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July 19, 2012
South Korean Travel Industry Poised To Realise 2012 Growth Potential According To Amadeus

In late 2011, leading industry experts including Amadeus, a leading transaction processor and provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel and tourism industry, predicted a big year for South Korea's travel industry in 20...
May 17, 2012
Malaysia's Best Islands -- According To CNNGo

CNNGo compiled a list of Malaysia's top 10 islands, in no particular order. "From the cosmopolitan charm of Penang to the hippie getaway of the Perhentians, Malaysia embraces a diverse array of islands," the article stated. Pulau Perhent...
March 08, 2011
Malaysia Sees Increase In North American Tourist Arrivals Since 2003

World Tourism Organization's (UNWTO) World Tourism Barometer released in January 2011 reported that Asia and the Pacific is the first region to recover from the economic downturn, and has been growing strongly with international tourist arr...
January 11, 2011
The Flood Situation In Australia

Australia, like most parts of the world, is affected by extreme weather conditions from time to time. Recent heavy rainfalls in some parts of Australia, most notably in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales, have caused river lev...
March 17, 2010
Tourism Fiji Reports Majority of Tourism Infrastructure In Tact

Tourism Fiji, the national tourism board for the Fiji Islands, has recently reported that the majority of the country's tourism infrastructure, located on Viti Levu in the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands, is fully operational and all internatio...
March 16, 2010
Bangkok Remains A Safe Destination Despite Protests

Tourism Authority of Thailand & Pacific Asia Travel Association seek to reassure tourists and business travelers visiting Thailand that the protests in Bangkok have not caused major disruption in the city. The city remains a safe destinatio...
October 12, 2009
New Zealand Voted Best at Destination Branding

New Zealand has come out on top in a survey asking tourism organizations from around the world to rank the best destination brands. The survey, published by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and European Travel Commis...
October 08, 2009
Samoa Tsunami Update

Samoa's Tourism Industry is making a sure and steady recovery despite the effect of the Tsunami that struck Samoa on Tuesday 29th September 2009. The owners of the affected properties which make up less than a quarter of all accommodatio...
October 05, 2009
Samoa Earthquake and Tsunami Update

As a result of the Earthquake and Tsunami that hit the Samoa Islands on Tuesday 29th September 2009, coastal areas of Samoa sustained damages with extensive destruction mainly to the South-South Eastern Coast of Upolu Island. Damages were t...
May 13, 2009
VisitKorea.or.kr Launches Online Reservation System

The Korea Tourism Organization's (KTO) official website, www.VisitKorea.or.kr, goes beyond simply providing tourist information and aims to actively help tourists during their stay in Korea. To meet the needs of the ever increasing numbers ...
April 23, 2009
HKTB Welcomes Visa-Free Access Agreement Between Hong Kong SAR & Russia

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) welcomes the mutual visa-free access agreement signed between the governments of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and Russia (23 April). HKTB Chairman Mr James Tien said: "Given the impact of...
April 23, 2009
Hong Kong Celebrates Food And Wine In 2009

Hong Kong has declared 2009 the year of food and wine, and from now until next March Hong Kong will be a horn of plenty to eat and drink. While Hong Kong has long been known as Asia's culinary capital, the removal of wine duty this year pre...
April 15, 2009
Hong Kong Prepares For Its Traditional Chinese Festivals

Spring has arrived in Hong Kong, and that means that the region is preparing for its exciting traditional Chinese festivals, colourful events to which everyone is invited. And it is easy for visitors to be a part of the excitement by partic...
March 12, 2009
Singapore Ranks Top In Asia And 10th Globally In WEF Report

Singapore was the highest-ranking country in Asia and tenth out of 133 countries measured for the attractiveness of their environments in developing the travel and tourism industry, according to the World Economic Forum's (WEF) latest Trave...
February 20, 2009
Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Shares 2009/10 Strategies & Work Plan

The annual "Tourism Overview" organised by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) attracted (February 20) the participation of around 400 travel trade representatives. The objective of the event is to reinforce communication and strengthen coll...
February 03, 2009
Korea's 2009 Cultural Festivals & Events

Enchant your senses at anyone of the many Korean Festivals taking place this winter and spring. With the wide range of festivals taking place all across Korea, there is something for everyone. Jeju Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival Feb....
May 13, 2008
International SOS Responds To Sichuan Earthquake

International SOS, a leading provider of assistance services, has activated its medical and logistics resources in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore, to assist the families and victims of earthquake in Sichuan Province. International SOS wil...
May 03, 2008
'Singapore's Unique Transformation' On Display At ATM 2008

A strong Singapore delegation is set to make its mark at the upcoming Arabian Travel Market 2008 to demonstrate the transformation of Singapore's tourism landscape. 'Singapore's Unique Transformation' - driven by a collection of strategic t...
February 15, 2008
Tourism Australia Welcomes U.S. Open Skies Agreement

Tourism Australia has welcomed the February 15 announcement of the open skies agreement between Australia and the United States of America, liberalising the regulation of air services on the trans-Pacific route, saying it is great news for ...
January 15, 2008
San Francisco Announces Representation In South Korea

The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau (SFCVB), in partnership with San Francisco International Airport (SFO), has opened a representation office in South Korea. By the year 2009, the Republic of Korea will be included in the Vis...
November 19, 2007
The Perth Convention Bureau Appoints European Marketing Agency

The Perth Convention Bureau (PCB), Australia has appointed UK-based business tourism marketing agency Total Marketing Communications (TMC) to act as its sales and marketing representative covering Europe. The appointment comes in the ...
November 08, 2007
Kosrae Visitors Bureau (Micronesia) Launches New Web Site

The Kosrae Visitors Bureau has launched a new Web site to provide travelers and the travel trade easy access to information about the beautiful island, one of the Federated States of Micronesia. According to Kosrae Visitor Bureau Direct...
October 10, 2007
HKTB Welcomes Chief Executive's Policy Address

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) welcomes the policy initiatives announced by the Chief Executive The Hon Donald Tsang (10 October), which will further enhance Hong Kong's tourism competitiveness. HKTB Chairman The Hon James Tien said tha...
August 24, 2007
The Hong Kong Tourism Board Appoints Representative In Russia

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced that it has appointed Discover The World Marketing as its first official representative in Russia effective 1 August 2007. The appointment will enable HKTB to forge more direct and closer relatio...
April 12, 2007
Hong Kong Unveils Interactive Itinerary Planner

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has introduced a web-based Interactive Itinerary Planner, a user-friendly online tool that enables visitors to create personalised itineraries before arriving in Hong Kong. All visitors need to do is s...
April 03, 2007
Cultural Festivals In Hong Kong In May

As winter fades from our memories and spring arrives Hong Kong, residents and world travellers alike start to think "Festivals!" The month of May alone sees four key celebrations in Hong Kong: the Birthday of Tin Hau (9 May), the Cheung Cha...
March 20, 2007
The Mekong Tourism Office (MTO) Establishes Office In North America

The Mekong Tourism Office (MTO) has announced the establishment of an office in North America with the appointment of John A. Semone as Regional Director North America. For the first time since the establishment of the MTO in Bangkok, the o...
January 30, 2007
2007 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced (30 January) that tickets for spectator seating at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza for the 2007 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade on 18 February 2007 have been sold ...
January 16, 2007
Chinese New Year Celebrations & Events In Hong Kong

The celebrations surrounding the arrival of the Chinese New Year are considered by many to be Hong Kong's most colourful and exciting. And the arrival of the Year of Pig on 18 February 2007 will not disappoint. It's a festival like no other...
January 11, 2007
Tourism Australia To Open Office In India

Tourism Australia will open a new office in India in 2007, most likely in Mumbai, to take advantage of increasing tourism opportunities in this rapidly growing market. Tourism Australia Chairman, Tim Fischer said the office opening fol...
October 11, 2006
The Hong Kong Tourism Board Welcomes Policy Address By Chief Executive

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) warmly welcomes the Policy Address presented by Chief Executive Mr Donald Tsang (11 October), in which a number of measures were announced to facilitate further development of Hong Kong's tourism industry....
September 19, 2006
Hong Kong Launches Unique Tourist Information Service

Aware of the growing trend towards independent travel, the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced a landmark collaboration between the city's tourism partners and the telecom industry. This new and unique tourist information service b...
August 23, 2006
Speaking Chinese Easier Than Ever Before With New Phonetics Book

Quick fact: In classrooms on the other side of the world, 200 million children in China are learning English. While in the U.S., only *20,000 children are learning Mandarin-Chinese. How would you say "No problem!" in Chinese? Simply say ...
March 07, 2006
Hong Kong Culture & Heritage Celebration - 18-Days Of Chinese Festivals

It's no secret that Hong Kong loves to stage a festival and, for 18 days this spring, visitors are invited to join the celebrations. Known as a hub for traditional Chinese festivals and local celebrations, and with a community steeped in Ch...
February 01, 2006
New Mekong Tourism Office Opens In Bangkok

The Mekong Tourism Office (MTO) opens its doors February 1. Charged with co-ordinating the tourism marketing and development efforts of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), the MTO is located at Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sport. ...
January 13, 2006
Tasmania A 'Must See' For International Travellers

Tasmania has been touted as a 'must see' destination by one of North America's top travel guides Frommers. The ranking is another star grading for Tasmania's growing global profile and reaffirms the appeal of its unspoilt environment and di...
January 11, 2006
Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade In Hong Kong

The Year of the Dog will be celebrated with extra colour and excitement as the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade is set to take place on the first evening of Chinese New Year on 29 January 2006 at the Tamar Site on ...
December 19, 2005
Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau Will Open Two Offices In Asia

Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau (MCVB) will open two offices in Asia, one in North East Asia and another in South East Asia to further develop its share of the Asian incentive market. The decision to open the new offices was endors...
October 18, 2005
Tourism British Columbia, Canada Opens Representative Office In Seoul

