BANGKOK, 15 March 2017: British tourists are getting a bad name for cheating their tour operators with false claim that they were served spoiled food during their tour.
TravelNews Switzerland noted in a news report, earlier this week, that tour operators such as Thomas Cook were confronted with the problem of “thousands of British vacationers claiming compensation”.
Most of the complaints related to the quality of food that they consumed during the package tour holiday. Read more
MEXICO CITY, 7 February 2017: Mexico’s latest gimmick — tours that focus on sites linked national corruption — could inspire tour operators in other countries to jump on the bus.
Tour buses packed with sightseers are a common sight in Mexico City, but among the buses ferry tourists to the famed historical attractions there is a new kid on the block.
In fact, the converted school bus with the sawed-off top is taking Mexico City visitors on the “Corruptour,” a visit to the country’s seedy underbelly of murderous misdeeds and multibillion-dollar graft by public officials. Read more
PUNE, INDIA, 19 January 2017: ‘Do it yourself trip planning’ was the dominant trend in 2016 and it will continue in 2017 further threatening the traditional tour operator and destination management companies.
TripHobo’s latest research shows do-it-yourself planning seems to be the preferred choice for most travellers, especially millennial travellers.
Summarising travellers’ data through users at TripHobo.com, noted travellers are focusing more on experiential travel, and the trend is to plan trips without outside help from travel companies or travel consultants. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 September 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism’s Bureau of Tourism Business and Guide Registration will set a minimum tour package price for Chinese tourists at THB1,000 per day, per person.
Speaking at a press conference , Wednesday, Tourism Council of Thailand president, Ittirit Kinglek, said the department discussed with tourism public and private sectors on Tuesday to reach agreement on a minimum standard price for tourism package sold to Chinese travellers by tour operators.
“We agreed that the minimum standard daily cost of a package should not be below THB1,000…the cost will include hotel, vehicle, tour guide, food, insurance and tax.” Read more
BANGKOK, 19 September 2016: Association of Thai Travel Agents has asked the government for more time to allow tour operators to come to terms with a crackdown on zero-dollar tours.
Speaking at a conference focusing on zero dollars tourism, last week, ATTA vice president, Somchai Chomraka, said the association agreed with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ policy, but asked for more clarity on regulations.
ATTA claims that only a few of its members are guilty of organising tours that could be defined as zero-dollar tourism, but many of its members benefit from the free use of buses and commuter vans owned by gem stores and have reaped handsome profits from shopping commissions in the past. Read more
MANILA, 23 August 2016: The Philippine Tour Operators Association says it will back the National Tourism Development Plan 2016 to 2022 believing it could prompt an upgrade in tourism infrastructure and transportation.
Citing recent efforts by the Duterte administration to speed up infrastructure projects, PHILTOA president, Cesar Cruz, said he hoped the new NTDP 2016 to 2022 will accomplish what has been identified, noting that earlier plans had not materialised under the former administration.
Cruz said he was optimistic that Department of Tourism secretary, Wanda Teo, “would shape the industry” with a national tourism development plan as she was part of the team that drafted the tourism agenda for the new administration. Read more
YANGON, 3 August 2016: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism says it will take legal action, later this month, against unlicensed domestic tourism operators that are selling outbound tourism.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported there were 69 unlicensed tour operators that are openly selling outbound travel.
They have been given a final warning to apply for a licence or face prosecution. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 28 July 2016: Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism says more than 130 travel and hospitality firms were fined a total of USD89,300 for various violations.
Vietnam Net Bridge media quoted tourism chief inspector, Nguyen Van Kham, saying 33 travel agents, including four offering outbound tours, were hauled up for unlicensed operations and a failure to use qualified guides.
More than 100 hotels were fined for failing to reassess their star ratings and make an announcement about their operations and any change in their rating. Read more
BANGKOK, 25 July 2016: Thai Travel Agents Association says Taiwan’s decision to grant visa exemption for Thai citizens will boost travel to around 200,000 trips by year-end.
TTAA president, Suparerk Soorangura, told TTR Weekly that the visa exemption would make it more convenient for Thai travellers to book a tour to Taiwan, saving both time (visa processing) and costs, especially for Thais living outside of the capital.
“The scheme will encourage Thais to travel as they do not need to apply for a visa and it saves around THB1,000 in visa fees….Taiwan is now a favourite destinations for Thais as it is only a three-hour and 30-minute flight from Bangkok… it is safe and lots of airlines and low-cost airlines offer services that keep the package prices competitive.” Read more
BANGKOK, 4 July 2016: Khao Yai’s Conservation Association has submitted a proposal, last week, recommending Khao Yai National Park should be closed annually from March through to May to allow natural restoration and a quieter stress-free environment for wildlife.
The move is strongly opposed by local tour operators, who promote the park in their sightseeing tours from Bangkok or offer it has an overnight stop on a tour of Northeast Thailand.
Tour groups stay in resorts located outside the park. Read more