Cambodia risks being left behind while other Asean members announce reopening of economy

As the number of unemployed climb day by day and with limited employment opportunities, mounting debts and lack of economic opportunities, Cambodia risks being left behind by its bigger Asean partners. Bigger nations within Asean such as Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam have announced measures to re-open their battered economies and businesses with various control measures in […]

Coronavirus brings curtain down on Cambodia shadow puppet theatre

In recent years, however, local interest in the art that was designated a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2005 has dwindled, with foreign tourists and funding becoming its main supporters. Cambodia’s shadow puppet tradition goes back to the 7th century and has survived the collapse of empires, wars and the Khmer Rouge reign of terror […]

World tourism faces worst crisis since records began, says UNWTO

International tourism faces its worst crisis since records began, with up to 1.1bn fewer people taking trips globally in 2020. The scale of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact is outlined in a report by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), which predicts a decline in international arrivals of between 58% and 80% this year. This is due […]

Thailand is risking its advantage

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On May 16, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) announced the ban on international travel will be extended until 30 June, 2020. This decision will have far-reaching consequences for the country, that has had so much success containing the spread of Covid-19. Thailand has maintained a low number of cases and few fatalities in the […]

TOURIST ARRIVALS TO THAILAND MAY PLUNGE BY TWO-THIRDS

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Monday released its latest forecast, indicating that the number of foreign tourists may plunge by almost two-thirds to 14 million this year, the lowest level in 14 years as COVID-19 pandemic hits global travel. The TAT now forecasts only 14 million to 16 million foreign visitors this year, […]

Thai travel association seeks gov’t financial support amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA) has called on the government to provide financial support for the tourist industry which has been hardly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. ATTA President Vichit Prakobkosol confirmed on Sunday that he had recently discussed with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha the current pandemic situation, which has considerably affected tourism […]

Laos extends flight ban

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The ban on flights to Laos continues with no end date in sight as far as government announcements go. Lao Airlines, owned by the government, confirmed this week it had suspended plans to resume domestic flights 8 May. Travel professionals in the country hoped the return of domestic flights would help reboot confidence. Airline officials […]

Myanmar Tourism Sector Braced for 50% Job Cuts Amid COVID-19 Downturn

The Union of Myanmar Travel Association (UMTA) has predicted that more than half of the people employed in the hotel and tourism industry may lose their jobs because of COVID-19. As all hotels and tour operators have been forced to suspend operations, many have made 50 to 70 percent of their staff redundant while others […]

Lao Airlines Suspends All Flights

The state-run Lao Airlines will suspend all domestic and international flights in order to prevent, limit and control the spread of Covid-19. Last week, the company had made an announcement about the scheduled resumption of services on May 8, but the plan has now been indefinitely suspended. A charter flight from Vientiane to Incheon, South […]