Tourism British Columbia has announced the opening of a full-time office in Korea with the appointment of Marketing Garden Korea as its representative office effective October, 2005. With 117,000 visitors in 2004 representing a 13.6% inc...
July 07, 2005
Tourism Australia Expands In Canada

Tourism Australia (TA) plans to expand operations in Canada by opening an office in Toronto Managing Director, Scott Morrison, said at the 2005 Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Perth. "Tourism Australia's increased focus on the Canada m...
May 05, 2005
Hong Kong Tourism Board PDA Leisure Guide For Business Travellers

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has capitalised upon the growing use of PDA (Personal Digital Assistance) by business travellers by launching a PDA based leisure guide. The guide will provide interactive tourist information whilst on the mov...
March 24, 2005
Hong Kong Tourism Board Relocates Visitor Information & Services Centre

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has relocated its Hong Kong Island Visitor Information & Services Centre from Central to the MTR Causeway Bay Station. At the opening (24 March), HKTB Executive Director Clara Chong was joined by C K Chow,...
February 01, 2005
Australia Is Top Travel Destination

Australia was rated the number one destination global independent travelers would like to visit next according to the annual Lonely Planet Traveller's Pulse Survey just announced. Coinciding with this honor, Tourism Australia is featuri...
January 31, 2005
Hong Kong's Dazzling Chinese New Year Night Parade

The Chinese New Year is nigh -- 9 February to be exact -- and the Hong Kong Tourism Board's (HKTB) preparations are in full swing for Hong Kong's dazzling 2005 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade to welcome the Year o...
January 19, 2005
WHO Warns Of Widespread Psychological Trauma Among Tsunami Victims

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that almost all of the people affected by the tsunami that hit Southeast Asia on 26 December will be suffering from some form of psychosocial trauma. Health workers report that virtually every...
December 28, 2004
Guam Not Affected By Tsunami

The earthquake and series of tsunamis causing cataclysmic impact to the countries bordering the Indian Ocean has not affected Guam. Nor will tsunamis of such magnitude ever have the same impact on Guam as the low laying areas of Indon...
December 17, 2004
The Hong Kong Tourism Board New Leisure Guide For Business Travellers

Business travellers from overseas have always been important in Hong Kong. In fact, they are major contributors to Hong Kong's visitor arrivals and, on average, 29% of Canadian visitors go to the region for business purposes. Not only do th...
December 06, 2004
Things To Do In and Around Taipei

At the Wulai Hot Springs Spa and Resort, just south of Taiwan's capital city of Taipei, it's not a case of "bathing suits optional" -- it's "bathing suits not an option". Like the numerous hot spring spas that dot the island republic, the ...
October 22, 2004
The Silk Road Tourism Office, Hosted By The Uzbek Government Opens

Ten years after the World Tourism Organization (WTO) adopted the historic Samarkand Declaration, the Silk Road Tourism Office, hosted by the Uzbek Government with the support of the WTO, has opened in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Deputy Secre...
July 01, 2004
Australian Tourist Commission Becomes Tourism Australia

Australia's Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Joe Hockey, has announced (July 1) the formation of Tourism Australia, to help further grow the tourism industry in Australia. The new organisation will bring together the collective ...
June 01, 2004
Guam Visitors Bureau Launches New Web Site

The Guam Visitors Bureau has launched a new, comprehensive Web site (http://www.visitguam.org) that is the definitive source of information for travel agents and meeting planners with clients or groups interested in visiting the Micronesian...
April 12, 2004
Amazing Thai Festivals Indulge The Senses

A journey to Thailand offers a sumptuous feast for the senses. Savvy travelers can heighten their experience by planning a sojourn to coincide with any of the plentiful Thai festivals and holidays. The Fruit Festival tantalizes taste buds...
March 10, 2004
HKTB Welcomes Government's Measures To Stimulate Tourism Industry

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) welcomes the Government's tourism-related proposals and additional funding of about HK$95 million for various tourism promotions and training activities, as announced (10 March) by The Hon Henry Tang, GBS,...
March 03, 2004
New Taxi Tourist Guide Scheme In Singapore

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has signed an agreement with the Singapore Taxi Academy (STA) to introduce a new Taxi Tourist Guide scheme in Singapore. The first of its kind in the world, this scheme enables visitors to experience and to...
March 03, 2004
First Bus Service Between Thailand And Lao PDR To Be Launched

Cross-border travel and tourism between Thailand and Lao PDR is set to get a huge boost with the launch of the first bus services between the two countries in April. Foreign visitors holding the proper visas and travel documentation will be...
February 23, 2004
Hong Kong Visitors To Exceed 20 Million Mark In 2004

Visitor arrivals would exceed the 20 million mark to reach 20.5 million in 2004, a growth of 31.8% over 2003. The forecast, made on the assumption that outbound market conditions worldwide would remain stable, represented a "cautiously opti...
February 19, 2004
New Thai-Lao Bridge Approved

The Thai Government has approved the construction of a 3.3 kilometre bridge linking Thailand and Lao PDR across the Huang River, one of the tributaries of the mighty Mekong River. Thailand will bear the full cost of 70.75 million baht (abou...
February 18, 2004
The Tourism Authority Of Thailand Launches New Initiatives

Two significant programs are being rolled out by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Through its "Thai Cuisine of the World" campaign, the Thai Select restaurant awards will promote superior Thai cuisine internationally; and an innovative T...
February 16, 2004
Singapore To Foster Greater Bilateral Tourism Co-Operation With India

At the invitation of India's Tourism and Culture Minister, Mr Jagmohan, Minister for Trade and Industry, BG (NS) George Yeo will make an official visit to India from 18 to 21 February 2004. Accompanied by officials from the Ministry of T...
January 22, 2004
Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade In Hong Kong

The Year of the Monkey was celebrated with glittering excitement today (22 January) as the 2004 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade - Hong Kong's first-ever Lunar New Year night parade - added a dazzling fusion of col...
December 19, 2003
Hong Kong Tourism Board Quality Tourism Services Scheme

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) officially launched the "Quality Tourism Services" Scheme (QTS Scheme) Enhancement (19 December) to further raise overall service standards and visitors' confidence, especially in the areas of dining and s...
November 26, 2003
Korea Set To Host PATA Conference In 2004

Korea will welcome PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association) April 18-22, 2004 at the newly opened ICC (International Convention Center) Jeju on the beautiful Island of Jeju for the association's 53rd PATA Annual Conference. As a leading an...
November 12, 2003
STB To Review Recommendations Of IACT 2003

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will be reviewing some of the key recommendations of the International Advisory Council for Tourism (IACT), following its two-day meeting on 10 and 11 November in Singapore. The Council emphasised that Sing...
November 07, 2003
Singapore Tourism Board Opens Visitors Centre In Ho Chi Minh City

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has opened a Singapore Visitors Centre in Ho Chi Minh City to entrench its presence in Vietnam in order to forge stronger collaborative partnerships with the Vietnamese travel industry, as well as to provid...
November 03, 2003
Fall And Winter Bring A Series Of Exciting Events To Hong Kong

Fall has arrived, and in Hong Kong there's excitement in the air as the region prepares for a variety of major seasonal events. The first dates appear on the calendar throughout November, the month that sees the finale of the eagerly-awaite...
October 29, 2003
WTO: China To Become The World's Top Tourist Destination By 2020

China is to become the world's top tourist destination by the year 2020, the World Tourism Organization (WTO) has predicted. Francesco Frangialli, WTO secretary-general, said China will achieve a historic transformation, becoming not only a...
October 15, 2003
Thailand All Set For APEC 2003

Thailand is all set to host two of the Asia-Pacific region's most important public and private sector summit conferences between October 17-21, 2003. Heads of state of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) grouping are to meet betwee...
September 10, 2003
Australia: Slow Recovery For Tourism Continues

New figures just released confirm Australia is yet to recover from the declines in international tourists experienced in the first six months of this year, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Managing Director, Ken Boundy said. "Today's fig...
September 05, 2003
New Bridge Network To Link Hong Kong To Mainland China

Exciting first steps in building a bridge to link Hong Kong and Shenzhen to mainland China were just announced by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB). The new venture, named the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor, will be completed by 2005 ...
August 01, 2003
Tourism New Zealand Website Renamed & Enhanced

Tourism New Zealand has given its official website a new URL, renaming it simply: www.NewZealand.com. In addition to the new name, the website has been enhanced. Visitors who log on can access accurate information on the country's various r...
July 30, 2003
Second Bangkok Mass-Transit System On Schedule

Bangkok's second major mass transit system is on track for a test run on April 13, 2004, in preparation for an official opening on August 12, 2004, Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday. The subway rail system will run from the city's main railw...
July 24, 2003
ATC: Tourism Figures Confirm The Severity Of SARS On The Global Market

New tourism figures just released show a 21 per cent drop in international arrivals (to Australia) in May, highlighting the importance of recovery campaigns already underway to restore travel to Australia, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC...
July 18, 2003
Chinese Travel Delegation Heads To Thailand

A huge delegation of 1,137 travel agents, media and tourists from six major Chinese cities are to arrive in Bangkok as part of the official campaign to jump-start arrivals from Thailand's third-largest source of visitors. The group from ...
July 16, 2003
Hong Kong And The Philippines Strengthen Tourism Co-Operation

Hong Kong and the Philippines have pledged to step up their co-operation as tourism partners and jointly promote the two destinations in overseas markets, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between their official t...
June 24, 2003
Health Canada Lifts Its Travel Advisory For Hong Kong

Health Canada has just announced that it has lifted its travel advisory for Hong Kong. Welcoming the announcement, Mrs Aliana Ho, Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Director- Canada, said that the people of Hong Kong welcome Health Canada's dec...
June 23, 2003
Hong Kong Set For Major Comeback

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has removed Hong Kong from its list of SARS-affected areas - 20 days after the city's last case of the disease. Hong Kong's last case was isolated on 2 June. According to the WHO, when 20 days have passe...
June 17, 2003
W.H.O. Changes Travel Recommendation For Taiwan Province, China

