Trade Supports Raising Cambodian Tourism Standards

Cambodian authorities’ plans to raise tourism standards across the Kingdom have been met with approval by agents in the country. Tourism minister Thong Khon announced that the Ministry of Tourism (MoT) will unveil a seven-step plan in the coming months as part of the country’s strategy to attract seven million visitors by 2020. While full […]

Cambodia’s River Festival Targets Tourism Investors

Cambodia’s third annual River Festival in Steung Treng province next weekend is part of a strategy to attract tourism investment to provinces in the northeast of the country, officials have said. Kong Sophearak, director of the Statistics Department at the Ministry of Tourism, told Khmer Times that coastal areas, Phnom Penh, and Siem Reap province […]

Laos Sees 10% Drop in Tourism Arrivals in 2016

The number of foreign tourists visiting Laos dropped in 2016 after several successive years of visitor growth, according to the Tourism Development Department of the Lao Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. Laos registered average annual growth in foreign tourist arrivals of 10.7 percent on average over the past five years. But last year, just […]

Led by Airlines, Gulf Investors Eye Potential of Cambodia

Cambodia has been largely overlooked by the Middle East but there are signs that things are changing with the major Gulf airlines leading the way, reports Forbes. Plans to boost tourist numbers in Cambodia have drawn the interest of Dubai-based Emirates Airlines, which announced last month that it was to start daily flights between Dubai […]

Is the Sun Setting on Bagan Temple Climbing?

Myanmar authorities are mulling a ban on climbing Bagan’s temples in order to protect them, reports Frontier Myanmar, but experts warn that such a move could have a negative impact on the country’s growing tourism industry. The government has said it is considering banning visitors from climbing the pagodas at the end of this year’s […]

Is Mass Tourism Damaging Thailand’s Phi Phi Paradise?

For years, the number of tourists visiting Thailand has been climbing steadily. In 2017, some 10 million visitors from China alone are expected in the country. Locals on Ko Phi Phi Le are complaining about the environmental impact. View video at Deutsche Welle.

Koldowski: Asia Tourism Focus should Shift to Sustainability

Asia’s tourism industry is booming, buoyed by rising incomes, low-cost air transport, and China’s growing outbound market. But analysts say the rapid expansion is also putting pressure on infrastructure and destinations amid calls to boost spending and better manage tourism ‘flows’ to ensure long term sustainability. John Koldowski, a travel industry analyst and lecturer at […]

Yunnan Official Blames SOEs for Tourism Woes

The dominance of state-owned companies (SOEs) is a key reason behind the large number of complaints about Yunnan province’s tourism industry, a top Yunnan official reportedly said. Chen Hao, deputy to the National People’s Congress and secretary of the Yunnan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, made the comment in a meeting of […]

Tourism Puts Mekong River Dolphins at Risk?

Recent research suggests that while dolphin and whale tourism in Southeast Asia can be great for communities, it can also come at a cost to the environment, reports The Conversation. Dolphin- and whale-watching tourism is a booming industry worldwide, and it’s growing apace in developing parts of Asia. Many tourists flock to see spinner dolphins […]

Myanmar to Cooperate in Lancang-Mekong River Tourism

China was Myanmar’s second most important tourism source market last year. About 500,000 Chinese tourists visited in 2016; significantly lower than the more than 800,000 who visited in 2015. Chinese tourists mainly visited Myanmar from Muse, Laukai, Chin Shwe Haw, Lweji, Kanpiketi and Mongla. Most of them used the Muse border gate. Ohn Maung, Myanmar’s […]