Pattaya marathon reboots

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

PATTAYA, 7 August 2017: Pattaya City joins hands with Provincial Chonburi Administrative Organisation, Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Athletic Association of Thailand to organise the 26th Pattaya Marathon 2017, 3 September.

The event was supposed to take place 16 July, but Pattaya City could not secure core sponsors and an organiser in time, according to the Pattaya Marathon website.

It has now been rescheduled for Sunday, 3 September, with the start and finish line on Pattaya Beach Road. Read more

Push for Phang Nga airport

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

PHUKET, 7 August 2017: Thailand’s Phang Nga province recorded an all-time record high 4,475,223 visitors in 2016 as tourism revenue topped USD1.16 billion according to a new report by consulting group C9 Hotelworks.

While the numbers are impressive, the destination’s lack of a gateway airport remains a stumbling block to broader success.

Phang Nga and its leading resort area Khao Lak heavily rely on Phuket’s overloaded international airport as a lifeline. With over 12,000 registered hotel rooms in the province and a burgeoning pipeline of new projects, something has to give. Read more

Quality list aids travel

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 7 August 2017: Thailand’s Department of Tourism reports 673 establishments in 2016 passed evaluation and were accredited under the Thailand Tourism Standard scheme.

Released last week on the department’s website, the list identified establishments that had achieved the standard in the categories of accommodation, services, activities, attractions, tour business and tour guiding.

The scheme’s list, written in Thai, was introduced to raise standards and upgrade the country’s tourism businesses. It is geared to assisting domestic tourists to identify quality services, while building their travel confidence. Read more

Cut the cost of a China visa

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 4 August 2017: China has been making it easier to travel to and through the country without any cost since last year. But the message might not be getting through.

UK’s Independent newspaper alerted UK travellers that they can now visit Shanghai stay for up to six days on what is for all intents and purposes a free transit visa. Read more

Travel Fair promises bargains

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 4 August 2017: The 21st edition of Thai International Travel Fair will take 10 to 13 August at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

Thai Travel Agents Association president, Suparerk Soorangura, said the event should support outbound and domestic tourism markets and will boost travel bookings in the last quarter.

“Themed Fun For Family, the 21st edition is organised to stimulate tourism for both domestic and outbound sectors and encourages travellers to buy holiday packages and services directly from tour operators,” he said.
Fair visitors can usually pick up hotel, tour and airfare deals that are lower than what are on offer through other channels. Read more

Qatar takes its money elsewhere

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News

DOHA, 4 August 2017: Qatar Airways said, Thursday it has decided not to proceed with its proposed “passive financial investment in American Airlines”.

Qatar was  earlier looking at investing up to 10% in American Airlines, news that shocked the US airline’s board.

In a press statement the airline said: “Further review of the proposed financial investment, taking into account the latest public disclosure of American Airlines, has demonstrated that the investment no longer meets our objectives.” Read more

ATTA rolls out training modules

BANGKOK, 3 August 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents will organise 12 training programmes for the remaining months of this year as a part of its policy to build skills for member travel agencies.

ATTA’s recently elected committee is now moving ahead on its promised policy to improve HR capital through digital marketing training courses.

The association says it will organise 12 training programmes August through to December; four events per months all open to members. Read more

Thailand focuses on ATF agenda

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

VINH PHUC, VIETNAM, 3 August 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, met with tourism officials from national tourist offices from ASEAN nations, including Vietnam,  to update them on Thailand’s readiness to host the 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018.

The 46th ASEAN National Tourism National Organisations, held last month, gave the ministry’s permanent secretary an opportunity to update officials on ATF, which will be held 22 to 26 January. in Chiang Mai, the first time the forum has been hosted in North Thailand.

ASEAN tourism officials are collaborating to promote gastronomy tourism, tourism investment, cruise tourism and community based tourism. Read more

Airlines in sneaky seat squeeze

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 3 August 2017: Passengers measuring leg room between airline seats is not a trendy habit in Asia, but apparently it’s a hot topic in the US.

CNN reported the squeeze on the typical airline seat made it all the way to a Congress hearing when the spotlight shone on how airlines have quietly eroded the centimetres between seat rows.

CNN reported that American Airlines is planning to squeeze in more seats on its new Boeing 737 Max aircraft due for introduction later this year. Apart shaving space between seat rows it may also introduce slim-fit  toilets. Read more

Myanmar lake named biosphere reserve

August 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 2 August 2017: Myanmar’s efforts to gain UNESCO recognition for natural and heritage sites sees the country’s largest freshwater lake designated a “Biosphere Reserve”.

It joins Inle Lake, in Shan State, which gained the same status from UNESCO in 2015.

Myanmar Tourism Marketing said the latest recognition would encourage efforts to gain World Heritage status for a number of sites around the country. Read more

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