MIST Tourism Accelerator Announces Winners

Luang Prabang, Lao PDR – 9 June 2017 – The MIST tourism accelerator announced the recipients of four 2017 Mekong Business Initiaitive Innovation Grants. GoP, a travel tech startup from Myanmar, took top prize and will receive USD $10,000. Artisan Origins by TAEC, a social enterprise from Lao PDR, as well as Cambodia’s Camboticket and […]

CLMVT cement tourism partnership

CAMBODIA, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening their cooperation in promoting tourism. The countries’ leaders agreed on their tourism partnership during the two-day Regional Workshop on Methods and Strategies for Implementing Public Private Sector, which kicked off here on Wednesday. The workshop was the first for the public and private […]

Joint tourism plan with Laos agreed

THAILAND and Laos will work together on a tourism campaign dubbed “Two Countries, One Destination” aimed at boosting arrivals on both sides of the border. Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said she had met officials from Laos’ Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism and Lao tourism operators to discuss ways to promote tourism […]

Yunnan’s Myanmar borderlands becoming more accessible

There are places which seem so close, but remain hard to reach. Kengtung, the main town in the far east of Myanmar’s most eastern Shan state, is one of those places. It is less than 150 kilometers from Jinghong (景洪), the main city of Yunnan’s Xishuangbanna Prefecture, and it shares many similarities, yet there is […]

Two kingdoms, one destination

Cambodia and Thailand are pushing for the implementation of an agreement on tourism cooperation. The call was announced during a meeting between Cambodian Tourism Minister Thong Khon and Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul last Thursday in Bangkok. Both countries will facilitate tourism by implementing a single visa for third countries in a grouping […]

Bangkok gets the traffic, Singapore gets the bucks

Bangkok may be the most visited destination in Asia-Pacific among foreign visitors, but it is Singapore where they spend the most. The latest findings by Mastercard showed that over the past two years (2015-16), Singapore tracked strong 18% growth in total visitor spending. One of only five destinations of the top 20 by total expenditure to […]

ASEAN Tourism Ministers Vow to Promote Integration

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tourism ministers gathering at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) global summit in Bangkok this week vowed to promote regional travel and tourism integration through air, land and maritime connectivity. Constraints such as out-of-sync regulations, insufficient infrastructure, and inconvenience continue to hamper freedom of travel in ASEAN, the […]

Thailand’s PM, Deputy PM Preside over WTTC Summit

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, this week presided over the opening of the 2017 World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit and delivered opening remarks to more than 800 delegates attending the event on 26-27 April. Later, General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, presided over the welcome gala dinner specially […]

Jetstar to Fly Melbourne, Sydney to Ho Chi Minh

Australian budget carrier Jetstar Airways will commence direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City in May. Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft will be used for all flights, operating four times per week from Sydney and three times per week from Melbourne. Flights from Melbourne to HCM City will commence on May 10 […]

Khlong Yai, Koh Kong Tourism Potential Explored

Since Trat’s Khlong Yai in Thailand and Cambodia’s Koh Kong share a heritage and a border, their potential as tourist destinations is being explored, reports Karnjana Karnjanatawe for Bangkok Post. The sandy beach of Hat Banchuen in Trat’s Khlong Yai district stretches out many kilometres, but there are not many visitors. Apart from a few […]