• United Airlines’ Economy Customers Can Now Pre-Order Snacks and Beverages

    (29 July 2021)
    United Airlines’ customers – no matter what cabin of
    service they’re flying in – can now use the airline’s  mobile app
    and website to pre-order meals, snacks and beverages, up to five
    days before they’re scheduled to travel.

    United’s pre-order option is now available on
    select flights departing from Chicago to Orange County, CA
    Sacramento, CA and San Diego, and will expand to all flights over
    1,500 miles by early fall.

    “Our new pre-order option reflects the customer
    experience transformation taking place at United – customers in
    our economy cabins will have an easy, convenient way to

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  • Air France Receives 5-Star COVID19 Airline Safety Rating from Skytrax

    (28 July 2021)
    Air France received a 5-star COVID19 Airline Safety
    Rating from Skytrax on Tuesday.

    Air France is the first major European airline to
    receive this award, which is an improvement on the 4-star rating
    it received in January 2021.

    The 5-star rating is the highest an airline can
    receive in this global benchmark for certifying COVID19 air travel
    health and safety standards.


    Among the measures taken by Air France, the rating agency evaluated
    the cleaning and disinfection procedures at the airport and on
    board aircraft, recycling of the cabin air, special signage and
    floor markings to ensure physical

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  • Finalists of Experience Mekong Showcases 2021 Unveiled as Public Voting Begins

    (28 July 2021)
    The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has unveiled
    the 15 finalists of the Experience Mekong Showcases 2021 from
    Cambodia, Laos, Thailand Vietnam, as well as Guangxi and
    Yunnan in China.

    Three thousand eligible
    votes determined three Experience Mekong Collection members from
    each of the five participating countries this year for the next
    round of voting.

    The public can
    vote until 31 August,
    with the six Experience Mekong Showcases
    to be announced at the 2021 Destination Mekong Summit scheduled
    to take place later
    this year.

    The 15 finalists are:

    “Alliances like the
    Experience Mekong Collection are more important than

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  • Wuttipong Tanteraponchai Appointed Cluster DOSM of Melia’s Two Hotels in Thailand

    (28 July 2021)
    Mr. Wuttipong Tanteraponchai has been appointed as
    Cluster Director of Sales and Marketing of the Melia Koh Samui and
    Melia Chiang Mai, the group’s two hotels in Thailand.


    Prior to joining Melia, Khun Wuttipong spent a
    year working as Director of Sales and Marketing at The Sukhothai
    Bangkok, and before that was with The Okura Prestige Bangkok for
    more than seven years, firstly as Director of Sales for two years
    before being promoted to Director of Sales and Marketing.

    Khun Wuttipong also worked with Mandarin Oriental
    for 4 years, spent just over 2 years at the Westin

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  • IATA Launches Environmental Sustainability Training Program with University of Geneva

    (26 July 2021)
    IATA has launched an environmental sustainability
    training program together with the University of Geneva (UNIGE).

    While sustainability has played an important role in the industry
    for many years, it is a key priority as the sector rebuilds from
    the effects of the COVID19 pandemic.

    In a recent survey of more
    than 800 industry training professionals, sustainability was
    identified as a top training need, in order to ensure that
    employees can obtain the necessary fundamental technical and
    operational skills, but also the required soft skills.

    The IATA – UNIGE Certificate of Advanced Studies
    (CAS) in Environmental Sustainability in

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