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Asia Travel news


Jan 2007
13/1/2007 AirAsia’s free seats are back
For those whose New Year resolution includes ''travel more'', here’s a lucky break - AirAsia is giving one million free seats.

13/1/2007 First Angsana Spa in Japan
The first Angsana Spa in Japan is to open on Friday, January 15, 2007 at the
recently re-branded Crowne Plaza Kobe.

20/1/2007 Vietnam Airlines begins e-ticketing on three routes
HA NOI - Vietnam Airlines yesterday announced its offices in Ha Noi

20/1/2007 China discourages travel to South Pole
BEIJING - The Chinese government has warned its citizens to "think carefully before signing up for a trip to Antarctica"

29/1/2007 Bali rated as one of Australia’s favourite Islands
Australia’s Luxury Travel and Style Magazine has named Bali one of the world’s best international islands in their prestigious 2007 Gold List.

29/1/2007 Oman Air responds to the tourism committee in Dhofar
Further to the recent remarks made by the Tourism Committee in the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Governorate of Dhofar

Feb 2007
5/2/2007 Way to flow: A lazy river trip in Laos
If I could only sweat around my toenails I'd hotfoot it down to the river as fast as my sturdy thighs could take me, too.

5/2/2007 Philippines travel warning reissued
The original meetings of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the East Asia Summit were postponed last month, with officials citing fears of a typhoon for the decision.

12/2/2007 Laos is best place to visit
Laos has been voted as one of the best places in the world to take a holiday.

12/2/2007 Nepal 'safe for travel
Tourist groups from Nepal attended a recent travel exhibition to promote the country as a safe place to visit.

19/2/2007 Touring Tokyo in the spring
Janet Landfried, my friend and fellow traveler, visited Japan in the spring of 2006.

19/2/2007 Travel advisories hurt limping tourism industry
The strong travel advisories imposed by most Western countries have remained unchanged since the escalation of violence in the country.

26/2/2007 Dig Dim Sum in Hong Kong
No visit is complete without indulging in the breakfast and lunch specialty.

26/2/2007 Royal Bengal Airline plans routes to Dhaka
A new airline is looking to begin flights between the UK and Bangladesh.

Mar 2007
5/3/2007 Malaysia a potpourri of Asian culture
Nation is hoping to lure 20 million visitors this year

5/3/2007 Tour operators and media meet organized in Bangkok
Thailand, Next Host of ASEAN Tourism Forum

12/3/2007 City ups overseas travel
Popular destinations included Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland, Thailand, and Cambodia.

12/3/2007 Listen Up, Hong Kong, Here Comes Macau
Hong Kongers like to feel superior to vice-ridden Macau.

20/3/2007 Central Vietnam hot spot for foreign tourists
Tourist venues in Vietnam’s central city Da Nang, ancient capital Hue and heritage town Hoi An have become among the top travel places in the country for foreign tourists this year.

20/3/2007 Domestic tourism takes off with Nas
NAS air, the first budget carrier to fly in Saudi Arabia, revealed booking figures for operations beginning at the end of February ‘exceeded expectations’.

24/3/2007 Indonesia travel warnings relaxed
There was a small relaxation in the travel warnings for holidaymakers visiting Indonesia yesterday by the Foreign Office.

24/3/07 Thailand won ‘Go Asia Best Travel Destination’ Award at the ITB in Germany
Thailand received the Go Asia Award in the ‘Best Travel Destination

26/3/07 Thai airport reopens for domestic flights
Bangkok, March 25: Thailand today reopened Don Mueang airport in Bangkok for domestic flights as the new Suvarnabhumi airport in a nearby province has been plagued by repair works and increase in traffic.

Apr 2007
2/4/07The 28th Bangkok International Motor Show 2007
International Bangkok Motor Show, Bangkok, Thailand

2/4/07 China to name dodgy travel agents
BEIJING will name and shame dodgy tour operators in the city's major papers in a bid to clean up the industry ahead of the 2008 Olympics, state media has reported.

2/4/07 Sri Lanka: A Dark Paradise - The Genocide of Sri Lankan Tamils
The Sri Lankan Airlines in its travel brochure enticingly invites tourists with the blurb 'Visit Sri Lanka.

10/4/07 JTB sees wave of Japan retirement travelers
A fresh survey of middle-aged Japanese consumers confirms that widespread intention to celebrate retirement through overseas travel.

18/4/07 Malaysia celebrates golden jubilee
If you want to experience the colourful celebrations for yourself, contact your local Travel Counsellor.

18/4/07 Singapore Airlines selects TBWA as New Creative Agency
Following an extensive search which began in January of this year, Singapore Airlines has appointed TBWA to manage its creative account.

26/4/07 HK for P1,000
Got a thousand pesos? Add a few extra bucks for airline taxes and fuel surcharges, and you’re well on your way aboard Hong Kong Airlines to the so-called entertainment capital of Asia.

