Obstacles for road links to Vietnam

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, Vietnam

KON TUM, 29 August 2014: Vietnam’s Central Highlands Kon Tum province and Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province say they will cooperate to develop road links that will pass through Laos via the Bo Y border gate, but red tape in Vietnam could scuttle  plans to encouage  self-drive car holidays on the routes.

Local news channels reported that the two provinces recently agreed that new routes through eight provinces of Vietnam, Laos and Thailand should be developed urgently.

But route details are still under consideration and the role of Lao PDR will be essential for the plan to succeed.

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China invests in Cambodia’s aviation

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 29 August 2014: Aviation Corp of China (AVIC)  launched Cambodia Bayon Airlines , last week in Phnom Penh, with its first flights scheduled to begin in January.

Cambodia Bayon Airlines, China’s first airline venture in the Mekong region, opened officially in Phnom Penh  with officials touting the venture’s potential to advance relations between the two countries.

Its major shareholder is an aircraft manufacturer in China.

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More direct CNX flights

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

CHIANG MAI, 29 August 2014: Bangkok Airways will introduce four new direct routes out of Chiang Mai to Udon Thani, Phuket, Yangon and Mandalay commencing 26 October.

The new flights will cut out the need to change planes at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. The two services to Yangon and Mandalay will also strengthen Chiang Mai’s role as a gateway to Mekong Region destinations. It already has direct flights to Yunnan, China and the Lao PDR capital, Vientiane.

The airline will operate two daily flights from Chiang Mai to Udon Thani.

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First BSP ticketing on Abacus in China

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Technology

SINGAPORE, 29 August 2014: After gaining Billing and Settlement Plan certification in June, Abacus became the first foreign global distribution system, Tuesday, to issue air tickets through technology customised for China.

With a network of mainland travel agents in place, Abacus has secured a new channel for airlines to access this vast and expanding outbound market.

Flights from Beijing, on Etihad Airways, were chosen for the first bookings, from among four initial carriers available to Abacus connected travel agents in China.

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Indonesians flock to Singapore

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Indonesia, News

JAKARTA, 29 August 2014: For the second consecutive year Bali and Singapore lead as the most popular destinations for flight searches during the Indonesian Lebaran holiday travel in 2014, according to latest Wego.Com assessment.

While the majority of flight clicks were for domestic destinations with Bali at the top of the board, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur registered second and third overall on Indonesia’s Wego.Com travel comparison site.

Although the Lion City was most popular overseas destination, Malaysia, Japan and the Netherlands made the largest gains in “travel intent”, with their share of flight searches increasing by 40%, 23% and 63% respectively.

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DIA announces award finalists

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Technology

BANGKOK, 29 August 2014: Digital Innovation Asia announced the finalists of its second DIA awards, earlier this week.

The awards were created to recognise the growth and marketing power of social media and great mobile applications, campaigns, and innovations, as well as specific social media efforts in China.

Bloggers will be honoured too, for their great story-telling under a new category the Blogger Matchup Award.

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MH losses doubles

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 29 August 2014: Crisis-stricken Malaysia Airlines said Thursday its second-quarter loss nearly doubled as the mysterious loss of flight MH370, combined with intense industry competition, prompted a drop in the carrier’s bookings.

The flag carrier airline said it posted a MYR305 million (USD97 million) loss in the April to June quarter, which followed the 8 March disappearance of flight MH370 with 239 passengers and crew aboard.

The latest development on the search for MH370 emerged Thursday as Australia indicated the search would now focus on the southern part of the existing search zone.

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QF post record losses

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

SYDNEY, 29 August 2014: Australian flag carrier Qantas on Thursday posted a record annual net loss of AUD2.84 billion (USD2.65 billion), but chief executive Alan Joyce insisted clearer skies lie ahead after aggressively cutting costs.

The worse-than-expected result compared with a wafer-thin profit in the previous year, with one-off restructuring and redundancy payouts hammering the bottom line.

But the biggest hit came from a AUD2.6 billion non-cash writedown of the value of its ageing international fleet, largely due to the historic cost of aircraft purchased at a much lower Australian dollar exchange rate.

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Singapore Flyer gets new owner

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 29 August 2014: The financially troubled Singapore Flyer, one of the world’s tallest observation wheels, has been bought by a local firm for SGD140 million (USD112 million), more than a year after being put in receivership.

Straco Corporation said in a filing to the Singapore Exchange its subsidiary Straco Leisure is purchasing the 42-storey high observation wheel, which at 165 metres tall (541 feet), is 30 metres higher than Britain’s London Eye.

It is located on a 33,700 square metre (363,000 square feet) compound in Singapore’s prime waterfront Marina Bay district.

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PM and government gain TCT support

August 29, 2014 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 August 2014: Tourism Council of Thailand urges the government to establish a clear policy to drive the country’s tourism and rebuild tourist confidence.

TCT president, Piyaman Techapaibul, said the newly appointed government should set a clear long-term policy to revive tourism after slowdown caused by political instability since late last year.

“This is a good time to reform national tourism strategies as there is a new government led by Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha. The top priory should be identified with clear goals, especially long term strategies.”

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