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 […]

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 […]

MIST Helps Tour & Travel Tech Businesses Launch in the Mekong

Do you have a tourism business plan for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar or Vietnam? Prepare for takeoff. The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) accelerator programs are accepting applications from February 13 until March 19. MIST is a joint venture of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) and the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI). Unlike the plethora of […]

Tourism Accelerators Accepting Projects in the Mekong Region

The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Initiative has announced two new accelerators designed to make it easier and faster for innovative tourism businesses to get established in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The MIST Startup Accelerator will take entries from early stage companies with either travel technology or traditional tourism business plans. The MIST Market […]

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 […]

Myanmar, Thailand Push ‘One Destination’

Thailand and Myanmar have vowed to stimulate tourism and raise the number of visitors between the neighbouring nations to 1.5 million by 2020 as part of the “two countries, one destination” cooperative scheme. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) signed a memorandum of understanding last Friday with the Myanmar Tourism Federation to promote tourism between […]

China’s New National Park to Protect Mekong Headwaters

China will start developing the infrastucture for a huge new national park this year in the western province of Qinghai, Xinhua reports. The vast wetland and grassland area will become China’s first centrally-administered national park. The new Sanjiangyuan National Park will cover an area of approximately 120,000m² – larger than South Korea – and is […]

Cambodia, Myanmar to Link Siem Reap, Bagan

Cambodia and Myanmar have agreed to strengthen ties by focusing on both nations’ tourism and education sectors. Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar’s President U Htin Kyaw have discussed establishing tour packages between Cambodia’s Siem Reap and Myanmar’s Bagan. “He [Mr Htin Kyaw] asked the tourism ministers of both countries to cooperate and organise […]