Thailand unveils new tourist visa for US travellers

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced a new tourist visa for US travellers to apply in advance and come to Thailand safely for up to 60 days. Following application approval and upon arrival in Thailand, travellers must spend two weeks in an Alternative State Quarantine hotel. Many of these leading hotels have launched dedicated […]

Thailand revamps Muslim-friendly travel app

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revamped its Muslim-friendly app as the destination prepares to welcome back Middle East visitors this winter The app, which helps Muslim guests find their way around the kingdom, has a redesigned interface to enhance the user experience, plus expanded content including 110 new restaurants, 70 new mosques, 75 […]

ADB Insight: Reopening Tourism

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Tourism is a bedrock of the Asia Pacific economy. Some 700 million people holiday here in a normal year. But 2020 is not a normal year. Hotels, airports, and airlines have been brought to a virtual standstill by the quarantines and lockdowns that followed the outbreak of COVID-19. The industry stands to lose 70 million […]

Eco-tourism gets gov’t boost

The Ministry of Environment is working to spur local economic development by organising small-scale tourism products in communities to provide new jobs and boost local incomes. The ministry hopes the idea will reduce dependence on forest harvesting and help protect the environment. Environment minister Say Sam Al announced the initiative in a Facebook post while […]

Thai association proposes China travel-bubble plan

The Association of Thai Travel Agents on Thursday submitted an open letter to Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Ministry requesting Chinese tourists be allowed to enter the country by January under the travel-bubble program. The program allows the entry of tourists without the need for them to undergo 14-day mandatory quarantine. Speaking on Thursday, ATTA President […]

Re-establishing Tourism Confidence through Innovative Digital Solutions

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CHALLENGE OVERVIEW  How can digital technology help restore travellers confidence and help Southeast Asia’s small and medium-sized tourism businesses endure the COVID-19 downturn? Southeast Asia depends on domestic and international tourism for sustainable economic growth. COVID-19 has widely disrupted tourism, resulting in significant job losses and overall economic productivity. Re-establishing confidence to travel, both international […]

World Travel Awards 2020 names Vietnam winner in various categories

Vietnam has won multiple prizes at the prestigious World Travel Awards (WTA) 2020, being named one of Asia’s leading heritage, cultural and culinary destinations. The country has surpassed other candidates from Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Thailand. This year is the second consecutive year Vietnam has been honoured in the big three […]

Thailand mulls shortening mandatory quarantine for tourists

In an effort to attract more tourists, some health officials in Thailand are reportedly proposing to shorten the mandatory quarantine for all incoming travellers. According to Dr. Opaskarn Kawinpong, MD, acting director-general of Thailand’s Department of Disease Control, there is a proposal aiming to reduce the length of quarantine for travellers from low-risk countries or from […]

Opening up is the only way to rescue Thai tourism

Thailand’s world-class tourism industry is in a deep, coronavirus-induced coma, close to death. No life support is currently available. Pandemic paranoia has gripped the nation, freezing our bio-security risk management in full containment mode, meaning zero tolerance for local Covid-19 transmission. The socio-economic, and some might add political, impacts of this crisis are huge. According […]

Relaxing policies, fixing quirks to rouse a sleeping tourism sector

Cambodia’s special tourist policy to revive the economic segment aims to attract investors to its ‘great tourism zone’ but can it finally solve long-drawn setbacks in time? A special tourist policy draft has wafted to the surface which has got the business community talking. If everything goes according to plan, the policy will be implemented […]