SportAccord 2018: Thai sports minister on growing the country’s sporting profile

SportAccord 2018, the annual gathering of international federations and other key decision-makers from across the global business of sport, is being held in Bangkok, Thailand all this week. The six-day event will see a customarily packed schedule of high-level meetings, plenary discussions and networking sessions take place in and around the Centara Grand and Bangkok […]

Myanmar strives to promote tourism through developing new destinations

Myanmar’s Hotels and Tourism Ministry is striving to promote tourism by developing new modes of tourism and creating new tourist destinations. The ministry has permitted about 1,628 hotels and guest houses with some 65,470 rooms to operate as of March 31, 2018, official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Tuesday. As of December 2017, the […]

Thailand Takes a Giant Leap Closer to Becoming ASEAN’s Premiere Aviation Hub

Proudly contributed by Andrew J. Wood A recently approved $45 billion investment in Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is set to solidify the country’s position as ASEAN’s regional aerospace hub. The Eastern Economic Corridor bill will earmark these funds for the general development of the region, including, most notably, U-Tapao’s future Aeropolis – an entire […]

Myanmar recognises importance of careful tourism management

Myanmar is slowly emerging as a tourism destination in a region that is a favourite among travellers worldwide. It has a wealth of attractions to draw visitors from abroad, including Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda and its many other diverse cultural and historical sites, Inle Lake’s floating villages and gardens, the Bagan Archaeological Zone and its 2229 […]

Flights from Phnom Penh to Indonesia on horizon

Direct flights between Indonesia and Cambodia are likely in the next three months because Indonesia is a major tourist market in Southeast Asia. Tourism Minister Thong Khon made the announcement on Saturday at the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents (CATA) Village Festival’s 22nd anniversary at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal. “In the next three months, […]

New fund to boost tourism promotion

Tourism promotional campaigns in Việt Nam will be boosted with the establishment of Việt Nam Tourism Development Fund (VTDF), an official said. Nguyễn Văn Tuấn, General Director of the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism had submitted a project on the establishment of the VTDF to […]

Cambodia popular for airline launches

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With seven airlines operating services, news that two more will gain their wings late this year or by early 2019, surprised the travel industry. The two new joint Cambodian-Chinese airline ventures are poised to gain government approval according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post Monday. There are already two Chinese funded airlines operating […]

TAT and Sharp Join Forces to Promote Thailand

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Sharp Corporation, a multinational electronic products giant, has signed a two-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly promote TAT’s Amazing Thailand campaign. The agreement encompasses the use of Sharp’s latest Aquos 8K series technology to produce a cutting-edge HD video of Thailand’s diverse tourism destinations, attractions and events. Yuthasak […]

Myanmar fast tracks e-Visa approval

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Myanmar introduced a fast-track tourist visa, last week, that delivers confirmation within 24 hours of the application, year-round, including public holidays. The Tourist Visa Express Service is a  new trial with a streamlined approval process for all nationalities that are eligible for an e-tourist visa. The application is made online at the Ministry of Labour, […]

ADB affirms support for infrastructure investment & financial inclusion

Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao participated in the 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meetings in Singapore on 5-6 April. In two speeches to the ministers and governors, Mr. Nakao discussed ADB’s economic outlook for ASEAN, the role ADB can play in helping the region invest […]