Thailand tourism revenue shrinks drastically, foreign tourism prospects look dim

Krungthai Bank’s research center has urged the tourism sector to adapt to the New Normal for domestic tourism, in order to minimize damage from COVID-19, as international tourism is not expected to recover in even the coming year. Krungthai COMPASS, a think tank of the Krungthai Bank, has estimated Thailand’s tourism sector revenue this year […]

No consensus in Vietnam on resuming international flights

Experts are unable to agree on whether international flights should resume along with safety measures as the Covid-19 outbreak continues. The Vietnam Aviation Business Association last week called on the government to resume flights to countries that have contained the pandemic, and allow foreign tourists entry if they meet pandemic prevention requirements. Deputy chairman of the association, […]

Travel turmoil

As the world faces the devastating consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism is among the sectors affected the most severely. A major source of revenue and jobs in Asia, it started to feel the pain early when the Chinese outbound market collapsed almost overnight in late January. After months of lockdowns, countries are cautiously starting […]

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 […]