Promoting Sustainable Watershed Management in the Lower Mekong Basin

The Mekong region has witnessed considerable deterioration of watersheds from war, logging, mining, population growth, hydropower and irrigation development, and clearing of terrestrial and flooded forests for agriculture. Some areas of the Mekong basin have lost over half of their original forest cover leading to soil erosion, flash floods, and a decline in the provision […]

Ban plastic bottles on your travels

Proudly contributed by Don Ross

Company contributor TTR Weekly

Journeys Within, a US-based tour company, has introduced a video illustrating a day in the life of a reusable water bottle in the hands of a traveller visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia. It illustrates the ‘Refill Not Landfill’ campaign, which aims to cut down on millions of single-use plastic water bottles discarded in Cambodia annually. Tour […]

Chinese Tourists’ Increasing Need for High-quality Products in GMS

Proudly contributed by Michael Zhou

A Big Trend: Chinese Tourists’ Increasing Need for High-quality Products in GMS Chinese tourists are flocking to Southeast Asia, especially to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), attracted by relatively low-cost tours, increased flight numbers, flexible visa policies, etc. In 2016, 20m Chinese tourists visited to Southeast Asia, among which 13.3m visited to GMS, making up […]

TAT and partners launch “follow the King’s Philosophy toward sustainable tourism”

”Follow the King’s Philosophy toward sustainable tourism” project was officially introduced with the cooperation of Tourism Authority of Thailand and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in order to create the sustainability in tourism by applying His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s principles of understanding, approaching, and developing to create the sustainability in tourism of Thailand especially from experiences in the local communities.   Mr. Yutthasak Supphasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand, stated that “In early […]

Myanmar establishes Myanmar Accessible Tourism Centre

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Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center is the first ever disability inclusive training in Myanmar tourism On July 27, 2017, local tour operator Mira Travels has successfully conducted the first of its kind training in Myanmar – Disability Inclusive Training for Tourism Sector Program (DITTS) in collaboration with Myanmar Independent Living Initiative and Myanmar Tourist Guide Association […]

Preserving for posterity

A round up of the 18 sites in South-east Asia that sport the UNESCO World Heritage label. Plus, agents weigh in on the state of tourism at these sites and other locations they think should make the cut CAMBODIA 1. Angkor – Constructed by Khmer King Suryavarman II between 1113 and 1150, the long-standing symbol […]

Bagan cultural zone to be included in UNESCO

A draft plan to designate Bagan as one of the World’s Heritage sites will be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in September. Union Minister in the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture Thura U Aung Ko on May 6 said that Bagan would be expanded and spruced up. “This […]

18 Eco-Tourism Startups Qualify for MIST

The Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) and Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office(MTCO) have announced the 18 tourism startups from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos who will participate in the upcoming Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) startup accelerator program. Assessed by US-based Travel Startups Incubator, applications were weighed against criteria such as potential for investment, business plan quality and […]

Yunnan to clean up tourism industry

Yunnan province will introduce 22 measures to clean up the local tourism industry, the provincial tourism administrative authority said on Monday. The measures, which will come into effect on April 15, include forbidding forced shopping and overly cheap tours, punishing fraud targeted at tourists, and strengthening regulation of tour guides via an online information and evaluation […]

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 […]