Operators seek ways to disperse tourists

As most local tourists flock to popular destinations during the weekends, tour operators are asking the government to help fill up weekdays by creating more trips for the elderly and state agency meetings. Phuriwat Limthavornrat, president of the Association of Domestic Travel, said the association is working on a plan to discuss with tourism-related agencies […]

Inbound tourists should prepare for 2-week stay

Leisure tourists who would like to visit Thailand during a soft reopening may have to spend at least 14 days within designated areas, though a negative test for Covid-19 after two weeks would free them to go anywhere in the country. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said his ministry has talked with Prime […]

Tourism aid to spur domestic spending

The 22.4-billion-baht in aid promotions the government has pledged to revitalise the domestic tourism sector will generate between 30-50 billion baht for the economy in the second half of this year, according to Thanawat Phonwichai, president of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. The university’s Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting has predicted […]

ADB: Restoring Public Confidence on Safe Travels

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CHALLENGE OVERVIEW In this challenge, we aim to develop innovative digital solutions that supports the implementation of new travel policies emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic such as screening procedures and health checks, physical distancing protocols, new travel requirements, standardized facility sanitation, and passengers’ hygiene regimens to reduce spread of infection and restore confidence in travel. […]

Vietnam studies travel corridors

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport confirms it will consider reopening of international airline routes to countries and territories that have no local community cases of Covid-19 for 30 consecutive days, according to a ministry official. Vietnam News Agency reported that Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan and some Southeast Asian countries are prime targets. They are […]

Thailand’s main airport offers rapid coronavirus test for international arrivals

Thailand’s main international airport unveiled rapid coronavirus tests on Friday for some overseas arrivals after a three-month ban on foreign visitors was partially lifted this month. All foreigners, except those with work permits, have been barred since March, but after more than five weeks with no recorded community transmission of the virus, Thailand is allowing in […]

Vietnam and Thailand look to lead regional tourism revival

Vietnam and Thailand are looking to lure well-heeled travellers to getaways on their own islands as they promote what has become the most important asset for tourism-dependent economies: a low COVID-19 count. Vietnam, with a population of 95 million, has recorded just 349 cases – only 22 of which are still active – and no […]

August targeted for beach holidays

Leisure travellers may be allowed to enjoy beach locations again in August, as the government is working with designated destinations to accommodate tourists under the travel bubble scheme, says the Tourism and Sport Ministry. “There are signs Thailand may restart the international market again in August, earlier than previously expected in September or October, as […]

Myanmar SMEs Urge Suu Kyi to Ease COVID-19 Loan Policies

Myanmar’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the pandemic need the government to relax its COVID-19 loan policies in order to help businesses thrive, according to industry representatives. Speaking with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, Daw Win Win Tint, managing director of retail giant City Mart Holdings, said small businesses […]