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Brexit turns to Sexist

February 20, 2018
Brexit turns to Sexist

BANGKOK, 20 February 2018: Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, made an oblique reference to the British appetite for sex tourism in Thailand during a major speech about Brexit, the Independent newspaper reported last week. In an address focusing on Brexit issues the Foreign Secretary wandered off cue to quip: “As I have just...
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China Southern adds Lao route

February 20, 2018
China Southern adds Lao route

VIENTIANE, 20 February 2018: China Southern plans to fly to Vientiane from Chongqing in China during the summer timetable months April to October. The airline has filed for three weekly flights starting  26 March according to timetable information reported by Airlineroute. The new service would use an Airbus A320 with 178 seats departing...
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Expedia exposes mental malady

February 20, 2018
Expedia exposes mental malady

BANGKOK, 20 February 2018: If you are feeling out of sorts this week it might be you are suffering from a bout of ‘vacation deprivation.’ This dreadful infliction is on the rise globally with 53% of employed adults describing themselves as very or somewhat vacation deprived during the latest Expedia survey. It represents...
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Chinese travellers short on cash?

February 19, 2018
Chinese travellers short on cash?

CHIANG RAI, 19 February 2018 It’s surprising how many times you hear the words cheap and nasty when discussions turn to tourism from China.  Most of the comments are plain old prejudice. They fly in the face of facts backed by serious research, but it doesn’t stop people in travel from jumping to...
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TAT and BBDO launch new shades

February 19, 2018
TAT and BBDO launch new shades

BANGKOK, 19 February 2018: BBDO Bangkok, in partnership with Tourism Authority of Thailand, has  unveiled Thailand’s latest global campaign under the Amazing Thailand branding, titled ‘Open to the New Shades’. Introduced to the travel trade at the World Travel Market in London last November, the consumer campaign is now up and running focusing on the...
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Firefly flits daily to Phuket

February 19, 2018
Firefly flits daily to Phuket

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 February 2018:  Firefly will increase flights from Penang to Phuket to daily this March, up from the current four weekly services. Owned by Malaysia Airlines, the small regional airline uses an ATR 72 with 70 seats on the Penang-Phuket route. From its Penang hub the airline serves two international routes to...
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More space to meet traffic boom

February 19, 2018
More space to meet traffic boom

PHUKET, 19 February 2018: Airports of Thailand increased domestic passengers space at Phuket’s airpor,t 14 February, to help alleviate congestion in the terminal building ahead of Chinese New Year. Currently, undergoing a complete remake that started in November last year, the domestic terminal is serious pain-point for passengers as work disrupts smooth transfers....
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BHMA revenue climbs 2017

February 19, 2018
BHMA revenue climbs 2017

BANGKOK, 19 February 2018: BHMA, a hotel management company in Asia, will open three new hotels in Vietnam and Thailand this year. The company reported its 2017 performance highlights, last week, saying it has consolidated current growth with further portfolio additions that will come online in the third quarter of 2018. They are...
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China Eastern flies to Chiang Rai

February 16, 2018
China Eastern flies to Chiang Rai

CHIANG RAI, 16 February 2018: China Eastern has been operating a service from its main hub in Shanghai to Chiang Rai an emerging tourist destination in far north Thailand. Airlineroute called it a limited-time service offering Chinese holidaymakers three weekly flights from 2 February to 12 March. The flights cover the Chinese New...
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PG’s race series returns

February 16, 2018
PG’s race series returns

BANGKOK, 16 February 2018: Bangkok Airways is back with its race series for joggers that promotes tourism and sports at destinations it serves in Thailand. Last year, the seven selected races generated 15,000 registrations and the airline is forecasting a bigger turnout in 2018. The race series announcement was made, earlier this week, at...
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Go Vacation launches new website

February 16, 2018
Go Vacation launches new website

BANGKOK, 16 February 2018: Go Vacation has relaunched its website www.go-vacation.com with a brand new look and more user-friendly features. For the first time, Go Vacation India has been added to the corporate website content, the company’s latest posting for its clients stated. The Bangkok-based travel company reported the site has been given...
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Chefs show off skills at New Year festival

February 16, 2018
Chefs show off skills at New Year festival

BANGKOK, 16 February 2028: The Tourism Authority of Thailand staged a special Thailand-China culinary exchange. Thurday, between Thai chef Namchai of the Grand Sanyod Sathon-Bang Rak, and six Chinese chefs. During the cooking exchange demonstration, Chef Namchai cooked one of Grand Sanyod’s famous Cantonese dishes, ratna (pan-fried noodles with gravy) while the six...
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Interval for Beach movie bay

February 16, 2018
Interval for Beach movie bay

BANGKOK, 16 February 2018: The once-pristine Thai bay which became a tourist magnet after the 2000 movie “The Beach” will be closed to boats for several months to prevent further damage to its coral, an official said Wednesday. Hordes of tourists flock daily to Maya Bay on Phi Phi Ley island for selfies...
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Centara wins family recognition

February 15, 2018
Centara wins family recognition

BANGKOK  15 February 2018: TripAdvisor just released its Traveler’s Choice Awards for their users’ favourite hotels with three Centara properties recognised in the family category. Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort in Pattaya was ranked first in Thailand. Centara Grand Beach Resort in Phuket fourth and Centara Karon Beach Resort, also in Phuket, seventh....
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DTG drives sales through webinair

February 15, 2018
DTG drives sales through webinair

BANGKOK, 15 February 2018: Diethelm Travel Group is bringing back its popular webinar series, announcing topics and dates through to 2019. Available to all Diethelm Travel Group’s clients the complimentary webinar series will be hosted monthly focusing on each of the 13 countries where the company operates tours. Each themed session will share...
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The illusion of hugs for Valentine

