Dual prices on agenda

The Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to propose to the prime minister the idea of ditching dual pricing at local attractions for expatriates in Thailand, as well as asking tour operators to tailor packages to this target group. The packages should be attractive enough to lure expatriates, a group that could contribute 1 billion baht […]

TAT deputy governor dashes hopes of 2020 reopening for Thailand’s international borders

Thailand is unlikely to reopen its borders to international leisure visitors this year, predicted a deputy governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Speaking at a webinar hosted by Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office and TravelMole, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, deputy governor for international marketing at TAT, said that there has been no talk of […]

Asia COVID Resurgence Shatters Travel Bubble Hopes

The coronavirus is reemerging in Asian countries previously praised as models of containment, underscoring the resilience of the virus and dealing a blow to the idea of so-called travel bubbles between countries seen as safe zones. Vietnam, Hong Kong, Australia, and Japan have all seen the virus spread faster than ever this month, raising the […]

Danang under lockdown

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has halted all domestic passenger flights to and from Danang City for 15 days, effective from 28 July. All repatriation flights out of Danang had to depart by midnight, Tuesday. Around 80,000 domestic tourists were scheduled to be airlifted out of the central region province. According to Vietnam Global Portal News, […]

Thai cenbank says could be several years before tourist numbers normalise

Thailand’s central bank chief said on Monday it would take several years for foreign tourist numbers to return to the 40 million a year level, with the coronavirus pandemic hitting a lucrative industry that provides a lot of jobs. The Bank of Thailand (BOT) expects only 8 million foreign visitors this year, down 80% from […]

With crisis comes opportunity: Will elephant-based tourism reset itself post COVID-19?

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Elephant-based tourism is an experience sought by thousands of visitors to the Mekong region. Despite its controversy, elephant-based tourism remains a perennially popular holiday activity. While evidence shows that excellent levels of elephant welfare and wellbeing can be achieved at elephant camps, the tourism industry must acknowledge that a few bad players continue to damage […]

Nearly one-third of tourism-related businesses ‘may shut down permanently’

About one-third of tourism business operators in Thailand will run out of liquidity to keep their businesses afloat in the second half of 2020, Tourism Council of Thailand president Chairat Trirattanajarasporn has warned. “The impact of Covid-19 will become most serious in the third quarter this year after many operators had tried to cut costs […]

‘Travel bubbles’ plan tipped to be put on ice

Travel bubbles are likely to be delayed after several countries eyed for the scheme have seen a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT). CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop said even though talks about travel bubble arrangements are being thrashed out with a number of countries including China, Japan and […]

TAT predicts 80% plunge in arrivals

A new forecast by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says the number of foreign tourists this year may plunge 80% to 8.2 million as revenue slides to 396 billion baht, with international air traffic regaining just 10% of the pre-pandemic schedule. The latest forecast issued on July 1 is based on the current situation […]