UK falling out of favour

August 25, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

LONDON 25 August 2017: The UK is falling out of favour as a must-visit English speaking destination for young travellers wanting to study, tour and work, a wide-ranging new report has warned.

Visa controls, currency fluctuations and an unfriendly impression following Brexit are putting one in five young visitors off visiting the UK, says the British Educational Travel Association.

The latest visitor statistics show youth travel is no longer growing as it once did. At the same time competitive English speaking countries elsewhere are thriving. Read more

Ask and you will receive if you pay

June 1, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 1 June 2017: The UK government will slap a fee on people for just writing an email seeking advice on applying for visas.

According to the UK Mirror, People, who want a UK visa, will have to pay  £5.48  debited from their credit card, when they seek clarity or ask for information on how to apply for visa via emails.

The charge came into force today, Thursday, as part of a cost-cutting drive after UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) out-sourced the enquiry service to a private firm. Read more

BA battles IT glitch

May 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 29 May 2017: British Airways said it hoped to resume most flights out of London’s major airports on Sunday after a computer systems failure caused chaos for thousands of passengers on a busy holiday weekend.

It warned of some “knock-on disruption” to schedules as aircraft and crews are out of position around the world.

“At this stage we are aiming to operate a near-normal schedule of flights from Gatwick and the majority of our Heathrow services,” it said in a statement. Read more

UK: Terror threat level now critical

May 25, 2017 by  
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LONDON, 25 May 2017: Britain raised its terror threat level to “critical” earlier this week, meaning a new attack is believed to be imminent, and soldiers are being deployed to assist armed police, British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

“It is a possibility we cannot ignore that there is a wider group of individuals linked to this attack,” she said after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured 59, including children, at a pop concert late Monday in Manchester.

Addressing the nation from her Downing Street residence, May said armed police who would usually protect strategic points would be replaced by members of the armed forces under Operation Temperer. Read more

World leaders condemn UK attack

March 23, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 23 March 2017: World leaders on Wednesday unanimously condemned the attack in the heart of London by a man who was shot dead by armed police, with many saying they “stand” with Britain.

Four people were killed and 40 injured in the attack outside parliament when a man mowed down pedestrians with a car then leapt out and stabbed a police officer.

In an address outside her Downing Street office, Prime Minister Theresa May described the attack as “sick and depraved” saying the assailant chose the site as an assault on Britain’s democratic values. Read more

Silver generation keeps on travelling

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: More than 80% of Britons over 50 expect to enjoy travelling until they are at least 75 – and nearly half say they feel 10 years or younger than they are according to a survey conducted by Silver Travel Advisor.

That was a key finding in an annual survey by the UK travel booking website, Silver Travel Advisor, based on responses from 500 people age 50 or more.

It illustrates how the imaginary age ceiling for silver generation travel is literally going through the ceiling to the late 70s and 80s age bracket. Read more

India and UK scrap flight ceilings

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 10 February 2017: India and the UK signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ease restrictions on the number of scheduled flights between the two countries, following successful talks in India this week.

Government of India’s Press Information Bureau confirmed limits on flights from key Indian cities including Chennai and Kolkata have been scrapped.

The statement said it would allow “for a greater range of flights for passengers, while providing a boost to trade and tourism for the UK and India”. Read more

Danang residents get a visa break

December 15, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk, Vietnam

DANANG, 15 December 2016: Embassies of Australia and the UK  in Vietnam opened visa application centres, Tuesday, in Vietnam’s central city of Danang.

Local media reported the centres are located in the ACB Building on Bach Dang Street in Hai Chau district.

Visa applicants, residing in central Vietnam, will no longer have to travel to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City to submit their documents, the report said. Read more

Go ahead for Heathrow expansion

October 26, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

LONDON, 26 October 2016: The British government approved a new third runway at London’s Heathrow airport, Tuesday, in a long-awaited decision that comes amid deep divisions and follows decades of debate over the issue.

“The government announced its support, Tuesday, for a new runway at Heathrow — the first full length runway in the southeast since the Second World War,” an official statement said after a cabinet meeting.

“A new runway at Heathrow will bring economic benefits to passengers and the wider economy worth up to UKP61 billion (69 billion euros, USD75 billion).” Read more

Myanmar: Funds for innovation

June 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 24 June 2015: UK AID through its Department of International Development (DFID) is funding a competition for Myanmar’s  tourism industry, hoping to assist hoteliers and other local operators to develop new travel options in the country.

Local business consultants HamsaHub, claimed competition winners will receive UKP12,712 (USD20,000) to meet around half the cost of setting up new domestic tourism packages.

HamsaHub told the Irrawaddy media that it is managing the competition, launched last week, as part of a wider project identified as the UK’s Business Innovation Facility. HamsaHub is the BIF’s country manager.

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