emirates expands flights in ASEAN

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Aviation, Cambodia, Myanmar, News

DUBAI, 22 February 2017: Emirates will begin daily services to Phnom Penh, 1 July, by extending its Yangon service  to the Cambodian capital.

The service will use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration.

On the same day Emirates will delink Hanoi from its Dubai-Yangon service, serving the Vietnamese capital with its own nonstop service out of  Dubai. Read more

MTF takes meeting outdoors

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Mekong, News

VIENTIANE, 22 February 2017: Lao PDR will host the annual Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang 6 to 9 June adopting the theme, “Prosper with Purpose”.

Last week Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart, met with Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism officials to finalise details of the two-day programme.

After the official welcome ceremony and morning keynote presentations the event will offer delegates a choice of eight “different tracks with two sessions each in the afternoons.   Read more

Mirror has a go at Pattaya

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: UK’s so called ‘gutter press’ aimed a pot shot at Pattaya, last week, calling it “The Sex Capital of the World and “Sin City,” while asking what ever happened to the Minister of Tourism’s promise to clean up the country’s sex tourism industry?

Quoted by ThaiVisa.com and Thai Rath, The Mirror claimed a Thai government minister had proclaimed last year that she would oversee the end of the sex trade in Thailand.

This was a clear reference to Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanvarankul who made the pronouncement last July, according to ThaiVisa.com. Read more

Thailand embarks on sports tourism campaign

February 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 February 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports will increase efforts to promote Thailand as a sports hub during the up-coming ITB Berlin, 8 to 12 March.

Tourism and sports minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said sports was a priority sector that could help to promote the country on the international stage this year.

The minister first introduced a major sports tourism campaign at the Thailand Travel Mart in Chiang Mai, June 2016, when the Sports Authority of Thailand attended the event for the first time. Read more

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