Vietnam develops rural tourism through digital transformation

The effective development of rural tourism will contribute to turning tourism into a spearhead economic sector and promoting sustainable new-style rural area building Vietnam is taking measures to develop rural tourism through digital transformation, as the effective development of rural tourism will contribute to turning tourism into a spearhead economic sector and promoting sustainable new-style rural area building. The Ministry […]

Thailand in travel bubble talks with Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos

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Thailand is currently in talks with Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos to set up two-way travel bubbles in a bid to revive intra-regional travel. Minister of tourism and sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that many international tourists are keen to visit places outside of the designated Sandbox areas, but are deterred by prevailing quarantine requirements. As such, […]

Thailand to lift quarantine for vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries from November

  Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha in a nationally televised broadcast last night announced that Thailand planned to allow fully vaccinated foreign visitors to enter Thailand by air with no quarantine requirements from 1 November. In the initial phase, Thailand will allow fully vaccinated travellers from at least 10 low-risk countries, including China, Germany, […]

Coronavirus Resource Page (last updated October 12)

Our hearts go out to you amid the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It cannot be overstated how difficult this time is for the global community, for the industry that is grinding to a halt, for your clients, for your companies, and for each of us as individuals. We will look back upon this […]

SPTO – Destination Mekong Partnership to Enhance Tourism Recovery

  Bangkok & Fiji, 10th October 2021   The Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) and Destination Mekong have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster a collaborative partnership that will benefit both organizations and their stakeholders.   With their extensive membership of the Greater Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, as […]

TAT maps out new targets for tourism

The tourism industry is expected to hit rock bottom this year with total revenue of 328 billion baht but will rebound next year and reach 80% of its 2019 level in 2023, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The kingdom has been rocked by global travel restrictions caused by the novel coronavirus, resulting […]

Coronavirus policy updates

Travel around the world continues to be affected by the novel coronavirus, especially in the Greater Mekong Subregion where most of the countries are relying on the tourism industry. The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office would like to take this opportunity to gather the government’s policies in which to provide aid and assistance to businesses in […]

Thailand to Charge Tourists a 500 Baht Tourism Fee

Thailand’s Tourism Ministry is seeking to start collecting a 500-baht tourism fee to subsidize projects that transform sustainable tourism. The tourism transformation fund-collecting 500 baht per person should start next year. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said the fee collection is aimed at collecting 5 billion baht within its first year of implementation. The […]

Vietnam develops rural tourism through digital transformation

Vietnam is taking measures to develop rural tourism through digital transformation, as the effective development of rural tourism will contribute to turning tourism into a spearhead economic sector and promoting sustainable new-style rural area building. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism held an online forum to promote rural tourism products […]