MANILA – Upmarket boutique-style Azamara Club Cruises’ ship Azamara Quest has called at the port of Puerto Princesa in the Philippines for the first time. The ship is on a 16-night voyage starting
BANGKOK Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau will propose to the Thai Cabinet, next month, to host an ASEAN Festival, by year-end.
BANGKOK Kasikorn Research Centre estimates Chinese tourist arrivals to Thailand, January to March, this year, could reach 1.35 million representing an increase of 30.2% year-on-year.
LAS VEGAS Wynn Resorts won the highest ranking of all casino resorts in the Fortune Magazine’s 2015 World’s Most Admired Companies list in the hotel, casino and resort category.
HO CHI MINH CITY Specialist tour operator Trails of Indochina has named industry veteran, John Watson, as its chief executive officer.
JAKARTA, 23 February 2015: Indonesia’s biggest low-cost airline was left scrambling Friday after a second day of major delays saw thousands of angry passengers barricading gates and staging noisy
MADRID Spanish five-star hotels are serving up white rice for breakfast as Spain offers quicker visas and seeks more direct flights from China to tap into the surging wave of Chinese tourists.
HAMBANTOTA From a multi-million dollar airport ignored by airlines to a lavish cricket stadium rejected by players, Sri Lanka’s new government is mulling the future of a string of white elephants.
VIENTIANE The Lao government should grant a licence soon to a joint Lao-Chinese venture to conduct a feasibility study on the construction of a new international airport in Vientiane.
BANGKOK Samui’s tourism sector is set to improve with the Civil Aviation Department’s recent granting for Samui Airport to increase its flight capacity from 36 to 50 flights a day late last year.
LONDON There are 2,400 hotels with an estimated 542,207 rooms under contract in the Asia Pacific region, according to the January 2015 STR Global Construction Pipeline Report.
VIENTIANE Asian Development Bank and Lao PDR have launched a tourism infrastructure project which will also help establish provincial and national-level Destination Management Organisations.
BANGKOK Four of the top beaches in Asia are in Thailand, according to TripAdvisor that announced, Wednesday, the winners of its 2015 Travellers’ Choice awards for beaches.
KHAO YAI PB Valley is hosting its annual Harvest Festival 7 March.
HO CHI MINH CITY HCMC authority will ban motor vehicles, next month, on Nguyen Hue Street during the evenings on weekends and public holidays, making it the first pedestrian-friendly street.
KATHMANDU Nepalese officials said Wednesday they are changing the route that climbers take up Mount Everest after an avalanche killed 16 guides last year, the deadliest accident in the mountain’s
BANGKOK Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to host the next ASEAN Tourism Working Group meeting in Chiang Rai, 27 March.
LUANG PRABANG Luang Prabang Public Works and Transport Department says the number of tourist boats in the province has significantly increased to over 600.
CAN THO Can Tho city plans to add more free Wi-Fi services to offer convenient internet access for visitors.
SINGAPORE Accor confirmed, Tuesday, it will participate in TripAdvisor’s instant booking feature, making it easier for TripAdvisor users to reserve rooms at Accor properties.
LONDON Irish airline and takeover target Aer Lingus has appointed chief strategy and planning officer Stephen Kavanagh as chief executive.
BANGKOK Thailand’s economic growth slowed sharply in 2014 to its weakest pace in three years, blamed on political turmoil, a fall in agricultural prices and waning exports.
SINGAPORE SriLankan Airlines passengers will soon gain access to cities throughout Southeast Asia and Australia as part of a new codeshare agreement with Jetstar Asia.
BANGKOK The Pacific Asia Travel Association is canvassing for entries for its 2015 annual Gold Awards.
CYBERJAYA There are moves afoot to turn Malaysia into a prime birding destination, a niche market that could attract bird watchers and amateur photographers from neighbouring countries.