Khiri Travel opens in Sulawesi

January 17, 2018 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News, tour company

BANGKOK, 17January 2018: Khiri Travel Indonesia opened an office in Makassar, Sulawesi, late last year, which is now fully operational and accepting tour bookings.

The new office is Khiri’s fifth in Indonesia. Other offices are serving tour clients in Lombok, Bali, Labuan Bajo (Flores), and Yogyakarta (Java.

The tour company’s new Sulawesi office will look after Khiri itineraries in Sulawesi, Kalimantan, The Moluccas, and Papua. Read more

Brunei builds tourism appeal

January 8, 2018 by  
Filed under Brunei, News

BANDER SERI BEGAWAN, 8 January 2018: Brunei’s Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism is promoting new destination packages under the umbrella of the Tourism Development Department.

The tour packages focus on the country’s Belait district and position it has a destination for international visitors.

There are eight packages highlighted by the tourism department as part of its efforts to increase tourism to the country. Read more

Biker tours roar to Penang

December 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Malaysia

Deputy Director General (Promotion), Tourism Malaysia, YBHG Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud (holding Malaysian flag) and Director International Promotion (ASEAN), Syed Yahya Syed Othman (holding Thai flag) during the flag-off ceremony for Thai Bikers from Hat Yai to Penang.

SADAO, 4 December 2017: Tourism Malaysia gave bikers a celebrity send off to promote Southern Thai Packages to Malaysia specifically for motor bike enthusiasts with the aim of increasing overland travel to Malaysia.

Leading the send off,  Tourism Malaysia deputy director general (promotion),  YBHG Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud and director international promotion (ASEAN), Syed Yahya Syed Othman, waved off  tour participants  who biked  from Hat Yai, Thailand to Penang, Malaysia.

Thailand-Malaysia cooperation in tourism is being emphasised this year to mark the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Read more

China tours resume to Korea

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

BEIJING, 30 November 2017: China is resuming limited tour group travel to South Korea, a sign of warming relations which were strained by Seoul’s installation of a US missile defence system.

Tour group operators in Beijing said Tuesday the city’s tourism bureau had told them they could resume booking group visits to South Korea.

China halted group travel to the South in March after the country began deploying the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which Seoul and Washington say is intended to combat missile threats from nuclear-armed North Korea. Read more

New ferry trip to Langkawi

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Thailand

SATUN, 20 November 2017: Tourism Malaysia hosted a launch ceremony for the Tammalang Ferry that should boost travel to Langkawi, one of Malaysia’s top island destinations.

Plans have been firmed up to promote travel tour packages for South Thailand residents that will feature a ferry trip to Langkawai.

Tourism Malaysia has appointed travel agents to sell holiday packages exclusively to residents in Thailand’s southern provinces. Read more

Kuching landmark undergoes restoration

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUCHING, 9 October 2017: Kuching’s Sarawak State Museum, Borneo’s oldest museum will be closed 23 October for a major restoration.

One of the city’s most popular tourists attractions and a must-see to gain an overview of the city’s colourful history will undergo a major restoration that will take at least two and half years.

The closure notice was issued by the office of the Chief Minister, Datuk Pattinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg. Read more

Asia DMC gains Travelife status

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, tour operators, Vietnam

HANOI, 21 September 2017: Award-winning destination management company ASIA DMC has achieved partner status with Travelife, a global sustainability leader.

To coincide with the celebration of its 20th anniversary, ASIA DMC Vietnam has been awarded partner status with Travelife, a training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies.

This demonstrates the tour company’s on-going commitment to environmental and social sustainability across its business. Read more

Bali raises volcano alert

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

DENPASAR, 21 September 2017: Bali’s governor has urged people to remain calm amid fears of a volcanic eruption on the holiday island, local newspapers reported on Wednesday,

Seismic activity at the Mount Agung, or Gunung Agung, volcano has significantly increased since Monday, leading authorities to raise the alert to level 4, and evacuate areas within 7.5 km of the volcano.

On Tuesday, Asian Trails, in an alert to its trade partners, reported Mount Agung was unleashing a series of smoke columns. Read more

JNTO backs Japan Tour show

August 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour company

BANGKOK, 30 August 2017: Japan Tourism Organization (JNTO) will host the  Japan Tour 2017,  22 to 24 September in a downtown Bangkok shopping mall hall.

The event’s venue is Royal Paragon Hall 3, Siam Paragon, 5th Floor.

JNTO is assembling travel content from tour and hotel operators in Japan along with tour companies from various provinces in Japan and with supporting air fare deals from airlines. Read more

North Korea: Tourists welcome

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 8 August 2017: North Korea’s doors are still open to US tourists, Pyongyang said at the weekend, despite Washington banning its citizens from travelling there following the death of a US student who had been jailed in the country.

The US prohibition, which comes into effect 1 September was introduced after officials said the “serious risk” of arrest by Pyongyang authorities during tourist travel presented an “imminent danger to the physical safety” of its nationals.

The move was triggered by the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier, who was sentenced to 15 years’ hard labour in the North for trying to steal a propaganda poster during a tourist visit, but was released in a mysterious coma in June and died soon afterwards. Read more

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