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

Pagoda suspends price hike

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 6 June 2017: Shwedagon Pagoda’s board of trustees has suspended its plan to increase entrance fees for foreigners from 8,000 kyats to 10,000 kyats.

Irrawaddy media reported the board planned to increase the fees from the beginning of June. The announcement had been made in early May.

The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) told the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture that the new rate would impact package tour operators, as packages were sold a year in advance. Read more

Taiwan loses tourist flow

May 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TAIPEI, 18 May 2017: Visitor numbers to Taiwan fell in the first quarter, dragged down by a 42% plunge in arrivals from China as relations worsen across the strait.

The number of Chinese tourists to the island has dropped since Beijing-sceptic President Tsai Ing-wen took office last May, with speculation China is turning off the taps as a pressure tactic.

Beijing — which sees self-ruled Taiwan as still part of its territory — is wary of Tsai’s party, which traditionally advocates independence from China. Read more

eTravel World at ITB China 2017

March 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 28 March 2017: eTravel World will be a dedicated area at ITB China connecting established, start-up online focussed and travel technology companies with buyers looking for technology solutions.

eTravel World China is part of the inaugural ITB China due to be held in Shanghai, 10 to 12 May.

Trade visitors will be able to source innovative products and apps for tour operators, the hospitality industry and destinations at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Centre. Read more

British tourists suffer funny tummies

March 15, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

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

Trip to checkout corruption

February 7, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

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

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