Asia DMC launches Roots and Fruits

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Mekong, News, Trade Talk, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 March 2017: HG Foundation and ASIA DMC are celebrating 20 years since the founding of its parent travel firm in Vietnam with a ‘Roots and Fruits’ tree-planting campaign across the nine countries in Asia where the company currently operates.

The campaign will unfold with the planting of hundreds of fruit trees across remote areas in countries where the company has a presence.

Roots and Fruits spearheads tree planting using funds raised by charitable initiatives introduced through the tour operator’s subsidiaries; ASIA DMC, Bhaya Cruises, Sens Asia, Gotadi and HG Aviation. Read more

Code to improve tourist behaviour

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 22 March 2017: Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has issued a code of conduct for tourists and tour operators.

Tuoi Tre News reported the etiquette guidebook consists of two chapters with 12 articles, aimed at showing travel agents how to be service minded and travellers how to behave.

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism chief, Nguyen Van Tuan, was quoted saying the guidebook will help to build a better image of the nation’s tourists, amid complaints by foreigners. Read more

Destination Asia revamps website

March 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 16 March 2017: Destination Asia, a regional inbound tour operator, has completed a major remake of its  website that features news and activities taking place in each of the 11 destinations it serves.

Announcing the revamp, Tuesday, the company said visitors to Asia would gain richer insights, catch up on travel news and activities taking place across Asia.

The redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential news and information from the company’s head office in Bangkok and 31 operational offices in 11 destinations across Asia. Read more

Hints of a Trump travel slump

March 10, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 10 March 2017: Donald Trump and his travel bans are dissuading some foreigners from vacationing in the United States, but a decline in visitors is also linked to the dollar and may be limited, experts say.

Although solid data is not yet available, the Republican president’s first travel ban sent a jolt through the world tourism industry when it came into effect in late January.

Besides travellers from the seven Muslim-majority countries initially targeted, anecdotal indicators show a knock-on effect further afield. Read more

Khiri dips into community travel

March 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 3 March 2017: Southeast Asian- inbound tour specialist, Khiri Travel, will unveil two new community and nature-based tours in North Thailand and North Lombok at ITB Berlin, next week.

The emphasis is on providing insights into lesser-known corners of popular destinations, with the trips giving flexible options, depending on budget and interests.

The Thailand-headquartered tour operator says its mission in Thailand is to reinvent tourist perceptions of a country that has been at the forefront mass tourism in ASEAN for close on 50 years. Read more

Sens Asia Travel JVs in Germany

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BERLIN, 28 February 2017: Experiential travel specialist, Sens Asia Travel, has entered into a joint venture agreement in Germany to create Sens Asia Travel GmbH and offer its sensory-driven journeys to Asia’s popular travel destinations to the German outbound travel market.

The official signing will be held at ITB in Berlin, 8 to 12 March.

Founded last year by award-winning Vietnam-based travel company, HG Holdings, Sens Asia Travel offers a content rich travel booking experience, sold online and through travel agents that is based on the concept of ‘sensory travel’. Read more

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

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