Effective June 17, the World Health Organization (WHO) is removing its recommendation that people should postpone all but essential travel to Taiwan province in China. The recommendation to consider postponing all but essential travel to...
June 12, 2003
1,500 Travel Agents And Media To Visit Thailand

About 1,500 travel agents and travel journalists are to visit Thailand over the next few weeks as part of a "Mega Fam Trip" being organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Thai Airways International (Public) Co., Ltd, and the pr...
June 02, 2003
WHO Removes Singapore From Its List Of SARS-Affected Countries

Barely 20 hours after the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed Singapore from its list of SARS-affected countries, the island's tourism players rallied together, in a swift and spontaneous showcase of industry solidarity, to pay tribute ...
May 26, 2003
Singapore Tourism Board and StarHub Launch the SARS Contact Tracing SMS

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and StarHub Mobile (StarHub) have launched the SARS Contact Tracing SMS Programme in which Singaporeans can proactively track their whereabouts in Singapore via the short messaging system (SMS). Popular est...
May 23, 2003
Hong Kong Tourism Board Welcomes Lifting Of Travel Advisory By WHO

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has warmly welcomed the heartening news of the lifting of the travel advisory for Hong Kong announced (23 May) by the World Health Organization (WHO). "We are changing the travel advice for Hong Kong effec...
May 14, 2003
Vietnam's "World Heritage Road" Celebrates First Anniversary

The World Heritage Road (WHR), a new tourism initiative officially launched in Central Vietnam in the spring of last year, is now celebrating its first anniversary. The WHR is a 1500km long theme route by road and rail, stretching along the...
May 02, 2003
Thailand Launches Grand Campaign To Restore Travel Confidence

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is spearheading a special three-month promotional campaign of special offers designed to attract an estimated 50,000 new visitors in the summer low-season period. The "Thailand Smiles Plus Campaign" has inv...
April 25, 2003
Singapore Tourism Board, NTUC And Major Hoteliers SARS Initiatives

As part of a series of initiatives, the tourism industry has announced a new initiative to help reassure tourists and local residents that appropriate precautions have been undertaken to prevent SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) at h...
April 23, 2003
Update On SARS Situation In Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office has provided an overview of Hong Kong government's measures against SARS, here are some new developments. To more effectively prevent the spreading of SARS, the Government launched a territory-wi...
April 04, 2003
Hong Kong: Provisional March Arrivals Data Shows Difficult Times Ahead

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) issued provisional arrivals figures for March 2003 (4 April), showing that despite a severe fall-off in arrivals following the outbreak of atypical pneumonia (AP) in the middle of March, overall arrivals f...
February 25, 2003
New Figures Confirm Flat Tourism Performance For Australia In 2002

New figures just released show despite a strong December 2002 Quarter, inbound tourism to Australia remains flat, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Managing Director, Ken Boundy said. International arrivals to Australia increased by 10...
February 11, 2003
Amazing Thai Festivals Indulge The Senses

A journey to Thailand offers a sumptuous feast for the senses. Savvy travelers can heighten their experience by planning a sojourn to coincide with any of the plentiful Thai festivals and holidays. The Fruit Festival tantalizes taste buds; ...
January 28, 2003
Major Changes At STB To Drive Growth For Singapore's Tourism Industry

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has set its sights on strengthening Singapore's position as a premier business and leisure destination and ensuring that the tourism industry remains a significant contributor to Singapore's economy. Among ...
January 07, 2003
Hong Kong 2003 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Parade

The Year of the Goat will be welcomed in spectacular style at the Tamar Site in Hong Kong as a host of elaborate floats and performing groups from around the world add an extra dimension to the 2003 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New ...
January 02, 2003
Street Market Returns To Singapore's Chinatown

Street markets will be placed along three streets in Chinatown from the second quarter of 2003. Two of these streets - Pagoda Street and part of Trengganu Street - have been pedestrianised and are closed to vehicular traffic from 11am to 12...
December 26, 2002
Thailand Target For 2003: Tourism Capital Of Asia

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced plans to make the country the 'Tourism Capital of Asia' within three years. In a year-end press conference on December 23, TAT Governor Mrs Juthamas Siriwan said that this would be done ...
December 26, 2002
Thailand Projects 10.7 Million Visitors For 2002

Thailand is projecting total visitor arrivals of 10.7 million in 2002, a growth of 6% over 2001, well above the targeted growth of 4%. Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Mrs Juthamas Siriwan said the projection was based on total arriva...
December 20, 2002
New Zealand Logs 2M International Visitors; Exceeds 200,000 US Arrivals

The New Zealand tourism industry reached a major milestone, welcoming more than two million visitors in a year for the first time, doubling international arrivals in the last decade. Also for the first time, U.S. arrivals into New Zealand ...
December 20, 2002
Australia: Flat Tourism Growth Signals Challenges Ahead For Industry

New figures just released show that despite an increase in visitor arrivals for October 2002, compared to the same month last year, Australian inbound tourism is facing two consecutive years of negative growth. The latest release of the Aus...
December 20, 2002
Chinese New Year In Hong Kong, City Of Life

Hong Kong is preparing to welcome the arrival of the Chinese New Year with a spectacular array of events. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, February 1, 2003 marks the beginning of the Year of the Goat, and between January 31 and Febr...
December 20, 2002
Chinese Horoscopes For The Year Of The Goat

From February 1, 2003 Goat or Sheep: 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 As a Goat, this is your year. You are an emotional, domestic-loving person, known for your understanding nature and caring manner. Most aspects of this ...
December 19, 2002
Air-India To Sponsor Elephant Festival At Kaziranga

Air-India, which commenced operations from Guwahati effective April 4, 2002 and has been a pioneer patron of art and culture in the country, will, in association with the Assam Government, sponsor an Elephant Festival at Kaziranga on Januar...
December 13, 2002
'Wonderful Thailand' Becomes Theme Of December

The festive month of December has come alive again with several year-end activities organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Bangkok under the theme "Wonderful Thailand". Street decorations, shopping festivals, Bangkok Countd...
December 12, 2002
Hong Kong Strengthens Cooperation With Jiangsu Province

A Jiangsu-Hong Kong Tourism Cooperation Conference was held (12 December) in Nanjing by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) as part of the Board's efforts to support Hong Kong SAR Government's "Jiangsu Hong Kong Week" promotion and to streng...
November 19, 2002
Australian Tourist Commission And Austrade Sign MOU

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) and the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further develop co-operative activities between the two organisations. One of the first initiatives fo...
October 16, 2002
IACT Stresses The Urgency To Remake Singapore's Tourism Landscape

The recently concluded meeting of the International Advisory Council for Tourism (IACT) has reiterated the need for a fundamental shift in the broad strategies of the tourism industry, in light of the changes in the tourism marketplace and ...
October 14, 2002
Indonesia Minister's Office Gratitude For International Support

Setyanto Santosa, Executive Chairman from the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism, offered Indonesia's extreme gratitude today for the overwhelming show of support from the local and international community to help the victims of terror. The Aus...
October 10, 2002
Melbourne Rated The World's Most Liveable City

Melbourne, Australia, has been rated the best city in the world to call home. In a survey of 130 cities, international newspaper The Economist rated Melbourne and Vancouver in Canada as the best cities in the world in which to live. In achi...
October 03, 2002
Hong Kong Offers Visitors' A "Cultural Kaleidoscope" Of Attractions

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has extended its Cultural Kaleidoscope programme worldwide, at the same time giving it a new look and increasing the opportunities for visitors to delve deeper into Hong Kong's rich diversity of culture an...
September 26, 2002
Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau Relocates

Long known for moving heaven and earth to win convention business for Melbourne, Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau (MCVB) recently got involved in a different type of move. On the weekend of the 21-22 September, MCVB left its home of 1...
September 19, 2002
Vietnam's "World Heritage Road" Launches Phase II

The World Heritage Road, the new community-based tourism development initiative of Central Vietnam, is moving into the second phase of its development at meetings to be held at the Furama Resort, Danang on 20 & 26 September, 2002. So far, ...
August 29, 2002
Tourism Authority Of Thailand To Relocate To Its Permanent Office

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has begun relocating its head office from the currently leased premises at the Le Concorde building on Ratchadaphisek Road to its own 18-storey building on New Phetburi Road. As of October 1, 2002, th...
July 30, 2002
Korea Set To Host 14th Asian Games

Korea?s beautiful southern port city, Busan, will host the 14th Asian Games from September 29th to October 14th, 2002. Nearly 11,000 athletes from 42 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia will converge on Busan to compete in 38 diff...
July 26, 2002
Vietnam's "World Heritage Road" Goes Online

World Heritage Road, a brand new tourism initiative uniting Central Vietnam provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Danang City and Quang Nam is now up and running and has launched its official website www.worldheritageroad.com The World Heritage R...
July 12, 2002
Singapore Opens The Chinatown Heritage Centre

Singapore?s Chinatown revives the tales of its early settlers, with the opening of the Republic?s first ever Chinatown Heritage Centre (CHC) on July 12. This unique heritage centre which occupies three shophouses on Pagoda Street, is a mile...
June 18, 2002
2nd Macau Lotus Festival

The 2nd Macau Lotus Festival, titled ?The Scent of Lotus Perfumes the City of Macau? will be held from June 22 to July 7, when more than 6,000 plants will festoon the major parks and gardens of Macau city and the islands of Taipa and Coloan...
June 14, 2002
Thailand Works On Tourism Plan For 2003

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is targeting 11.13 million international visitors and 63.07 million domestic trips in 2003, an increase of 6% and 2.5%, respectively over 2002. These targets are included in the country?s Tourism Acti...
June 12, 2002
Thailand A 'Spiritual Hub Of Asia'

