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Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul announced Thailand’s tourism marketing plan for 2016 at the annual press conference held on 6 July, 2015. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will focus on promoting the kingdom as a “Quality Leisure Destination through Thainess.”
According to Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa’s new budget airline brand Eurowings, whose operating costs are about 40% lower than that of the parent company, could incorporate other group airlines in future to expand its operations rapidly in Europe.
TUI has increased its summer bookings this year by 6% as of end-April while the winter season closed with a 3% rise. These increases are ahead of overall market growth this year.
Long-haul holidays are TUI’s main growth driver and are booming with a 45% increase in bookings, driven by strong demand for the USA (+45%), the Dominican Republic (+34%), Mexico (+22%), Mauritius (+41%) and the Maldives (+16%). Luxury holidays and brand hotels are also in good demand.
A government-appointed commission recommended Britain to build a third runway at London Heathrow airport to ease congestion despite opposition from environmentalists and London mayor Boris Johnson.
The runway would cost £17.6 billion, but would generate up to £147 billion over 60 years and create more than 70,000 jobs by 2050, the commission said in a long-awaited report.
Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group, which owns popular hotel bookings website Booking.com, is eyeing corporate partnerships in the Middle East to tap into a market it claims has strong growth potential.
Booking.com expanded its listings in the region by about 25 percent over the past year, comprising 200 new properties, the company said. In Dubai alone there are more than 1,000 properties listed on the global travel website, of which 400 are private homes for rent and the rest are hotels and guesthouses.
FlyDubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, has announced cheap fares between Maldives and Sri Lanka for USD 160 (MVR 2467).
The World Travel Awards singled out Baros Resort in the Maldives as the Most Romantic Resort in the Indian Ocean for the third year running.
Baros Maldives boasts 45 beachside villas and 30 water villas, all of which have direct access to the breathtaking lagoon by the beach.
The Johor government is to organise a homestay festival in September to further promote tourism in the state.
State Tourism, Trade and Consumerism Committee chairman Datuk Tee Siew Kiong said the Johor office is targeting a participation of more than 1,000 homestay operators.