What’s been happening in the world of travel? This week: the Thai Tourism Board makes a swift u-turn on the decision to ban street vendors from Bangkok; Little Vumbura Camp reopens in Botswana; Norwegian Airlines introduce budget flights to Asia from the UK; environmental documentary Tomorrow is released in the US to celebrate Earth Day; and Emirates blame their reduced US service on the Trump presidency.
Bangkok swiftly reverses decision to ban street food vendors
Bangkok has reversed a decision announced earlier this week to ban street food vendors from the city. In an effort to improve hygiene and safety, the Bangkok administrative powers decided to remove all street food vendors from the Thai capital – just a month after the city was voted the world’s best destination for street food. “The street vendors have seized the pavement space for too long,” Wanlop Suwandee, the chief adviser to Bangkok’s governor, declared on Monday. After an international outcry, the Thai Minister for Tourism, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, went back on the city’s statement yesterday, saying that vendors would still be allowed to operate as long as they stuck to universal hygiene standards and kept to zoned areas. – Source: time.com and lonelyplanet.com.
Little Vumbura Camp reopens in Botswana
Little Vumbura Camp has reopened in Botswana’s Okavango Delta after a refurbishment. The luxury camp has six tents that have been increased in size by 30%. The bar has been extended, there is new decking in the dining area, a new fire deck and a pergola offering a shady spot where guests can relax and admire the surroundings. – Source: tourismupdate.co.za.
Fly to Singapore from UK for under £200
Low-cost carrier Norwegian Airlines has launched one-way flights from London Gatwick to Singapore for £180. The airline has already been offering budget flight options for a number of international destinations, notably from the UK to the US. It now continues its long-haul expansion with flights to Asia, starting with Singapore from 28th September 2017. The flight takes 12 hours and 45 minutes outbound and will depart four times a week. – Source: independent.co.uk.
Environmental documentary released in US in time for Earth Day
The French documentary Tomorrow will be released in the US on 21st April, a day before Earth Day. The film – which was made by French director and activist Cyril Dion and actress and filmmaker Mélanie Laurent – won the César Award for Best Documentary Film in 2016 and offers solid examples of how countries can be more responsible and sustainable, rather than simply reporting where the failings are. Tomorrow will show in New York and LA, with more locations to follow. – Source: sustainablebrands.com.
Emirates reduce flights to the US, blaming Donald Trump presidency
Emirates have announced they will be reducing the number of flights to the US, blaming reduced demand on the Trump presidency. The airline, which is one of the world’s largest and based in Dubai, will slash US-bound flights from 126 a week to 101, flying to LA, Boston and Seattle once a day instead of twice. The carrier blamed Trump’s failed travel ban and the technology restrictions imposed on flyers from MENA destinations on the reduction in people flying to the US. Recently, the UN World Tourism Organization claimed that the US lost $185 million in tourism revenue after Trump’s first travel ban was introduced earlier this year. – Source: telegraph.co.uk.