AirAsia mulling new Cambodian airline brand

Budget airline group AirAsia hopes to spread its wings to Cambodia with a new joint venture. AirAsia’s Group president Bo Lingam is keen to set up a new Cambodia AirAsia affiliate and the Cambodian government is receptive to the idea. Lingam held initial talks with civil aviation minister Mao Havanall last week. He sees promise […]

HCM City emerges as medical tourism destination

HCM City has emerged as medical tourism destination due to its fast-growing health services and medical technologies, according to local authorities. The number of overseas Vietnamese and foreigners visiting Việt Nam for medical tourism has increased steadily over the past few years, according to the city’s Department of Tourism. Treatments span the full range of medical services, […]

China’s Trip.com and Laos strengthen tourism cooperation

Trip.com Group CEO Jane Sun and the Lao minister of information, culture, and tourism Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune convened in December to discuss cooperation possibilities in tourism, including the streamlining of visa applications and cultural exchange projects, to drive tourism traffic between the two lands. Commenting on the meeting, Kikeo said: “Culture and tourism are some of the […]

Shaping the future of travel

Harnessing power of crowdsourced marketing The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has leveraged collaboration with industry stakeholders and the use of crowd branding to promote travel to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). The GMS comprises six countries that are linked by the Mekong River: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and parts of China (Yunnan Province […]

Southern operators keen to promote beach-friendly tourism

Southern tour operators are keen to offer sustainable tourism as an option to beach lovers to keep up with global trends and preserve local resources. Sustainable tourism combined with community-based tourism (CBT) could be a remedy for overcrowded beaches and help local stakeholders enjoy tourism’s benefits while keeping natural resources less disturbed, said Thamrong Chomphusri, […]

MTF 2020 shifts dates

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The Mekong Tourism Office will unpack its conference goodies earlier this year as the dates for the annual Mekong Tourism Forum in Bagan, Myanmar, move to 28 to 29 April. Traditionally, the forum adopts a mid -May time slot but this time around the host, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, shifted the event by […]

Yangon airport installs digital concierge to help passengers

The Yangon International Airport on Sunday launched a digital-concierge system aimed at helping travellers in the country’s premier airport, a senior official said. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism also launched a QR code project that provides information on the latest promotions found at the ministry’s website. Union Minister U Ohn Maung and Yangon  Region […]

Myanmar adds nations to VoA list

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Myanmar has eased visa regulations to draw more tourists to the country this year according to Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung. In a statement at the weekend, distributed by the Myanmar Touriism Federation, he noted that effective 1 January the government had introduced visa-on-arrival (VoA) for an additional five countries. The […]

Vietnam Int’l Travel Mart 2020 slated for April

The Vietnam International Travel Mart (VITM) 2020, themed “Heritage – Power of Vietnam Tourism”, will take place in Hanoi from April 1-4, announced the Vietnam Tourism Association on January 9. The VITM will feature 505 booths by exhibitors from 25 countries and territories. As of January 1, 85 percent of them registered for the event. As part […]

Myanmar Gears Up for ASEAN Tourism Forum 2020

Tourism officials and exhibitors are expected to gather in Brunei for the 39th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 from January 12 to 16.   This year themed “ASEAN: Together Towards A Next Generation of Travel”,  aims to reinforce ASEAN’s mission and objectives that were set out in 1967.  The ASEAN Tourism Forum, which rotates its hosting […]