Bhaya names GM for Halong cruises

November 23, 2017 by  
Filed under cruises, News, People, Vietnam

HANOI, 23 November 2017: Bhaya Group, an overnight cruise operator in the Halong Bay, northern Vietnam, has named Andrej Stein as its general manager.

He takes over the cruise operations with immediate effect.

In this role, he will be responsible for managing the group’s 19 cruise vessels that are home-based at Halong Bay. Read more

India races to save World Heritage

November 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

AHMEDABAD, 21 November 2017: Traffic chokes the centuries-old stone archway into Ahmedabad’s historic quarter, the snarl of honking rickshaws and sputtering buses coats the monuments of India’s only World Heritage city in a layer of soot.

Conservation experts warn Ahmedabad, one of the world’s most polluted cities, faces a mammoth task defending its newly won UNESCO status as its fragile cultural icons decay under neglect, traffic and trash.

The 600-year-old enclave was named India’s first ‘World Heritage City’ last July — despite warnings from some of UNESCO’s own experts that it lacked a convincing plan for protecting its ancient citadels, mosques and tombs. Read more

Climate change endangers heritage

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

BONN, 14 November 2017: Climate change imperils one in four natural World Heritage sites, including coral reefs, glaciers, and wetlands — nearly double the number from just three years ago, a report said Monday.

The number of sites at risk has grown to 62 from 35 in 2014, when one in seven were listed, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which released the report at UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany.

Among the ecosystems most threatened by global warming are coral reefs, which bleach as oceans heat up, and glaciers melt. Read more

Typhoon maroons tourists

November 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 7 November 2017: Popular tourists spots, Hoi An and Hue in central Vietnam, suffered heavy flooding over the weekend, due to tropical storm Damrey.

Tour operators confirmed that trips have been disrupted along the coast and specifically to the two World Heritage destinations.

The storm made landfall near Nha Trang and followed the coastline up to Hue and Hoi An, resulting in heavy flooding and torrential rain that combined with strong winds. Read more

Malacca’s trishaws make music

November 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

MALACCA, 6 November 2017: Decked out with flashing lights and cartoon characters, with loud music pumping, rickety bicycle rickshaws have become a hit with tourists visiting the historic Malaysian city of Malacca.

Once a common sight in many parts of Malaysia, the three-wheelers, known locally as trishaws, were largely phased out as cars became more affordable and took over the country’s roads.

But in Malacca, the pedal-powered vehicle lives on, serving mainly tourists to this former colonial settlement that is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Malaysia’s top tourist draws. Read more

Melaka turns into an art canvas

November 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Festivals, Malaysia, News

MELAKA, Malaysia 3 November 2017: Over 45 artists will gather to transform Melaka city into a canvas for live art.

It claims to be the world’s largest and only site-specific art performance festival on a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Melaka Art and Performance Festival (MAPFest), returns to Bukit St Paul, Bandar Hilir Melaka, 24 to 26 November. Open from 1000 to 2200 daily. Read more

CLMV minsters create blueprint

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 11 September 2017: Four Mekong Region countries, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam attracted 22 million visits, last year, leaders of the CLMV tourism group reported on the sidelines of the International Travel Expo last Friday.

They were attending the 4th Meeting of Cambodia – Laos – Myanmar- Vietnam (CLMV) Tourism Ministers, held during ITE Ho Chi Minh City and concluded tourism was major driver for their economies.

The meeting was chaired by Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Nguyen Ngoc Thien. Read more

Khiri Travel opens Hoi An office

September 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, tour company, Vietnam

Khiri Travel Vietnam has opened a new office in Hoi An, on the central coast of Vietnam to serve clients heading for the World Heritage resort.

Established 1 September, the office is the company’s third after Hoi Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Hoi An is best known for its trading quarter that stands at the estuary of river and the sea. Read more

THAI Smile returns to Luang Prabang

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Laos PDR, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017: Thai Smile says it will resume flights between Bangkok and Luang Prabang starting1 October.

Thai Smile launched flights to Luang Prabang in 2014 and halted them in 2016, without an announcement or explanation to passengers or the travel trade.

According to the airline’s website, the upcoming route will operate with four weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Read more

Floods continue in Northeast Thailand

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 7 August 2017: Last week’s heavy rain and floods in Northeast Thailand will cost the country around USD300 million in damage, while the Mekong River continues to flood  and overflow into rice fields in areas surrounding popular tourist towns.

At least 23 people died in flooding in the Northeast, last week and officials warn that as the rainy season progresses more flooding could be expected.

The country is about halfway through the rainy season, which has been particularly heavy this year and could continue to be so until late September. Read more

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