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 […]

Luang Prabang Cleans Up

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 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 […]

Myanmar’s Elephants: From Timber Extraction to Tourism Attraction

The Myanmar government has banned timber extraction for a period of one year for the whole country and for 10 years for Bago Yoma hills in central Myanmar. As a result of this ban, elephant camps under the management of Myanma Timber Enterprise will be turned into elephant-based tourism centres to provide a source of […]

Cambodia, UN to Crackdown on Bogus Orphanages

Cambodia has launched a crackdown on bogus orphanages. The crackdown aims to return 3,500 children to their families, a government minister said. UNICEF will work with the government to reunite the children with their families. Nearly one in five Cambodians live below the “national poverty line” and some families who are too poor to look […]