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 […]

Luang Prabang Cleans Up

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Luang Prabang must keep a constant vigil over trash, writes Bernie Rosenbloom for We Are Laos. An ongoing storm of litter rains down on a community that takes great pride in their UNESCO World Heritage city. An occasional showing of troops to pick up rubbish isn’t sustainable. Luang Prabang knows they need a dedicated effort […]

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 […]

Tourism Thailand Needs to “Get Even Smarter”: Governor

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn wrote a column for The Nation, which was published on Tuesday. Here is an excerpt: The TAT is aware of the need to get even smarter to meet the changing requirements of the digital age while capitalising on the core qualities of our country. Our long-term goal […]

Tourism Vietnam to Get Tough on Zero-Dong Tours

The head of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyễn Văn Tuấn, tells Kinh tế & Đô thị (Economic and Urban Affairs; a newspaper) that localities need tailored mechanism to curb low-quality zero-dollar tours. “Zero-đồng tours” have re-emerged in tourist attractions in Việt Nam for Chinese travellers. Although free of charge, travel firms earn […]

Cambodia Tourism Marketing Council to Launch End-April

TTG Asia reports that a centralised tourism marketing and advertising council is set to launch by end-April to help Cambodia achieve its target of seven million visitors by 2020. Tourism minister Thong Khon said the council’s main aim is to promote Cambodia to the international market through campaigns and initiatives, and also encourage the private […]

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 […]

Record Tourism Numbers for Cambodian New Year

Cambodia’s top tourist destinations attracted a record number of visitors this Khmer New Year, with 2.5 million locals and foreigners traveling to celebrate the festival around the country. A Tourism Ministry report said Siem Reap province welcomed almost 1.7 million tourists, up 23 percent from last year. The province’s Angkor Archeological Park and Angkor Sangkranta […]

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 […]

Tourism Thailand Reaffirms Interest in Women

Thailand has long been a magnet for male travellers from the West, but now the Kingdom’s tourism authorities are recognizing the power of female travellers, especially from Asia. “Sun is rising in the East (for Thailand),” says Srisuda Wanapinyosak, Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and South Pacific) at Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). “Asian […]