February 15, 2018
The illusion of hugs for Valentine

BANGKOK, 15 February  2018: Thai Vietjet celebrated Valentine’s Day by hugging its passengers on board flights soaring to destinations across Thailand. The ‘Share Hugs’ campaign was built around a video shoot at its home base Suvarnabhumi Airport, 10 February, as passengers queued to check-in on the eve of the Chinese New Year holiday...
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Discovering a rising beach star

February 15, 2018
Discovering a rising beach star

SIHANOUKVILLE, 15 February 2018: Late December 2017, a brand new 67-unit resort opened on an island off the Cambodia’s southern coast. Its owners claim it will set a new benchmark as the country’s first truly five-star resort experience. The Royal Sands Koh Rong is located on Koh Rong island in the Gulf of...
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End of production line for plastic caps

February 15, 2018
End of production line for plastic caps

BANGKOK, 15 February 2018: Thailand will begin to phase out the use of plastic cap seals on water bottles 1 April, TV news channel Thai PBS reported Wednesday. It’s just one of a variety of measures the government is embarking on to clean up the clutter of plastic waste. Earlier this month it...
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Booking.com leads in Southeast Asia

February 14, 2018
Booking.com leads in Southeast Asia

BANGKOK, 13 February 2018: Booking.com dominates the hotel booking scene in key destinations in Southeast Asia, according to the latest Siteminder assessment. Siteminder, a leading hotel channel management platform, released its 2017 lists identifying the top 15 hotel booking sites in Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand. Booking.com led in all markets, but...
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Year of the Dog boost for tourism

February 14, 2018
Year of the Dog boost for tourism

BANGKOK, 14 February 2018: Just over 300,000 Chinese tourists will visit Thailand to celebrate Chinese New Year, the Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced earlier this week. Basing its estimates on flights and booking trends, 15 to 21 February, the ministry said 888,472 foreigners would visit the country of which 304,192 would...
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India tourism grows 8.4%

February 14, 2018
India tourism grows 8.4%

NEW DELHI, 14 January 2018: India’s tourist arrivals topped 1,066,000 in January growing 8.4% when compared with the same month in 2017. During January there was also a 58.5% growth in foreign tourist travelling on e-Tourist Visas. India’s Ministry of Tourism compiles monthly estimates of foreign tourist arrivals (FTAs) as well as figures...
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Tokyo betters Bangkok

February 13, 2018
Tokyo betters Bangkok

SINGAPORE, 13 February 2018: Tokyo has overtaken Bangkok as the top Chinese New Year destination for Asian travellers, this year, according to global online booking platform agoda. Bangkok was top for hotel bookings during Chinese New Year in 2016 and 2017, but dropped a place during the current booking period. Japan has taken...
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Singapore tops 17 million

February 13, 2018
Singapore tops 17 million

SINGAPORE, 12 February 2018 – Both tourism receipts and visitor arrivals for 2017 reached record highs for the second time in two years. Visitor arrivals increased by 6.2% to 17.4 million, with 13 of the top 15 markets showing growth. Tourism receipts rose by 3.9% to SGD26.8 billion, due primarily to growth in...
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Buriram will host MotoGP

February 13, 2018
Buriram will host MotoGP

BANGKOK, 13 February 2018: Preparations are underway to host the PTT Thailand Grand Prix scheduled to take place 5 to 7 October in Buriram province, Northeast Thailand. The focus is currently on drawing more private sector support for the MotoGP event, which is an international motorcycle race series The Ministry of Tourism and Sports...
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Websites: Dropping the content ball

February 12, 2018
Websites: Dropping the content ball

CHIANG RAI, 12 February 2018: The cliché message uttered by travel industry leaders goes something like “content is king.” But is it really king?  And just what kind of content are we talking about? This is the age of influencers and bloggers, who are often paid to spin a tale.  It is invariably...
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Qatar flies to Penang

February 12, 2018
Qatar flies to Penang

DOHA, 12 February 2018:  Qatar Airways is now serving Penang with three weekly nonstop flights from Doha. The inaugural flight touched down at Penang’s international airports, mid-last week. Having established its first service to Kuala Lumpur in 2001, the airline now flies triple daily services to Kuala Lumpur. The Penang flight gives the...
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Tool kit to save wildlife

February 9, 2018
Tool kit to save wildlife

BANGKOK, 9 February 2018: Freeland.org, a frontline counter trafficking organisation, released its latest online took kit to protect wildlife at a presentation in Bangkok, Thursday. The official launch held at the Bangkok-based Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand attracted media and conservationists, who were given a preview of www.wildlifeprotectiontoools.net Designed to counter wildlife trafficking...
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Hong Kong targets Thai Millennials

February 9, 2018
Hong Kong targets Thai Millennials

BANGKOK, 9 February 2018: Hong Kong’s tourist board is wooing Thai Millennials that it says make up 70% of the 600,000 Thai travellers  who visited the city in 2017. Hong Kong has a strong presence at this year’s Thailand International Travel Fair (TITF) being held 7 to 11 February at the Queen Sirikit...
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Winds favour 2018 Bay Regatta

February 8, 2018
Winds favour 2018 Bay Regatta

PHUKET, 8 February 2018: A strong line-up of 33 boats and almost 300 sailors from around the world competed in 21st edition of The Bay Regatta last week. The travelling regatta sailed through three of Thailand’s most beautiful provinces – Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi – with a different anchorages each night. After four...
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Travel firm funds vocation school

February 8, 2018
Travel firm funds vocation school

PHNOM PENH, 8 February 2018: Phoenix Voyages Group president Edouard George, together with Cambodia’s Minister of Tourism, Thong Khon, officiated at the opening of the first Vocational School in Baray, Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia. The Phoenix Voyages Foundation provided funding to  build the school that will have an enrolment of 90 students. It...
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