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Asia Travel news

September 2007
6/9/07 Discovery Travel & Living's 'World Cafe Asia' visits India
Visited cities of Asia including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok, Discovery Travel and Living’s (DTL) series World Café: Asia arrives in India. ...

6/9/07 India is No-1 travel destination
India has officially been voted the world's favourite country to visit by readers of the swish magazine Condé Nast Traveller.

6/9/07 Hong Kong aims to become Asia’s bizjet hub
The Hong Kong Business Aviation centre opened its new $12.8 million hangar beside the island’s main airport on Monday, with ambitious aims of being the hub for corporate aviation in Asia.

6/9/07 China, India airports struggle to meet air travel boom
China and India's air infrastructure is creaking under the soaring demand for air travel and huge investment is needed to satisfy the boom, officials said Tuesday.

6/9/07 Vietnam, Cambodia plan coastal tourism
Cambodia and Vietnam are developing tours along the coastline that connects the two countries, said the Cambodia Ministry of Tourism.

6/9/07 Malaysia makes renewed push for single Asean visa
Malaysia is pursuing for the facilitation of single visa among Asean member countries to boost tourism in the region, which is forecast will receive about 30 per cent of the projected one billion tourists globally by 2010.

6/9/07 Travel Expert and Author Announces Tour to Bhutan
Experience travel to Bhutan with travel expert and author, Beth Whitman. . .

6/9/07 Tour operators hope to benefit from boom in Indian, Chinese tourists
Bangladeshi tour operators are hoping to benefit from the explosion in tourists from China and India, with the sector designing a new strategy to attract visitors from the two neighbouring countries.

7/9/07 Miss Earth 2006 to beautify int’l travel fair in Vietnam metro
The Chilean beauty, together with beauty queens from the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam, will join the International Travel Expo HCMC 2007 (ITE 2007) kicking off October 5 to promote tourism in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

7/9/07 Malaysia initiates ‘prosper thy neighbor’ policy
It is ultimately to turn Malaysia’s airports into regional air hubs for its Southeast Asian neighbors as the goal for Malaysia in initiating a new policy.

7/9/07 Dive sites luring more European tourists to RP
The number of European tourists in the Philippines jumped by 13.6 percent in the first half of the year as the Department of Tourism began promoting the country as the world’s best diving site.

7/9/07 Sri Lanka: A land like no other
IF, as the legend goes, God created the world in six days, then it is entirely likely that he devoted the seventh day wholly to creating Sri Lanka! Paradise...

7/9/07 Vietnam in top 20 favorite destinations: travel journal
The annual Condé Nast Traveller Readers' Travel Awards honor the hotels, airlines, islands, tour operators, spas, cruise lines, cities, and countries that its readers see as most conducive to rewarding travel.

7/9/07 3 Million Travel Overseas in Summer
The number of Koreans who sought overseas getaways during the summer vacation season exceeded three million.

10/9/07 Regional cooperation seen key to boosting tourism
in South Asian countries, speakers yesterday told the closing function of the three-day Banglalink Bangladesh Travel and Tourism Fair 2007 in Dhaka. ...

10/9/07 Number of tourists from China growing fast--DoT
He also noted that the DOT, travel agencies, airlines, hotels and resorts, tour operators and other members of the travel and leisure industry, ...

10/9/07 Saudi Arabia investing in hotels all across Asia
The Asian investment diversification policy of Saudi-owned Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI) has contributed substantially to the company's first-half earnings, and is expected to grow in the years ahead.

10/9/07 Indian tourist arrivals next
If all goes well, Sabah will see an increase in the number of Indian tourists like what happened in Kuala Lumpur after the Travel Agents Federation of India (Tafi) convention was held there for the first time in 1999.

10/9/07 Jetstar takes off to Malaysia
Australia’s low fares airline Jetstar has launched to Malaysia, offering direct services between Sydney and Kuala Lumpur 3 times weekly.

10/9/07 Malaysia's tourist arrivals seen rising to 21.5 million in 2008
The number of tourist arrivals to Malaysia is expected to increase to 21.5 million in 2008 from 17.5 million in 2006, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said Friday in its 2007/2008 Economic Report.

10/9/07 Maldives resort gets visitors surfing
Visitors to the Maldives will soon have the chance to test their balance and inevitably their swimming skills at a new resort offering a range of surfing options.

10/09/07 Remote Lands Gives the Gift of Travel This Holiday Season
Itineraries will bring travelers to the distant reaches of Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, and Bhutan, and the unique beauty of India. ...

11/9/07 VN, Cambodia, Laos: jewels of the Mekong
"The show is now the platform for the travel trade industry not only in Viet Nam but also other regional countries like Cambodia and Laos," said Dong Thi ...

11/9/07 Nepal 's Village Tourism Concept in Adventure Tourism Management
Now Nepal has peace and security in full secured form for travel and tourism in Nepal. After the peace agreement between the government of Nepal and Maoists ...

11/9/07 Discover India declared the best travel magazine
It works more closely with other tourism associations in US, Nepal and Indonesia. Its 25th annual convention was inaugurated by Minister of Tourism ...

11/9/07 Oman Air to launch Gatwick-Muscat flights
A new service between Gatwick Airport and Muscat in Oman is set to be launched later this year.

11/9/07 Europeans rediscover RP as dive destination
Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano revealed during the recent Philippine Travel Exchange 2007 (PHITEX) held in Cebu City, that scuba diving, ...

11/9/07 RP expects 3 million tourists this year -- tourism chief
Over 100 foreign and 300 local buyers converged in Cebu to attend the PITF and the Philippine Travel Exchange (Phitex), two major tourism events designed to ...

