The shake up of the taxi services at Suvarnabhumi Airport,Bangkok, recently started by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), is nearly complete with eight state-of-the-art queue management queue-card kiosks to be installed over the next couple of weeks. The new kiosks will replace the current system where staff are required to manually write down
passenger destinations on paper slips before a taxi is allocated. Under the new computerised system, taxi drivers will have to take passengers on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Tourists planning a visit to Thailand can now avail of a special online insurance coverage scheme known as the “Thailand Travel Shield”, which will be set up by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with four reputed Thai insurance companies, Muang Thai Insurance, Chao Phaya Insurance, Siam City Insurance, and Krungthai Panich Insurance. All are reputable, publicly-listed companies.

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CXSRITE 2014

ITB Berlin and IPK International analyse Russian outbound trips over the last few years .Turkey and Ukraine are Russians’ favourite destinations. City breaks are among the growth markets. In 2013 Russia registered a huge increase in trips to foreign destinations and became Europe’s third biggest foreign travel market, reporting around 32 million trips abroad. These are the latest findings of the World Travel Monitor, a survey carried out by IPK International. Since the start of the millennium Russia has become one of the few boom markets in international tourism.

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Up to 2012, a total of 4,120 business and cultural travel buyers from 47 countries have been hosted by G.S.A.R. Marketing to attend its events and over 102,500 business meetings were performed at MITM and CULTOUR shows between these buyers and travel and tourism suppliers from Europe, the Mediterranean, the Americas and the rest of the world. This year, from 3rd. to the 5th. of december 2014,the double event MITM Americas and Cultourfair will be organised in Puebla, Mexico.

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The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is pleased to announce the election of W. Scott Supernaw, Tauck, Inc., as Chairman of the Executive Board of PATA. Mr Supernaw replaces Joao Manuel Costa Antunes who has served as Chairman of PATA since April 2012 and will become PATA Immediate Past Chairman.Mr. Supernaw said, “This is a dynamic and experienced Executive Board that is committed to continuing the effective employment of the Association’s resources for the development and expansion of PATA’s leading role in assisting its members in the responsible development and growth of travel and tourism in the Pacific Asia region.”

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Easing visa restrictions to stimulate travel is one of UNWTO’s recommendations to promote the growth of the tourism sector and its positive impact on the economy. The Government of Mongolia is one of the most recent examples of countries advancing travel facilitation by removing visa requirements for citizens of 42 countries.

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