CHIANG RAI, 15 January 2019: Travel taxation is never far away from the thoughts of legislators looking for ways to balance the books, or more recently to act as a brake to control tourist flow. 2019...
CHIANG RAI, 11 January 2019: As we head off for the annual get together known as the ASEAN Tourism Forum, for a round of reunions with travel trade friends, it’s time to do a little homework on...
CHIANG RAI, 4 January 2019: You could say Thai AirAsia made my day over Christmas when the airline announced it would introduce direct international services to Chiang Rai at the end of this month. The lack...

Now Thailand is an egg hub

CHIANG RAI, 21 December 2018: When I saw the headline’s reference to 'Thailand  the World's first "Egg Capital,' I thought for a second a new hub was on the horizon for Thailand’s travel industry to take on-board. Well, we all...
CHIANG RAI, 20 December 2018: As the countdown to the New Year begins, it’s time to jot down a few pointers for the wish list, both big and small picture. After an almost last-ditch stand, weary climate negotiators limped across...
CHIANG RAI, 18 December 2018: This is the time of the year when we can indulge ourselves looking back at the year past and gazing into the crystal ball to see what awaits us in the year to come. It’s...

How sustainable is travel?

CHIANG RAI, 12 December 2018: Always quick to adopt a catchy phrase or a new buzz word, the travel industry could be guilty of being labelled flippant or even shallow. One travel firm in...
CHIANG RAI, 3 December 2018: Every time we make an online payment, book a hotel, airline, or use internet banking, we act in good faith believing the systems are hack-proof. But are they as safe as they are cracked...
CHIANG RAI, 28 November 2018: When Finnair says it is now making branded fares available to 425,000 Sabre connected travel agents to shop and book it conjures up the question what were they selling before this ground breaking agreement...
CHIANG RAI, 21 November 2018: We all like to think our friendly travel agent still has a future with a little help from technology. Disruptive technology is not the travel agency’s worst enemy. In reality it’s a friend that can...