Secret’s out: Asia’s most overlooked paradise
Nov20

Secret’s out: Asia’s most overlooked paradise

                        The Philippines is often overlooked by Australians in favor of other Asian destinations, but there’s no better time to get to know this tropical archipelago, writes Steve McKenna in this beginner’s guide. With 7107 islands and a feast of screensaver-perfect backdrops – from dreamy tropical beaches and smouldering volcanoes to mesmerizing...

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Bangkok voted among best cities in the world for shopping and retail
Sep28

Bangkok voted among best cities in the world for shopping and retail

Bangkok was recently named one of the 11 best destinations in the world for shopping by the renowned travel website, Frommers.com, with the city’s range of markets and malls being singled out for praise. Eleven cities, including Cairo, London, Istanbul, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris, have been designated as the world’s best for shoppers. The 11 were chosen not merely for having the widest range of goods and great bargains, but for...

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Suvarnabhumi Taxis – New kiosks means less queuing
Aug02

Suvarnabhumi Taxis – New kiosks means less queuing

Bangkok, 31 July 2014– The shake up of the taxi services at Suvarnabhumi Airport, recently started by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), is nearly complete with eight state-of-the-art queue management queue-card kiosks to be installed over the next couple of weeks. The new kiosks will replace the current system where staff are required to manually write down passenger destinations on paper slips before a taxi is...

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Undiscovered jewel of the Philippines
Jul31

Undiscovered jewel of the Philippines

Mention Apo Reef to seasoned Philippines travelers and chances are they will tell you about a distant diving paradise accessible only on expensive live-aboard trips. Mention Sablayan, a coastal backwater on the island of Mindoro that is the jumping-off town to Apo Reef, and most likely they will greet you with a blank stare. But thanks to greatly improved infrastructure on Mindoro, Apo Reef is now a lot more accessible. And fairly...

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More low cost competition on Sakon Nakhon from Bangkok
Jul28

More low cost competition on Sakon Nakhon from Bangkok

  BANGKOK – Isaan is getting increasingly popular for airlines with Thailand two main low cost carriers competiting increasingly on secondary destinations. After Nakhon Phanom and Khon Kaen opened a year ago, AirAsia is now going into Sakon Nakhon in competition to Nok Air. Asia largest low cost airline is preparing to launch two daily “Bangkok (Don Mueang)-Sakon Nakhon” flights, operating in the day and evening, starting on...

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Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination
Jul23

Leading cruise companies eyeing Philippines as favorite destination

  THREE of the world’s leading cruise companies—Carnival Corp., Royal Caribbean International and Norwegian Cruise Lines—have expressed interest to help develop the Philippines as a cruise-ship destination, the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., said recently. In a statement, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said officials of the three companies provided feedback on how the Philippines could...

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Thailand waives visa fees for Chinese, Taiwanese tourists
Jul19

Thailand waives visa fees for Chinese, Taiwanese tourists

  BANGKOK – IN AN attempt to lessen the blow to tourism that Thailand’s political unrest has had over the last few months, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) will temporarily waive visa fees for Chinese and Taiwanese tourists. The exemption will be effective from August 1 to October 31. At present, the visa entry fee is 1,000 baht (US$31) for both Chinese and Taiwanese tourists. Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn,...

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TAT to make “Thainess” and “Happiness” core themes of Tourism Marketing Plan for 2015
Jul16

TAT to make “Thainess” and “Happiness” core themes of Tourism Marketing Plan for 2015

  Bangkok – Taking full advantage of the return to peace and order in the kingdom, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has laid out a marketing plan targeting an estimated 1.4 trillion Baht in revenue from foreign tourists and 800 billion Baht from domestic tourists. The core concepts will be to restore visitors’ confidence in Thailand by promoting Thainess, happiness, sustainability, as well as balanced and equitable growth....

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Sofitel Philippine Plaza carves out medical tourism niche
Mar21

Sofitel Philippine Plaza carves out medical tourism niche

  SOFITEL Philippine Plaza is taking aim at the burgeoning medical tourism sector in South-east Asia by opening its own in-house aesthetic center. Vietura is a 20-room facility offering a range of customizable programs including face contouring, body sculpting, weight-management, and remedies for complexion problems and digestive disorders. It is helmed by chief practitioner Mary Jane Torres with a staff of 12 registered nurses,...

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Boracay beats Asian favorites to take crown as top destination
Jan04

Boracay beats Asian favorites to take crown as top destination

  Singapore – BORACAY’S sunny shores have been voted as the best for unwinding on and the third best for night owls, according to a survey conducted by OTA Agoda.com. Based on feedback from over 113,000 customers, Boracay was the “clear top choice” for relaxation, stated the press release, trouncing the ever-popular Bali. The destination also ranked third for nightlife destinations, becoming the sole Philippine...

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