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

DIY travel in the driving seat

January 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

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, 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

Thailand sets minimum price for Chinese tour

September 22, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

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

ATTA calls for more time

September 19, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Travel Trade

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

PHILTOA wants action not words

August 23, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Philippines

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

Myanmar to crackdown on illegal tours

August 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

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

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