11/9/07 Tourism seeks direct flights from Europe
The tourism industry is calling on the government and the air transport sector to establish direct flights between the Philippines and different European countries ...

11/9/07 Philippine Airlines boosts services to Australia
Philippine Airlines will be increasing its services to Australia from three flights a week to five times weekly starting from 26 November. The additional services will meet the expected increase in travel to the Philippines during the upcoming holidays.

12/9/07 Now, travel firms focus on the travellers' gender
Says Swati Kulkarni, who went on one such trip to Singapore last year, ”I had the time of my life, without having to worry about who was watching. ...

12/9/07 Vacationers Filling Overseas Chuseok Packages
Hanatour Service, Korea's largest travel agency, said it has booked 23376 customers to travel overseas from Sept. 21 to 23. That's more than the 16411

12/9/07 Sri Lanka travel industry gears for better times
The advisory which earlier started that it was unsafe to travel to Sri Lanka, now sates that Dutch travellers must b cautious when traveling and that they ...

12/9/07 Taiwan travel has a little bit of everything
Taipei 101 is not the world's tallest building anymore. It was overtaken by the Burj Dubai in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in July, though it still remains the tallest skyscraper open to public.

12/9/07 Go wildlife watching in Taiwan
However, a new range of holidays from British wildlife tour specialists has put the spotlight on the island of Taiwan for 2008. ...

13/9/07 Thai Elephants on Parade
Or you could go hang out in Thailand with Go Differently. The voluntourism organization offers one to four week trips that put animal lovers face to face ...

13/9/07 Bahwan Holidays offers Eid travel package
Use Ho Chi Minh City as your base to explore the south of Vietnam. Find great shopping bargains, visit historical sites and enjoy loads of tasty seafood in ...

13/9/07 Mekong River tours attract European tourists
Nhan Dan Online - Saigontourist has officially become a travel and maritime agent in Vietnam for Compagnie Fluviale de Mekong (CFM), one of the most popular ...

13/9/07 Saigontourist offers Siem Reap-HCM City river tour
VietNamNet Bridge – As of September 2007, Saigontourist has become a travel and ocean shipping agent in Vietnam of Compagnie Fluviale de Mekong (CFM), ...

13/9/07 Major Hotel Chains Target China, India For Multibrand Development
IHG has aggressive growth plans for Japan and Vietnam, Boggs said, and Wolf said Marriott is bringing additional properties to Bangkok and Seoul. ...

13/9/07 E-Ticketing For Inbound, Outbound On Thai Airways
The promotion, which ran between July 1 and 15, was an incentive to travel consultants to promote Thai Airways. Pg Roslee Pg PSR Pg Hj Jaya, ...

13/9/07 RBA Travel Agents Tour Sheraton
The trip for the first group and the second group from the Czech Republic was organised by Golden Touch Holidays, Royal Brunei Airlines. ...

15/9/07 Hong Kong Disneyland Celebrates Two Years
The park is a big travel destination on mainland China, drawing families into Hong Kong to vacation. While disappointing attendance and guest purchases seem ...

15/9/07 All shapes and sizes
Asia's financial centres reflect its vast geography and divergent economies

15/9/07 Superferry, Cebu Pacific cut fares
This early, shipping company SuperFerry and budget airline Cebu Pacific are wooing holiday travelers.

15/9/07 Jet Airways hopes to sell India at travel fair
Jet Airways (India) Limited expects to sell 300 tour packages and 500 air tickets with the launch of the Incredible India Travel ...

15/9/07 Condé Nast Traveller, UK Readers Travel Awards 2007
India ranks No. 1 top travel destination in the world according to this year’s Readers’ Travel Awards announced by Condé Nast Traveller UK (‘THE’ leading ...

15/9/07 Air India: On an aerial upswing
The merged entity, which will have a fleet of 115 plus aircraft initially, will offer passengers seamless travel across domestic and international routes. ...

15/9/07 India's biggest tourism fair opens in Ahmedabad
Ahmedabad, Sep 14 : The 58th Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) was inaugurated by the Rajasthan Tourism Minister Usha Punia at Rajpath Club here today. ...

15/9/07 Guam to exhibit at JATA
This year’s theme is ‘Revitalizing the Japanese Travel Market, An Industry-wide Debate on Japan`s Global Competitiveness.’ Over the past four years, ...

15/9/07 Iran attends World Travel Fair
JATA (Japan Associations of Travel Agents) World Travel Fair has been inaugurated featuring Iran Tourism Sector at Tokyo Big Sight. ...

15/9/07 Malaysia courting Canadian travel dollars
Malaysia's tourism minister settles into a comfortable seventh-floor Vancouver hotel suite and offers a compelling reason for Canadians to visit his country ...

15/9/07 This festive season, go for a holiday abroad
And if you are planning a short holiday then travel agents are coming with small packages of five days in Malaysia, or seven days in Kenya and only six days ...

15/9/07 I looked like everyone else. But I can't be Chinese
The Adelaide Festival Centre's new OzAsia festival celebrates Australian artists with Asian heritage and cultural collaborations with our nearest neighbours.

15/9/07 Iran tourism information offices in 7 countries
Malekzadeh noted that locals with experience in managing travel agencies will run the centers. “Information offices will help remove any negative views ...

15/9/07 Taiwan seeking to attract more Singapore tourists
A tourism delegation organized by the Taiwan Visitors Association (TVA) will take part in a Singapore international travel fair to attract more ...


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