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...
NEW YORK, 9 December 2016: Americans will spend more on travel in 2017 despite being busier than ever, reaffirming the view that travel matters to most people according to a Travel Trend Outlook by Choice Hotels. As for preferred international travel...

Bad manners in the sky

BANGKOK, 20 March 2017: Expedia’s study on Thai airline travellers’ perceptions of good inflight manners hits the nail on the head, but some of the blame for delinquent behaviour should be placed at the boardroom doors of domestic airlines. Yes,...
CHIANG RAI, 23 August 2018: Tourism Malaysia has been cutting branch offices to save costs for more than a year now. It started by axing its office in New York and three others in Australia, Europe and South Africa in...
CHIANG RAI, 9 July 2018: As hundreds of international volunteers and an army of Thai rescue teams and specialists work around the clock, the entire nation is praying that all 12 young boys and their football coach will be...

TAT faker spams the media

CHIANG RAI, 15 November 2018: I have just deleted 20 TAT emails all in one go. It must be an auspicious day to send out press releases as I received a batch of them all within a couple of minutes...
BANGKOK, 12 January 2015: It’s a non-starter. Fancy asking low-cost airlines to raise their fares to prevent them stealing business from the Thailand’s long-haul buses? Well, Thailand’s Minister of Transport did just that last week and he was just days...

Beyond the sightseeing bus

CHIANG RAI, 7 September 2018: Promoting secondary destinations exposes the urgent need to source more travel experiences and connect visitors with local experts. In theory, travel experiences go beyond pressing your face up to the window of a tour bus...
KENG TUNG, MYANMAR, 3 February 2017: Keng Tung could be a million miles away. It’s not. In fact’ it’s relatively close to my hometown province of Chiang Rai; 163 km beyond the province's border with neighbouring Myanmar on a twisting...
BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON, 16 December 2016: Declining airline ticket prices and a global surge in capacity suggests 2017 could be a banner year for global tourism, according to the latest Expedia analysis. The report advises travellers to book early, at least...