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 […]

Myanmar-Thai Deal May be Good for Green Season

In a new agreement between Myanmar and Thailand, tourists will now be able cross the 1,800-km Thai-Myanmar border via three checkpoints (Mai Sai-Tachileik, Mae Sot-Myawaddy and Ranong-Kawthaung) by applying for an e-visa prior to travel. May Myat Mon Win (pictured), vice chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Federation sees plenty of upside, especially during the green […]

How Thailand Welcomed 6m Muslim Visitors in 2016

From hotels with segregated swimming pools to jelly made from seaweed instead of pig bones, Buddhist-majority Thailand is chasing halal gold as it welcomes Muslim visitors and touts its wares to the Islamic world, reports Malay Mail Online. “Considering there are 1.5 billion Muslims around the world, I think this is a very good market,” […]

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 […]

‘Mekong Moments’ Campaign Video Wins Award at ITB

The campaign video for the public-private-partnership #MekongMoments social media campaign has won an award at ITB Berlin. Mekong Tourism Executive Director Jens Thraenhart announced the news via a Facebook post, as follows: We won! Still in testing phase but the @MekongMoments campaign to promote the Greater Mekong Subregion as a single tourism destination and empower […]

Vietnam Tourism Pushes into India

Vietnamese and Indian tourism enterprises met in Hà Nội at a conference on Tuesday to enhance co-operation, reported Viet Nam News. The conference is part of events to celebrate 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership between the two countries. In 2016, the number of Indian tourists to Việt […]

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 […]