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Promotional Fare to Siem Reap By Bangkok Airways

Bangkok Airways has introduced a promotional fare for passengers travelling to Cambodia’s Siem Reap until March next year.

The promotion sells a round-trip fare at Bt7,450, exclusive of airport taxes, departing Bangkok to Siem Reap.

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The fare is valid for bookings until 30 September for travel through to 31 March, next year. Passengers can save around 7% off standard fares.

Currently, Bangkok Airways operates five flights daily on the route from SuvarnabhuimiAirport where it taps tourist traffic mainly Europeans and Japanese connecting from international flights to continue their journey to Cambodia’s top tourist destination. Read More

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Vietnam Attract Foreign Airlines

Five international airports in Vietnam will cut landing fees and ground handling costs by half to attract foreign airlines.

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The strategy is in place to convince regional airlines to add more services to Vietnam, but in the long-run if fees were cut at Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi, the two airports would begin to compete with Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur for international airline business.

Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam chief, Vo Huy Cuong, said the discounts will be in place for just three years.

Airports that should benefit are Phu Bai near Hue, Cam Ranh near Nha Trang, Lien Khuong in the central highlands province of Lam Dong, Can Tho, and Phu Quoc.

International airlines will be allowed to fly to all Vietnamese airports, except Hanoi, Danang, and HCMC, without restrictions, according to local media reports.

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Growth in Cambodia Tourism

Cambodia’s tourist arrivals registered a 19.2% growth in July according to the country’s statistics and tourist information department.

angkor-watThe country attracted 338,761 visits compared to 284,282 during the same month in 2012.

Released by the Ministry of Tourism, late last week, data showed neighbouring Vietnam was the top supplier with 84,385 trips representing an 11.4% increase from 75,761 visits in July last year.

Other top market sources were: Laos (38,465; +59.8%); China (36,509; +33.4%); South Korea (28,731; -1.3%); and Thailand (18,827; +39.1%).

 In July, 42.7% (144,649) of all international visitors arrived by air. Siem Reap Airport received the major share, 22.6% (76,571). Meanwhile, Phnom Penh Airport received a market share of 20.1% (68,078).

 Overland travel accounts for 56.2% (190,235) of all travel through checkpoints with Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, while sea travel is a small at 1.1% (3,877). Read More

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Minor Hotel Group announces first property in Cambodia

Minor Hotel Group, a hotel owner, operator and investor, has announced the addition of its first property in Cambodia. The group has acquired majority ownership of the Sothea Boutique Resort in Siem Reap, which will be rebranded to Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa later this year.

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Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa will be a 39-suite boutique resort in Siem Reap, home to the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat temples, Cambodia’s most visited destination. The resort is just ten minutes from SiemReapInternationalAirport and is close to Angkor Wat and Siem Reap’s quaint central district. The resort is housed within an estate that exudes the elegance of a grand Khmer villa, with Cambodian heritage fusing seamlessly with the resort’s contemporary charm.

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6 New Rail Routes To Be Opened In Dalat

The provincial people committee of Lam Dong has approved a new scheme to upgrade the local transportation system, which is expected to complete in between 2020 and 2030.

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In details, Da Lat City is developing 6 city monorail routes (a transportation system based on single rail), with the main purpose to support the traveling demand of tourists in Da Lat.

The main station of this new monorail system is located in the centre of Da Lat City which helps connecting Da Lat with several tourist attractions such as Suoi Vang, TuyenLamLake, LoveValley, Tung Lam Junction, LienKhuongAirport and Langbian highland.

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