The kingdom of Thailand has gained a higher status as a 'spiritual hub of Asia' with the convening of senior leaders of global religions for an historic conference designed to address problems of conflict, poverty and the natural environmen...
May 23, 2002
Vietnam's World Heritage Road Is Launched

As part of a major initiative to boost tourism to Central Vietnam, tourism officials from the three Central Vietnam provinces of Thua Thien Hue, Danang City and Quang Nam as well as travel industry professionals and the Vietnam National Adm...
May 22, 2002
Record Visitor Arrivals For Vietnam In 2001

Visitor arrival figures for 2001 announced this Spring by the Vietnam National Administration for Tourism (VNAT) show an increase of over 8% from 2000 indicating that the country?s tourism has not been too adversely affected by the worldwid...
April 29, 2002
The Tourism Authority Of Thailand Hails Asian Highway Agreement

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has welcomed the signing of an agreement to complete and link up a critical section of the Asian Highway from Thailand across Myanmar to India. The agreement was signed in Yangon early this month by Thai Fo...
April 16, 2002
Australian Tourist Commission Research Indicates Cautious Recovery

The Australian Tourist Commission / KPMG Tourism Leading Indicators Study surveys 500 Australian tourism operators active in the international tourism market. The Indicators, to be released quarterly, monitor the performance of Australian i...
April 08, 2002
Spring Festivals And Events In Hong Kong

Hong Kong, City of Life, will truly live up to its name this spring with a full calendar of festivals and events, both new and traditional, that will be enjoyed by visitors and residents alike. April 12 - 14 are the dates when the City ...
April 03, 2002
Mainland Visitors Surge 70% As Hong Kong's Tourism Growth Continues

Hong Kong's tourism figures have continued their strong start to 2002, with arrivals growing 15.3% for the month of February. The main factor was a surge in the number of visitors from Mainland China over the Lunar New Year, boosted by the ...
March 15, 2002
High Profile Presence For Thailand At ITB 2002

A delegation of 104 sellers of the travel and tourism industry from Thailand will be in Germany between 16-20 March, 2002, for the Internationale Tourismus-B'rse (ITB) in Berlin, the world's biggest travel trade show. Led by the Tourism Aut...
March 06, 2002
HKTB Welcomes Government's Tourism-Related Proposals

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) welcomes the tourism-related proposals announced (6 March) by The Hon Antony Leung, JP, Hong Kongís Financial Secretary, in his Budget Speech, in particular his assurance of the importance of the tourism i...
February 26, 2002
Tokyo's Famous Ginza Comes To Orchard Road In Singapore

Tokyo's fashionable boulevard, Ginza, comes to Singapore's Orchard Road between March 1 and 17. During this period, trees along the stretch of Scotts to Bideford Road will be lit up. The Ginza-in-Orchard Road fortnight is organised by the O...
February 22, 2002
Australia: New Tourism And Wine Export Forum

The formation of the new National Tourism and Wine Export Forum with tourism and wine industry leaders will help boost Australia's profile as a wine and travel destination around the globe, Australian Tourist Commission Managing Director Ke...
February 14, 2002
Access To Korea?s Attractions And Transportation With Korea Pass Card

Travelling is now made easier for international visitors to Korea with the introduction of the new Korea Pass Card (KPC). Kookmin Card, the largest credit card issuer in Korea, is offering this unique pre-paid card that serves as a credit c...
February 11, 2002
Johore Battery At Changi, Officially Opens

Singapore?s fall under British defence to the Japanese 60 years ago, will be recounted at the launch of one of the most important war sites - the Johore Battery - on 15 February 2002. BG (NS) George Yeo, Minister for Trade and Industry, wi...
February 06, 2002
44 Events In Johor Tourism Calendar

Forty-four events have been included in the Johor Tourism Calendar 2002, Johor State Executive Councillor for Tourism and the Environment Datuk Dr Chua Soi Lek said this week. Some of the events were of international standard such as the Ki...
February 01, 2002
Thailand On A High Note At ASEAN Tourism Forum 2002

Thailand is likely to remain one of the most popular tourism destinations in Southeast Asia for the foreseeable future, according to tour operators interviewed at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2002 held in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, between Ja...
January 30, 2002
Spotlight on Korean Festivals & Events

Korea has over 300 local festivals to offer international travelers during 2002. The Ministry of Culture & Tourism along with the Korea National Tourism Organization want visitors to Korea to experience the 5000 years of culture and traditi...
January 28, 2002
Holding Of Major Games In Malaysia Proves The Country Is Safe

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad said recently that the staging of international sporting events in the country can attract more foreign tourists and prove that Malaysia is a safe country. "Foreigners can come here and you can ...
January 25, 2002
75,000 Chinese Visitors To Malaysia Expected During Lunar New Year

An estimated 75,000 tourists from mainland China and Hong Kong are expected to visit Malaysia during the Chinese New Year period next month. Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Ng Yen Yen said the ministry arrived at the figu...
January 18, 2002
Tourism Authority of Thailand To Launch Year Of Grand Festivals

Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana is to graciously inaugurate the ?Thailand Grand Festival? campaign on January 20, 2002, a year-long celebration of colourful and exciting festivals based on Thai history, heritage and culture. The lau...
January 16, 2002
Korea 2002 Travel Guide Released

Korea 2002 Travel Guide released. Tailored for the consumer market, the KNTO ?Korea 2002 Travel Guide? is a very handy guidebook that provides information on Korea; including culture, UNESCO World Heritage sites and Korean food. Brief over...
January 03, 2002
The Euro And Thai Tourism Industry

The Thai tourism industry has welcomed the introduction of the euro, the new European single currency, in anticipation that it will further boost visitor arrivals from Europe to Thailand. According to Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor ...
December 21, 2001
TAT (Thailand), VNAT (Vietnam) To Strengthen Tourism Partnership

TAT (Thailand), VNAT (Vietnam) To Strengthen Tourism Partnership A Thai-Vietnam tourism promotion agreement signed in November 2000 is providing the foundation for a major increase in activities to boost visitor flows between the two cou...
December 21, 2001
Thailand Adjusts Visa Rules To Boost Safety And Security

The Thai government has amended its visa-free and visa-on-arrival privileges in an effort to boost safety and security. The adjusted regulations will see the visa-free entry facility granted to citizens of 37 countries allowing them to sta...
December 12, 2001
Raffles International Unveils Equinox

On November 28, Raffles International launched its latest brainchild, Equinox, a refreshingly new concept in dining and entertainment. Equinox, the complex, boasts five restaurants and bars as well as private dining with a total seating cap...
December 12, 2001
Singapore's River Transport System For Mid 2002

Singapore's first-ever integrated river transport system is ready to set sail with the appointment of two riverboat operators, Singapore River Cruises & Leisure Pte Ltd, and the Singapore Explorer Pte Ltd. Slated to commence from ...
December 11, 2001
20th Annual World Elephant Polo Championships (WEPA)

Chivas Regal from Scotland are the new World Champions following their success in the final held on Friday 7th December at the 20th Annual World Elephant Polo Championships (WEPA). Chivas Regal, captained by Peter Prentice, clinched th...
December 06, 2001
Festivities To Mark Bangkok's 220th Anniversary

Final preparations are being made for dozens of colourful festivals and performances to be held throughout 2002 to commemorate the 220th anniversary of Bangkok as the capital city of Thailand. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) a...
November 27, 2001
Thailand To Join Japanese Travel Congress

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will lead a Thai tourism delegation to Japan to attend one of the region's most important travel marts and maintain Thailand's 'brand' image in the critical Japanese market. The Japan Association o...
November 20, 2001
City Of Lights: CLP Lights Up Hong Kong

Hong Kong's celebrated lights will be even brighter from next month for CLP Lights Up Hong Kong, the first major programme of the City of Life: Hong Kong is it! tourism campaign. CLP Power Hong Kong Limited is the title sponsor. At the p...
November 15, 2001
Thai Government Underscores Strong Support For Tourism

Thailand's seniormost minister in charge of tourism says a new marketing-driven strategy is being put into place to make the country one of the world's top five tourism destinations in the not too distant future. In a keynote speech to a ga...
November 09, 2001
Thailand's 'Be My Guest' To Be Launched At World Travel Mart 2001

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will lead a high-level team of travel & tourism executives to showcase the country's new products and to launch the colourful new marketing campaign, 'Be My Guest', at the World Travel Mart (WTM) in L...
November 08, 2001
Tourism For Transit Passengers To Thailand Gets Big Boost

Transit passengers catching connecting flights through Bangkok International Airport will get a waiver of the 500 baht airport tax if they sign up for one of the wide variety of tours in and around Bangkok that will be offered as of Februar...
November 08, 2001
Business As Usual For Singapore At World Travel Market

Singapore aims to show the world that it is business as usual in the Republic at this year's World Travel Market (WTM), which takes place in London from November 12-15. In spite of the current international crisis, which has affected visit...
November 01, 2001
Three Big Sports Events In Thailand This November

The world's largest annual international bowling championship is among three major international sports events due to be held in Thailand in November, a strong indication of continuing normalcy in the kingdom's sports, leisure and travel in...
October 25, 2001
Major Events Coming Up In Hong Kong

Christmas, the Chinese New Year and a major international Arts Festival ensure that the coming months are filled with fun and excitement both for the people of Hong Kong and visitors. As both the Christmas season and Chinese New Year appro...
October 19, 2001
Thai Tourism Festival To Highlight Local Cultures And Products

Thailand's tremendous natural and cultural treasures will be prominently featured in the annual Thailand Tourism Festival to be held during October 26 to November 4, 2001, at the Impact International Exhibition Centre, Muang Thong Thani, No...
October 18, 2001
Singapore's Marketing Efforts In Russia

Singapore is making a strong bid to get a slice of the growing outbound market from Russia. Major initiatives such as the first consumer advertising campaign and participation in travel shows are rolling out to heighten visibi...
October 17, 2001
New Port In Phuket, Thailand To Boost Marine Tourism

The prospects of attracting more cruises, yachts and inter-island ferries to Phuket, Thailand's most popular beach resort, have received a major boost with the opening of a vastly-improved modern seaport at Chalong Bay. Chalong Port is now ...
October 09, 2001
Malaysia Le Mans Series Race Of Champions Rescheduled To January 2002

Automobili Motorsports Sdn. Bhd. has announced that the Le Mans Series Race of Champions is now scheduled for January 11-13, 2002. The event was rescheduled from its original date following the tragic events that took place in the US...
October 07, 2001
Tourism Authority of Thailand Workshop To Boost Phuket Tourism

Developing the tourism industry of Phuket, Thailand's popular beach resort, was the subject of a high-level brainstorming session held in Phuket between October 5-7 under the Chairmanship of Deputy Prime Minister Pongpol Adireksarn. Organis...
October 03, 2001
Thailand To Host Lions OSEAL Forum

In a major vote of confidence, Thailand is going ahead with preparations for the 40th Orient and Southeast Asia Lions Forum (OSEAL) to be held in Bangkok between December 6-9, 2001. The event will bring together about 12,000 participants fr...
September 27, 2001
Hong Kong Travel Trade Must Develop Strategic Plans For Future

Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) Executive Director Ms Clara Chong (27 September) attended the Joint Council of the Travel Industry of Hong Kong (JCTI) meeting to discuss the countermeasures of the tourism industry following the 11 September ...
September 27, 2001
MalaysiaMyDestination.com

The Malaysian Ministry of Culture, Arts and Tourism has commissioned a fully integrated tourism portal, MalaysiaMyDestination.com to complement the promotional efforts of Tourism Malaysia. The new portal launched last month provides co...
September 26, 2001
Malaysia's Le Mans Race Of The Champions Postponed

Officials announced that the Le Mans Series Race of Champions event that had been scheduled for Nov. 9-11 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia has been postponed due to international concerns following the tragic events which rec...
September 26, 2001
Free Luxury Trip To Korea Contest Launches New KNTO Website

According to Mr. Jo Young Kim, Director for Canada of the Korea National Tourism Organization (KNTO), KNTO is establishing its major English-language tourism website www.tour2korea.com. A promotion will be held until mid-November to celebra...
September 17, 2001
First Australian Regional Tourism Convention Provides A Clear Direction

The first annual Australian Regional Tourism Convention (ARTC) held last weekend (6-8 September) in Port Macquarie was a resounding success according to organisers and attendees. Over 100 delegates from regional tourism associations and tou...
September 14, 2001
US Tragedy Could Hurt Thai Tourism Industry

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is expecting a sharp drop in US visitor arrivals in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre tragedy in New York, and has announced a number of subsequent changes in its plans and strategies. At a p...
September 13, 2001
Sydney Olympic Games Impact On Sydney's Business Tourism Industry

The 2000 Olympics generated a massive global awareness of Sydney's event management capabilities. Over $150 million worth of business events have been confirmed for Sydney since October 2000. For your stories on ways in which Sydney and ...
September 12, 2001
Thailand Visitor Arrivals Reach Five Million In First Six Months

International visitor arrivals to Thailand totalled 5,003,691 in January-June 2001, an increase of 7.86% over the same period of 2000. Arrivals from major markets included East Asia (2,986,703), Europe (1,175,436), the Americas (326,787...
September 11, 2001
Devastating Terrorist Attack On The United States Grounds All Air Traffic; Attacks Aimed At World Trade Center In New York And Pentagon In Washington

All major news sources are reporting a devastating terrorist attack on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington. Earlier this morning, just minutes apart, two jetliners purposely crashed into the ...
September 07, 2001
ATC Launches New Web Site For Inbound Tourism Industry

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) has unveiled it's new Web site which will provide a one stop shop of essential information for Australia's inbound tourism industry. ATC Managing Director, Ken Boundy said the Web site, www.atc.aus...
September 04, 2001
Singapore: Mid-Autumn Festival Fervor

Singapore mounts its biggest ever Mid-Autumn Festival celebration this year, when Chinatown, Albert Mall, Orchard Road and Singapore River come together to revive interest in this Chinese tradition. From September 21 to October 1, the four ...
September 03, 2001
Macao Government Tourist Office And Singapore Airlines To Boost Tourism

The Macao Government Tourist Office (MGTO) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) signed an agreement (September 3) to extend their commitment to co-operate and jointly promote tourism to Macao. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed betwee...
August 27, 2001
Singapore's Annual For Art's Sake

Singapore's annual for Art's sake! returns in September with a full agenda of music and dance, theatre, visual arts and cultural events. For the first time, Mastercard and The Singapore Visitors Card Pte Ltd are issuing a special Visitor Ca...
August 25, 2001
Sarawak To Host World Eco-Fiber Textile Forum

Sarawak will host a two-day World Eco-Fiber Textile Forum on September 20 to 22, 2001. This event will be held in conjunction with the World Crafts Council (Asia Pacific) Assembly (WCCA) to be held in Kuala Lumpur on September 18 and 19. ...
August 25, 2001
Sarawak's Coral Reef to be Mapped, Surveyed - Potential Tourist Spot

The State Government will implement the Integrated Reef Management Programme (ReefMaP) for the Miri-Sibuti reefs, Sarawak's best potential reef and dive spot. The RM 600,000 project will be implemented over a period of four months in an are...
August 25, 2001
Singapore-Philippines Agreement To Increase Economic & Social Benefits

Singapore and the Philippines have (August 25) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Tourism. This will see stronger collaboration between the two countries to boost tourist traffic from international markets. The MOU was sign...
August 21, 2001
Tourism Master Plan Delivered To The Tourism Authority Of Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has taken delivery of a new master plan from the World Tourism Organization (WTO) designed to help chart a course for a new era of sustainable tourism development. Along with the work already being do...
August 17, 2001
Korea NTO Provides Wireless Internet Tourism Information

KNTO offers foreign visitors the convenience of renting Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to access a variety of tourist information over the Internet as of August 2001, from major hotels, the Incheon International airport and KNTO informa...
August 16, 2001
Tourism Authority Of Thailand And DEP To Promote Trade & Tourism

The Department of Export Promotion (DEP) and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) are to join forces in a major global effort to promote the country's two largest generators of foreign exchange, trade and tourism. Details of the joint co-...
August 15, 2001
HKTB New Direction Focused On Efficiency & Marketing Effectiveness

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has announced its new organisational structure. The new direction is part of the tourism body's continued efforts to better equip itself to meet future challenges and the changing environment. HKTB Ch...
August 13, 2001
The Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival

The 4th Rainforest World Music Festival held from July 20 to 22, 2001, came and went - the crowds went home happy and delighted, the musicians are clamoring to come back again, and the organizers are wrung dry but the warm feelings that are...
August 01, 2001
Singapore's Chinatown Promises A Variety Of Palatable Delights

A total of 18 hawker kiosks and 12 restaurants will set up operations on Chinatown's Smith Street by the last quarter of this year. This is the result of a stringent and rigorous selection process by a panel of experts to choose Singapore's...
July 29, 2001
Elephant Polo Tournament In Hua Hin, Thailand

Anantara Resort & Spa, Hua Hin together with the Elephant Conservation Centre of Thailand announces the first ever Elephant Polo Tournament in Thailand. Under the auspices of the World Elephant Polo Association (WEPA) and the Tourism Autho...
July 23, 2001
Brisbane Tops State Tourism Awards

Queensland's capital city emerged as the state's leading destination at the recently held 2001 Queensland Tourism Awards, winning eight out of the 29 awards. Brisbane scored top destination honours ahead of Tropical North Queensland who rec...
July 19, 2001
Australian Tourist Commission Details Operational Changes For 2001/2002

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) has detailed changes to its operations for 2001/02 aimed at placing a greater emphasis on converting awareness and interest in Australia into actual visitation. Managing Director, Mr Ken Boundy, said ...
July 19, 2001
Thailand: Seminar To Eliminate Illegal Wildlife Trade

Demonstrating its commitment to eradicate the illegal global trade in wildlife, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) early last month helped organise the first seminar to explain the importance of the issue to Thai tourism-related busine...
July 13, 2001
Thai Prime Minister Backs Domestic Tourism Campaign

Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra has thrown his personal support behind the promotion of domestic tourism with the inauguration of a special discount coupons programme designed to encourage the Thai people to see more of the count...
July 05, 2001
ATC Launches New Industry Intelligence And Info Program

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) today launched its new e-newsletter, essentials providing the latest news from the ATC and the industry in Australia and overseas. ATC Managing Director, Ken Boundy said essentials, a free electron...
June 28, 2001
The Border Checkpoint Between Myanmar And Thailand At Mae Sai-Tachilek

The popular border checkpoint between Myanmar and Thailand at Mae Sai-Tachilek was reopened on June 25 after a nearly five-month closure, paving the way for visitors to cross freely between the two countries. The reopening of this and a ...
June 28, 2001
ATC Applauds New Qantas Japan To Cairns Services

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) applauds today's announcement by Qantas to introduce four weekly flights between Osaka, Japan and Australia, ATC Regional Director, Japan & Korea, Greig McAllan said. "This is a major breakthrough ...
June 18, 2001
Old World Charm And New World Chic Unveils In Shanghai

The Shanghai of today weaves the infamous seaport legacy of its past together with impressive new 21st century architecture. It is an intriguing, fast-paced city, where the old world charm of former concession areas contrasts with the new w...
June 18, 2001
Tourism Authority Of Thailand Roadshow To Australia, New Zealand

Thailand's new tourism niche products will be prominently featured in a marketing roadshow to be organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in Australia and New Zealand between June 18-21, 2001. In co-operation with the Associa...
June 14, 2001
Thailand: Visitor Arrivals Hit 2.69 Million In First Quarter 2001

