Travellers booking more eco-friendly Airbnb listings

Asia: A trend has emerged where more travellers are booking eco-friendly Airbnb listings, according to findings by Travel Weekly. The site said that according to Airbnb internal data, eco-friendly listings have now been booked by over 4.6 million guests worldwide. Over the past year, global bookings have increased by 50 per cent for “environmentally conscious spaces”, while the number of eco-friendly...

Travel Tips: What to do in Macau – Las Vegas of Asia

Located on the south coast of China, Macau was a Portuguese colony until it was returned to China in 1999. At the moment, it is a special administrative region of China, i.e. Macau’s system of government is separate from that of mainland China. Macau is a major resort city and a top destination for gambling tourism. In fact, its economy is so heavily dependent on tourism and gambling that it is widely...

Southeast Asia’s Online Travel Agency Traveloka Moves Into Food and Wellness Choices

Here’s a riddle: If Traveloka sells lifestyle services and AirAsia is not just an airline, what is an online travel agency? The industry will have to coin a new term since everyone is starting to sell more than just flights and hotels. Any suggestions? Southeast Asia’s online travel unicorn Traveloka has introduced tours and activities on its platform but beyond eyeing bookings from travelers,...

Travel insurance ‘will not cover’ cancelled Sri Lanka holidays

Policies would pay out only if Foreign Office warned against travel Holidaymakers who want to postpone travel to Sri Lanka in the wake of the bomb attacks that killed 290 people will not be covered by their travel insurance. The UK Foreign Office (FCO) updated its travel advice for Sri Lanka on Monday to include details of the nationwide curfew and pending state of emergency. However, the Guardian...

Bali turns away more tourists with passports in poor condition

If you are travelling to the Indonesian island of Bali, you’d better make sure that your passport is in near-perfect condition. A number of tourists – most of them Australian, not surprisingly – have been turned away at immigration for having damaged travel documents. A smudge, a small tear and a dog-chewed corner have all kept holidaymakers from arriving at their destination in recent months,...

Agoda Pre-Paid Hotel Content Now Available to Travel Agents Through Amadeus

Agoda, one of the world’s fastest growing online travel agents (OTAs), has partnered Amadeus to give travel agents access to pre-paid hotel content from 150,000 properties globally. Travel agents all over the world can now view Agoda’s content, available at the same price as Agoda’s website, and compare it to other content through a single screen, and book the content in one PNR with other content. Christian...

Travel Trends in Asia Pacific

How do travelers in Asia and the Pacific regions travel in comparison to their U.S. counterparts? Well, one thing is for sure: Many have a lot more time off than the average American. However, they use their vacation time in much the same way. New Expedia Media Solutions research showcased Asia Pacific travel trends and the habits and behaviors of multigenerational travelers in the region’s largest...

Asia faces air travel infrastructure ‘crisis’: IATA

The Asia-Pacific region must urgently step up investment in infrastructure to meet rapidly increasing demand for air travel, the global airline industry’s trade body says. “We are headed for a major infrastructure crisis,” said Alexandre de Juniac, head of the International Air Transport Association. He said the 34 million jobs and $700 billion of economic activity supported by aviation...

New agreements inked to boost ease of air and land travel in South-east Asia

SINGAPORE — Travellers can look forward to smoother travel by air and on land within South-east Asia, following the signing of five new transport agreements between the 10 member states of the Association of South-east Asian Nations (Asean). Asean transport ministers inked the agreements on Friday (Oct 13) at the closing of this year’s Asean Transport Ministers Meeting. They also adopted six other...

Thailand BANS Full Moon parties and all public entertainment during October to mourn late king

The ban comes ahead of the cremation of the country’s much-revered king Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last year THAILAND’S Full Moon party has been cancelled this month – so that locals can mourn the anniversary of the king’s death. As well as the famous beach party on Koh Phangan being scrapped, the government has ordered that no public festivities or entertainment will be permitted during...