Thailand Tourism Minister Wants Big-Spending Women

Thailand needs more female tourists –- particularly from Japan and India — as they usually spend more than male travellers, according to Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. “Currently, female Japanese tourists represent 30% of total arrivals. We should increase the portion to half, or more than 600,000 in the future,” Kobkarn said. […]

Dual Pricing a Pain Point in Myanmar, Thailand Travel?

Myanmar Tourism Federation and the Tourism Authority of Thailand recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote tourism between the two countries — “Two Countries, One Destination” — but Don Ross asks, will it resolve “major pain points”? “They claim [the MoU] will have positive impact on the tourism industries in both Thailand and […]

“Colors of the Northwest” Launched in Lao Cai, Vietnam

“Colors of the Northwest” has been selected as the theme for Vietnam’s National Tourism Year 2017 which opened last weekend in Lao Cai city, Lao Cai province. The year-long program will promote cultural values of more than 30 ethnic minority groups and the beauty of the northwestern region and will include the Four-Season Festival, Thuong […]

DMC Hopeful following Myanmar, Thailand Deal

The head of one of Myanmar’s biggest DMCs has said that he is hopeful that a new agreement between Thailand and Myanmar will lead to greater cross-border tourism opportunities. Edwin Briels, managing director of Khiri Travel Myanmar, said that the recently-signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Myanmar Tourism Federation and Tourism Authority of Thailand […]

China’s New Religious Pilgrims Flock to Yunnan

Jeremy Eccles writing for The Australian: “During two recent tours through western China I’ve been able to observe the immensity of domestic tourism as the country’s enriched middle classes are freed to visit the legendary sites of their culture. “On my visit to Xian, for example, it proved almost impossible to view the Terracotta Warriors […]

Thai January Tourism Arrivals up 6.5%, Revenue up 12%

International tourist arrivals in Thailand rose 6.5% in January from a year earlier, with a recovery in the number of visitors from China after a crackdown on cheap or “zero-dollar” package tours. The number of foreign arrivals were 3.2 million in January, with the number of visitors from China rising 5.5% from a year earlier […]

ASEAN at ITB: Culture, Cocktails, Fashion, and a Chat

ASEAN will be celebrating its 50th anniversary at ITB Berlin this year with cultural shows in some of its members’ pavilions, and two invitation-only events to which you may be able to invite yourself. ITB Berlin delegates passing through the halls of Messe Berlin and not rushing to their next appointments may be able to […]

Four Countries, 11 Provinces Join Upper Mekong Tourism Co-op

Eleven provinces across four countries in the upper Mekong basin have agreed to join in a development cooperation agreement that will seek sustainable tourism integration across the sub-region and its borders. Officials from these provinces signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the mechanism of their cooperation last Saturday at the conclusion of a half-day […]

Sex Workers Face Poverty in Thailand Image Makeover

In an attempt to redefine Thailand as a destination for quality tourism, Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul recently proclaimed she wants the country’s sex industry gone. At the same time, police have launched a series of raids on bars and clubs, saying the aim is to tackle trafficking, underage sex work and licensing breaches. Many establishments […]

Chinese Tourism a Foreign Policy Tool in Asia?

For China’s neighbors, incoming Chinese tourists can serve as a valuable cash injection into the local economy, but it often comes with strings attached, writes Daniel Meesak for Jing Daily. A massive and growing Chinese tourism market on the doorstep sounds like an ideal scenario for many distant destinations, but poses a substantial risk as […]