Phu Quoc: A candidate for overtourism?

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When guidebooks and bloggers tell us now is the best time to visit an island destination before it loses its natural beauty and charm it’s a strong hint that big business and brands have already staked their claims at beachside properties and the blight of “overtourism” is just around the corner. Vietnam’s favourite island holiday […]

The last 92 Irrawaddy dolphins in Mekong River may not survive

Experts are concerned that the Mekong dolphin is unlikely to survive Cambodia’s modernisation as a new dam is planned. At the dolphin ticket office, there is a tattered page stuck to the wall calling on readers to save dolphins as part of “Cambodia’s splendid natural heritage”. It says, “building dams destroy habitats” and lists threats […]

How to solve Asia’s ‘lazy’ overtourism problem

Tourism and environmental destruction do not have to go hand-in-hand, says Willem Niemeijer, boss of sustainable travel company Yaana Ventures, who shares why he’s optimistic that the travel industry can be a force for good both for the environment and local communities. Any visitor to Phuket or Siem Reap would understand first hand what “overtourism” looks like: the thronging crowds, […]

Another airline bites the dust amid Myanmar’s overcapacity

Air Mandalay has suspended all scheduled and charter services to restructure its business, the fourth domestic airline in Myanmar to wind up in the face of high fuel prices and slower than projected demand. Myanmar’s second oldest airline suspended services starting from September 4, with no confirmed date for the resumption of operations. Speaking to […]

Asian plastic is choking the world’s oceans

The recent death of a short-finned pilot whale in Songkhla, southern Thailand, triggered a bout of long-overdue national anguish. The creature, discovered in June, was filled to its blowhole with 85 plastic bags that it had mistaken for food. Endangered finless porpoises, Irrawaddy dolphins, and turtles have also been recent casualties of plastic ingestion in […]

HCMC lacks enough hotels to accommodate tourism boom

The demand for hotels in HCMC has been increasing rapidly, prompting investors to pour capital into hotel projects. However, it is difficult to find advantageous land plots to develop hotels. All hotels reported satisfactory business results for the first quarter of the year, with hotel room occupancy rate of over 85 percent, and a room […]

Responsible Travel launches documentary as over-tourism hits critical point

At the start of another tense summer between local people and holidaymakers, and weeks after The Wall Street Journal described tourism as “generating a global backlash”, Responsible Travel launched a documentary to drive home the message that tourism has reached a critical point. Crowded Out: The Story of Overtourism was written and produced by activist […]

Thailand debuts elephant-friendly tourism

Conversations around ethical animal tourism hit a fever pitch last week, and are seemingly having a ripple effect globally. Happy Elephant Care Valley, in Chiang Mai, Thailand is about to embark on a landmark agreement to transition to become a truly elephant-friendly venue. This move will end all contact between tourists and elephants at the […]

Myanmar goes from undersupply to oversupply of hotels

Myanmar is currently grappling with hotel oversupply as a swathe of properties continue to open while tourist arrivals fall short of the country’s target. Su Su Tin, managing director of Sanctum Inle Resort and Yangon Excelsior Hotel – slated to open in July – said the limited room supply during the sudden tourist boom between 2011-2013 triggered a surge […]

Travel industry urgently needs to tackle overtourism

Industry speakers at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) joint debate last week outlined several key challenges the global travel industry is currently facing. Held at the PATA Annual Summit in Gangneung, South Korea, the debate addressed two imminent challenges in tourism: insufficient resilience to natural disasters, and […]