ASIA DMC launches tours at ITB

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk, Vietnam

HANOI, 16 February 2017: ASEAN-based tour operator, ASIA DMC, is preparing to roll out its newest tailor-made tours called “Spirit of Travel” to global buyers at ITB in Berlin, Germany, the world’s largest travel trade event.

Led by recently appointed group managing director, Linh Le, ASIA DMC will announce its new programme of personalised high-end travel.

In addition, the tour operator will unveil plans to expand its office presence in Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka adding to its existing presence in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand. Read more

TUI trims losses

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, Trade Talk

FRANKFURT, 15 February 2017: German tour operator TUI said Tuesday it sharply reduced first quarter losses and confirmed growth forecasts for the financial year 2016 to 2017, although terrorism fears continued to weigh on business.

TUI reported a loss of 117.5 million euros (USD125 million) between October and December, an improvement of 36% compared with the last financial year.

The firm labelled it a “good start to the year” in what are usually difficult months for the tourism sector. Read more

Tourists return to Egypt

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON, 10 February 2017: British travel group Thomas Cook said, Thursday, that demand for holidays in Egypt is picking up again, after unrest in the North African nation had pushed holidaymakers into choosing rival sun spots.

Thomas Cook said the improvement, along with especially strong demand for bookings to Greece, is helping to offset persistent weakness for holidays in Turkey, which last year suffered an attempted coup and deadly bombings.

The update came as Thomas Cook announced flat revenues and losses for its first quarter, or three months to the end of December. Read more

Destination Asia Thailand names new GM

February 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 2 February 2017: Destination Asia Thailand promoted Philip Wigglesworth to the post of general manager, effective 1 February.

He joined Destination Asia Thailand in 2011 as product and contracting manager and most recently worked as business development director.

Having worked with some of the UK’s leading tour operators before moving to Thailand in 1996, he has a solid understanding of the Thai travel business environment and overseas market activities. Read more

Q&A: Asia DMC on Vietnam’s tourism climb

January 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk, Vietnam

HANOI, 31 January 2017: With more than 10 million visitors last year, Vietnam is swiftly climbing the ranks to challenge ASEAN’s traditional leaders in tourism.

Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore are ahead in tourist arrivals, but Vietnam is now poised to overtake the Philippines and Indonesia.

We ask Vietnam travel specialist, Guilhem Cavaille, who works for the recently rebranded tour operator, ASIA DMC, what is driving Vietnam’s exceptional growth and his thoughts and observations on what will keep it that way. Read more

Khiri on sales mission at FITUR

January 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

MADRID, 19 January 2017: ASEAN speciality tour operator, Khiri Travel, is showcasing its  Southeast Asian travel content at the Spain’s top trade show FITUR.

Khiri Travel says it is attending the trade show to open new travel options in Southeast Asia for Spanish speaking  tour operators who wish to discover authentic local travel in Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Maldives.

Khiri Travel is represented at the show by managers, Gonzalo Gil Lavedra, of Khiri Travel Sri Lanka & Maldives, and Florencia Allo Moreno of Khiri Travel Vietnam. Read more

Diethelm creates new posts

January 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 12 January 2017: Diethelm Travel Asia has hired executives for two new positions as it attempts to regain its international reach.

Dietmar Schulz has been named sales manager continental Europe and Stephen Marshall sales director for North America.

Schulz has worked for Qantas Holidays, AOT Group, ATS Pacific and FTI Group, a German tour operator. He will work for Diethlem Travel from his Munich base. Read more

TUI weathers headwinds

December 16, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, Trade Talk

FRANKFURT, 16 December 2016: German tourism giant TUI announced last week that it has defied worldwide headwinds for travel firms caused by terrorism and political instability to report solid results for 2015 to 2016, driven by its cruises and hotels.

“We’ve managed to detach ourselves from the global trends in the sector,” chief executive Fritz Joussen said in a statement.

The group based in Hanover and listed on the London stock exchange booked profits attributable to shareholders of 1.04 billion euros (USD1.12 billion), almost three times higher than in 2014 to 2015. Read more

Conde Nast honours Cox & Kings

December 6, 2016 by  
Filed under News, South Asia, Trade Talk

MUMBAI, 6 December 2016: Cox & Kings was crowned winner at the sixth edition of Conde Nast Traveller  India’s Reader’s Travel Awards, when it bagged the title of favourite tour operator.

The awards ceremony held at The Lodhi in New Delhi, celebrated the best in travel, voted by readers.

Commenting on winning the award, Cox & Kings director, Peter Kerkar said: “We are extremely proud to be recognised as the best in the business by readers who are seasoned and travel lovers.” Read more

HG Travel adopts new branding

November 4, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 4 November 2016: Southeast Asian destination management company, HG Travel, has rebranded to become ASIA DMC as it moves forward with plans expand its B2B footprint across the region.

The rebranding coincides with expansion plans for Asia beyond Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, where it already has offices.

The company will add Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, China, India and Sri Lanka over the next 12 months. Read more

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