Malaysia showcase in Hat Yai

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Thailand

HAT YAI 7 December 2017: Tourism Malaysia hosted the Malaysia Travel Showcase 2017 (IMTS 2017) Travel Fair last weekend at southern town’s Central Festival shopping mall.

The event positioned Malaysia as the ultimate destination for food, tourism, resorts, theme parks and cultural attractions all close to towns in South Thailand.

Tourism Malaysia is intensifying promotions to boost overland travel from Thailand to northern Malaysia. Read more

Too much of a good thing

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Editor's Post, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 4 December 2017: Thailand’s new Minister of Tourism and Sports, Weerasak Kowsurat, will have his work cut out for him, although he is no stranger to tourism, having served as its minister in 2008.

After a roller coaster ride spanning decades,  due in part to fickle Thai politics, coups and demonstrations that curtailed growth, Thailand’s tourism is now enjoying an astounding recovery.

This year, international visits will exceed 32 million and there are reliable projections that estimate arrivals could easily exceed 35 million before 2020 dawns. Read more

Tourism forum monitors the mood for 2018

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 December 2017: Organisers of the Thailand Tourism Forum, announced at the weekend, the return of the popular brainstorming event  for its seventh annual edition, 22 January 22, 2018.

It should attract around 650 hotel industry professionals at the InterContinental Hotel venue in Bangkok.

Organised by the American Chamber of Commerce the early evening event will discuss how mega-projects are reshaping Bangkok’s cityscape. Adopting the theme ‘Megacity Bangkok – a tourism and hotel Futurescape’, TTF 2018 will focus on the redevelopment of the thriving Thai capital. Read more

Budget to boost Vietnam’s tourism

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 4 December 2017: Vietnam will spend over USD1.3 billion (VND30 trillion) to improve tourism infrastructure through to 2020, according to a government programme approved recently.

The budget and programme were approved by the Prime Minister last month in a move to create “modern and developed infrastructure” that will turn the country into the preferred destination in mainland ASEAN.

The plan calls for tourism to double visits from 10 million in 2016 to 20 million in 2020. Read more

Volcano burns wedding dreams

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 4 December 2017: Australian Tiarna Thompson had her dream Bali wedding all set, but there was one thing she did not count on: a volcano threatening its first major eruption in half a century.

The 24-year-old and her fiancé Justin saw their plans go up in smoke when Mount Agung rumbled to life, spewing ash and fumes that forced hundreds of flights to and from the island to be cancelled.

“It’s funny how a volcano can just turn our plans and our whole lives sort of upside down, just like that,” said Thompson from her home near Brisbane. Read more

Langkawi hosts Miss Tourism contestants

November 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 November 2017: Malaysia is hosting the Miss Tourism International World Final for the 20th consecutive year, with contestants spotlighting the attractions of Langkawi Island during a three-day visit.

The annual event was first hosted in Kuching, Sarawak in 1994 and has earned the support of Malaysia’s Ministry of Tourism and Tourism to make it a signature event in the country’s tourism calendar.

The 20th Miss Tourism International 2017 World Final is underway this week and will conclude 7 December, with the coronation night held on 6 December at the ballroom of the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Kuala Lumpur. Read more

Vietnam’s 10-month visits surpass 10 million

November 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 24 November 2017: Vietnam recorded an estimated 1,024,899 International visitors in October representing an increase of 5% over the previous month.

October tourist arrivals improved 24.7%, year-on-year.

Total international arrivals for the 10 months, January to October, reached 10,473,230, an increase of 28.1% over the same period last year. Read more

Tourism lifeline for St Helena

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under AFRICA, EUROPE, News

JAMESTOWN, UK, 23 November 2017:Cut off from the rest of the world for centuries, St. Helena, which lies isolated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, is now reachable by plane for the first time.

The aviation breakthrough promises to lift the British-run territory from obscurity and bring it within reach of international tourists.

The arrival of the first commercial flight was also a relief for islanders frustrated by a delay to the opening because of high winds. Read more

Cyprus tourism saves economy

November 22, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

NICOSIA, 22 November 2017: Cyprus has smashed its record for annual tourist arrivals with two months to spare, with the total reaching 3.4 million at the end of October, official figures showed at the weekend.

The eastern Mediterranean island has benefited from its reputation as a regional safe haven as unrest has hit the tourism sectors of its traditional competitors Egypt, Tunisia and Turkey.

Arrivals in the first 10 months already comfortably exceeded the record 3.18 million registered in the whole of 2016. Read more

India’s tourism dollars up 20%

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under India, News

NEW DELHI, 20 November 2017:  India’s Ministry of Tourism estimates foreign exchange earnings (FEEs) through tourism, January to October, reached USD220.89 billion representing an improvement of 20.2% over year-on-year.

During January-October 2016, the FEEs registered USD 18.37 billion and a growth of 7.9% over January- October 2015.

Highlights of the estimates indicate FEEs for just October identified FEEs of USD2.205 billion, compared with FEEs of USD1.812 billion during the month of October 2016. Read more

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