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Travellers may soon need proof of insurance to visit Thailand

Surely only immortal, loosely scheduled multimillionaires can afford to travel without insurance, so even if this proposed requirement does come to pass, it shouldn't impact most of us. The introduction of compulsory travel insurance prior to entry into Thailand was raised in a meeting last week and officials at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports…
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10 Ways to pick a bad travel agent

It’s no secret we’re pretty big fans of travel agents – we just love you all – but in every profession, there’s a few that let the team down. US travel publication, Travel Market Report, has rounded up 10 things that bad travel agents don’t do, starting with not listening to clients. Of course, this…
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Qantas credit card falls short of expectations

Recent research shows the new Qantas Mastercard delivers $300 less ‘net’ rewards value than the market leading credit card. The Qantas branded credit card has been criticised for failing to deliver on its ‘Premier’ name, ranking 26 for net value in a market-wide comparison by Mozo.com.au of 43 rewards cards earning Qantas Points. Mozo evaluated…
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Qatar Airways banned from biggest market

A political tiff between the governments of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, came to a head yesterday, as they cut ties with Qatar. As a result, all three Gulf nations have refused Qatar Airways access to its airspace, in turn cutting it off from some of its biggest markets in Saudi Arabia.…
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Travel Agents and OTA’s Can Coexist – MTA MD

While he mightn’t be their biggest supporter, Mobile Travel Agents (MTA) co-managing director, Roy Merricks, still feels the two operators can coexist in the one industry. “Travel agents and OTAs can coexist and will into the foreseeable future,” he told Travel Weekly recently. “There’s nothing to be gained in my opinion by either one belittling…
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