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  • Tabung haji hotel in Sepang to begin operations mid-year

    February 7, 2018 10:41 AM 51

    Besides the KLIA hotel, another TH Hotel will be opened in Kuching later this year. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaPUTRAJAYA, Feb 7 — The Tabung Haji Hotel (TH Hotel) at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang will be operational by mid-year, before the first outbound flight for Haj pilgrims scheduled on July 13. Tabung Haji (TH) Group managing

  • AirAsia X launches service to India’s Jaipur

    February 6, 2018 1:20 PM 47

    A man rides his elephant carrying tourists to visit the Amber fort in Jaipur, capital of India's desert state of Rajasthan, November 5, 2014. — Reuters picNEW DELHI, Feb 6 — AirAsia X has launched its direct flights from Kuala Lumpur to Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state, with the inaugural flight landing at Jaipur International Airport yesterday

  • Thailand expects 300,000 tourists from China during Lunar New Year

    February 5, 2018 9:40 AM 53

    Chinese tourists visit Wat Phra Kaeo (Emerald Buddha Temple) in Bangkok March 27, 2015. — Reuters picBANGKOK, Feb 5 — Thailand’s tourism body expects 300,000 visitors from China during the Lunar New Year holidays, a nearly 18 per cent rise from a year ago. During the same holidays in 2017, the number of visitors from China was hit by a Thai government

  • Beijing inches closer to becoming the world’s busiest airport

    February 5, 2018 2:48 AM 54

    Beijing Capital International Airport. — Picture by Nigel Young for Foster + Partners via AFPSINGAPORE, Feb 5 — Beijing inched one step closer to taking the crown for the world’s busiest airport. As the ranks of the Chinese middle class swell and more people take to the skies, passenger traffic at Beijing’s international airport rose to a new record

  • Venice Carnival takes wing with ‘flight of the angel’

    February 4, 2018 11:10 PM 38

    A woman dressed as an 'angel' descends on Saint Mark's Square during the Venice Carnival, Italy, February 4, 2018. — Reuters pic VENICE, Feb 5 — Twenty thousand revellers, wearing masks and colourful period costumes, packed into St Mark’s Square yesterday for the “flight of the angel” marking the traditional opening of the Carnival of Venice. Tourists

  • Paris comes out top in list of world’s most appealing cities

    February 1, 2018 7:49 AM 40

    The latest GfK survey ranks Paris top among the world’s cities, ahead of London and Sydney. — Reuters picPARIS, Jan 30 ― The French capital is the highest-rated city in the world, according to a biennial study, the Anholt-GfK City Brands Index (CBI), published today. UK capital London held on to second position, and was followed by Sydney, which overtook

  • Vietjet fined for football bikini show

    January 30, 2018 11:16 AM 50

    Vietjet has made headlines in the past with its controversial use of bikini-clad flight attendants and risqué marketing campaigns.HANOI, Jan 30 ― Vietnam’s aviation authority today fined budget airline Vietjet for a semi-naked and celebratory display by bikini-clad models aboard a special flight carrying home the country’s under-23 football team from a competition

  • Thailand’s Khon Kaen Airport closed due to fire

    January 26, 2018 7:24 AM 40

    BANGKOK, Jan 26 — Part of the terminal building at Khon Kaen Airport in northeast Thailand went up in flames this morning, forcing the evacuation of more than 1,000 passengers. All flights to and from the airport were diverted to nearby Udon Thani Airport as the authorities shuttered the airport from any flights, said Capt Passakorn Khamphu from Ban Ped police

  • Football star Ronaldo to open three new ‘CR7’ hotels

    January 25, 2018 12:34 AM 48

    CR7 hotels offer guests the chance to sip a 'Ballon d'Or' cocktail and pose for pictures with a hologram of Cristiano Ronaldo. ― AFP picLISBON, Jan 25 ― World footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo is expanding his “CR7” hotel portfolio by opening new franchises in New York, Madrid and Marrakech, his associate said yesterday. Real Madrid star Ronaldo

  • TAT launches debut album to attract tourists to Thailand

    January 22, 2018 7:24 AM 43

    Tourists visit the Grand Palace in Bangkok May 24, 2014. — Reuters picBANGKOK, Jan 22 — The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a debut album Open to the New Shades to convey the beauty of Thailand and its attractions to tourists via the medium of music, Thai News Agency (TNA) reported. The debut album features 13 songs by Sekpol Unsamran