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Vietnam extends visa-free travel to five European countries

Dear colleagues and business partners,

Asian Trails Vietnam is pleased to inform you that the Government of Vietnam has extended the visa exemption for five countries of the European community, including the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy, until June 31st 2021. This will allow travelers of the nationalities mentioned to enter the country without visa for a maximum of 15 days.

For stays longer than 15 days, the visa application procedure will be applied in advance with a letter of invitation that you can request at our offices in Vietnam.For more information about this new visa-free policy, check out http://vietnamtourism.gov.vn/english/index.php/items/12781 or contact us via vietnam@asiantrails.com.vnKind regards

Asian Trails Vietnam

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Asian Trails Cambodia Moves to New Office Space in Siem Reap

With business flourishing in Siem Reap, home of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Angkor, our Asian Trails Siem Reap office will be moving office this week to a new location.

From 26 April until 1 May inclusive, our team on the ground, supported by our head office in Phnom Penh, will be relocating its existing operations to a new address in the Svaydankum District, southwest of the town’s centre. During the aforementioned period, communication may see some slight delays.

The experienced teams in Siem Reap will continue to provide crucial support to Asian Trails’ customers during this period and will now be able to expand as our operations grow in our most important tourism centre in Cambodia, right after Phnom Penh.

Effective from 2 May onward, our new office address will be

Asian Trails Siem Reap
Salakonseng Village
Svaydankum Commune
Siem Reap District
Siem Reap city
T. +(855) (0) 63 964 595
res@asiantrails.com.kh

Telephone numbers, including those for direct dial to staff, fax number and all email addresses remain the same.

We thank you for your understanding and collaboration during this period.

Kind regards

Asian Trails Cambodia

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A CEO Message: Your support has been amazing!

Dear friends,

I am sorry to inform you there will be no CEO Story for this edition of Trailblazer.

As many of you may know, I had a ski accident early March and spent the last two months in hospitals and in a rehabilitation clinic. While my injury is not life threatening and I am back on my two feet with crutches and, hopefully, ready for action in the very near future, I have no exciting travel story to share with you this month.

My stories are always freshly written, and I don’t keep any on file as I always want to give you the latest news on my beloved Asia.

Instead I would like to thank all of you for your incredible support during these past two months. I am truly touched by all your personal emails, your good wishes, your hospital visits and your encouragement. I always knew I wanted to be in a business where personal contacts matter the most, and where travel is the key ingredient. The difficult times I underwent recently made me reflect on the past and confirm that I am indeed at the right place.

Stay tuned for more of my travel stories in the months to come.

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Vote for Asian Trails at the TTG Asia Travel Awards

Asian Trails is proud yet again to be in the running for the 29th anniversary of the TTG Asia Travel Awards, one of the travel trade’s most anticipated and recognised honours. As a trade partner, your voice and vote is of great importance for us to and it acknowledges our contribution to the region as a positive one.

Our ‘East-meets-West’ ownership structure enables us to provide personalized, unique and cost-effective travel products and services unrivalled anywhere else in Asia. Supported by the various TTG publications and trade resources under the TTG Travel Trade Publishing umbrella, this will be a unique opportunity to cast your vote for Asia Trails and acknowledge our contribution to raise the tourism bar to new levels.

To vote for us simply click on the link below and type Asian Trails into the relevant categories. Voting ends 13 June 2018.

On behalf of all of us, we thank you very much for your vote!

About Asian Trails
Dedicated to tailoring highly-personalized experiences to discerned explorers, Asian Trails captivates the essence of its Asia through its 8 own-managed destinations in East and South East Asia. Each tour is carefully crafted and is an example of the passion all of us have for delivering a unique personality that matches the requirements of today’s demanding traveller. We pride ourselves on adding creative touches to your customer’s experience in a language you understand and being on-the-ground 24/7. It is this success formula that has laid the foundation for exceeding expectations’ since our inception in 1999.

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New head office premises for Asian Trails Laos

Our whole team in Asian Trails Laos is excited to announce that we will move to a new location in the capital Vientiane, effective 23 April 2018. The company has grown from strength to strength and this move confirms the need for larger premises to coordinate all travel arrangements throughout the country.

