Son Tra Mountain Named Vietnam National Tourism Site

Son Tra Mountain in Vietnam will become a national tourism site that will host a “luxury eco-tour resort complex” by 2030, it was announced at a press conference on Wednesday. Ha Van Sieu, deputy head of the Vietnam National Tourism Administration, said the mountain, 600 metres above sea level and 10 kilometres from downtown Da […]

Vietnamese Wind Energy Farmers Explore Ecotourism

Binh Thuan Wind Energy Association is planning to develop ecotourism at wind farms in Vietnam to raise funds and further develop clean energy. The association’s chairman, Bui Van Thinh, announced the plan at a conference about the development of wind farms in Binh Thuan Province on February 16. The Phu Lac wind farm by Thuan […]

ADB Studies Cambodia’s Beach Tourism

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is funding a study on the development of tourism in Sihanoukville province for Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism. The project will study how to attract more tourists, improve access, introduce capacity management and encourage protection of the environment especially marine and beach assets. The study will focus on sustainable development of […]

Millions Go to Guangxi to Learn the Secrets of Longevity

Southern China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region is known for its legendary status as the country’s “home of long life”. Bama County boasts 96 people over the age of 100 among its 300,000 residents, according to local government records. At 32 centenarians per 100,000 people, the county still lags behind the world leader, Japan, where the […]

Bangkok Tourism Questions Chao Phraya Promenade Project

Bangkok’s tourism sector is worried the Chao Phraya Riverside Promenade Project will have adverse impacts on the local economy and local business owners are concerned that the plan would degrade the scenery and charm of the river and affect the number of visitors to the city. The River Assembly (RA) last week hosted a meeting […]

Thai Navy to Rescue Resorts from Tide of Trash

The Royal Thai Navy together with maritime police and provincial administrators are preparing an operation to scoop a “garbage island” out of the Gulf of Thailand. The captain of a fishing trawler this week discovered a 10-kilometre-long tideline of floating rubbish off the coast of Chumphon Province and posted photos on social media. By the […]

Sex Workers Face Poverty in Thailand Image Makeover

In an attempt to redefine Thailand as a destination for quality tourism, Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul recently proclaimed she wants the country’s sex industry gone. At the same time, police have launched a series of raids on bars and clubs, saying the aim is to tackle trafficking, underage sex work and licensing breaches. Many establishments […]

Ecotourism Making Plans in Thailand

The Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA), under the direction of its new president Neeracha Wongmasa, has mapped out a strategic plan to develop ecotourism and adventure products to meet international standards and tap new markets. “As the new president, I will maintain and continue all of the long-term policies that the association has […]

Ethnic Yunnanese Celebrate History in Northern Thailand

The village of Mae Salong in Thailand’s mountainous northern frontier is home to thousands of ethnic Chinese; descendants of Kuomintang soldiers, mainly from Yunnan, who retreated south after the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949. The Chinese of Mae Salong continue to celebrate their colourful history as a way of maintaining their distinctive […]

GSTC Releases Sustainable Tourism Criteria for Industry

PRESS RELEASE: The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is pleased to announce the release of the GSTC Industry Criteria, which had been under development for most of 2016. The GSTC Industry Criteria serve as the 3rd revision to GSTC Hotel & Tour Operator Criteria, hence the reference to “version 3” in their formal name. To […]