Is Vietnam Tourism Over- or Under-Developed?

While some economists say that Vietnam has too many hotels and resorts, others believe that tourism infrastructure is inadequate compared with the rest of the world. The participants at a workshop on tourism infrastructure development, however, all agreed that developing tourism as a key sector was the right move for Vietnam. Luong Hoai Nam, CEO […]

Hospitality Chief Approves of Thailand’s Quality Tourism Focus

Thailand is doing well to focus on “quality tourism”, according to Deepak Ohri, chief executive of luxury-hospitality company Lebua Hotels and Resorts. He told The Nation that quality tourism revolves around culture and conservation that runs in parallel with improved infrastructure like more airports, railways and shopping places outside Bangkok. While acknowledging Thailand’s strong cultural […]

Top Myanmar Beach Destinations to Watch: C9

Four of Myanmar’s beach destinations are emerging as leading contenders in Asia’s search for the next exotic tropical getaway spot, according to C9. While each has its own unique DNA, what’s clear is that there are different paths ahead for the group. According to research released in C9 Hotelworks’ new Ngapali Beach Tourism Market Review, […]

Community-based Tourism Key to Chin State, Myanmar: Minister

Myanmar’s Chin State, and its picturesque north in particular, is worth a visit, according to Jared Downing, writing for Frontier Myanmar. The region is home to an almost untouched land of sweeping ranges, hidden valleys and rustic villages. But the state has almost no proper hotels, limited mobile phone coverage, and most of its roads […]

Myanmar’s Elephants: From Timber Extraction to Tourism Attraction

The Myanmar government has banned timber extraction for a period of one year for the whole country and for 10 years for Bago Yoma hills in central Myanmar. As a result of this ban, elephant camps under the management of Myanma Timber Enterprise will be turned into elephant-based tourism centres to provide a source of […]

“Love Laos: Keep it Clean” Campaign Leverages Social Media

In 2016 The Asia Foundation launched a campaign targeting waste management called “Love Laos: Keep it Clean.” The campaign is coupled with several projects meant to inspire and encourage people to stop littering and to start recycling and composting. In Bolikhamxay, Luang Prabang, and Khammouane provinces, The Asia Foundation initiated several school and community waste […]

Thailand Tourism Minister Denies Street Food Ban

One of the biggest Thailand-related news stories on social media this week was a front page headline in The Nation newspaper and an oft-shared post from its website. The headline stated: “BMA bans all street food across Bangkok this year”. MekongTourism.org also shared the story in its post “Bangkok to Ban all Street Food?” The […]

Growth Potential in Vietnam for Mid-, High-end Hospitality

The growth of tourism is creating opportunities for the hospitality market, especially the mid-end and high-end segments, according to Savills’ latest review. In 2016, the total rated travel accommodation supply in Vietnam was up 18 per cent year-on-year to 420,000 hotel rooms, commensurate to tourism industry development. Enhanced tourist flows are creating more opportunities for […]

Myanmar Partnering with NGOs on Marine Protected Areas

Myanmar’s government is partnering with international NGOs and experts to plan a system of marine protected areas (MPAs) in the nation’s Myeik Archipelago. Phil Dearden is involved in the planning effort. Mr Dearden leads the Marine Protected Areas Research Group at the University of Victoria (Canada) and has conducted extensive research in SE Asia, primarily […]

Vietnam Most Improved GMS Tourism Destination: TTCI

Vietnam was the biggest mover among Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) destinations, rising eight places in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s recently released Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) 2017. Cambodia, China, Laos, and Thailand also improved in their rankings. Myanmar was not surveyed. GMS members’ TTCI 2017 rankings: Cambodia — 101/136 (105/141 in 2015) China […]