From the clouds: Viet Nam’s aviation boom

Viet Nam has one of the world’s fastest-growing markets for airline passengers and with billions spent recently on aircraft, coupled with more entrants to the aviation market, it’s only going to grow – just in time for the rise of the travel-happy middle class.  Ten years ago elderly people who came into Hanoi or Ho […]

Workshop to enhance ASEAN’s e-commerce capacity

The “Capacity Building Workshop for Greater Mekong Subregional (GMS) Cross-border E-commerce” aims to share Korea’s development experience and expertise in the e-commerce industry. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a co-host. Public and private stakeholders from the GMS countries will attend. “As ASEAN has placed great emphasis on transforming itself into a digital bloc, bridging […]

Mekong Institute shifts its aid focus

THE Mekong Institute is revisiting its performance targets following geo-economic changes in the Greater Mekong Subregion amid Asean’s economic integration. “MI has to promote and develop training and assist in knowledge for its member countries, while solving social problems,” Narongchai Akrasanee, chairman of a committee supervising MI, said yesterday. The new focus on social assistance […]

TCEB bridge Special Economic Zones with MICE

The “Thailand MICE Seminar on SEZ 2017 – TMSS” focused on three different issues: Strength Management over the Economic Quadrangle, Trade and Investment Cooperation in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC), and General Tourism and MICE Industry Cooperation on GMS and LMC sub-regional economic zones. The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau or TCEB […]

Quality list aids travel

Proudly contributed by Don Ross

Company contributor TTR Weekly

Thailand’s Department of Tourism reports 673 establishments in 2016 passed evaluation and were accredited under the Thailand Tourism Standard scheme. Released last week on the department’s website, the list identified establishments that had achieved the standard in the categories of accommodation, services, activities, attractions, tour business and tour guiding. The scheme’s list, written in Thai, […]

A positive perspective on Myanmar’s hotel glut

Last September, amid an alarming rise in the number of unoccupied hotel rooms in cities like Yangon and Mandalay, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism (MOHT) announced tighter controls on the development of new hotels in congested areas. Occupancy rates in Myanmar last year were under 40 per cent during the rainy season, according to […]

Yangon Goes for A Beautification Program

Proudly contributed by Luc Citrinot

Company contributor

Myanmar major newspaper in English language, the Myanmar Times, wrote last week about the launching of a campaign to clean up and beautify Yangon. The campaign has been kicked off in a downtown alley to make the city more lively and attractive. The campaign is spearheaded by the social and heritage conservation group Doh Eain, […]

Can emerging destinations really handle big events?

Destination Case Study on the 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR By Gerardine Donough-Tan  The exotic allure of emerging markets such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos continue to woo event planners, but often the question remains: Can these destinations, especially small towns that have never hosted big events, rise to the challenge? […]

Cambodia Tourism arrivals on the rise

More than 2.66 million foreign tourists visited Cambodia in the first six months of the year, representing a 12.8 percent rise over the same period last year, according to a report from Tourism Ministry. International tourist arrivals by air rose to 1,605,664, representing a 23 percent increase in the first six months. Arrivals by land […]

Thailand Sees Tourism Rise As It Promotes Local Experiences

by Chris Ryall / August 02, 2017 Thailand in 2016 reached the 30 million mark in international visitors for the first time; the nearly 33 million visitors in 2016 were an 8.91% increase over the previous year, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is projecting 35 million will come in 2017. At the 16th Thailand […]