Looking into opening new routes to Asia, Norwegian airlines expands long-haul fleet with addition of 29 B787-9s to Bangkok and plans on including India and China. Emirates also launches flights to Yangon (Myanmar) and Hanoi (Vietnam), connecting these emerging markets to Emirates’ wide network.
Families and children are a much sought-after segment in Asia’s tourism market. So Europe’s biggest carrier Lufthansa has made “family check-in” available at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, where children receive their own boarding pass, and a special ‘Best Friend’ pass for their teddy or cuddly toy.
US-based Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (MTGA), Korea’s KCC Corporation and Incheon International Airport Corp (IIAC) have been awarded a licence for the new “Inspire development”, which will cover 3.2km² adjacent to the country’s main international gateway. Once completed, the complex will include a three-tower luxury hotel complex. It will also be connected to a new private jet terminal.
Korea Tourism Organisation rolls out plans to attract its MICE business, and has already implemented certain measures such as MICE concierge services to boost its MICE industry. This year, Korea will host nine corporate incentive tours which involve corporate groups from China Headline News, Herbalife, Kang Ting Cosmetics, McDonalds’, Prudential and Zhulian and will likely draw some 40,000 visitors.
Hilton Worldwide is the latest to carry out ‘Stop Click Around’ campaign to encourage guests to book direct instead of through online intermediaries. Campaign will promise discounts, extra points for members, free Wifi and personalized services.
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All ASEAN member countries have agreed to use Thailand’s recently launched “MICE venue standards” as a regional model. Expected to be incorporated into the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2016-2025. Thailand’s MICE venue standards (TMVS) will ensure the quality of physical, technological and services aspects during the certification process.
Chinese officials are trying anew to slow a money exodus from the country. Chinese businesses and consumers are trying to move money abroad where its value might hold up. Last year, some $700 billion to $1 trillion is estimated to have fled China.
Despite South Korea’s bleak economic results and forecast and a diminishing volume in industrial orders in 2015, Air passenger traffic has risen 9.8% in 2015, with flights from South Korea to Europe jump by 10.4% due to strengthening local currency and low jet fuel costs.