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Economy April 22, 2017 01:00

By THE NATION

1.3M TONNES OF LOW-GRADE RICE UP FOR AUCTION



A government auction on April 26 will release 1.3 million tonnes of low-quality rice from stockpiles across the country.

Duangporn Rodphaya, director-general of the Department of International Trade Promotion, said interested parties could visit the silos where the rice is stored to assess the quality before submitting bids.

The grain is said to be suitable for industrial purposes only. Anyone found using it for human or animal food would face prosecution.

Some five million tonnes of rice remain in the government’s inventory, of which 1.7 million tonnes are considered fit for consumption.

SCOOT, TIGERAIR ON AMADEUS 

Scoot and Amadeus have renewed their distribution partnership, ensuring that the airline’s fares and inventory continue to be available to Amadeus’ global network of travel agencies. 

Tigerair, which is expected to come under the Scoot brand this year, has also joined Scoot in making its content available through Amadeus under a new agreement.

More and more low-cost carriers (LCCs) are looking to expand their presence with international travellers and better target the corporate traveller segment. 

By 2020, Asia-Pacific is forecast to receive over 657 million international visitors. 

The region is the world’s biggest and fastest growing market for business travel, traditionally a more lucrative segment for airlines than leisure travellers.

Travel agencies are an effective and efficient way for airlines to connect with these travellers, and Amadeus offers LCCs like Scoot and Tigerair access to the world’s widest network of travel agents. 

Partnerships like these also give travel agencies more affordable options to address demand from a growing population of budget-conscious travellers.