Finalists for the 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases announced

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION   Finalists for the 2021 Experience Mekong Showcases announced Public Voting is open to support small responsible businesses during these challenging times       Bangkok, July 27th, 2021:  The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office is announcing the 15 Finalists of the Experience Mekong Showcases 2021 from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand […]

Vietnam strives for half of craft villages participating in tourism supply chain

Nguyen Minh Tien, deputy director of the Economic Co-operation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development made the statement at a meeting about orientation and solution for rural tourism attached with the government’s new rural development plan for the 2021-2025 period organized by the Ministry. The country currently has 365 rural tourist sites […]

‘Andaman Sandbox’ next on govt agenda

Phangnga and Krabi are preparing to welcome back foreign tourists under the “Andaman Sandbox” scheme, which is scheduled for launch on Aug 1, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Tuesday. If the scheme goes according to plan, the provinces, which lie along the Andaman coastline, will be the next to reopen to […]

Tea tourism revitalizes ancient villages in SW China

Standing in a snack shop located at the entrance of Anshi village in Southwest China’s Yunnan province, Wang Zhengmei, 45, fervidly greets tourists and offers them local specialties like fried potatoes and rice noodles. Wang used to struggle for a living far away from home, but when Anshi became a favorable destination for tea lovers, […]

Aviation sector eyes recovery in 2023-24

Vietnam’s aviation market is hoped to recover in 2023-24, according to a Vietnam Airlines’ representative. The international tourist market may need 2-3 years to recover to 2019 levels, while the domestic market can recover strongly as soon as the epidemic is under control, according to experts from aviation organisations and Vietnam Airlines. “Vietnam’s aviation market is forecast […]

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 […]

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Long-stay visas, EVs to help spur economy

Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow is planning to propose to the cabinet a plan to allow rich foreigners to enjoy long-stay visas in Thailand. According to Mr Supattanapong, the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) approved in principle on June 4 a scheme to offer long-stay visas to four groups of foreigners — rich global […]

Koh Samui’s tourism hopes pinned on international travellers

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It’s baby steps at the moment as Thailand’s Robinson Crusoe-inspired, island-focused, international travel reopening plan rolls out in Koh Samui from July 15. Unlike the Phuket Sandbox program for vaccinated travellers, the Samui Plus sealed-route will test the water with a hybrid approach of 3 days in a hotel quarantine scenario and then allows visitor’s […]

Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa releases road map to receive int’l arrivals with ‘vaccine passports’

The People’s Committee of Khanh Hoa Province, home to beautiful beaches in south-central Vietnam, on Wednesday announced preliminary steps it is taking to allow international tourists with ‘vaccine passports’ to visit the locality. The committee has asked the provincial tourism department to collaborate with the provincial health department and the Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa […]