Archive | February, 2009

Swiss firm targets tourism project in Phu Yen

Tradco Global Engineering and Construction S.A (TGEC) of Switzerland has asked for central Phu Yen province’s permission to invest in a tourism project in Tuy An district.

The provincial Planning and Investment Department said the group wants to build a golf course and a resort at a minimum capital of 1.5 billion US dollars.

If the procedure is in schedule, the Swiss firm will begin its first phase of the project in the fourth quarter of 2009 and complete the project in 2015.

The provincial Planning and Investment Department’s representative informed that the project is within the designated area for a Special Economic Zone, which was agreed by Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates in October 2008.

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Macao and Malacca strengthen tourism and cultural partnership

The government of Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) and the Malacca Historic City Council Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the Macao Gallery and to promote mutual tourism and culture.

The MOU was signed in Malacca by Chui Sai On, the SAR’s secretary for social affairs and culture, on behalf of the SAR government, and Encik Yusof bin Haji Jantan, mayor of the Malacca Historic City.

Under the deal, the Macao SAR government together with the Malacca Historic City Council will be responsible for the management of the Macao Gallery, which will showcase the arts and culture of Macao as well as the history of Macao and Malacca.

The gallery is situated only 10 minutes away from central Malacca. The building was previously a governmental department of Malacca built in typical Siam style and is part of the local historical heritage. This two-story building has an area of about 3,000 square meters.

The MOU also said that the two sides will share experiences in the fields of education and culture, so as to further deepen the mutual understanding of the historical backgrounds of the two places.

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New ResortCompete Web Site driving popularity of all-inclusive resorts even higher

Why are all-inclusive resort vacations growing in popularity around the world? The all-inclusive travel specialists at the new ResortCompete Web site offer the following seven reasons:

1. Stunning settings – From white sandy beaches to breathtaking mountaintops, all-inclusive resorts are found in some of the world’s most beautiful locales.

2. Superior vacation value – One price covers great accommodations, food, drink and entertainment, plus the opportunity to unwind and relax without worrying about the cost.
3. Festive atmosphere – Fun is the name of the game, with plenty of activities scheduled each day and making friends is easy. Partake in as little or as much of the fun as you want.

4. Romance – Many all-inclusive resorts are ideal for adult-only romantic getaways, catering to lovebirds or couples seeking solitude to recapture treasured memories. Continue Reading

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Choose Iru Fushi Beach & Spa Resort For A Unique Piece of Paradise In The Maldives

All Maldivian islands are idyllic, so how do you decide which of the hundreds of resorts to choose from? The recently opened Iru Fushi Beach & Spa Resort offers something truly special for families and couples alike and here are just some reasons why it excels above the rest…

Size matters – many resort islands are rarely large enough to really escape and enjoy a stretch of derelict beach. However, Iru Fushi is unique in that the sprawling 52 acre island is encased by swathes of soft sand and it takes around 30 minutes to walk the whole parameter. So guests can enjoy a piece of paradise without hoards of people to share it with. What’s more, for those who enjoy exercise, approx. 3.5 km jog around the island at sunset with the ocean gently lapping the shoreline and a cool breeze lifting from the lagoon is the perfect way to end a day.

Food, glorious food – when spending a week or two on one island, it is important to pick a resort that supplies a good choice of dining options. If variety is the spice of life, then Iru Fushi offers a gastronomic feast with its five restaurants, each specialising in cuisine from around the globe, and additional intimate dining experiences. Whether for a traditional Maldivian red snapper at the beach fronted Islanders Grill or, for special occasions, a customised á la carte western menu in the over-water wine cellar, there is something to suit every taste bud. Continue Reading

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Armory Show Promoted Through Style & Scene Hotel Promotion

In an effort to highlight the Armory Show, March 5–8, and Armory Arts Week, March 3–8, in New York City, NYC & Company, the City’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization, is joining with 12 hotels that are part of its Style & Scene collection to offer visitors added value during a weeklong lineup of programs, tours and discounts at museums, galleries and cultural institutions throughout New York City.

The incentives include complimentary Armory Show admission for each guest booking a hotel room through the promotion; a specially printed guide and map for the week’s activities; and a Bloomingdale’s VIP Shopping Envelope, available at the 59th Street Flagship store and containing a 15% all-day savings pass, a complimentary signature gift and other value-adds throughout the store. Details of the promotion can be found at nycgo.com/styleandscene beginning today.

