EXO News - February 2016

JAPAN:

Virtuoso announces EXO Japan as latest On-Site provider

The luxury travel network, Virtuoso, has announced EXO Japan as their latest preferred on-site supplier. EXO Japan is delighted with this opportunity to provide thought-out experiences for high-end clients and will have a dedicated Virtuoso travel consultant to assist in designing tailor-made journeys.

“EXO Travel has been in Japan for six years and has built a team of remarkable travel consultants with a genuine understanding of the needs of luxury travellers as well as the knowledge and flexibility to provide personalised touring itineraries. We are looking forward to working with Virtuoso advisors to help them unravel the mysteries of Japan and deliver exceptional journeys for their clients” said Hamish Keith, Managing Director of EXO Travel.

 

LAOS:

AirAsia plans direct flights between Bangkok and Luang Prabang

Following Lao Airways, Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways, AirAsia are preparing to launch a direct route between Bangkok and Luang Prabang. AirAsia will be the first low cost carrier to do so. The first flight is planned for the 24th of March 2016. The flight will depart from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport daily at 14.10 and arrive in Luang Prabang at 15.30, with the return flight leaving at 16.45 and arriving back in Bangkok at 18.05. AirAsia will utilise an Airbus A320 with all-economy seating for 180 passengers to handle the route.

This new route opens up an exciting range of possibilities for future multi-destination journeys, for example, extending any of our Thailand tours with a 4-day discovery of Luang Prabang, taking advantage of our latest green season offers.

See: Amazing Luang Prabang (4 Days / 3 Nights)

 

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected].

 

THAILAND:

Bangkok Revealed as Asia’s Most Popular Destination by Mastercard’s Latest Study

A study by MasterCard has once again shown that Bangkok is the most popular destination in Asia. 21.9 million international visitors were welcomed in Bangkok last year, making it the first year the city has exceeded the 20 million visitor mark. Tokyo and Singapore were the second most popular destinations, each welcoming 11.8 million international visitors. Thailand is the only country with three destinations in the top 10, with Phuket taking fifth place and reporting 9.3 million international arrivals and Pattaya sitting in eighth place with 8.1 million international visitors. Even though Thailand is the most popular country, the sub-region of Northeast Asia continues to attract the most international visitors overall (134.5 million), followed by Southeast Asia (127.1 million) and South Asia (25.7 million).

Kamalaya awarded “Best Destination Spa” by Condé Nast Traveller

At the prestigious Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2016, Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa was honoured to be named “Best Destination Spa”. Kamalaya is a resort is Koh Samui and founded in 2005. It offers guests a luxurious wellness experience including services like customized wellness experiences, healing therapies and holistic fitness practices. Karina and John Stewart, the founders of Kamalaya resort, were extremely proud to receive the award. They thanked their staff for their dedication. Kamalaya resort is one of EXO’s preferred suppliers.

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected].

 

VIETNAM:

Two Guinness World Records for Newly Opened Fansipan Cable Car  

The world’s longest cable car system is now operating in Vietnam.  It will take tourists on a stunning ride from the Muong Hoa Valley up 3,143 meter to the peak of Fanispan Mountain. The cable car system holds two Guinness World Records. Being 6,282 meters long, it holds the record for the longest three-rope cable car route. The other record is for the world’s biggest ascend between arrival and departure, measuring at 1,410 meters. Getting to the top of the mountain required a two-day challenging climb before, but now transports tourists to the top within 15 minutes. The whole system can transport 2,000 tourists every hour.

For further information, get in touch with one of our expert travel consultants at [email protected].