International visitor arrivals to Thailand totalled 2,686,172 in January-March 2001, a healthy growth of 7.98% over the same period of 2000. Arrivals from major markets included East Asia (1,506,962), Europe (750,365), the Americas (178,574...
June 11, 2001
Tourism Authority Of Thailand Outlines Tourism Action Plans For 2002

Thailand's tourism marketing and development campaigns and strategies are to undergo a major overhaul in the Tourism Action Plan approved for the year 2002. In an effort to make Thailand a truly quality destination in the face of growing...
June 05, 2001
Tourism Authority Of Thailand Works On Tourism Action Plan 2002

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has entered the final stage of drafting its Tourism Action Plan 2002 with the start of a week-long marketing and development meeting designed to compile all the various components of the plan into one...
June 02, 2001
2001 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Hong Kong's famous annual Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng) is fast approaching. This year the popular and exciting event - always packed with action, colour and spirited competition - will take place on Monday, June 25. The 2,000-year-old ...
June 01, 2001
Hong Kong To Stage "The Glory of the Forbidden City"

A spectacular new show is due to open in Hong Kong, City of Life, on June 7 this year at The Middle Kingdom, Ocean Park. It will be staged every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings. "The Glory of the Forbidden City" is an acrobatic and...
June 01, 2001
Asia To Remain Number One Tourism Market For Australia

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) has launched over 50 advertising campaigns across Asia and increased its web marketing to ensure the region remains Australia's number one tourism market in 2001. Speaking at the Australian Tourism...
June 01, 2001
ATC And Qantas To Undertake New Japanese Tourism Advertising Campaign

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) and Qantas Airways will undertake a new major marketing campaign targeting Japan's most-wanted market, the New 50s. Speaking at the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Brisbane today, ATC Regional...
June 01, 2001
Sporting Events To Boost UK Visitor Arrivals To Australia

Sporting events in Australia will help to boost visitor arrivals from Europe over the next few years according to Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), Regional Director, Europe, South Africa and the Middle East Andrew Richards. Speaking ...
June 01, 2001
US Economy To Impact On Americans Travelling To Australia

Inbound travel from the Americas region would continue to grow despite some economic uncertainty in the key markets according to Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Regional Director, The Americas Ms Lyndel Gray. Speaking at the Australi...
May 28, 2001
Major Makeover For Australia.Com

The Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) has unveiled plans for a massive $3 million redevelopment of it's consumer Internet site, australia.com. Speaking at the Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) in Brisbane, ATC Managing Director John Mo...
May 28, 2001
Australia: More Aboriginal Tourism Product Needed To Meet Demand

Australia must focus on the development of more Aboriginal tourism product to meet the growing demand from international visitors, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), Managing Director John Morse said. Speaking at Australia's premier touri...
May 28, 2001
Australian Tourism Exchange 2001- ATC Report Card

The next six months will be challenging for the Australian tourism industry, despite forecasts of record international visitors and the global hype of the Sydney Olympic Games, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), Managing Director John Mor...
May 24, 2001
HKTB Steps Up Efforts To Lure Mainland Visitors

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has pledged to increase its efforts to encourage the development of new tourism attractions in Hong Kong, as well as pressing for policies to be streamlined in order to attract more visitors from Mainland ...
May 24, 2001
Thailand: Seminar To Promote Professional Homestay Management

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is preparing to expand homestay programmes for visitors with a detailed seminar designed to explain to interested parties the sensitive intricacies of organising and managing this relatively new holiday exp...
May 21, 2001
Australia Has Slower Visitor Arrivals For April 2001

New tourism figures just released show a softer April 2001 for the Australia's inbound tourism industry, with a one per cent decline in international visitors to Australia, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), Deputy Managing Director Bill ...
May 18, 2001
STB & TAT Thailand Tourism Investment Seminar

The first-ever Thailand Tourism Investment Seminar, was successfully held on 9 May 2001 attracting about 80 participants from both the private and public sectors of Thailand and Singapore. Out of the 80 representatives, 50 were from ...
May 18, 2001
Modern Maturity Reader Vote Nong Khai, Thailand One Of The Best

The northeastern Thai province of Nong Khai has been voted one of the world's best destinations to be called a "second home" for American senior citizens by a bimonthly US magazine Modern Maturity. Located 616 km from Bangkok, and only a...
May 17, 2001
Tourism Authority of Thailand Hosts Thai Night For Foreign Media

Minister to the Prime Minister's Office and Tourism Authority of Thailand Chairman Mr. Somsak Thepsutin hosted Thailand's foreign media corps to a Thai Night and Dinner Reception at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT) on May ...
May 11, 2001
Hong Kong Tourism Board Welcomes Law On Consumer Protection

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) today (11 May) welcomed the proposed legislation submitted by the Consumer Council on strengthening the protection of consumer rights. HKTB Executive Director Ms Clara Chong said that strengthening legisla...
April 22, 2001
Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Gives Full Backing To Tourism

The Thai travel and tourism industry has received a major shot in the arm via a high-level meeting chaired personally by the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to identify and eliminate obstacles to the rapid advancement of the industry. ...
April 10, 2001
Australian Tourism Recognised By PATA For Olympic Effort

The strategy of the Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) and the tourism industry to make the most of the opportunities presented by Sydney's staging of the 2000 Olympic Games has received further international acclaim. At this week's Pac...
April 09, 2001
Hong Kong Walks

From the bustling streets of Central to the green open spaces of the New Territories, there's no better way to explore Hong Kong than by walking. The Hong Kong Walks brochure published by the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) has long been a ...
April 09, 2001
Hong Kong Collects Two Top Tourism Marketing Awards At PATA Conference

The "Life is..." global marketing campaign, which the Hong Kong Tourism Board has used to add a "personal touch" to all its worldwide advertising and promotional activities since July 2000, has been recognised as the industry's top internat...
April 06, 2001
West Kowloon Reclamation Plans - A Boost For Tourism Development

The Hong Kong Tourism Board has welcomed today's announcement by the Planning and Lands Bureau that it is inviting conceptual proposals for the development of an integrated arts, cultural and entertainment district at the West Kowloon Recla...
April 06, 2001
The S$1 Million Singapore Airlines Krisflyer Sprint

Singapore Airlines and the Singapore Turf Club have attracted some of the world's best racing talent to Singapore for the inaugural S$1 million Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer Sprint on 12 May 2001. The 1200-metre sprint event, which will b...
March 30, 2001
The Singapore Food Festival Gets Underway

Get ready for a sensory explosion with the opening of the Singapore Food Festival today. The theme of this year's festival is "Feast your senses" and you can be sure the month-long celebrations organised by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB)...
March 29, 2001
Hong Kong: Encouraging Long-Haul Growth Keeps February Arrivals Buoyant

Hong Kong welcomed 967,7711 visitors in February, the Hong Kong Tourist Association2 (HKTA) announced today (29 March), a 4.1% growth on the same month in 2000. Especially encouraging growth was seen in some longer-haul markets including T...
March 26, 2001
Two-Year "City Of Life: Hong Kong Is It!" Project

Residents, the business sector and the travel trade alike are being enlisted to send a unified message of welcome to the "City of Life" in Hong Kong's first community-wide tourism project, the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) said today...
March 20, 2001
Hong Kong Tourism Board Moving Forward With Knowledge-Based Management

The reconstitution of the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) as the Hong Kong Tourism Board will provide the organisation with a more structured and targeted approach for attracting visitors to Hong Kong than ever before, utilising the me...
March 19, 2001
Hong Kong Launches A Unique "Meet-The-People" Programme

There's more to Hong Kong than breathtaking scenery, towering modern buildings, fabulous shops, luxurious hotels and exciting festivals. The City of Life is also home to a fascinating heritage and culture. And now, thanks to a creative new ...
March 12, 2001
HKTA Salutes Hong Kong Goodwill Ambassadors

The Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) received a strong show of support from some 150 Hong Kong Goodwill Ambassadors at the Hong Kong Goodwill Ambassador First Annual Gathering held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre recen...
March 09, 2001
Singapore Introduces New Managment To Eastern USA And European Offices

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced new appointments to two of its key international offices. In Europe, Magdalene Lee, STB's current Director, Destination Marketing, will also oversee European market activities with effect from...
February 22, 2001
Visitor Arrivals In Hong Kong Reach A New Record

Hong Kong's tourism industry saw the year 2000 end with an exciting flourish. Visitor arrivals during December grew by 18.5% compared with the same month in 1999, taking total arrivals for the year to a new record of 13.06 million. This fig...
February 21, 2001
Singapore Airlines Supports The Singapore International Golf Festival

Singapore Airlines (SIA) today announced its support as the official airline for the inaugural Singapore International Golf Festival organised by the Asian PGA Tour. As the official airline, SIA will be flying big name players to the w...
February 12, 2001
Singapore Taking The Arts To Newer Heights And A Bigger Audience

Mega Broadway hits, comedy and children's festivals, premiere art auctions, exciting concerts - 2001 is turning out to be chock-a-block with exciting arts and entertainment events. And March and April this year will see a particularly capti...
February 07, 2001
Street Hawking To Return To Singapore's Chinatown

New food street in Chinatown promises a variety of delectable delights The hustle and bustle of street hawking will no longer be a thing of the past. Open-air cooking and dining is soon to return to Singapore after a 20-year break as Smi...
February 01, 2001
Singapore To Push For The World Gourmet Club

Singapore's World Gourmet Summit (WGS) and the St Moritz Gourmet Festival are continuing their push for affiliated partner festivals to become members of the World Gourmet Club (WGC). The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and co-organiser of th...
February 01, 2001
Tasmania Set To Grow International Tourism Business

Tasmania is tipped to become one of the most desirable eco-travel destinations and is in a strong position to increase the number of international visitors to the State according the Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) chairman, Nick Evers....
January 30, 2001
Massive Ratings For Survivor Downunder Debut

