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Go Vacation Thailand’s Online Agent Booking Engine is live

In a major innovation to expand the scope and efficiency of our Information Technology capability, Go Vacation Thailand is pleased to announce that its new computerised Agent Booking Engine and services control system is now on-line and fully operational, with the system to be extended to cover Go Vacation Indonesia and Go Vacation Sri Lanka in the near future.

 
IN THIS ISSUE
Happy New Year to all Snakes

Go Vacation Thailand’s Online Agent Booking Engine is live

Record 2012 tourist arrivals in Indonesia

And Sri Lanka tops a million

Go Vacation Indonesia appointed GSA for Mandala Airlines

A treat for the children

 


 
Meet us in Berlin!

The world’s largest and most important annual travel and tourism promotional event, ITB, will be held this year in Berlin’s huge Messe Convention Centre from March 6-10th. With over 10,000 exhibitors and 113,000 trade participants from 180 countries scheduled to attend, this will be an unrivalled opportunity for all sectors of  the tourism, transportation and hospitality industries to meet and maintain valuable contacts.

Go Vacation companies, from Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka will, once again, be strongly represented at ITB. Come and meet us, to discuss and develop new business opportunities, on Stand 224 in Hall 26b! Please contact info@go-vacation.com for an appointment

2013 calendar: Thailand & Sri Lanka

The diversity of unique festivals to be experienced in our Go Vacation Southeast Asian destinations is unrivalled anywhere else in the world. In Thailand and Sri Lanka, particularly, the choice is truly incredible, with almost every day seeing some religious, cultural or sporting event taking place somewhere, to make any vacation extra special. For a listing of  highlighted festivals for the whole of 2013, around which guests can schedule their visits, check out ‘Destination Information’ on the Go Vacation Thailand and Sri Lanka websites by clicking on the appropriate box at the top of this newsletter.

 
     
     
 
Happy New Year to all Snakes

February 10th 2013 marks the start of the traditional lunar New Year, celebrated as a major festival by Chinese communities worldwide. 2013 will be the ‘Year of the Snake’ in the Chinese zodiac cycle of 12 animals. People born in a snake year are regarded by the Chinese as being lucky. In character, they are believed to be determined, industrious and to value material wealth. Snake people are usually great travellers, diligent in business and good at solving problems. In short, they are just the type of client with whom we like to work as partners. So, we extend to all our colleagues and friends around the world, whether snakes, tigers, rabbits, or any other of the Chinese zodiac animals, the traditional New Year greeting: “Gong Zi Fat Choy !”.

   
Go Vacation Thailand’s Online Agent Booking Engine is live

In a major innovation to expand the scope and efficiency of our Information Technology capability, Go Vacation Thailand is pleased to announce that its new computerised Agent Booking Engine and services control system is now on-line and fully operational, with the system to be extended to cover Go Vacation Indonesia and Go Vacation Sri Lanka in the near future.

This fully web-based, XML-compatible operation system from Illusions Online (www.illusions-online.com),  a leading global travel technology provider, streamlines IT functions throughout our organisation, replacing five previous systems and promoting faster, paper-less efficiency, for the benefit of all agents worldwide.

It automates and integrates almost every aspect of our business, including product management, hotel/services contracting, tour package administration, tariff rates and client profiles. It controls client and supplier documentation, reservations, logistics, accounts receivable and payable, enabling agents to generate quotations and book the entire product range online, with confirmations covering hotels, transfers, tours, excursions and sightseeing options.

Agents can view hotel tariffs, statements of account, enter and proceed bookings, make amendments or cancellations as required, as well as accessing booking details, vouchers and invoices.

For full information on how agents and partners can access this dynamic interactive system, contact us at tobias.fischer@go-vacation.com so that we can establish your priority requirements and issue a secure code exclusive to your business.

   
Record 2012 tourist arrivals for Indonesia And Sri Lanka tops a million
According to the latest available official statistics, tourist arrivals in Indonesia are projected to have passed eight million for the first time during 2012. By the end of November 2012, total visitors had reached 7.3 million, up 5.09 per cent over the same 11 months of 2011, so the target set for the full year, including the busiest high-season month, December, will almost certainly have been achieved, confirming tourism’s position as one of Indonesia’s most valuable sources of foreign exchange income. In recognition of this importance, the Indonesian Government and local tourist authorities are currently engaged in a programme of projects to upgrade infrastructure and visitor facilities in a number of high-priority destinations throughout the country.  Contact info@govacation-indonesia.com for more information.   On December 29th, 2012, a special ceremony was held at Colombo International Airport to welcome the one-millionth foreign visitor, marking an historic milestone for Sri Lankan tourism, which has grown dramatically over recent years. This has created great opportunities for destination management companies such as Go Vacation Sri Lanka, which has increased staff and resources to cater for surging demand. The comprehensive programmes of tour itineraries, excursions and options available through Go Vacation Sri Lanka for groups and FIT guests has been expanded and the range of special services extended to serve priority needs of premium travellers. To discuss business development opportunities in this vibrant destination, contact us at info@govacation-srilanka.com
 
Go Vacation Indonesia appointed GSA for Mandala Airlines

Mandala Airlines is a low-cost airline headquartered in Jakarta, Indonesia. It was founded in 1969, and has an excellent name and reputation for its service and reliability among frequent air travellers in Indonesia since many years. It has never been on the EU blacklist of airlines banned in the European Union! The name also refers to Mandala, a Sanskrit term, symbolizing the universe, which is used as the logo of the corporation. On April 5, 2012 Mandala re-position itself as a partner airlines of Tiger Airways. As a partner airline of Tiger Airways, Mandala Airlines collaborate with Tiger Airways on sales and distribution, planning, marketing and procurement with extended networks to over 30 destinations across South East Asia and Australia. Mandala Airlines currently operates a fleet of three brand new Airbus A320 planes. It is expected to increase its fleet to ten Airbus A320 by 2013. New routes are expected to be progressively added in-lieu of additional aircraft. In January 2013, Go Vacation Indonesia appointed by Mandala, become its passenger General Sales Agent in Bali, with a ticketing office located at Ngurah Rai Airport. At the present Mandala operate 1 daily flight from Denpasar, Bali to Surabay on Java, and 1 daily flight from Denpasar to Singapore.

   
A treat for the children

As part of Go Vacation Thailand’s annual programme of charity and social support projects, many of our Head Office executives and staff took part in a special event on December 27, 2012, at a rural temple, village school and home for underprivileged children at Amphur Pamok, a hundred kilometres from Bangkok. It was a lively day at Wat Botworadit for the 40 monks and almost 400 kids, with religious offerings made at the temple, a generous lunch served to the youngsters and presentations of food, clothing, educational equipment and toys, plus a cash donation, all raised from among Go Vacation Thailand staff and guests. For photos of this happy day’s activities, click onto our interactive Facebook forum.   

 
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