Thailand launches tourist insurance coverage scheme

Tourists planning a visit to Thailand can now avail of a special online insurance coverage scheme known as the “Thailand Travel Shield”, which will be set up by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with four reputed Thai insurance companies, Muang Thai Insurance, Chao Phaya Insurance, Siam City Insurance, and Krungthai Panich Insurance. All are reputable, publicly-listed companies.

Effective July 25, 2014, visitors will be able to buy the insurance coverage online for a broad range of unforeseen events ranging from accidents, trip cancellation, loss or damage of baggage / personal belongings, emergency hotel accommodation, etc.

These travel insurance policies provide instant coverage up to the value of 1,000,000 Baht for the packages starting at 650 Baht, and up to the value of 2,000,000 Baht for the packages starting at 1,100 Baht. The period of coverage ranges up to 60 days, but it can also cover visitors making annual trips to Thailand.

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Strike hits French flights

 France braced for travel chaos after the country’s civil aviation body urged airlines on Monday to cut flights by up to 20% in Paris and some other cities due to an air controllers’ strike.

The six-day strike called by a leading trade union is due to start today, Tuesday.

The civil aviation agency said three-quarters of flights would be operational on average. “Flights to southern France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria leaving from Paris” would be slightly less affected, with services reduced by 20%.

It asked airlines to slash flights by 20% in airports in southern France to ease the pressure.

The strike, in the midst of the peak tourist season in a nation that attracts more foreign visitors than any other country in the world, follows a rail protest that affected services to foreign countries as well as domestically, and is still continuing in some areas.

The two biggest air controllers’ unions, SNCTA and Unsa-ICNA, had both arranged to strike for six days from Tuesday, warning of “heavy disruption”, but the SNCTA later called off its action.

The strike comes ahead of a 30 June deadline for France to present its budget plans for the sector over the next five years to Brussels.

The strikers are protesting against planned cuts between 2015 and 2019 that they say will threaten the “necessary performance and modernisation needed to ensure an efficient air navigation service in France.”

The cuts form part of a European Commission plan, called Single Sky Europe, to reduce air navigation costs by organising airspace into functional blocks, according to traffic flows rather than national borders.

The strikers argue that the move will lead to a “forced low-cost” ethos in air traffic.

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Thailand Smile is wider than ever (Thailand: Situation Update)

 In Thailand life is getting back to normal, The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), currently overseeing Thailand’s administration, has lifted the nationwide curfew since June 13, 2014. All tourism-related businesses and services in destinations throughout Thailand have resumed normal operations. 

The decision came after the council gradually lifted curfew in major Thai tourist destinations over the last two weeks, thus demonstrating its commitment to promote Thailand’s tourism. and want to ensure that life in Bangkok as well other tourist destinations, has been peaceful since the military coup and people feel safer than before. 

Ms.Sarinya Chartdaeng  (Ms.Nina) country head operation of Apollo Holidays Thailand told that there is a subsequent increase in business after the curfew has lifted, and they expect to see good stable growth in no of arrivals for the coming days, she urge all travel partners to give their travellers a real time update on the situation and get benefit of the best deals.

 

 

 

 

 

Malaysia tops family destinations

MUMBAI, INDIA, 17 June 2014: Malaysia has won the accolade Best Family Destination at the Lonely Planet Travel Awards 2014 held recently in Mumbai.

Tourism Malaysia India’s director, Manoharan Periasamy, who received the award on behalf of Malaysia said it was a significant recognition of Malaysia’s accomplishment in promoting the country as a leading family destination in Southeast Asia.

“The rapid development of various theme parks and children entertainment centres in Malaysia such as Legoland, Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park, Kidzania, and i-City, to name a few, is a testament to the fact,” he said.

 

Hosted by the world’s leading travel and lifestyle magazine, the final winners were chosen by the readers after the nominees were shortlisted by an expert panel.

“Lonely Planet recommendations are the most sought after by travellers and to be chosen by their readers makes this award even more prestigious,” he added.

The Lonely Planet award is a significant achievement for Malaysia, a country that prides itself for being the perfect family destination.

Curfew now scrapped in 32 areas

Tourism operators have expressed relief and optimism for the industry after the army-imposed curfew was lifted in 32 more areas nationwide.  On Tuesday night, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ended the midnight-4am curfew in Kanchanaburi; Ratchaburi; Phetchaburi’s Muang, Khao Yoi, Nong Ya Plong, Tha Yang, Ban Lat, Ban Laem and and Kang Krachan districts; Rayong; Chanthaburi; Trat’s Muang, Khao Saming, Bo Rai, Laem Ngop, Khlong Yai and Koh Kut districts; Nakhon Phanom; Sakon Nakhon; Roi Et; Loei; Surin; Tak; Sukhothai; Mae Hong… Uttaradit; Phrae; Nan; Songkhla’s Muang and Sadao districts; Trang; and Satun. 
Earlier, the junta lifted the curfew in the resort areas of Pattaya, Koh Samui, Phuket, Cha-am, Hua Hin, Krabi and Phangnga. 

Tanongsak Somwong, president of the Tourism Association of Koh Samui, said the island’s tourism environment had improved since the curfew ended. The trend bodes well for the months of July and August , a high season for Samui. 
Advance bookings for July and August are about 60%, and hotels on the island say bookings should gradually increase, as many tourists prefer to book 14-21 days in advance. Mr Tanongsak said his group wasconfident the average occupancy rate in Koh Samui’s high season would be close to 90% like in 2013. 

While the NCPO has lifted the curfew in most tourism areas, Bangkok and Chiang Mai are still subject to it. 

Breaking News: Curfew Lifted in 3 More Areas! (THAILAND)

Issued at Bangkok at 20.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 8 June 2014

The nighttime curfew has been lifted in three (3) more major tourist destinations: Hat Yai, Ko Chang and Ko Phangan with immediate effect, as announced by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

This latest announcement brings the total number of major Thai tourist destinations to enjoy curfew exemption to 10 or as per the following:

1: Phuket 
2: Ko Samui 
3: Pattaya
4: Hua Hin
5: Cha-am
6: Krabi
7: Phang-nga
8: Hat Yai
9: Ko Chang
10: Ko Phangan