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  Volume 1, Issue 1, October 2010    
Our New Website
On tour operators and travel agents can discover all the diversity of products and services operated by our network.
Launch of Go Vacation Sri Lanka
Catering to rapidly growing demand, the newly established Go Vacation Sri Lanka will offer the most complete coverage of this exotic island.
Cruising with AIDA Cruises
Germany’s leading cruise line has, once again, confirmed Go Vacation Thailand as its GSA for port and ground handling services in Thailand.
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News from Go Vacation
This is the first edition of our regular monthly e-newsletter, specially created to keep you informed about exciting new opportunities on Southeast and South Asia’s dynamic tourism and hospitality scene.

Why now ?
Go Vacation has decided to launch a newsletter at this particular time as there are several important developments you should know about, developments presenting valuable prospects for expanding your business in this, the world’s fastest growing region for travel and tourism.

Why Go Vacation ?
Go Vacation Thailand, launched originally in 1983 to provide comprehensive inbound travel services covering Thailand, has recorded constant dynamic growth. Our network in Thailand now employs over 250 expatriate and local staff, providing full-service facilities through eight fully-staffed regional offices in key tourist destinations throughout the country.
We cater to over 200,000 travellers annually, working closely with leading international tour operators and travel agents.

What’s new ?
Go Vacation launches a full-scale tourism management project in Sri Lanka, a further extension in the Go Vacation network including Thailand and Indonesia. Please read more further below.
Introducing our new website
Re-launched earlier this year, with an upgraded and expanded format, contains full information about our organisation, destinations, comprehensive services, tour itineraries and hotels on offer in the countries we cover.

This site, designed for use by our existing and potential international business partners, is primarily a trade medium, providing full details about what is available throughout our Southeast Asian network, with practical support and prices. This is not only a fully comprehensive source of information, it presents exciting new vacation ideas for your clients, featuring the newest products, attractions and tempting special offers.

Via the Agent Login on the website or directly at agents can login on our new Online Hotel Tariff. The tariff is directly linked with our contracting program and always offers the most updated contract rates and promotions.

Coverage in the website also includes a range of our more specialised activities, such as opportunities for MICE events, exclusive services for VIP travellers, sporting activities including golf, diving and cycling, plus apartment and villa rental at top beach resorts, sea cruises and self-drive car hire.

Check it all out on to add new dimensions to your Southeast Asian tour product range, then talk to us about how you can exploit exciting new business opportunities with Go Vacation as your efficient and service-oriented partner.
Launch of Go Vacation Sri Lanka
The fabulous island of Sri Lanka currently presents one of the most exciting opportunities for dynamic tourism development in South Asia. (See note below).

In a joint venture with Sri Lanka’s Jetwing Travels a comprehensive new ground handling operation has been set up – Go Vacation Sri Lanka.

The new destination management company will initially serve the major REWE Touristic brands Meier’s Weltreisen and DERTOUR, when it launches full-scale operations in October 2010. Jetwing Travels has, to date, been handling a number of REWE clients. These, plus others currently handled by other local agencies are scheduled to transfer to Go Vacation Sri Lanka as their contracts expire.

With up to 20 qualified and experienced staff at this launch phase, the organisation will provide a full range of ground handling services, including airport handling, accommodation, guided group and FIT tour itineraries covering the whole island.

The company’s management predicts a substantial volume of business for the first operational year, with a massive potential for future growth from new, as well as existing markets, as international tour operators and their customers come to realise the incredible diversity of vacation opportunities offered in Sri Lanka.

With the addition of Go Vacation Sri Lanka to the existing operations of Go Vacation Thailand and Go Vacation Indonesia, the brand Go Vacation will be supported by more than 10 of their full-service local offices covering the most important tourist destinations of Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.

Statistics Note:
The dramatic rise in Sri Lanka tourism following the settlement of long-standing internal security issues, is demonstrated by recently issued statistics which show that, between July 2009 and July 2010, monthly visitor arrivals surged by up to 50%, with average tourist expenditure growing by 69%, year on year. Western Europe accounts for some 40% of the total, creating especially exciting opportunities for business growth from that market.
Southeast Asia sea cruising
Go Vacation wins AIDA – again
Sea cruises, covering some of the Orient’s most exotic destinations and idyllic tropical islands, is a rapidly growing sector of Southeast Asia’s dynamic tourism scene.

Among leading cruise operators, the German AIDA Cruises, a member of the Carnival Corporation & plc, launched services covering key points in the region for the October – April winter season 2009-10. Against intense competition, AIDA Cruises appointed Go Vacation Thailand as official handler for its shore operations and excursion programme in Thailand destinations.

During that first year, AIDA Cruises operated 13 ship-sailings, each with up to 1,200 passengers. And, for the coming winter season’s sailing schedule, AIDA has once again confirmed Go Vacation Thailand as its preferred ground-handling agent. From October 2010 to April 2011, AIDA plans to increase the frequency of its Southeast Asian sailings, to 14, using larger ships each having the capacity of up to 1,500 passengers.

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