Malaysian agents dismayed with hotel licence ban

INDUSTRY players are disagreeable with Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s decision to put a blanket ban on the issuing of new hotel licences, saying they...

Myanmar forbids visitors from Bagan temples

MYANMAR’s Ministry of Culture has banned visitors from ascending Bagan’s temples and pagodas, save for five of the largest ones, namely Pya Thet Gyi,...

Financial aid arrives for Hong Kong tourism

THE Hong Kong government will be allocating a budget of about HK$380 million (US$49 million) to boost dwindling arrival numbers to the autonomous region,...

Diethelm Thailand gets new operations chief

Torsten Edens DIETHELM Travel has promoted Torsten Edens to the newly-created position of group operating director, reporting to Lisa Fitzell, group managing director. Edens joins Diethelm...

Ctrip empowers MakeMyTrip in mobile, accommodations

Gupta: Mobile first, web second FLUSHED with funds from Ctrip International’s US$180 million investment in it, MakeMyTrip (MMT) is surging ahead with the goal of...

Tokyo room rates soar in 2015

AVERAGE hotel room rates in Asia-Pacific escalated last year, with Tokyo, Sydney and Singapore being the three most expensive cities for hotel bookings, according...

Thailand ropes in GTA and partners to drive upscale travel

(From left) Juthaporn Rerngronasa, deputy governor for International Marketing, TAT, and Ivan Walter, CEO, GTA THE Tourism Authority of Thailand, which has “fundamentally changed” its...

MATTA finds Sabah travel advisory unfair

Tan: Sabah safe for tourists THE Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (MATTA) has expressed regret over the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s decision...

GTA thinking out loud a future

Walter: New ownership will help us GTA anchors itself on a Vision 2020 as parent Kuoni Group puts itself up for sale and travel distribution...

More heading to Phuket for plastic surgery

MEDICAL tourism in Phuket is on the rise with an overwhelming majority of visitors coming to the resort island for aesthetic treatments, according to...

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