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
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
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
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
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
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
BANGKOK, 19 January 2017: Thai AirAsia will increase flights on the Bangkok-Mandalay route to twice daily starting 17 March.
The airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said direct flights to Myanmar’s second largest city are busy as more Thai people travel to the country mainly on Buddhist pilgrimage holidays.
There is also strong medical tourism traffic out of Mandalay heading to Bangkok’s top hospitals. Visa-free travel between the two countries (airline passengers only) has encouraged travel agents to organise holiday packages in both directions. Read more
BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 5,377,843 travellers, January to December, last year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a 3.04% increase from 5,219,066 in 2015.
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.
The association president, Charoen Wangananont, said ASEAN and Asia continue to be major suppliers for Thailand’s inbound tour companies. Read more
HANOI, 18 January 2017: Vietnam Tourism Association estimates around 6.5 million Vietnamese travelled overseas, last year, an increase of 15% from 2015 and spent around USD7 to USD8 billion.
Local media quoted the association vice chairman, Vu The Binh, saying the association based its estimate on data from tourism authorities in popular destinations that attract Vietnamese tourists such as Thailand, Singapore, China, South Korea and Japan.
“Outbound travel is on the rise, leading to a large pickup in spend…the outbound travel segment is now a strong source of income for many travel agents.” Read more
MUNICH, 21 December 2016: AVIAREPS is releasing an online payment solution to serve small to medium offline airlines, hospitality brands and standalone hotels and resorts.
The company claims AVIACOLLECT was launched in response to the needs of many small to mid-size tourism related companies to extend their sales distribution channels.
The payment solution comes in a white label version for AVIAREPS clients that allows them to accept payments in targeted countries with local bank connections and in local currencies. Read more