26/4/07 Improving tourism: Complaints from Japan and South Korea
Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has asked the Sabah Tourism Board to help improve the sector’s frontline services in the state.

May 2007
3/5/07 ME’s biggest-ever travel, tourism show opens
DUBAI — Considered the biggest travel and tourism show organised in the region

3/5/07 Absentee ballots available in Lebanon
LEBANON, Maine — Residents who are away from the area or unable to travel during upcoming elections can soon obtain absentee ballots.

12/5/07 Thailand is still top choice
Thailand has had its share of political turmoil in the last few years but this hasn’t put off the tourists.

12/5/07 Crystal Cruises appoints luxury sales representative in Mainland China
Based in Shanghai, ATR will assist in developing China’s burgeoning outbound luxury travel market for Crystal Cruises.

19/5/07 Asia Travel launches India travel planner
Asia-travel.co.in is India's finest Travel Portal and one of the fastest growing, one-stop travel solutions company.

19/5/07Packages for travel to South, North Korea popular among Americans
LOS ANGELES, May 17 (Yonhap) -- New tour packages for sightseeing in the divided Koreas are popular in the United States despite their high prices, a local office of South Korea's state-run tourism promotion agency said Thursday.

June 2007
2/6/07 Hong Kong gets new air terminal
HONG KONG (AFP) - Officials said Thai Airways and Qatar Airways were set to join Oasis and Emirates in Terminal 2, a 360-million-dollar facility that began ...

2/6/07 Vietnam southern hub approves two major transport projects
The Ho Chi Minh City administration is set to invest US$46.6-million in two projects meant to improve intra-city transportation and connection with the Mekong Delta

11/6/07 Mongolia supports S. Korea on nuclear disarmament issue
trains to travel between the two Koreas, Enkhbayar said, "If the railroad re-linking project moves forward, it is expected to pass through Mongolia. ...

11/6/07 King Says 2008 To Be Unique Year For Bhutan
Rather than a grand formal coronation like in other parts of the world, I would be most content to travel throughout 2008...

18/6/07 Bali tourism better than ever... Almost
The first four months have show that Bali tourism figures are at some of their highest ever with these figures not even seen prior to the calamities brought on by disasters either natural or man-made.

18/6/07 Singapore Airlines to increase Shanghai-Singapore
Singapore Airlines plans to increase its transport capacity on the Shanghai-to-Singapore route by 25 percent before July 1 this year in preparation for China's outbound travel peak in summer.

26/6/07 Nepal wins destination travel award at Hong Kong expo
Nepal won the New Travel Routes Contest 2007 award at International Travel Exhibition held on June 14-17 in China's Hong Kong, according to the Nepal Tourism Board.

26/6/07 RP festival in Japan set
The Department of Tourism (DoT) is preparing for a grand Philippine festival in Japan to further reach Japanese outbound consumers especially in Tokyo.

July 2007
4/7/07 Big brands root for Taj Mahal
NEW DELHI: Talk of romancing the stone, and there’s no better way of doing that than voting in the Taj Mahal to give this monument of love its due place in the new list of Seven Wonders of the World.

4/7/07 Music Box: Enjoy international culture at Smithsonian festival
Each year, the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is transformed into a magnificent international festival of music and culture focusing on three particular areas in the world.

11/7/07 Tourism association honors country's top hotels, tour operators
Twenty tourism com­panies and hotels received Vietnam’s most prestigious prize for 2006 at a function held in Hanoi Monday.

11/7/07 Newly proclaimed 'world wonder' Petra to boost tourism
Five million tourists travel to Jordan annually, spend approximately one billion euros in country every year.

18/7/07 Book into the best of Indo-China
SO, you want to tour Indo-China. You don't want to fight for space on a bus with backpackers and you don't want to take out a loan to do it in style. It's not that hard.

18/7/07 Top 10 List of Eco-friendly Asian Resorts by Agoda
In line with the global movement to ‘go greener’, Agoda.com, an independent online travel company that specializes in discount hotel bookings, has released a ‘Top 10’ pick list of eco-friendly hotels in Asia.

27/7/07 Pakistan, Malaysia Sign MoU on Tourism Cooperation
The step has been taken in the backdrop of Pakistan-Malaysia Travel Mart held in Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur, organized by Pakistan High ...

27/7/07 Conrad Bangkok named in Travel + Leisure’s “Top 50 Hotels in Asia”
The hotel has also won Bangkok’s Best Business Hotel 2006/2007 by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific, Thailand’s Leading Hotel in the 13th Annual World Travel ...

August 2007
4/8/07 Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos issue tourism guidebook
Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia are to issue a joint tourism guidebook promoting their famous landscapes, tourist hot spots and cultural attractions.

4/8/07 PATA awards Macau for its dedication to heritage
The Pacific Asia Travel Association has just awarded its Grand Award for Heritage to the Macau Government Tourist Office for its 2006 Macau World Heritage campaign.


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