TAT Unveils Smile Land

Posted: Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:25 AM

TAT Unveils Smile Land

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) unveiled two of five new social media game applications based on the tuk-tuk and Thai food. The ‘Smile Land’ games are aimed for young people using Facebook and smartphones.


‘Tuk Tuk Racing’ and the ‘Somtam Sukjai’ for iPad users are the first two games to be launched. An additional three mini games will be available in September 2011 which includes ‘Muay Thai’ for iPhone users, ‘Siam Tempo’ for Android smartphone users, and ‘Siam Fun Fair’ for Nokia smartphone users. TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni was quoted in Travel Daily Asia as having said that the launch of ‘Smile Land’ is another important step forward in TAT’s digital marketing strategy. He added that they expect to reach more than one billion potential target users worldwide, expand their databases from 500,000 to one million by the end of the year, and increase the frequency of use and access to TAT’s social networking media and mobile applications.

Japan Appeals to Chinese Travellers

Posted: Wed 29 Jun, 2011 11:03 AM

Japan Appeals to Chinese Travellers

Japan has announced that it will shorten its group visa approval process for Chinese travellers, starting July 1. This is part of an effort to boost tourism into the country after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Together with this new development, Japan has also announced that Chinese tourists will be able to visit Okinawa on multiple-entry visas, effective July 1.


Chinese authorities are also doing their part to help Japan. On April 29, China’s National Tourism Administration (CNTA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have lifted their Japan travel alert. According to a report in eTurbo News, CNTA Chairman Shao Qiwei stated at the Sino-Japan tourism seminar in Japan in early June that China will implement five specific measures to help prop up Japan’s struggling tourism industry. The measure include restarting group tours to Japan, opening Shanghai-Kagawa charter flights and restarting Shanghai-Ibaraki charter flights, inviting 100 children from Japan’s quake zone to south China’s Hainan Province for a short vacation and welcoming Japanese delegations to promote their tour routes and products.

Centara Appoints Albrecht

Posted: Wed 29 Jun, 2011 10:41 AM

Centara Appoints Albrecht

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui welcomed Christoph Albrecht as new Executive Assistant Manager. Albrecht’s appointment was announced by Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui General Manager Martin Heiniger.


The German national Albrecht brings with him 10 years of experience in the worldwide tourism and hospitality business. He was Sub Director for IBB Hotel, Menorca in Spain and General Manager of Mirihi Island Resort, Maldives prior to taking the new post.

3rd Planet Introduces 3D Tourism Marketing Tool

Posted: Tue 28 Jun, 2011 3:48 PM

3rd Planet Introduces 3D Tourism Marketing Tool

3rd Planet Pte Ltd has revealed the world’s first platform for Tourism Location Marketing Solution to Global Tourism. This new platform allows end users to journey through interactive and realistic full scale three-dimensional replicas of tourist destinations and other historical sites in the comfort of their own homes.


The Tourism Location Marketing Solution is an exciting marketing tool for tourism industry operators to sell their destinations and facilities to consumers around the world, providing the most realistic virtual reality tour of any destination available in the market today. A version of the software with the capability to show certain parts of the world is already available. The technology today allows support for up to a million objects per view area as well as sound and music, complete with special effects showing realistic weather patterns and powerful animation effects. 3rd Planet CEO Terence Mak was quoted as having said that this is an important necessary step in the development of 3rd Planet. He added that destination marketing has always been a challenge for most locations and that it’s about time they use a new platform to educate and show global consumers how the location actually looks like and what they can expect to do there.


3rd Planet aims to launch this new platform worldwide by the end of the year. For more info, visit www.3rdplanet.com

Boeing and Rolls-Royce Collaborate on New Data Service

Posted: Tue 28 Jun, 2011 3:18 PM

Boeing and Rolls-Royce Collaborate on New Data Service

Boeing and Rolls-Royce have collaborated on a shared data service that will enable both companies to provide faster, better-informed advice to airlines to maximise aircraft availability.


Through the shared data service, data from an aircraft and the engines that power it will be combined on a single system providing customers with an efficient, integrated data source. This will help airlines improve their ability to manage their product health monitoring. Rolls-Royce Services Director – Civil Aerospace Tom Palmer was quoted in AsiaTravelTips.com as having said that this innovative service is focused on providing airlines with better information, which will help improve the speed and quality of decision-making and enable operators to maximise operational efficiency.


The new service will be initially available for the Trent 1000/Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Trent 800/Boeing 777 combinations. By the end of 2011, it is expected to also cover RB211-524/Boeing 747 and RB211-535/Boeing 757 combinations.

Four New World Heritage Sites in Asia Pacific

Posted: Tue 28 Jun, 2011 2:26 PM

Four New World Heritage Sites in Asia Pacific

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced the eight new locations added to its list of World Heritage sites, four of which are in Asia Pacific.


According to a report in Travel Daily Asia, the four new Asia Pacific landmarks consist of the West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou in China’s Zhejiang province; the Hiraizumi – Temples, Gardens & Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land in Japan; the Ogasawara Islands in Japan; and the Ningaloo Coast in Western Australia. Other sites in the UNESCO list include the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Columbia; Historic Bridgetown and its Garrison in Barbados; the Kenya Lake System in the Grate Rift Valley; and the Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians in Germany and Slovakia. UNESCO plans to reveal more additions in the coming days.

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