THAI backs cycle charity

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 November 2017: THAI welcomed cyclists, last week, participating in the Happy World Tour for Happy Child Foundation in a mission to raise funds for an orphanage,

Thailand’s minister of transport, Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, (front, fourth from left), presided over the charity event.

The cyclists were welcomed by Thai Airways International acting president, Usanee Sangsingkeo, (front, fifth from left). Read more

Campaign for holiday fair prices

September 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News, Vietnam

PHNOM PENH, 19 September, 2017L Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism issued an advisory, last week, to hotels and tour companies, calling on them not to inflate prices during public holidays.

The directive was signed by Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, who warned hospitality services such as restaurants, resorts and hotels not to take advantage of domestic tourists.

Khmer Times, at the weekend, reported the campaign for fair prices would focus on Sihanoukville. a popular coastal destination a four-hour drive from the capital. Read more

Ctrip reports strong growth

September 4, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia, tour operators

SHANGHAI, 4 September 2017: China’s mega travel corporation Ctrip reports strong financial results in the second quarter of 2017 with net revenue increasing 45% year-on-year to RMB6.4 billion (USD946 million).

The unaudited results revealed Ctrip’s accommodation reservation business delivered healthy growth. Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 reached RMB2.3 billion (USD341 million), representing a 30% increase from the same period of 2016

The transportation ticketing business also continued its strong growth. Revenue for the second quarter of 2017 reached RMB3.0 billion (USD441 million), representing a 49% increase from the same period of 2016, primarily driven by an increase in ticketing volume and the consolidation of Skyscanner’s financial results since December 31, 2016. Read more

Summer travel still strong

August 1, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

CHICAGO, 1 August 2016: Despite global unrest and increasing terrorist attacks in the US and Europe, air travel will still be strong in the coming months according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation service, and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider.

Of the 445 US respondents, 75% said they had plans to travel this summer. Of those, 86% said that recent terror attacks would not affect their plans. Just 2% said they cancelled trips and 10% had not yet decided.

In the comments option of the survey, a few said they would continue to travel if it was for business. Read more

Thai Cabinet approves seaboard expansion

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 June 2016: Thailand’s Cabinet has approved, Tuesday, a project to develop an Eastern Economic Corridor, mainly concentrating on the eastern seaboard north of Pattaya to Rayong.

The objective is to turn it ultimately into major economic zone in ASEAN.

According to the plan, Chonburi, Rayong and Chachoengsao will be turned into a high-tech industry cluster, that will ultimately be one of ASEAN’s leading economic zone for industrial, infrastructure and urban development. Read more

Phuket heads water safety campaign

June 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

PHUKET, 29 June 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Transport’s Marine Department has recently signed an agreement with relevant agencies in Phuket to embark on a campaign to improve water transport safety standards.

An agreement was signed, late last week in Phuket, to establish a water transport safety centre that will raise safety regulations to international standards, to revive tourist confidence.

Travel firms that book tourists on sightseeing cruises and ferry trips in South Thailand have faced scrutiny from their overseas business partners who are demanding stricter compliance with international safety standards. Read more

Thailand suffers another boat accident

June 9, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 June 2016: Two Chinese tourists were killed in Thailand, Wednesday, when two speedboats smashed into each other, police said, the second fatal boating accident involving tourists in less than two weeks.

Tourism is a key source of revenue for Thailand, but accidents involving travellers are common in a country where safety regulations are often weakly enforced.

Investigators said three other Chinese nationals were in critical condition following the collision near Phi Phi island, one of southern Thailand’s most popular beach destinations. Read more

Motorcycle taxi apps halt

May 23, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 May 2016: Thailand’s Department of Land Transport has ordered GrabBike and UberMOTO, smartphone-based motorcycle taxi services, to stop operating due to alleged violations of public transport regulations.

Representatives of the two companies were invited to the Department of Land Transport, last week, for a meeting with the department deputy director, Nanthapong Cherdcho.

Representatives from the first army division, Metropolitan Police Bureau and Pathumwan municipal police were also briefed on regulations governing motorcycle taxi services. Read more

Crackdown on delinquent taxis

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 April 2016: Thailand’s Prime Minister has ordered the Ministry of Transport to crackdown on taxi drivers who refuse to use their meters and are guilty of demanding exorbitant fares from passengers.

The National News Bureau of Thailand said Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha has opened a Ministry of Commerce Public Service Centre, set up to receive complaints from the public about transport issues.

The main complaints focus on Thailand’s taxis drivers who refuse to use meters and consistently overcharge passengers. Read more

Drones, fences and fancy scans

April 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Technology

LONDON, 26 April 2016: A red line appears on the computer screen as a man with a dummy gun and a fake suicide vest under his jacket demonstrates a body scanner at a counter-terrorism technology fair in London last week.

Unlike traditional airport security gates, the scanner can be hidden as large numbers of people walk past and uses technology originally developed for the European space programme to monitor the ozone layer.

The invisible barriers were among hundreds of cutting edge gadgets on show at Security and Counter Terror Expo, where transport security provided a key focus following the terror attacks in Brussels last month targeting the city’s airport and metro system. Read more

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