China Focus: High-speed trains drive Guangxi’s development

For Chan Ka-ling, commuting between Hong Kong and Guilin, in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has become so much easier thanks to high-speed trains between the Chinese mainland and Hong kong. “In the past, it took at least six hours because I had to transfer in Shenzhen or Guangzhou, but thanks to high-speed trains, […]

New destination Southern Myanmar to encourage longer-stays through more sustainable tourism

Proudly contributed by Keith Lyons

Can one of the most undeveloped areas in the Greater Mekong region transform itself from natural resource exploitation and smuggling to build its economy with sustainable tourism? Keith Lyons discovers new initiatives working together in Southern Myanmar to create more long-term viable endeavours and responsible tourism.   Southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region, the narrow strip down […]

Cambodia outlines ecotourism policy

Company contributor TTR Weekly

Cambodia’s Council of Ministers has signed a draft policy that will support the expansion of eco-tourism facilities across the country, while safeguarding natural assets. The policy still needs national assembly approval according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post on Wednesday before it becomes legally binding. The UNWTO forecasts that eco-tourists will increase 20% […]

UnionPay sees robust growth in Cambodia

Reporting tremendous growth in the number of cards issued in the country as well as in the number of transactions, UnionPay has recently revealed that Cambodia is the market in Southeast Asia where it is growing the fastest. According to the China-based company’s most recent report, the number of transactions performed by Cambodians using UnionPay […]

ASEAN cities seek to promote smoke-free tourism environments

The Smoke-free Cities ASEAN Network (SCAN) convened the 6th regional meeting in Hoi An city, the central province of Quang Nam, on November 20, focusing on reshaping tourism through smoke-free environments. The event was attended by more than 100 foreign delegates from smoke-free tourism cities of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, China […]

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping up its marketing efforts in a bid to develop its international route network. The announcements come despite the airport admitting that it is likely to […]

Helping Myanmar hotels deal with plastic refuse

UN Environment, the Myanmar Responsible Tourism Institute and Thant Myanmar are organising a series of trainings on plastic reduction this November in three key destinations namely Bagan, Mandalay and Nay Pyi Taw. The trainings kicked off today at the Hilton Nay Pyi Taw, and then continue at the Thante Hotel Nyaung Oo in Bagan on […]

Hanoi looks to non-smoke tourism

The Hanoi Tourism Association has been working to promote a smoke-free environment in restaurants, hotels and tourism spots in the capital city. The initiative is meaningful as it adds to the sector’s effort to protect scenery in the city’s attractions while creating a clean and attractive tourism environment for tourists. At a conference held recently, […]

ADB grants to boost Lao tourism, city services

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Laos signed grant agreements on October 16 worth $125.5 million in total for three projects in the tourism and urban sectors. “Vibrant, liveable cities and towns play an important role in the development of industry and services, particularly manufacturing, agro-business, and tourism”, said Yasushi Negishi, ADB […]

Establishment of new Ha Tien city to give boost to local tourism

The National Assembly Standing Committee recently passed a resolution on the establishment of Ha Tien city in the southern province of Kien Giang. The resolution is expected to bring into full play Ha Tien’s tourism potential. Ha Tien town was established in July 1998. The new Ha Tien city will have a total area of […]