Plans for floating market in the works

The local entrepreneur who brought the capital its first container night market is seeking government support to realise his vision for the country’s first custom-built floating market and entertainment complex. Srey Chanthorn, CEO of SkyLand, said he hopes to present his master plan for a floating market covering 50 hectares on the Mekong River and its […]

Kampot seaport construction to start

Construction of the first seaport for tourist vessels in Kampot province is due to start in September. Provincial tourism department director Soy Sinol said a construction study of the Asian Development Bank-funded project had been completed.The $18-million tourism seaport is due to come into service by 2019. Mr Sinol said it would boost tourism in […]

CLIA to hold river cruise conference in Vietnam

The event will take place in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam next year, followed by a sailing on the Mekong River for travel agents. The announcement was made at the CLIA (Cruise Line Industry Association) Conference. The inaugural Asia event will begin on April 10 2018, with the sailing departing on April 12. Clia member […]

Vietnam still looks forward to Chinese tourists, despite problems

VietNamNet Bridge – Despite the ‘zero-dong tours’ and a number of problems caused by Chinese travelers, Vietnam is still preparing to receive travelers from China, a large market with great potential. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) on May 11 asked people’s committees of cities and provinces to strengthen management and maintain the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Myanmar to start collecting tourism tax

Myanmar will soon impose a tourism tax on visitors to fund the country’s tourism promotion activities, the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) said. Its chairman U Yan Win said this was decided by the tourism development committee during a meeting with the hotels and tourism ministry on April 26 in Nay Pyi Taw. He said the […]