The premiere episode of Survivor II, The Australian Outback watched by an estimated 42 million viewers in the United States has delivered enormous publicity for Australia, Australian Tourist Commission, Managing Director, John Morse said to...
January 19, 2001
Malaysian Airlines Joins Indonesian Council of Tourism Partners

The Indonesian Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP), a Government and private sector backed U.S. marketing and tourism office for the Republic of Indonesia today announced the newest member of the ICTP roster, Malaysian Airlines (MAS) North A...
January 16, 2001
Singapore Gears For Another Year Of Growth

Buoyed by record arrival figures in 2000, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is optimistic that performance this year will achieve between 6 and 8 percent increase over the bumper 10.5 per cent achieved last year. This will mean that Sing...
January 12, 2001
Cebu Rolls Out Red Carpet For HK Tourists

Cebu, Philippines rolled out the red carpet for tourists as preparations shifted to high gear for two major festivals the city will host later this month - the Sinulog on January 21 and Lunar New Year's Day on January 24. On Sunday (Jan. 7)...
December 29, 2000
Open Air Interpretative Centre Along The Singapore River

A "re-enactment" of a favourite local pastime can now be witnessed on the Singapore River banks. Commanding vantage position in front of the new Fullerton Hotel is a statue of five naked boys depicted as jumping into the river for a swim - ...
December 28, 2000
Calendar Of Balinese Holy Days For 2001

The Governor's Office for Bali has announced the following dates for 2001 as sacred days and festival days on the Bali-Hindu calendar. 23 January 2001 Siwa Ratri 27 February 2001 Penampahan Galungan (I) 28 February 2001 Galungan (I) 0...
December 18, 2000
Gunong Mulu National Park Caves Listed As A World Heritage Site

During its December meeting in Cairns, Australia, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided to inscribe Sarawak's Gunung Mulu National Park as one of 138 World heritage sites. Mulu and Mt.Kinabalu in Sabah are the only Malaysian sites...
December 17, 2000
19th Annual World Elephant Polo Championships

Local team Tiger Tops Tuskers, captained by Kristjan Bahadur Edwards, made a triumphant comeback at the 19th Annual World Elephant Polo Championships (WEPA), which were held at Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge from 10th to 16th December 2000. Follow...
December 13, 2000
Haw Par Villa Theme Park Singapore To Undergo Major Revamp

Haw Par Villa theme park will undergo a major revamp to reinstate its old charms. The world-famous landmark in Singapore's Pasir Panjang district, will have a new lease of life as the original Tiger Balm Gardens ) the renowned Chinese mytho...
December 10, 2000
Heritage Museums Open In Hong Kong

Old Hong Kong hands head for the New Territories when they need a fix of forest and mountain, ancient temples and clan houses, small villages and sleepy fishing towns. Another reason to go opens December 10, the stunning new $108 million Ho...
December 08, 2000
Thai Crown Princess Calls For Sustainable Tourism

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has called on the Thai tourism industry to ensure that the very assets that attract visitors are not destroyed by short-sighted development. Opening a conference on "Sustainable Communit...
December 06, 2000
Australia Must Prepare For 10 Million International Tourists In 2010

The Australian tourism industry must now p...
December 05, 2000
Vanuatu Profile - Where South Pacific Began

Vanuatu is everything ancient, cultural and easy-going that the holidaymaker looks to find in a South Pacific island, and then amazes by coming up with a diversity of unexpected attractions and modern-day scenarios that surprise in this lai...
December 04, 2000
Sarawak Offers Alternative Diving Site In Borneo

Sarawak, Malaysia's State of Borneo now offers an alternative diving site for amateurs, enthusiasts and professionals. Miri, in Northern Sarawak, well known for its National Parks and giant caves, is now gaining attention from scuba divers ...
November 29, 2000
Hong Kong Tourist Association Launches New Web Site

The Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) today (29 November 2000) launched the International version of its new consumer Web site in Hong Kong. The URL is http://www.discoverhongkong.com The HKTA is strategic in its use of the Internet ...
November 15, 2000
Hong Kong To Welcome The Year Of The Snake

The Lunar New Year begins on Wednesday, January 24, 2001 and is a "Metal" Snake year. The Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) is preparing to usher this in with a sensational Chinese New Year Parade that is viewed by millions all over the ...
November 09, 2000
13 Weeks Of Non-Stop Celebrations For Visitors To Singapore

Singapore is gearing up for 13 weeks of parties and events from November to February as part of the annual Celebration Singapore extravaganza. Singapore Tourism Board (STB) offices across the world are spreading the message to their int...
November 07, 2000
Thailand, Vietnam To Strengthen Tourism Partnership

Thailand and Vietnam have agreed to step up co-operative efforts to promote travel and tourism between the two countries through a number of activities to be undertaken bilaterally as well as under the aegis of other regional agreements. ...
November 02, 2000
Thailand Tourism Festival Ready To Roll-Out

The kingdom's multi-billion baht travel and tourism industry is set to put on a colourful display at the Thailand Tourism Festival 2000 to be held at the IMPACT Exhibition Centre, Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi province, from November 17 to ...
October 31, 2000
Brisbane Wins Bid To Host Goodwill Games Triathlon

Brisbane has won the right to host the Triathlon at the 2001 Goodwill Games. Queensland Premier Mr Peter Beattie and Lord Mayor Jim Soorley made the announcement this afternoon, following the Goodwill Games Brisbane Board's decision to appr...
October 20, 2000
"Phuket Fantasea" Awarded Best Tourist Attraction

Phuket FantaSea recently won the prestigious 'Best Tourist Attraction, Recreational Award of Excellence' during the Thailand Tourism Awards 2000 organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand. Picture shows Mr. Pin Kewpaisal, President and Chie...
October 19, 2000
Paul Hogan Australia Tourism Campaign A Hit In The US

Tour operators in the United States have hailed the Hogan advertisement the most successful campaign ever with over 46,100 enquiries in the first three weeks of the campaign, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Managing Director John Morse...
October 18, 2000
Hong Kong, Guangdong And Macau Launch Pearl River Delta Tourism Website

The Pearl River Delta Tourism Marketing Organisation (PRDTMO) - a body jointly founded by the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA), Guangdong Provincial Tourism Bureau (GDPTB) and Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) - today (Wednesday, 1...
October 11, 2000
HKTA Welcomes Policy Address

The Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) welcomes the Policy Address released by Chief Executive Tung Chee Hwa today (11 October 2000) and is of the view that it is a forward-looking policy indicator. Highlighting the opportunities for t...
October 06, 2000
Kubu Lodge Sumatra, Indonesia

Journey into a forbidden paradise, a jungle rich in history, heritage, cultures and creatures. Western and central Sumatra are home to a wealth of indigenous peoples who coexist with the countless species of endemic plants and animals livin...
September 27, 2000
Thai Tourism Industry Honours Its Best and Brightest

Thai tourism industry today rewarded its best and brightest with a series of awards to mark their work in promoting the professionalism, standards and image of one of the country's most important foreign exchange earning industries. The Thi...
September 21, 2000
Singapore Tourism Board Launches First E-Travel Fair

Singapore will hold an online travel fair from September 29 to October 7. The event, e-Travel Fair, is initiated by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), in a major move to expand the e...
September 21, 2000
Thailand-Laos Tourism Pact Completes Mekong Framework

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has completed the third and last of a series of tourism agreements designed to vastly improve the facilitation of visitor movements between Thailand and her immediate neighbours. The minutes of the...
September 15, 2000
Singapore's Little India Best Shophouse Decoration Competition

Shophouses in Little India will once again add a dash of colour to the vibrant Deepavali Light Up as the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and the Little India Shopkeepers and Heritage Association (LISHA) organise the Best Shophouse Decoration ...
September 15, 2000
Festival Jakarta Kota, Indonesia

Although Indonesia has faced a challenging economic and political period over the past two years, the New Millennium has heralded in a renewed sense of optimism about the future of the nation. During this recent transition period, attent...
September 13, 2000
NBC Olympic Coverage A Boost For Australian Tourism

Australia's popularity as a tourist destination is set to soar in the United States as a result of phenomenal exposure from Olympic broadcaster NBC, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), Managing Director, John Morse said today. Speaking ...
September 12, 2000
Olympic Games - Taking Australia Beyond The Kangaroo

The Olympic Games will transform the world's perceptions of Australia and help drive more than 22 million international visitors to Australia worth $87 billion over the next four years, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), Managing Directo...
September 08, 2000
Singapore Voted The World's Best Business Destination

Singapore has been voted the worldís best business destination by Asia-Pacific's frequent business travellers. This prestigious ranking is the result of a readership poll conducted by Business Traveller Asia Pacific - the region's foremo...
September 06, 2000
Thailand: Visitor Arrivals Reach 4.64 Million In First Six Months

International visitor arrivals to Thailand totalled 4,639,078 during January-June 2000, a significant increase of 11.17% over the same period of 1999. Arrivals from major markets included East Asia (2,815,143), Europe (1,082,575), America (...
September 05, 2000
Thailand, Myanmar Renew Tourism Pact

Thailand and Myanmar have renewed their bilateral Tourism Co-operation pact by agreeing to a number of activities and projects that will vastly improve visitor flows to, between and within the two countries. The agreement was signed in Yang...
September 03, 2000
Thai Tuk Tuk To Circle The World - Again!

