Travel nuisances

Noisy people are the most irritating thing when travelling, Agoda found in a recent “Annoying Travel Habits” survey.

Conducted by independent market research firm YouGov between June 19 and 25, the survey had 10,384 respondents who had been on holiday at least once in the past year from a diverse set of countries including the United Kingdom, China and Thailand.

More than half (57%) of participants did not like noisy travellers, followed by travellers glued to their devices (47%), those insensitive to cultural nuances (46%), mass tour groups (36%) and selfie-takers (21%). Even Chinese travellers are displeased with noisy travellers (68%), but they have the highest tolerance for selfie-takers (12%).

Almost half (47%) of all respondents cited travellers spending too much time on their mobile devices as a grievance.

Solo travellers spend nearly two hours a day (or 117 minutes) on their devices, which is 15% more than when travelling with friends (100 minutes) and 26% more than when travelling with family (86 minutes).

Thai travellers, however, spend more than two hours a day (125 minutes) on the phone when they travel with friends or family, while British travellers limit their screen time to just over an hour (63 minutes) a day.

Female celebrities to travel Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has invited 60 female celebrities from 12 countries to travel in Thailand as part of its “Women’s Journey Thailand” campaign.

The aim is to raise the Kingdom’s profile as a women-friendly destination, said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn. “Women not only have more purchasing power, but are often the primary decision-makers for destinations, length of stay and budgets. We are truly grateful that women celebrities accepted our invitation. The millions of people they reach through their social media followers will play a major role in helping to enhance the success of this campaign,” he said.

The campaign has run for three years now, with annual activities kicked off in August to mark Mother’s Day on Aug 12.

The women to visit the Kingdom this year include former beauty queens, models, actresses, sports stars and singers from China to Iran to the United States. Others include Miss Canada 2017 Lauren Emily Howe, Hina Higochi and Kaede Sato of Japanese girl group Nogizaka46, French actress Tatiana-Laurens Delarue and Miss Universe China 2010 Xu Jidan.

They were invited by TAT overseas offices in New York, Dubai, Toronto, Osaka, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Rome, Moscow and Paris. Each of the offices has devised separate itineraries for their invitees.

Part of all itineraries is an introduction to “Thainess”, including handicrafts, umbrella painting, elephant riding and Thai food.

Changi Stopovers programme relaunched

Changi airport has partnered with Singapore Tourism Board to relaunch its Changi Stopovers programme.

Under the programme, passengers who book a package on the Changi Stopovers website will receive a complimentary one-way airport-hotel transfer by coach and a mobile SIM card worth S$10 (about 245 baht).

The aim is to attract more transfer passengers to stay at least one night and explore Singapore, according to Singapore Tourism Board director of Marketing Partnerships Planning Jacqueline Ng.

Transfer passengers currently make up about 30% of Changi airport’s total traffic, with about 1.1 million passenger movements from Australia and India.

The list of participating hotels include Fort Canning Lodge, Park Regis and Studio M Singapore.


– Thai AirAsia X will launch daily direct flights from Bangkok to Nagoya. Nagoya will be the airline’s fourth destination in Japan after Tokyo, Osaka, and Sapporo.

Starting on Oct 30, the flights will depart from Don Mueang at 6.55am and arrive at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya at 2.20pm local time. The return flight from Nagoya will be 4.30pm and will arrive in Bangkok at 9pm local time.



– Well Hotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20 has launched the “Sleep Well: Love Mom” promotion to celebrate Mother’s Day. The room rates are 2,222 baht (excluding breakfast) for a Superior Room and 3,222 baht (net prices with breakfast for two) for a Deluxe Room.

If guests choose to stay during Aug 8-14, they will receive a 500 baht voucher for food and beverages, free soft drinks and beers from the in-room minibar, a 25% discount at Well Spa and Eat Well Café and free access to daily exercise classes at Well Fitness. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and tuk-tuk shuttle services to Asok and Phrom Phong Skytrain stations and Sukhumvit subway station.

The promotion is valid for booking (promo code LUVMOM18) until the end of the month and for staying between Aug 1 and Oct 31.


– Centara Hotels Resorts has announced a joint venture project with Nakheel, UAE-based master developer, to build the Centara Deira Islands Beach Resort Dubai. The investment is 2.63 billion baht.

Set to open in 2020 on Deira Islands, the beachfront resort is the first Centara hotel in the UAE. It will cover an area of 27,870m². It will comprise 600 rooms, restaurants including rooftop dining options, a kids’ club, a spa, a fitness centre, business facilities and a waterpark.

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