International visitors to Laos top expenditure of regional tourists

According to a newly released national statistics report from the Tourism Development Department under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, the number of international tourist arrivals in the country reached over 396,000 people, generating revenue of over US$396 million, while regional tourist arrivals (Asia and Pacific) topped 3.5 million people generating only US$328 million […]

WEF ranking upgrade boosts tourism

Cambodia has improved its ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index. The nation was ranked 101 of 136 countries in the 2017 report, thanks to performance improvements that drove an overall score increase from 3.2 points in 2015 to 3.3 points this year. The report grades countries on a scale […]

Yunnan’s Myanmar borderlands becoming more accessible

There are places which seem so close, but remain hard to reach. Kengtung, the main town in the far east of Myanmar’s most eastern Shan state, is one of those places. It is less than 150 kilometers from Jinghong (景洪), the main city of Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna Prefecture, and it shares many similarities, yet there is […]

HCM City looks to boost culinary tourism

One of Southeast Asia’s best kept secrets is HCM City’s food scene: home to a veritable melting pot of local and international flavours found in the finest high-end restaurants and the lowliest streetside cafés. Since there’s something for just about everyone, the city has great potential to develop culinary tourism, according to Hãn Nguyên Nguyễn […]

Preserving for posterity

A round up of the 18 sites in South-east Asia that sport the UNESCO World Heritage label. Plus, agents weigh in on the state of tourism at these sites and other locations they think should make the cut CAMBODIA 1. Angkor – Constructed by Khmer King Suryavarman II between 1113 and 1150, the long-standing symbol […]

Thailand Launches Its Woman’s Journey’s Campaign 2017

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Thailand presented early this week its Woman’s Journey’s Campaign 2017 with a range of privileges and discounts offered to all female travellers visiting the Kingdom next August. In an event designed like a fashion catwalk, the Tourism Authority of Thailand presented the highlight of its 2017 Campaign designed to recognize the influence of female travellers […]

Bagan cultural zone to be included in UNESCO

A draft plan to designate Bagan as one of the World’s Heritage sites will be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in September. Union Minister in the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko on May 6 said that Bagan would be expanded and spruced up. “This […]

Vietnam Tourism Arrivals up by 29% in Q1 of 2017

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In the first quarter of 2017, Vietnam welcomed close to 4.3 million international tourists, representing an  increase of over 30% over the same period of last year while tourism revenues reached US$5.79 billion during the first quarter.  The rise of Vietnam tourism continues. According to the first data released for the month of April, total […]

A new conference concept for the Mekong Region

The 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum will be hosted by the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism of Lao PDR (MICT), and organised by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) in the UNESCO heritage town Luang Prabang from June 6-9. Find out more at Learn from Mr. Thaviphet Oula, Deputy Director General of MICT and […]

Wealth of tourist sites in Laos

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More than 2,100 tourist sites in Laos attracted a large number of both domestic and foreign tourists last year, according to a 2015-2016 report made by the Ministry of Planning and Investment. The report was unveiled during an Ordinary Session of the National Assembly’s (NA) by Souphan Keomixay,  Lao Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr. […]