Mekong travel bubble may help the region to reopen to tourists

Plans to reopen Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar to tourists, along with a new China-Laos high speed rail link are reviving talk of a Mekong travel bubble. Thailand has already welcomed foreigners to sandbox islands such as Phuket and Koh Samui and will open the country to fully vaccinated visitors from at least 10 nations […]

UNWTO and Netflix partner on screen tourism push

UNWTO and Netflix have partnered on the publication of a report which looks at the role of film and series as drivers for tourism and cultural affinity. The Global Report on Cultural Affinity and Screen Tourism explores the growing affection one has towards a particular country or culture displayed on the screen. The findings of […]

Cambodia reopening for international travellers set this Q4

The Cambodian government is gearing up to reopen to fully vaccinated tourists in Q4 2021. In a speech to mark the 41st anniversary of World Tourism Day, with the theme of “Tourism for Inclusive Growth”, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Cambodia will be safe for both the domestic tourism movement and foreign tourists once the Kingdom […]

Vietnam develops rural tourism through digital transformation

The effective development of rural tourism will contribute to turning tourism into a spearhead economic sector and promoting sustainable new-style rural area building Vietnam is taking measures to develop rural tourism through digital transformation, as the effective development of rural tourism will contribute to turning tourism into a spearhead economic sector and promoting sustainable new-style rural area building. The Ministry […]

Thailand in travel bubble talks with Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos

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Thailand is currently in talks with Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos to set up two-way travel bubbles in a bid to revive intra-regional travel. Minister of tourism and sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that many international tourists are keen to visit places outside of the designated Sandbox areas, but are deterred by prevailing quarantine requirements. As such, […]

Thailand to lift quarantine for vaccinated visitors from low-risk countries from November

  Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha in a nationally televised broadcast last night announced that Thailand planned to allow fully vaccinated foreign visitors to enter Thailand by air with no quarantine requirements from 1 November. In the initial phase, Thailand will allow fully vaccinated travellers from at least 10 low-risk countries, including China, Germany, […]

SPTO – Destination Mekong Partnership to Enhance Tourism Recovery

  Bangkok & Fiji, 10th October 2021   The Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) and Destination Mekong have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster a collaborative partnership that will benefit both organizations and their stakeholders.   With their extensive membership of the Greater Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, as […]

TAT maps out new targets for tourism

The tourism industry is expected to hit rock bottom this year with total revenue of 328 billion baht but will rebound next year and reach 80% of its 2019 level in 2023, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). The kingdom has been rocked by global travel restrictions caused by the novel coronavirus, resulting […]

Thailand to Charge Tourists a 500 Baht Tourism Fee

Thailand’s Tourism Ministry is seeking to start collecting a 500-baht tourism fee to subsidize projects that transform sustainable tourism. The tourism transformation fund-collecting 500 baht per person should start next year. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, Yuthasak Supasorn, said the fee collection is aimed at collecting 5 billion baht within its first year of implementation. The […]