Discover the World in Thailand

September 28, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour company

BANGKOK, 28 September 2017: Discover the World (Thailand) Co Ltd recently commenced trading from new premises in the Vorawat Building at 849 Silom Road, Bangkok.

Under new ownership and with a revitalized stable of travel brands, the global GSA (General Sales Agency) Company plans to grow its portfolio of sales and marketing representation in the Thai market.

New territory director, Brian Sinclair-Thompson, formerly a Swissair executive, based in Bangkok, commented:  “With our dedicated clusters of travel professionals across all brands we are here to assist travel agents, corporate travel bookers, PCO’s and MICE experts on how to improve their sales and deliver high levels of customer satisfaction.” Read more

Citilink takes shortcut to GDS sales

September 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 27 September 2017: Hahn Air Systems announced that it has signed a sales and distribution agreement with the Indonesian low-cost airline, Citilink Indonesia.

The agreement with the global consolidation service that connects air, rail and shuttle partners to all major global distribution systems (GDSs) enables Citilink Indonesia to offer its flights to travel agencies worldwide.

The flights will be available in all major GDSs under the reservation code H1 without the airline needing to have its own direct GDS interface. Read more

Travelport tweaks hotel rates

September 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News, Singapore, Technology

SINGAPORE, 26 September 2017: Travelport a leading travel commerce platform announced, Monday, it has negotiated rates at 1000 hotels, worldwide, for its corporate travel agency customers.

Located in 48 countries, participating hotels in the Travelport Exclusive Rates programme will offer negotiated rates with at least one added value element exclusive to the Travelport Travel Commerce Platform.

These offers are negotiated directly by Travelport, providing agencies that may not be able to secure special rates themselves, the benefit of Travelport’s scale and negotiating leverage. Read more

Travel agents see market shrink

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: Thailand’s inbound travel companies continue to face declines in tourists using their services, based on the latest data from the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

Based on a meet-and-greet tally at Bangkok’s two gateway airports, ATTA members provided services for 3,740,187 travellers, January to August 20, this year, down by 6%.

ATTA provides the most accurate barometer of the state of health of the inbound travel agency scene, but limited to guests met at Bangkok’s two gateway airports. Read more

Himalaya taps travel agency channel

July 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

SINGAPORE, 13 July 2017: Sabre Corporation announced, Tuesday, a new global distribution partnership with Himalaya Airlines.

The partnership will support the airline’s long-term goal to connect Nepal to major cities in Asia and the Middle East.

Currently the airline’s homepage (Where we Fly) identifies daily services to Colombo, Sri Lanka and Doha, Qatar. http://www.himalaya-airlines.com/home. Read more

ATTA members suffer decline

June 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 19 June 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 2,368,245 travellers, January to May this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 10.57% from 2,648,172 visits during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, late last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide a meet-and-greet service for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.

The association’s president, Vichit Prakobgosol, said business was still declining particularly from China, but he expressed confidence that bookings would recover and grow later in the year. Read more

Turkey block Booking.com

March 30, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, Trade Talk

ANKARA, 30 March 2017: A Turkish commercial court has ordered the blocking of travel website Booking.com, Wednesday, over alleged unfair competition its hotel and flight reservations platform may pose to local firms.

Legal action was initiated by the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies known as Tursab.

“The decision has been taken to halt the unfair competition activities of Booking.com in a case brought by Tursab,” the association said in a statement on its website. Read more

Thai travel agency business dips

March 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 906,558 travellers, January to February, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 10.14% when compared with 1,008,879 visits during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, Monday, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide meet-and-greet services for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.

The association president, Charoen Wangananont, said the slow down was due to an above average and extraordinary growth registered during the first two months of 2016. Read more

Booking site and traditional agency join TravPax

October 12, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Technology, Thailand

PATTAYA, 12 October 2016: Sri Lanka-based Mackinnons American Express Travel is migrating its bookings and online travel planning to the TravPax system.

Executives from the company, who were attending the TravPax Academy 6 event in Pattaya at the weekend, said the process of keying in data and training was underway.

They expect to have the system fully operational within two months. Read more

SilkAir to fly charters to Okinawa

September 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 9 September 2016: SilkAir will fly 12 direct SilkAir charter flights between Singapore and Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture, between November  and January 2017.

The charters are part of an ongoing joint effort to promote a direct Singapore-Okinawa air link in cooperation with the Okinawa Prefecture Government.

Nine travel agencies in Singapore have been assigned by the airline to sell packages for the charter series. Read more

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