“The Armory Show and Armory Arts Week are great ways to experience New York City’s thriving arts scene while taking in the excitement and beauty of our Style & Scene hotels,” says George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company. “There has never been a better time to visit New York City and experience our City’s vibrancy while enjoying considerable value.” Continue Reading

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Bermuda’s Reefs Club Opens, Limited Rentals Available

The Reefs Club adjacent to The Reefs, which is widely recognized as Bermuda’s best hotel, opens to the delight of owners in July. A private club of just 19 luxurious, fully-furnished two- and three-bedroom beachfront residences, The Reefs Club is offered for sale on an affordable fractional ownership basis. For a limited time until the residences are sold, a few will be available for a one-time-only vacation rental.

When the Club opens in July 2009, travelers can experience what it would be like to own a luxurious Bermuda vacation home when they enjoy The Reefs Club accommodations for a short-term vacation. Owing to strong demand to vacation at The Club and the limited availability, The Club developers decided, in all fairness, to limit the number of times any one family can rent to once only.

“These are truly magnificent Bermuda beachfront residences with spectacular ocean and sunset views,” says David Dodwell, majority owner of The Reefs. “So this limited time rental offer represents an exceptional opportunity for a family to live the Bermuda lifestyle. Once the residences are sold rental options will disappear and only owners and their guests will be able to vacation at The Club.” Continue Reading

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Thailand Airfare Promotions launched by Thai Airways International

Thai Airways International has launched “Thailand Double Happiness” special fare, offering travel for two or more people to Thailand at a starting price of US$130 each in economy class.

When customers chose to fly to another destination in Thailand, they may select from 11 destinations in Thailand: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Krabi, Ubon Ratchathani, Surat Thani, Samui, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, and Phitsanulok.

The “Thailand Double Happiness” promotion is valid until 31st March 2009. Continue Reading

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India sees drop in arrivals of foreign tourists

The number of tourists visiting India since last October has been falling due to economic slowdown, reported the semi-official Press Trust of India news agency on Tuesday.

The news agency quoted a government official as saying that the Mumbai terror attacks have further reduced the number of tourist arrivals in December and January.

Tourism Minister Ambika Soni said 5.08 million tourists visited India in the year 2007, which was a record growth of 14.56 percent over the previous year.

However, foreign tourist arrivals were 521,990, 12.5 percent down from the same month of the previous year, while January saw a 17.6 percent fall to 487,262. Continue Reading

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Shanghai Airlines opens air route to Hanoi

Shanghai Airlines announced on Monday that it will open a direct service from Shanghai to Hanoi as of next month.

This will be Shanghai Airlines’ second destination in Vietnam following Ho Chi Minh City.

The airline said its Boeing 727-800 airplane will offer three flights a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from Shanghai beginning March 27. Flights from Hanoi will be available on Monday.

Wednesday and Saturday is the only direct air service so far between the two cities.

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United States recession has not hit Malaysian tourism market

Arrivals of American tourists in Malaysia went up nine percent to 220,000 in 2008 from 2007 despite the gloomy economic scenario, Salahuddin Mohd Ariffin, Vice-President and Director of Tourism Malaysia in New York said here Sunday.

More than 55 percent of the American tourists were in Malaysia for leisure, while the rest came for business, he told Bernama at the closing of the two-day “Adventures in Travel Expo.”

The outlook looks good for the immediate future for the Malaysian tourism market. Tourism Malaysia had projected 15,000 tourists to arrive from the US for January this year.

The numbers surpassed Malaysia’s expectations when the numbers came in, and showed an increase of 10 percent in January 2009 to 17,000 arrivals, compared with the same period in January 2008. Continue Reading

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Amadeus Philippines warns on drop in hotel occupancy rates

Amadeus Philippines has warned that hotels in the country’s business districts could post drops in bookings as companies cut back on expenditures this year.

Amadeus Philippines general manager Albert Villadolid said a survey they conducted revealed that companies in the Asia Pacific region will be cutting down on trips this year while at the same time scrutinizing every expense details of travels by corporate officials.

“There are now austerity measures being placed by companies with regards to travel. Companies are now more price conscious and are spending more prudently,” Villadolid said. Continue Reading

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Vietnam hosts Fam Tours for Travel Agents

A Famtrip delegation, including representatives from European travel agencies from France, Greece, Austria and Germany, is on a trans-Vietnam tour from Feb. 12-20 to study the Vietnamese market and seek cooperative opportunities in Vietnam.

According to the leading tour operator Viettravel, the delegation will conduct surveys at some of Vietnam’s most famous tourist sites, such as Hanoi, Ninh Binh, Ha Long, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta as well as visiting various hotels and restaurants en route. Continue Reading

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