Vietnam: Tourism up12% in January

HANOI, 1 February 2016: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 805,072 international travellers in January, this year, representing an increase of 12.3% over the same month last year.

South Korea was the top supply market with 149,330 visits improving 28.2%. Other top performers were China, Japan, the United States and Russia.

Thailand’s outbound trips to Vietnam registered ninth of the top 10 markets, recording 24,863 trips, up 30.9%.

inside no 4Neighbouring Cambodia slipped off the top 10 list posting 13,355 trips down 55.4%.

Outside the Asia/Pacific region significant markets include US (fourth), Russia (fifth) and the United Kingdom (10th).

The bulk of arrivals in January (659,394) passed through the two main aviation gateways Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

VNAT updated its data on its website, late last week, sourced from the government statistics office.

This year, VNAT targets 8.5 million foreign visits compared to 7.9 million last year.

VNAT general director, Nguyen Van Tuan, said that tourism should grow by two digits in the first quarter this year.

Top 10 main markets for Vietnam tourism January 2016inside-no-41

More to travel over long weekends

SINGAPORE: Both Malaysia and Singapore will have a series of long weekends this year, which means more people will be taking advantage of the breaks to travel.

There will be eight long weekends (holidays either falling on a Friday or Monday) for Malaysia and six for Singapore.

Tickets for Malaysia-bound buses are already in high demand, despite the three-fold increase in prices during the Chinese New Year period.

According to the Express and Excursion Bus Association, 12 express bus operators had raised fares to between S$90 and S$150 (RM275 and RM460).

Tickets for Feb 5, which is the Friday before the long Chinese New Year weekend, are already sold out, while 80% of the tickets for Feb 6 have been sold, the association said.

AirAsia India Offers Rs 2,999 All-Inclusive Kuala Lumpur Tickets

AirAsia India is offering tickets to Kuala Lumpur for an all-inclusive Rs 2,999. The promotional scheme is aimed at cornering a bigger pie of market share during the ongoing holiday season, analysts say.

Bookings under AirAsia’s “Christmas sale” are valid for travel between January 4 and June 30 next year. Bookings can be made till January 3, AirAsia said.

AirAsia’s all-inclusive Rs 2,999 tickets to Kuala Lumpur are applicable on journeys from Tiruchirappalli and Kochi, the airline said. Other discounted fares offered under the scheme include journeys from Goa to Kuala Lumpur at Rs 4,999, Chennai to Kuala Lumpur at Rs 5,399, Visakhapatnam to Kuala Lumpur at Rs 3,699, and Kolkata to Bangkok at Rs 9,562.

Earlier this month, rival GoAir – which has been one of the aggressive players in offering promotional fares this year – in a scheme focused on Christmas offered fares starting as low as Rs 603 (base fare and fuel charge).

Domestic air traffic logged robust growth of 24.65 per cent last month with 11 Indian carriers together flying 7.32 million passengers, as against 5.82 million in November 2014, monthly traffic data from aviation regulator DGCA showed.

Malaysia’s first Syariah-compliant airline Rayani Air set to fly

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia’s first Syariah-compliant airline, Rayani Air, will make its maiden flight on Sunday from KLIA2 to Langkawi.

The airline was handed the Air Service Licence (ASL) and Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) here on Friday.

The Langkawi International Airport will be its home base.

For starters, the airline will serve five destinations – KLIA2, Langkawi, Kota Baru, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

As a “syariah-compliant” airline, its Muslim crew are required to wear hijab. Food and beverages will be halal-certified, and no alcohol will be served on board.

There will also be doa (prayer) recitals before every flight.


Tigerair starts Singapore-Lucknow weekly flights

Tigerair announces special return fares for Lucknow passengers on Dec 4. Singapore-based budget carrier Tigerair has launched direct flights from Singapore to Lucknow, making it the airline’s sixth destination in India. Tigerair will operate three weekly flights to the city. Tigerair’s inaugural flight from Singapore-TR 2676 landed at Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport at 20:00 hours local time on December 3, 2015. Teh Yik Chuan, Sales & Marketing Director, Tigerair, said that with the launch of our sixth destination in India, we are extremely happy and excited to now service the Indian travellers in North India as well. He also thanked the Government and airport authorities for providing support to us and for making this day a reality. To celebrate the new route launch and continuing its legacy, Tigerair offers Lucknow passengers a special return fare of INR 10,999, available for purchase from 04 December 2015 to 13 December 2015, for travel between 12th January 2016 to–14th April 2016.



ATTA reports hefty gains

BANGKOK, 14 October 2015: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 3,113,400 international tourists at Suvarnabhumi Airport,  January to September, representing an increase of 60.81% from 1,936,045 visits during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, Tuesday, based on fees member agencies pay to the airport to provide a meet-and-greet service for international clients.

inside no 1Association president, Charoen Wangananont, noted that after the Erawan Shrine bomb attack, 17 August, bookings dropped by around 20% to Bangkok.

“Overall, tourism is now back on track except for Russia, due to a poor economy …Hong Kong has relaxed travel warnings for Thailand from red to yellow and that has helped to encourage the sector,” he said.

China Golden Week, 1 to 7 October, probably generated around 200,000 trips by Chinese tourists to Thailand during the seven-day national holiday.

For the first nine months of the year, China remained the top supply market with an improvement of 157.04% from 630,177 visits to 1,619,831 visits.

Vietnam followed in second place with an increase of 288.51% from 41,527 to 161,336 visits.

The next top five markets were: India (139,973; +23.79%); Russia (-64.36%); and Japan (110,821; +37.48%).

In September alone, 212,102 foreign tourists travelled with association member companies, down 5.91% from 225,433 visits during the same month in 2014. The Erawan Shrine explosion was blamed for the decline in bookings.

China remained the top source  in September with 107,493 visits growing 2.44% from 104,931 visits.

India followed in second place with 16,038 visits increasing 16.22% from 13,800 visits.

Although showing a decline of 7.00%, Japan ranked third with 9,436 visits compared to 10,146 visits in 2014.

South Korea (fourth) recorded 8,875 visits up 35.27% from 6,561 while neighbouring Vietnam in fifth showed 6,013 visits improving 40.89% from 4,268 visits.

The next top five markets in September were: the United Kingdom (4,916; +66.19%); Spain (2,864; +39.16%); Iran (2,791; +115.35%); Taiwan (2,786; -45.71%); and Germany (2,529; +46.35%).

The association also reported that 87,929 tourists used the services of ATTA travel firms at Don Mueang Airport in September, an increase of 81.12% from 48,547 during the same month last year.

China topped arrivals at the second gateway recording 76,302 visits up 77.93% from 42,882 visits.

Indonesia was in second place with 3,635 visits growing 6.04% from 3,428 visits during the same month last year.

Malaysia ranked third with 3,094 visits, an increase of 270.98% from 834 visits.

Japan was fourth with 1,233 visits up 376.06% from 259 while India was fifth with 1,079 visits up 111.57% from 510 visits.

The next top five markets in September were: South Korea (491; +4,363.64%); Taiwan (340; +466.67%); Myanmar (274; +508.89%); Vietnam (256; -80.11%); and Turkey (155; +100.00%).

ATTA opened its second office at Don Mueang Airport, 1 August, last year, to offer meet-and-greet services for member travel agents. It does not have a branch office in Phuket, which is now a major gateway for tour groups.

ATTA members handled 3,976,114 clients at both the Bangkok airports, January and September, increasing 96.12% from 2,027,377 visits during the same period last year.

Top 10 source markets for ATTA agents January to September 2015 at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports inside-no-1.1

source: trweekly