Laos Visit Year is hard to pin down

December 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Laos PDR, News

BANGKOK, 12 December 2017: Time is ticking by on the recently introduced Visit Laos Year 2018 without any accurate revelations on what makes the year special for international travellers.

Critics would be right to describe this “Visit Year” project as a botched effort by government to dupe travellers into thinking there are incentives and valuable reasons to buy a holiday in Laos during 2018.

There is a general consensus in the travel segment, particularly from the perspective of governments, that Visit Years can be announced at the drop of a hat. No one in the travel industry asks serious questions about strategy, budgets and specific Visit Year signature events. Read more

Northeast India eyes ASEAN travel markets

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

GUWAHATI, Assam India, 8 December 2017: More flights, an aggressive campaign to double northeast India’s tourist arrivals in five years were key elements in the game plan outlined by Secretary of Tourism, Government of India, Rashmi Verma, during a three-day travel mart hosted in Guwahati, Assam.

Details of the northeast strategy and campaign were presented by the Secretary of Tourism, during the travel mart briefing, attended by media and international buyers from 29 countries, earlier this week.

Over 160,000 foreign and 7.7 million domestic tourists visited Assam and other northeast states during 2016, registering a 5.2% increase over previous year. Read more

Korea: Boxing holidays the latest craze

December 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, Thailand

BANGKOK, 8 December 2017: Thailand and Korea will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Thailand-Korea relations in 2018, a celebration that will be included in the events calendar of the Thailand Tourism Year.

Korean tourist arrivals to Thailand increased to 1.4 million in 2016 and in the first half of this year visits had already reached 700,000  up 3% on the previous year.

Joint celebrations will mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Korea along with promotions to draw more tourists from Korea during the off-peak months of 2018. Read more

More Chinese travel further afield

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under North Asia, trends

BEIJING, 7 December 2017: COTRI projects that China’s outbound travel will increase to 154 million border crossings in 2018, representing a 6.3% year-on-year increase from 2017’s final forecast of 145 million.

The Autumn 2017 edition of the COTRI Market Report contains COTRI’s 2018 forecast for Chinese outbound tourist arrival numbers, released 1 December.

The research institution, said the 2018 figure was made up of 68 million trips to Greater China destinations, a 2% year-on-year increase. Read more

Baring bums lands tourists in jail

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 November 2017: Two American tourists have been held for “inappropriate behaviour” after sharing photos of them baring their buttocks at a famous Bangkok temple, Thai police said Wednesday,

Thailand’s ruling junta is cracking down on insults to Buddhism, the country’s dominant religion.

The pair, Joseph and Travis Dasilva, both 38, uploaded pictures, 24 November of their bared backsides at Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) to Instagram. Read more

Giant tortoise welcomes tourists

November 27, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

JAMESTOWN, 27 November 2017: He is a tourist attraction worth travelling a long way to see — Jonathan the giant tortoise is perhaps the world’s oldest land animal, living in pampered luxury on the remote British island of St. Helena.

Aged at least 185 — though no one knows for certain — Jonathan should prepare himself for an influx of visitors now that an airport has opened on the small island in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean.

The island’s most famous resident, Jonathan slowly roams the lush gardens of the governor’s house, eating carrots, lettuce, cucumber, apples and pears prepared in the governor’s kitchen. Read more

Thailand arrivals flying high

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 November 2017: Thailand’s tourist industry earned THB1,472,698.81 million from international tourist visits, January to October, an increase of 9.31%, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sport released last week..

Reporting on the latest statistics, Permanent Secretary of Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said the country welcomed 2,723,971 visits in October alone.

For the 10 months up to the end of October, the country registered 28.8 million visits, a rise of 6.69%, year-on-year.

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Thailand’s high season begins

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 20 November 2017: Thai travel agents enjoyed a 102% increase in tourist clients for the period 1 to 10 November when compared with the same 10-day period in November 2016.

In its latest appraisal, Thailand’s Association of Thai Travel Agents confirmed its member companies handled 177,902 clients at Bangkok’s two airports for the first 10 days of November.

It signals the start of the high season for Thailand when tour company business spikes. Read more

Gay Chinese flock to Thailand

November 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

PHUKET, 15 November 2017: Bathed in a pink spotlight, the cabaret singer at Phuket’s ZAG bar lip-syncs the top notes of a popular Mandarin love song, delighting the crowd of gay Chinese tourists who have escaped judgement at home for sexual freedom in Thailand.

While the song, “The Moon Represents My Heart”, is a hit with the patrons, the transgender singer is just the warm up act.

“We’re waiting for the go-go boys!” says one Chinese reveller at ZAG, one of several clubs squeezed into “Paradise Complex” — the epicentre of the raucous gay nightlife scene on the party-hard island. Read more

Chinese tourist robbed as they shop

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS,  14 November 2017: Leon Chen looks frazzled as he shepherds a group of Chinese tourists through the Galeries Lafayette department store in Paris, past stands stacked with luxury bags, perfume, jewellery and caviar.

As a guide, he knows all too well that cash-flush visitors lugging bags of valuables are easy prey for muggers and pickpockets.

“It’s happened many times. The last two groups I had were robbed in this store,” he said, recounting how unseen predators made off with bags momentarily left on the floor by their owners. Read more

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