Agents discover Vietnam

April 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, News, Tour Companies, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 21 April 2017: Destination Asia Vietnam recently hosted a series of hosted high-end retail travel agent trips from the US following a growing interest in the market for luxury itineraries featuring Vietnam.

For many of the travel agents it was their first visit to Vietnam and Destination Asia wanted to show them authentic travel experiences using local knowledge.

The groups visited a variety of destinations including, Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An in central Vietnam and the capital Hanoi. Read more

ATTA agents suffer Q1 decline

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 18 April 2017: China and Russian travel markets continue to decline, but India supplied a positive 25% growth in travel for members of the Association of Thai Travel Agents during the first quarter of the year.

January to March figures showed ATTA member companies handled 1,437,292 travellers at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, representing a decline of 9.93% from 1,595,778 visits during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, 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. Read more

Crackdown on travel agents

April 10, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Tour Companies, Vietnam

QUANG NINH, 10 April 2017: Quang Ninh’s Party Committee’s Communication and Education Commission says the province is cracking down on travel agencies and guides to improve the image of local tourism.

The province is famous for its national world heritage site of Halong Bay that draws millions of domestic and foreign tourists annually.

According to a Vietnam Net Bridges’ report that quoted the commission head, Cao Tuong Huy, three travel agents were fined and their international travel business licences revoked. Read more

Vichit wins ATTA election

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 31 March 2017: Vichit Prakobgosol was elected the 37th president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents for a two-year term (2017 to 2018) in a landslide victory at the annual general meeting, Thursday.

Vichit won the election with 395 votes from a total of 480 registered members, while the only other candidate, incumbent president Charoen Wangananont, garnered just 79 votes. It was a stunning loss and a first for an ATTA president running for a second term. There were six void ballots.

Charoen Wangananont stands down after competing a two year term 2015 and 2016. Read more

Myanmar registers more agents

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News, Trade Talk

YANGON, 22 February 2017: Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism reports there are now 400 registered outbound tour operators in the country.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported the ministry has been approving outbound tour licenses to operators since its initiation in late 2015.

Travel agents are still a popular booking channel for Myanmar residents, although direct bookings through the internet are steadily increasing. Read more

Travellers give TITF thumbs up

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 16 February 2017: The 20th edition Thai International Travel Fair opened, Wednesday, attracting consumers who were keen to snatch up tour packages and airline deals, valid through July this year.

Presiding at the fair opening ceremony, Ministry of Tourism and Sports assistant, Chawanee Thongroj, said the event continues to gain positive feedback and encourages travellers to explore the country and also travel overseas.

“Tourism plays a vital role stimulating the country economy…the fair is one of important event in ASEAN that help to boost travel movements.” Read more

Sabre first to fly FlightGlobal

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Technology

SINGAPORE, 15 February 2017: Sabre brings FlightGlobal’s real-time flight schedule data to travel agents, worldwide, in a new deal that promises to ease headaches for travel agents.

It ends the aggravation of having to redo a booking process for a client after discovering a flight time has changed, or has been cancelled altogether.

Sabre claims to be the first technology provider to introduce live data feeds from FlightGlobal’s schedule data, that offers a comprehensive database of airline schedules from more than 900 carriers worldwide. Read more

Cuba travel to flourish in 2017

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 15 February 2017: Demand for Cuba travel is not slowing among American travellers despite continued US government restrictions limiting approved travel to the island nation.

According to Cuban officials, the combined total trips from the United States was more than 614,000 in 2016 – a 34% increase over the previous year. Read more

Thai tourism will expand 10%

January 27, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 27 January 2017: Tourism associations estimate Thailand’s tourism industry will increase visits 10% this year end.

Presiding at the Association of Thai Travel Agents and Thai Hotels Association annual meeting, Wednesday, deputy prime minister, Thanasak Patimaprakorn, said last year the country welcomed 32.6 million international visits.

He claimed there were more ‘quality tourists’ in the year’s total than in the past as a result of government promotions. Read more

Thai outbound travel gains traction

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 24 January 2017: Thai Travel Agents Association estimates Thais making trips overseas could reach a record 7 million by the end of the year.

TTAA president, Suparerk Soorangura, said the outbound market would grow substantially this year.

“It could reach 7 million by this year…the growth rate is around 6% to 7%,” he said. Read more

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