Chinese Travellers Boost Vietnam Tourism

Posted: Fri 5 Aug, 2011 5:20 PM

Chinese Travellers Boost Vietnam Tourism

Vietnam continues to appeal to Chinese tourists, making up 53.5% of arrivals for the first seven months of the year.


According to the General Statistics Office, Vietnam welcomed up to 3.43 million international tourists from January to July, indicating a 17.3% increase compared to the same period last year. The great draw for tourists is sightseeing which made up 70% of tourists, and visiting relatives which rose by 53.5% compared to last year, as reported in eTravel Blackboard Asia.


The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism aims to boost inbound arrivals. In line with this initiative, tourism agency proposed a development strategy earlier this year. The plan calls for investment in tourism and developing competitive products in the region.

ETOA, UKinbound and VisitBritain Join Forces for B2B Event

Posted: Fri 5 Aug, 2011 3:04 PM

ETOA, UKinbound and VisitBritain Join Forces for B2B Event

The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA), UKinbound and VisitBritain came together for VisitBritain Hosted Buyers Marketplace (HBM). HBM is a unique business-to-business event that provides an exclusive opportunity for British tourism suppliers and destinations to meet and build business relationships with 150 selected international buyers. International buyers from 20 countries will be brought over and hosted by VisitBritain for the said event.


The VisitBritain Hosted Buyers Marketplace will be held at the Wembley Stadium on March 19, 2012, a day before the ETOA and UKinbound’s Britain & Ireland Marketplace (BIM) to be held at the same venue. VisitBritain Chief Executive, Sandie Dawe, was quoted in eTurbo Newsas having said that VisitBritain welcomes the opportunity to work alongside ETOA and UKinbound to deliver what will be a fantastic opportunity for British tourism to showcase a wide range of products to a network of international buyers. Dawe added that the Hosted Buyers Marketplace is well positioned to build on the opportunity to showcase Britain during 2012 as a result of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and hosting the 2012 Games, and to ensure British product features heavily in international programmes.


The participating markets include Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, and the USA.

Hawaii Launches New Mobile App

Posted: Fri 5 Aug, 2011 2:15 PM

Hawaii Launches New Mobile App

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) launched their first smartphone application featuring the Festivals of Hawaii. The new app will make information on over 100 events happening throughout the island readily available to locals and visitors anytime, anywhere.


HTA President and CEO, Mike McCartney, was quoted in eTurbo News as having said that Festivals of Hawaii brings together Hawaii residents and visitors to celebrate cultures and traditions in their islands. McCartney added that this new mobile app is an effective marketing tool that not only delivers helpful information but also shares their unique island experiences and provides a taste of Hawaii’s rich cultural diversity to the world.


The new mobile is available for download on iTunes for iPhone as well as iPod and iPad devices.

Sri Lanka Unveils Undiscovered Attractions

Posted: Thu 4 Aug, 2011 3:52 PM

Sri Lanka Unveils Undiscovered Attractions

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau shifts its focus to promoting sites and locations that have yet to be discovered by tourists. The tourism bureau has begun gathering information on such locations and have identified 200 scenic locations that are popular among locals but not for international tourists.


Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Managing Director, Rumy Jauffer, was quoted in Travel Daily India as having said that the on-going project would actively collect information on these locations, document it and make it available on the internet by end of October 2011. The tourism bureau also plans to place electronic tourist information kiosks at key hotels and other locations to spread the information to tourists.


These plans are all part of the initiative to push Sri Lanka’s tourism industry to become one of the top five foreign exchange earners by the year 2015.

Explore Himalaya and RacingThePlanet Announce Annapurna Footrace

Posted: Thu 4 Aug, 2011 3:19 PM

Explore Himalaya and RacingThePlanet Announce Annapurna Footrace

Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure has teamed up with high endurance race organiser, RacingThePlanet, to arrange a seven-day footrace across Annapurna, Nepal. The race is aimed to document and contribute to improving the lives of ethnic minorities and tribes in the areas the participants explore and support competitors to raise funds for their charities. The competitors in the race support over forty charities.


The footrace, named RacingThePlanet: Nepal 2011, will be held on November 20 to 26, 2011 and start just outside Pokhara. A total of 250 participants, 50 media reporters, staff and volunteers covering more than 40 countries will participate in the event. The competitors will have to cover a distance of 250 kilometres within seven days, carrying their own equipment and food. They will also sleep in tents and tea houses supported along the way by highly regarded Sherpas and a professional medical and operations team.


This race marks the 31st event organised by RacingThePlanet and is sponsored by Nepal

Bangkok Airways on Target for 2011

Posted: Thu 4 Aug, 2011 2:28 PM

Bangkok Airways on Target for 2011

Bangkok Airways is flying high with promising half-year results. The airline is on target in achieving its 2011 goal of 3.1 million passengers and US$356 million in revenue.


The half-year figures indicate a 17% increase in passengers and 29% increase in revenue compared to the same period last year. Bangkok Airways President, Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, was quoted inTTG Asia as having said that the airlines operated at a load factor of 68.4% in the first half of the year, carrying 1.5 million passengers and earning THB5.2 billion in revenue. Prasarttong-Osoth added that the airline anticipates to operate at an average load factor of 67.8% for 2011.

Air China and Tibet Airlines Team Up

Posted: Thu 4 Aug, 2011 2:01 PM

Air China and Tibet Airlines Team Up

Air China and Tibet Airlines have partnered up to offer their loyal customers easier ways to earn miles. The two airlines worked on a Frequent Flyer Programme that allows Air China PhoneixMiles members to earn Status Mileage on all scheduled flights operated by Tibet Airlines and redeems Award Tickets on all scheduled flights operated and marketed by Tibet Airlines starting November 1, 2011.


The new Frequent Flyer Programme cooperation results from Air China’s acquisition of a stake in Tibet Airlines. The Lhasa-based startup airline currently flies three A319s on routes from Lhasa to Ali and Chengdu, China.

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