Thailand Tourism Minister Wants Big-Spending Women

Thailand needs more female tourists –- particularly from Japan and India — as they usually spend more than male travellers, according to Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. “Currently, female Japanese tourists represent 30% of total arrivals. We should increase the portion to half, or more than 600,000 in the future,” Kobkarn said. […]

Dual Pricing a Pain Point in Myanmar, Thailand Travel?

Myanmar Tourism Federation and the Tourism Authority of Thailand recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote tourism between the two countries — “Two Countries, One Destination” — but Don Ross asks, will it resolve “major pain points”? “They claim [the MoU] will have positive impact on the tourism industries in both Thailand and […]

Lao Call to Develop Tourism Products, Improve Safety

Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism says the country should develop tourism products and improve safety measures to attract more visitors and build tourist confidence. Lao News Agency quoted the ministry’s deputy minister, Bouangeun Saphouvong, as saying the tourism sector in Laos should develop integrated tourism products to attract more visitors to the […]

“Colors of the Northwest” Launched in Lao Cai, Vietnam

“Colors of the Northwest” has been selected as the theme for Vietnam’s National Tourism Year 2017 which opened last weekend in Lao Cai city, Lao Cai province. The year-long program will promote cultural values of more than 30 ethnic minority groups and the beauty of the northwestern region and will include the Four-Season Festival, Thuong […]

The Woman Who Weaved a Thai Community Together

Villagers of Ban Na Ton Chan community in Sukhothai’s Si Satchanalai district describe Sangiam Sawaenglap as kind, caring and diligent. She is the force behind the success of her village, regarded as a role model for community-based tourism in Thailand as well as an ecotourism destination. More than 30 years ago, Sangiam was a typical […]

Myanmar’s Booming Hotel, Tourism Sector

As of January 2017, Myanmar’s hotel and tourism sector has received foreign investment of more than $2.687 billion. A growing economy is leading to improved airlift which is in turn leading to improved tourism numbers—making the country ripe for tourism-related investment. The sector is the seventh-most popular industry for foreign investment, accounting for 3.87 percent, […]

Son Tra Mountain Named Vietnam National Tourism Site

Son Tra Mountain in Vietnam will become a national tourism site that will host a “luxury eco-tour resort complex” by 2030, it was announced at a press conference on Wednesday. Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration, said the mountain, 600 metres above sea level and 10 kilometres from downtown Da […]

Vietnamese Wind Energy Farmers Explore Ecotourism

Binh Thuan Wind Energy Association is planning to develop ecotourism at wind farms in Vietnam to raise funds and further develop clean energy. The association’s chairman, Bui Van Thinh, announced the plan at a conference about the development of wind farms in Binh Thuan Province on February 16. The Phu Lac wind farm by Thuan […]

DMC Hopeful following Myanmar, Thailand Deal

The head of one of Myanmar’s biggest DMCs has said that he is hopeful that a new agreement between Thailand and Myanmar will lead to greater cross-border tourism opportunities. Edwin Briels, managing director of Khiri Travel Myanmar, said that the recently-signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Myanmar Tourism Federation and Tourism Authority of Thailand […]

China’s New Religious Pilgrims Flock to Yunnan

Jeremy Eccles writing for The Australian: “During two recent tours through western China I’ve been able to observe the immensity of domestic tourism as the country’s enriched middle classes are freed to visit the legendary sites of their culture. “On my visit to Xian, for example, it proved almost impossible to view the Terracotta Warriors […]