Rail packages roll out to Malaysia

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

HAT YAI, 16 October 2017: Tourism Malaysia launched the “Southern Thai Packages to Malaysia” at the Centara Hotel, Hat Yai, last week, to promote the connectivity of cross-border travel for Thais wishing to visit Malaysia.

More than 80 delegates representing travel agencies in southern Thailand  and members of the media from southern Thailand attended the event to  witness the launch of the “Southern Thai Packages Malaysia” which is based entirely on rail travel.

The rail packages are  combined with several attractions and activities including theme parks, city and night tours, which will help to promote the convenience of rail travel from South Thailand to Malaysia. Read more

Vietnam’s tourism in top gear

October 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 11 October 2017:  Vietnam’s tourism is powering along gathering a head count of almost 9.5 million visitors for the first nine months of the year.

Based on the country’s Government Statistics Office estimates international visits reached 9,448,331, an increase of 28.4% over the same period last year.

Of that total, 8 million travellers arrived in the country by air and 7 million of them were from Asia. China and South Korea accounted for well over half of the total Asian arrivals at 4,650,550. That’s a substantial market share and risky for the travel industry if one of those markets takes a tumble.  Travel from China increased 47% and from South Korea by 51%. 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

TAT shifts deputies sideways

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 October 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand reshuffled six deputy governors and reinstated an advisor (grade 10) to an active role, 1 October.

The moves change their areas of responsibility, but without any explanation of why the TAT governor curated the moves.

There was plenty of speculation in the industry including suggestions the governor, who has another two years to go to complete his term wants it leave on a high note, while bolstering his performance score card. Read more

Bangkok ranks world’s top tourist capital

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 October 2017:  Bangkok topped Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2017, released last week,  on the sheer weight of its overnight tourist arrivals and tourism spend.

Of the 132 destinations featured, five of the top 10 places in the annual survey went to destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.

Bangkok has topped the chart for two years in a row. The latest report is based on the overnight stay head count and cross border spend in 2016. Read more

Vegas: Tourism takes short term hit

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

LAS VEGAS, 9 October 2017: The attack that left 58 people dead in Las Vegas could impact America’s tourism capital, but only in the short term, experts say, predicting a full recovery within months.

The iconic Vegas Strip, lined with glitzy hotels, casinos and neon signs, still had a heavy police presence on Wednesday, a stark reminder of Sunday night’s tragedy — the worst mass shooting in modern US history.

“The attack should affect tourism badly in the short-term as the memories remain fresh and vivid in people’s minds,” said Federico Guerrero, an associate professor of economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. Read more

Tourism needs to be more sustainable

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 5 October 2017: The OECD on Tuesday called on governments to rethink their tourism policies to make growth in the key sector more “ecologically sustainable and socially inclusive.”

Tourism was one of the largest and fastest growing sectors in the world economy, and its potential remained very strong, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said in a statement.

In the 35 OECD countries, tourism contributed on average 4.1% of gross domestic product (GDP), 5.9% of employment and 21.3% of service exports, the OECD calculated. Read more

Colosseum opens top levels

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

ROME,  5 October 2017: The highest level of Rome’s ancient Colosseum will be opened to the public for the first time in 40 years, 1 November, Italy’s culture minister said, Tuesday.

Seats on the fifth level of the amphitheatre were once reserved for ancient Roman society’s lowest commoner: the plebeian.

But the seats boasted a breathtaking view — not only of the gladiator battles far below, but of the heart of the empire. Read more

Global Halal tourism show

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, 2 October 2017: The World Halal Tourism Summit Abu Dhabi, 25 to 26 November,taps into the Halal tourism boom valued at an estimated US$155 billion

Cacti Media is the official organiser of International Travel Week 2017, launched in 2015 to promote Halal tourism, that has now become a significant sector in global tourism markets.

In 2015, the event hosted 202 exhibitors representing 26 countries and generated over USD18.4 million worth of business on the show floor. Read more

TCT says confidence running high

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 September 2017: Confidence in Thailand’s tourism is running at an all-time high with the Tourism Council of Thailand claiming the year’s fourth quarter will see the confidence index rise to 103.

Normal business confidence has a benchmark of 100 and the third quarter index according to TCT clocked in at 98.

In its market outlook, presented Wednesday, TCT said quarter three confidence was impacted by concerns over the domestic economy, heavy flooding that disrupted tourism and trade, especially in the northeast region of the country, rising domestic costs and intensified competition in the travel trade. Read more

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