Vietnam announces major tourism project

Vietnam’s Prime Minister approved the master plan for developing the Lang Co-Canh Duong National Tourism Site that covers project through to 2025 and outlines a long-term strategy to 2030. The People’s Committee of Thua Thien- Hue province confirmed Tuesday that the tourism site is located in Chan May-Lang Co Economic Zone, in Lang Co town […]

Ancient Yunnan embraces facial recognition, social media to boost tourism industry

Yunnan, the ancient province in southwestern China famous for hand-picked tea, snow-capped mountains and the mystical hidden paradise of Shangri-La, is undergoing a digital makeover. Facial recognition is deployed at the gates of tourist attractions to facilitate faster entry and sensors are installed along highways for instant toll payments without the need for drivers to […]

First Shanghai-Yangon direct flight to open in July

Shanghai-based airlines are competing with each other to open direct flights to popular destinations in Southeast Asia to cap the rising travel demands amid the Belt and Road Initiative. Spring Airlines announced on Tuesday to open the first direct flight between Shanghai and Yangon in Myanmar from July 1. The budget carrier will operate four […]

Myanmar adds to VoA list

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Myanmar is easing visa procedures for six more countries effective 1 October. The report first appeared in Mizzima, an online news channel, that confirmed nationals from Australia, Italy, Germany Russia, Spain and Switzerland would be granted a visa-on-arrival. The visa-on-arrival will cost USD50, which is the same as the country’s popular eVisa.  All the six […]

Visa-on-arrival granted to citizens of six countries

Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has released a statement that it will issue the visa-on-arrival to the ordinary passport holders from Italy, Spain, Australia, Switzerland, Germany and Russia for the one-year probationary period, in a bid to encourage the inflow of tourists to Myanmar. Under the visa-on-arrival system, tourists from these countries can enter Myanmar […]

Cambodia ready to upgrade tourist amenities to draw more Chinese

As a country that boasts a rich mix of culture and tourism resources, Cambodia has become one of the most popular travel destinations for discerning tourists around the world. Last year, it received over 6 million international travellers, and one-third of them were from China. While attending the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilization earlier […]

Thai MICE industry posts growth

Thailand’s Meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) sector has soared to Asia’s no. 4 for international conventions with the number of meetings that reached 193. In the second quarter of 2019, Thai MICE has continually grown in terms of volume and revenue. The number of domestic and foreign MICE travellers totalling 8 million has contributed […]

China adds four more national resorts

Four resorts in China have been given the “national resort” title, bringing the total number on the list to 30. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the four resorts are a mountain resort in southwestern Sichuan Province, a river resort in the tourist city of Guilin in southern Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, a […]

Laos: High-speed rail makes progress

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The final concrete span of the first Mekong River rail bridge slotted into place last Saturday the Laos-China Railway Co Ltd confirmed in a report quoted by Xinhua. The China Railway No 8 Engineering Group (CREC-8) reported it has completed the closure of the first span of the Luang Prabang cross-Mekong River railway bridge There […]

Thailand invests over 3 billion USD to bolster links with six nations

The Government of Thailand is striving to turn Thailand into a transport hub for six countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS), following an infrastructure development project worth 100 billion baht (over 3 billion USD) in the Thai border provinces. Speaking with reporters on May 10, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said once construction of the facilities […]