Penang cleans up after storm

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 8 November 2017: Strong winds and heavy rain closed down many of Penang’s tourist attractions as the popular island destination suffered the worst storms in decades.

A weekend of torrential downpour and strong winds, left many parts of Georgetown, the state capital, inundated with flood water, while there were reports of landslides in the hilly regions of the island.

According to bulletins, issued by travel management companies, the storms resulted in the temporarily closure of some sites and activities possibly for rest of the week. Read more

Typhoon maroons tourists

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 7 November 2017: Popular tourists spots, Hoi An and Hue in central Vietnam, suffered heavy flooding over the weekend, due to tropical storm Damrey.

Tour operators confirmed that trips have been disrupted along the coast and specifically to the two World Heritage destinations.

The storm made landfall near Nha Trang and followed the coastline up to Hue and Hoi An, resulting in heavy flooding and torrential rain that combined with strong winds. Read more

Hainan launches flights to Laos

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Laos PDR, North Asia

VIENTIANE, 3 November 2017: Luang Prabang will welcome more Chinese visitors during the cool season  months following Hainan Airlines launch of twice weekly flights from Shenzhen.

The services to Luang Prabang started 26 October and are provisionally set to run through to March next year.

According to timetable information from Airlineroute, the flight will depart Shenzhen at 0855 every Wednesday and Sunday, arriving in Luang Prabang at 1000. Read more

Thailand’s September arrivals positive

October 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 20 October 2017: Thailand registered 26,100,782 tourist arrivals, January to September, ensuring it remains on course to hit the 35 million mark by year-end.

The first nine months saw an increase in arrivals of 5.40% year to date.

Ministry of Tourism and Sports data, released Tuesday, confirmed a relatively strong September performance with 2,55,689 arrivals up 5.75% year on year. Read more

HCMC kills hotel night tax

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 16 October 2017: A proposal to tax tourists for every overnight stay to raise funds to promote the city, worldwide, failed to gain traction with authorities.

Tourists will be happy with the decision to scotch a plan to tax them, as one of the main drawcards for Ho Chi Minh City is its competitive prices when compared with Bangkok and other capitals in the region.

The city’s tourism department that floated the idea was singled out for stiff criticism with officials noting it was a very “sensitive’ topic.” Read more

Danang tourist arrivals climb dramatically

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

DANANG, 16 October 2017: Foreign arrivals to the central Danang improved 49% to more than 1.766 million visits during the first nine months of this year, the municipal Department of Tourism announced, last week.

The city welcomed more than 5.15 million visitors including domestic travellers over the nine months, up 22.7% against the same period last year.

Total revenue from tourism services was estimated at VND15,141 billion, up 24.4% compared to the corresponding period last year and equal to 81.8% of this year’s forecast. Read more

Trump slump confirmed by ForwardKeys

October 16, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

WASHINGTON, 16 October 2017: International airline passenger arrivals in the United States have fallen consistently since President Donald Trump’s original travel ban on people from several mainly Muslim countries, according to the latest data from ForwardKeys.

ForwardKeys predicts future global travel patterns by analysing more than 17 million booking transactions daily.

The period of decline also coincides with a strengthening US dollar making the US a more expensive destination to visit. Read more

Golden Week travel stays close to home

October 2, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 2 October 2017: China’s Golden Week’s holiday season got underway at the weekend, promising a major boost for destinations in Asia that are now almost totally reliant on the Chinese holiday makers to keep their tourist industries afloat.

But a report by Reuters, Sunday, noted that a cooling economy is keeping more Chinese tourists closer to home than in previous holiday seasons.

Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand are likely to be the losers when the Golden Week’s tourists data comes under review. Read more

India’s Kerala taps adventure

September 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, South Asia, tour operators

KUMARAKOM, India, 29 September  2017: India’s Kerala State has been rebranded a “land of adventure in a bid to attract young international travellers, according to, the Minister of Tourism, Government of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran.

He made the comments at the opening of the 13th Annual Convention of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOAI), Wednesday.

Adopting the theme  ‘Emerging Pathways’, the annual convention aims to position India as the adventure capital of the world. Read more

Bali readies to evacuate tourists

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

BALI, 28 September 2017: Indonesian authorities are on standby to divert flights destined for the holiday island of Bali as increasingly frequent tremors from a rumbling volcano stoke fears an eruption could be imminent.

Mount Agung, 75 kilometres (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been shaking since August, threatening to erupt for the first time in more than 50 years and forcing more than 80,000 people to flee their homes.

Bali attracts millions of foreign visitors annually to its palm-fringed beaches and an eruption would be a blow to its tourism-dependent economy. Read more

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