ITB China builds partnership

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 16 November 2017: ITB China and the China Tourism Association have confirmed a partnership to present marketing and promotional activities during the annual trade show.

It should beef up attendance by China’s  tour operators to ensure exhibitors can network and fill up their show appointment slots with decision makers from China’s outbound travel market.

The second edition of ITB China will take place, 16 to 18 May, in Shanghai focusing on the Chinese outbound travel market. Read more

Early bird campaign for Visit Year 2020

November 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

LONDON, 10 November 2017: Malaysia introduced  early bird information on its up-coming Visit Malaysia Year 2020, during the World Travel Market earlier this week.

Fielding a 130-strong delegation led by Minister of Tourism and Culture, YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, it marked the country’s 34th year of participation at the show.

Commenting on efforts to forge links with Europe’s tour operators the minister said: “This year’s WTM participation is particularly special as we are making early preparations for the Visit Malaysia Year 2020.” Read more

ASIA DMC joins WTM panel

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

HANOI, 10 October 2017:– ASIA DMC’s group managing director, Linh Le, joins an expert panel discussion at WTM London 2017 to debate the critical issues of sustainable tourism.

Taking place on the first day of the international travel trade show at ExCeL London, the session will see a panel of experts examine “The Major Environmental Challenges: Carbon & Water”.

This platform will allow Linh to share his experience in the sustainable tourism sector and how tour operators are facing up to its environmental responsibilities. Read more

Traveltek opens Singapore office

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 4 October, 2017: Traveltek Group has made its debut in Southeast Asia, introducing booking solutions to the region’s travel industry.

The UK-based firm opened an office in Singapore, targeting OTAs, retail agents, cruise bookers and tour operators, who are seeking technology to help them keep pace with customer demand for leisure travel, particularly cruises,

Asian cruise passenger volumes are growing at double-digit rates annually. Read more

Russian airline nosedives

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

MOSCOW, 27 September 2017: Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded Tuesday as Russia’s 10th largest carrier, VIM-AVIA, cancelled dozens of flights due to heavy losses and tour operators called on the government to avert an industry-wide crisis.

The private airline, which has cancelled all of its charter flights, said it was planning to go into a receivership due to financial hardship.

“Unfortunately we have to admit that the VIM-AVIA company has found itself in a difficult economic situation,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday. Read more

ITE attracts tourism stakeholders

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

HO CHI MINH CITY, 11 August 2017: Global tourism stakeholders will convene at Vietnam’s largest international travel expo, 7 to 9 September, for the 13th ITE HCMC trade show.

Organisers anticipate “thousands of tourism businesses” hotels and tour operators will convene at the International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC) 2017 to be hosted at the Saigon Exhibition & Convention Centre (SECC).

Now approaching  its 13th edition, ITE HCMC 2017 will provide a marketing opportunity and a business networking backdrop for participants to build brand equity and expand their business reach. Read more

Farms get closer to tourism

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Cambodia, Events, News

PHNOM PENH, 9 August 2017: Agro-tourism will be in the spotlight at the upcoming 2nd Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture Ministers Meeting, this September, in Siem Reap.

The second agriculture minsters’ meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 September and in an unprecedented move rolls out the welcome mat  for tourism executives.

In an open invitation posted by the Mekong Tourism Office, Tuesday, tour operators, hoteliers, airlines, restaurants and retailers are on the invitee list. Read more

North Korea beaches and a jail?

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 20 July 2017: North Korea’s tourism agency has launched a website offering holiday options ranging from surfing to rice planting, despite strong US warnings to avoid travel to a nation where several trips have ended in jail.

Sixteen Americans have been detained in the past decade in North Korea, including 22-year-old student Otto Warmbier who was given a long prison term for stealing a hotel propaganda poster. He was sent home in a coma in June but died several days later.

The “DPR Korea Tour” website, run by the North’s National Tourism Administration, depicts the country — which is subject to stiff sanctions over its weapons programmes — as just another tourist destination. Read more

Abandoning tourists is bad for business

July 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 July 2017: Thailand’s Association of Thai Travel Agents calls on tour operators serving the Chinese market to comply with regulations in order to strengthen quality.

Speaking at the association’s monthly meeting, last Thursday, ATTA president, Vichit Prakobgosol, said the association and the Thai-Chinese Tourism Alliance Association discussed measures to tighten Chinese tour quality.

“Abandoning Chinese tourists and the lack of marine tourism safety are two issues that blight our business,” he said, referring to reports that tour guides even tour companies left their groups to fend for themselves. Read more

Shwedagon raises fees

June 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 29 June 2017: Entrance fee for foreigners visiting Myanmar’s iconic Shwedagon Pagoda will increase from 8,000 kyats to 10,000 kyats starting 1 December.

Global New Light of Myanmar quoted a statement by the Shwedagon Pagoda’s board of trustees, that confirmed, effective 1 December, the entrance fee for foreigners would increase to 10,000 kyats.

The price increase should have been introduced 1 June, but at the suggestion of The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) a grace period of six months was negotiated. The Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture noted that the new rate would impact on package tour operators, as prices were agreed on about a year in advance to publish in catalogues. Read more

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