The famous Thai 'Tuk Tuk', the traditional three-wheeled taxi and one of Thailand's most unique attractions, will once again be making an "Amazing Thailand" appearance in key cities around the world. At the Tourism Authority of Thailand...
August 31, 2000
HKTA & National Geographic In Global Marketing Alliance

The Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) and the National Geographic today (31 August 2000) announced a global marketing alliance - a first-time partnership of its kind between a national tourism office and a worldwide multi-media organisat...
August 31, 2000
Macau And Singapore Airlines To Promote Tourism To Macau

Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) and Singapore Airlines Limited (SIA) has signed an agreement to cooperate in promoting tourism to Macau. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), MGTO and SIA will undertake joint promotion activi...
August 30, 2000
New Museums Celebrate The New Millennium In Hong Kong

There's an impressive line-up of new museums opening in Hong Kong this year, adding to all the excitement that this millennium year has brought. Visitors can choose to visit Madame Tussaud's, or the Museum of Coastal Defence, the Heritage M...
August 30, 2000
Hong Kong Tourist Association Unveils Meaning Of 'Life'

A fresh "City of Life" signature logo and a variety of major new tourism initiatives are in place to lead Hong Kong into the 21st Century. This new look is pivotal to the HKTA's future plans for marketing and advertising in the second ph...
August 30, 2000
New Museums Celebrate The New Millennium In Hong Kong

There's an impressive line-up of new museums opening in Hong Kong this year, adding to all the excitement that this millennium year has brought. Visitors can choose to visit Madame Tussaud's, or the Museum of Coastal Defence, the Heritage M...
August 30, 2000
Macau Grand Prix

A change in technical regulations for this year's Macau Guia race has seen a massive surge of interest in this Far East touring car classic. The format for the race will remain the same, with two, 12-lap legs with a ten minute break between...
August 30, 2000
Hong Kong Autumn Crabfest

Between September and November the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) and 59 top local restaurants will hold the annual Autumn CrabFest promotion to attract visitors with a taste for succulent seafood dishes. Findings of the HKTA's sur...
August 29, 2000
Singapore Tourism Board Cooperation Package To Indonesia

Singapore has confirmed a series of travel agent familiarisation trips over the next eight months to highlight Singapore and Indonesia as complementary holiday destinations. This is part of the Singapore Tourism Board's (STB) commitment to ...
August 22, 2000
Visitor Arrivals To Thailand Reach 3.96 Million In First Five Months

International visitor arrivals to Thailand totalled 3,990,615 during January-May 2000, a significant increase of 11.27% over the same period of 1999. Arrivals from major markets included East Asia (2,379,884), Europe (983,875), America ...
August 07, 2000
HKTA Sets New Forecast Of 12.5 Million Visitors For 2000

Steady growth in tourism for the first half of 2000 has prompted the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) to revise its forecast for the full year to 12.5 million visitor arrivals, a 10.4% increase over 1999. Latest figures announced tod...
August 02, 2000
Thailand, Cambodia Renew Tourism Pact

Thailand and Cambodia have renewed their bilateral Agreement for Implementation of Tourism Co- operation for the year 2001-2002 to facilitate visitor arrivals to and within the two countries. The agreement was signed by Cambodian Tourism...
August 02, 2000
Cook Islands Tourism Appoints imc2 As North American Representative

The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Innovative Marketing Concepts Enterprises, (imc2), as its new North American representation company effective from 1st August, 2000. The directors of imc2, E...
July 25, 2000
Sydney's Darling Harbour Doing The Business

Darling Harbour businesses turned over $2.1 billion during the last financial year making it the City of Sydney's highest ratepayer. The combined members of the Darling Harbour Business Association have an estimated 13,400 employees current...
July 20, 2000
Australia On Target To Deliver Record Tourist Numbers In 2000

Australia's tourism industry continues to strengthen in the lead up to the Olympic Games, with latest figures showing a 9.5 per cent increase in international visitor arrivals in the first four months of the year, Australian Tourist Commiss...
July 11, 2000
Thai Tourism Minister Joins First APEC Tourism Meeting

Minister to the Prime Minister's Office and Tourism Authority of Thailand Chairman Mr Adisai Bodharamik returned from representing Thailand at the First Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Tourism Ministerial Meeting during July 6-7 in Seoul...
July 07, 2000
New Tourism Regulations In Thailand To Protect Tourist Rights

Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai has declared on two ministerial regulations that will require tour companies to take out compulsory insurance coverage for all their clients, increase the bond deposit for company registration and remove unlicen...
July 05, 2000
"Macau Welcomes You Passport" Campaign In Hong Kong

As summer holiday is at the door, Macau Government Tourist Office has launched a spate of promotions to publicize the "Macau Welcomes You Passport" Campaign. Following the large scale kick off event that was held at Time Square, Causeway ...
July 05, 2000
Thailand Tourism Industry To Focus On New Markets, New Destinations

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has concluded a week-long marketing and development meeting designed to further strengthen the country's position as a world-class tourist destination. The tourism industry has proved itself an imp...
July 01, 2000
Australia Goes Online For Asia

The ATC (Australian Tourist Commission) will launch a dedicated Asian gateway on the highly successful consumer web site www.australia.com in July 2000. Modelled on the North American and European gateways currently online, the Asian gatew...
June 29, 2000
Hong Kong's Tourism Continues Strong Rebound

The strong growth in tourism to Hong Kong continued in May when arrivals reached 1,069,168 - up 18.1% on May 1999. This brought the total for the first five months of the year to 5,178,936. The buoyant situation is reflected in hotel oc...
June 28, 2000
Rural Australia A Hit With International Tourists

New research released today shows that over 90 per cent of all international visitors to rural Australia were satisfied with their tourist experience, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), Managing Director, John Morse said. Welcoming tod...
June 23, 2000
Macau: 14th National Lotus Flower Exhibition

Macau is intimately connected to the Lotus Flower, the symbol that was chosen to represent the new Special Administrative Region. This year is the celebration of Macau's return to the Motherland, thus it is particularly relevant that the Ci...
June 22, 2000
El Questro Resort, Western Australia Scoops The Pool

Last weekend at the 2000 Western Australian Tourism Awards, El Questro Wilderness Park scooped the pool and was for the third year in a row, the winner of the Unique Accommodation Award. El Questro also won the prestigious Sir David Brand ...
June 20, 2000
Australia Top Tourist Destination For United Kingdom

Australia's popularity as a tourist destination for visitors from the United Kingdom remains at an all time high during the Olympic year, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Managing Director, John Morse said today. "Results of a survey ...
June 13, 2000
Brisbane Riverfestival 2000 Announces Dates And Program

Brisbane's Riverfestival, the city's largest celebratory event, will be a spectacular week of festivities, fire and feasting from September 2 to 9. More than one million people are expected to attend the mostly free festival which is a cel...
June 09, 2000
Bangkok's Tourist Buses Launched

Lush green double-decker buses can now be seen making the rounds of some of the Thai capital's most frequently visited tourist landmarks, thanks to a new initiative launched recently by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration. The Bangko...
May 31, 2000
Refresh Australian Tourism Product To Keep The Kiwis Coming

Developing niche markets and refreshing Australian tourism product will play a key role in boosting the number of visitors from New Zealand, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Deputy Managing Director, Bill Calderwood said today. Speaki...
May 31, 2000
Expanding The Japanese & Korean Inbound Market To Australia

Targeting new consumer markets is the key to expanding the Japanese inbound tourism market, Australian Tourist Commission, Deputy Managing Director, Bill Calderwood said today. Speaking at the Australian Tourism Exchange, the ATC's flags...
May 31, 2000
Australia To Push Into Continental Europe

The Australian tourism industry will look to make a bigger push into Continental Europe to build on the great gains made in the German and United Kingdom tourist markets, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Deputy Managing Director, Bill Ca...
May 31, 2000
Australia To Drive New Tourist Market Development In Asia

Australia will look to develop new tourist sectors in Asia following a return to growth from key Asian markets, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Deputy Managing Director, Bill Calderwood said today. Speaking at the ATC's flagship trad...
May 31, 2000
Olympics To Boost Tourist Markets In USA And Canada

Australia will never have a better opportunity to capitalise on the potential in the Americas market than this year with the staging of the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Deputy Managing Director, Bill Calderwo...
May 29, 2000
New Technology Shifting Australia From "Someday" To "Today"

The use of new technologies to build one on one relationships with the global marketplace was rapidly becoming the performance benchmark for successful tourism marketing, Australian Tourist Commission Deputy Managing Director Bill Calderwoo...
May 29, 2000
Visitor Arrivals To Hong Kong Top Million For Second Consecutive Month

Tourism to Hong Kong has maintained its strong momentum in April with more than one million visitors recorded for the second consecutive month, according to figures released today (Monday 29 May) by the Hong Kong Tourist Association. The...
May 29, 2000
Breakthrough For Australian Tourism - No Longer Down Under

There has been a fundamental shift in the way Australians view their economy, Tourism Minister Jackie Kelly said today. Speaking on the first day of Australia's largest export event, the Australian Tourism Exchange, Minister Kelly said t...
May 29, 2000
Australia's Popularity At All Time High

Australia was more popular than ever in the world's major tourism markets and publicity for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was helping convince potential travellers to book their holiday Down Under, Australian Tourist Commission (ATC) Managi...
May 29, 2000
HKTA 'Greens' Promotion' Has Fresh Taste Of Summer

This summer, under the theme "Summer Greens", the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA) has more than 40 local restaurants preparing special seasonal dishes that will lure visitors and residents alike. Famous for fine food, Hong Kong in s...
May 26, 2000
The Singapore Tourism Board Updates Tourism 21

Singapore's tourism blueprint for the 21st century, Tourism 21, is currently being reviewed to keep abreast of the latest developments in the tourism landscape and to fine-tune the master plan in the new millennium. The recommendations and ...
May 19, 2000
Agri-Tourism: Nature Trails In New Asia - Singapore

What do macaws, araowana, orchids and alpine goats have in common? The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is putting them ) and the farms that produce them - on the tourist map. The STB and Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA...
May 17, 2000
Philippines Travel Advisory

The Philippine Department of Tourism wishes to assure the traveling public that visits to the Philippines remain safe, pleasant and peaceful. The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. The islands of Sulu, Basilan and Ta...
May 17, 2000
Six Per Cent Increase In International Visitors To Australia In March

International visitor arrivals to Australia were up by six per cent in March 2000, signalling a strong first six months for tourism, managing director of Australian Tourist Commission (ATC), John Morse said today. Speaking following the ...
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