China Focus: High-speed trains drive Guangxi’s development

For Chan Ka-ling, commuting between Hong Kong and Guilin, in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has become so much easier thanks to high-speed trains between the Chinese mainland and Hong kong. “In the past, it took at least six hours because I had to transfer in Shenzhen or Guangzhou, but thanks to high-speed trains, […]

New destination Southern Myanmar to encourage longer-stays through more sustainable tourism

Proudly contributed by Keith Lyons

Can one of the most undeveloped areas in the Greater Mekong region transform itself from natural resource exploitation and smuggling to build its economy with sustainable tourism? Keith Lyons discovers new initiatives working together in Southern Myanmar to create more long-term viable endeavours and responsible tourism.   Southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region, the narrow strip down […]

#MyVietnam: Vietnam Tourism puts locals in the picture

Vietnam Tourism has announced the launch of a new competition for locals to show off the best parts of their home cities to international visitors, dubbed #MyVietnam. The challenge kicked off on 7 December with three videos to help inspire participants — My Hoi An, My Hue and My Ho Chi Minh City– to create […]

TAT promotes weekday trips to lonely provinces

Proudly contributed by Suchat Sritama

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has unveiled additional plans to encourage locals to travel during weekdays, especially to second-tier provinces. The move aims to boost visitors and tourism income in 55 secondary provinces, or those provinces that get fewer than 4 million tourists a year, as well as offset the decline in arrivals from […]

Cambodia outlines ecotourism policy

Company contributor TTR Weekly

Cambodia’s Council of Ministers has signed a draft policy that will support the expansion of eco-tourism facilities across the country, while safeguarding natural assets. The policy still needs national assembly approval according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post on Wednesday before it becomes legally binding. The UNWTO forecasts that eco-tourists will increase 20% […]

UnionPay sees robust growth in Cambodia

Reporting tremendous growth in the number of cards issued in the country as well as in the number of transactions, UnionPay has recently revealed that Cambodia is the market in Southeast Asia where it is growing the fastest. According to the China-based company’s most recent report, the number of transactions performed by Cambodians using UnionPay […]

MTCO met with Austrian ambassador to seek potential collaborations

Mr. Jens Thraenhart, Executive Director of MTCO, met with HE Mrs. Eva Hager, Austrian ambassador to Thailand, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar, at the Austrian Embassy Bangkok. They discussed potential collaboration between the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and the Austrian embassy in terms of tourism cooperation via MTCO initiatives in the #GMS #tourismmekong    

Thailand: Three years to introduce eVisa?

Proudly contributed by Don Ross

Company contributor TTR Weekly

Following the eVisa-on-Arrival service introduced by Thailand’s Immigration Bureau, last month, a foreign office official confirmed an eVisa service for the standard 30-day tourist visa will be available online next year. Billed the “Thai E-VISA”, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thanee Thongpakdee, headed the 3 December launch briefing, while Department of […]

Next PATA Destination Marketing Forum headed for Pattaya

The next PATA Destination Marketing Forum (PDMF) is set to take place in Pattaya, Thailand, from November 27 to 29, PATA CEO Mario Hardy announced at the conclusion of this year’s edition in Khon Kaen. PDMF 2019 will be hosted by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and […]

Make China great again

Why are inbound tourism numbers into China, a country steeped in culture and heritage, lagging behind its booming outbound sector? China may be the world’s largest tourist source but the country is punching below its weight as a global travel destination. Despite its splendid history, culture and culinary traditions, the number of international arrivals to […]