DTG rumour mill grinds to a halt

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour company

BANGKOK, 2 October 2017: Tourasia’s founder and CEO, Stephen Roemer, who was recently named the new CEO of Diethelm Travel Group following a tourasia and DTG merger, officially started work 1 October.

Asked to clarify some of his priorities in email questions, he said: “ It goes without saying that I will come up with a business strategy and a clear positioning. This is what I am working on with the teams of Diethelm and All Asia Exclusive (AAE) at this moment.”

DTG and tourasia jointly announced the merger in late August and by 18 September former CEO, Lisa Fitzell, who had headed the tour company for two and half years left the Bangkok office. Read more

Journey Within hands over local offices

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News, tour company

SIEM REAP, 21 September, 2017: Journey Within Tour Company is handing over its Southeast Asian operations to local staff for them to own and manage.

The process starts in Cambodia with staff in the Siem Reap office taking control of operations rather than it continuing as a subsidiary of the US-based Journey Within Tour.

From humble beginnings that grew out of a small bed & breakfast enterprise in Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2003, the US-based Journeys Within Tour Company has offices in Cambodia Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Read more

JacTravel CEO calls it a day

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People, Tour Companies

LONDON, 9 August 2017: JacTravel’s CEO, Terry Williamson, has announced that he will be leaving JacTravel following the completion of the sale of the company to Webjet.

The sale is scheduled to be completed officially at the end of this month.

Webjet Limited announce, 2 August, that it had entered into an agreement to acquire JacTravel. Read more

TUI sells Hapag Lloyd

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

FRANKFURT, 17 July 2017: German tourism giant TUI said last week it has sold its remaining stake in the shipping firm Hapag-Lloyd, the final stage of a restructuring towards mass-market tourism.

The Hanover-based tour operator raised around 250 million euros (USD284.6 million) after selling 8.5 million shares. It followed TUI’s sale of around six million shares since last March.

The sale means “we have successfully completed selling off all the companies and holdings unrelated to the core activity of the group,” TUI finance director Horst Baier said in a statement. Read more

Ctrip wins investor honours

July 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 17 July 2017: Ctrip.com International has been recognised as a “Most Honoured Company” in the Technology, Media, & Telecommunications: internet category by Institutional Investor in its 2017 All-Asia Executive Team Rankings.

The tour operators, chief executive officer, Jane Jie Sun, was named one of the “Best CEOs”; chief financial officer, Cindy Wang, was named one of the “Best CFOs”; and Ctrip Investor Relations was named one of the “Best Investor Relations Programmes”.

Institutional Investor is a leading international business-to-business publisher, focused primarily on international finance. Read more

Yap honoured by French tourism agency

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Singapore

Robin Yap  awarded  the prestigious Gold Medal for Tourism (“Médaille d’or du Tourisme”) from His Excellency Monsieur Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore last week.

SINGAPORE, 12 July 2017: The Travel Corporation’s Asia president, Robin Yap, received the prestigious Gold Medal for Tourism (“Médaille d’or du Tourisme”) from Atout France, the France tourism development agency, last week.

His Excellency Marc ABENSOUR, Ambassador of France to Singapore presented the award at his residence.

Operating in 60 countries, Travel Corporation (TTC) has 25 brands, including Insight Vacations, Trafalgar Tours, Contiki Holidays, Uniworld Cruises, Thompson Gateway Africa, Red Carnation Hotels. Read more

Adventure on the River Kwai

June 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 June 2017: Khiri Travel Thailand has launched a new two-day/one-night Sai Yok National Park Adventure Package.

The national park is a three-hour drive west of Bangkok.

Starting in Kachanaburi town, the new trip combines hiking, kayaking, forest ecology insights and an overnight in a comfortable floating raft house on the River Kwai. Read more

Student’s death stalls tours

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 21 June 2017: The death of US student, Otto Warmbier, following his incarceration in North Korea has shaken tour operators catering to thrill seekers, with several reconsidering whether to take Americans to the reclusive state.

Warmbier, 22, died Monday after being medically evacuated to the United States, last week, suffering from severe brain damage, with US President Donald Trump blaming Pyongyang’s “brutal regime” for his plight.

Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel agency that took Warmbier to North Korea, said in a Facebook post that it would no longer allow US citizens on its trips. Read more

ASIA DMC bags six awards

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, tour operators

SHANGHAI, 8 June 2017: ASIA DMC has been named winner at the World Travel Awards in an impressive six categories.

The company was awarded Asia’s Leading Destination Management Company 2017 and also received accolades for the leading DMC in Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.

ASIA DMC founder Tran Thanh Nam attended the gala ceremony held at Grand Kempinski Hotel Shanghai on the 4 June to collect the awards, accompanied by group managing director Linh Le and Indochina Managing Director Nguyen Thi Tuyet. Read more

Awards for being sustainable

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, News

SINGAPORE, 8 June 2017: Tourism operators in Southeast Asia who claim they are sustainable can prove it by entering the new ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA), launched under the ASEAN’s Tourism Strategic Plan 2016 to 2025.

Twenty sustainable tourism winners – two from each ASEAN member state – will receive a package of benefits that will raise their business profile.

Winners will be highlighted on their national tourist office website and stand to gain exposure through NTO press conferences at trade shows such as ATF, TRAVEX, ITB and WTM. Read more

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