Between 20 and 23 April, communication with our head office in Laos will be limited to email only - res@asiantrailslaos.com -, as existing telephone numbers will be transferred to the new location. However, we do expect delays in responding to reservations and enquiries during the said dates.

Our new office premises will be from this coming Monday at

Asian Trails Laos (AT Lao Co., Ltd.)
4th Floor, Premier Building, P.O. Box 5422
Sethathirath Road, Phiavat Village,
Sisattanak District
Vientiane Capital, Laos

We thank you for your understanding for any inconvenience caused due to this move.

Kindest regards

Asian Trails Laos

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Asian Trails nominated for 2018 World Travel Awards

Being added to the list of distinctive nominees for the 2016 and 2017 World Travel Awards was a great honour for us for the past 2 years. Recognized by travel professionals around the world for our passion for what we’re doing and continuously blazing new paths in travel, Asian Trails is profoundly pleased for being shortlisted in six (!) categories this year.

Your vote, as a passionate travel professional, is to acknowledge that we continue to deliver service stands beyond the call of duty is highly appreciated and confirms that ‘we practice what we preach’. As a trade partner, your voice and vote is of great importance for us to and it acknowledges our contribution to the region as a positive one.

In 2018 we are shortlisted for:

  • Asia’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Cambodia’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Laos’ Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Myanmar’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Thailand’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018
  • Vietnam’s Leading Destination Management Company 2018

Please take a minute to register and cast your vote by clicking here

Click on this link and make your vote count

All of us here at Asian Trails are extremely grateful in casting your Asian Trails’ vote before 22 July!

About Asian Trails
Dedicated to tailoring highly-personalized experiences to discerned explorers, Asian Trails captivates the essence of its Asia through its own-managed destinations in East and South East Asia. Each tour is carefully crafted and is an example of the passion all of us have for delivering a unique personality that matches the requirements of today’s demanding traveller.

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Frankfurt welcomes Asian Trails delegation at upcoming 2018 IMEX

With a plethora of new and innovative incentive approaches that suit your customers’ requirements, delegates from Asian Trails Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand are making their way this May to the annual IMEX in Frankfurt, Germany.

From 15 – 17 May 2018, Bjorn Schimanski, Managing Director, Asian Trails Indonesia (Wonderful Indonesia stand, booth B540), Emir Cherif – Managing Director, Asian Trails Malaysia (MyCEB booth number B200) and Yves van Kerrebroeck – Managing Director Asian Trails Thailand (TCEB Booth number B150) are eager to meet travel professionals from around the world and discuss the opportunities at the Messe Frankfurt.

For further inquiries, questions and trying to meet our colleagues before, during or after this leading trade show, feel free to contact us via marketing@asiantrails.org or schedule your appointment via https://www.imex-frankfurt.com/ after registration.

We are looking forward welcoming you to the next edition of the IMEX for blazing new paths in MICE Travel.

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Bali Prepares to welcome Nyepi, the Day of Silence, on 17 March

The exhilaration of deafening sounds filling the streets of Bali will make way for 24 hours of pure silence the following day. Parading and dancing form the décor of what is for many, the introduction to chase away the bad spirits and welcome the new one. A revolution from night to light marks the arrival of Nyepi, the Day of Silence

Local custom requires that all people in Bali observe a day of silence from the morning on 17 March at 06:00 hrs | 6 AM until 06:00 hrs | 6 AM the following day. Residents have to stay indoors, make no noise and switch off all lights for the duration of this period. Major hotels generally permit their guests full use of their various outlets with the understanding that guests will not venture outside the property. Bali’s only airport will also shut down during the entire Nyepi period.

In addition, all hotels around the holy Mount Bromo are closed from 16 March until late afternoon 17 March, seeing properties welcoming guests again on 18 March. With the majority of the ethnic minorities living around the caldera being Hindu, the announcement of seeing overnight partners closing their doors was recently received.

Aside that there are no flights arriving or departing Bali on that day, there will be no excursions operated and all shops and business will be closed. Asian Trails Indonesia office will be closed from Friday 16 March from 15:00 hrs | 3 PM local time and going back online on Monday, 19 March. Emergency services remain standing by in case needed as well our 24-hour emergency numbers remain available.

We thank you for your understanding during these days of silence on our Bali

Kindest regards

 

Asian Trails Indonesia