Vietnam to spend US$1.32 billion for tourism infrastructure till 2020

Under Decision 1861/QĐ-TTg, the VND30 trillion (US$1.32 billion) program will focus on building and upgrading tourism and transport infrastructure at provinces with key tourist destinations listed in the “Strategy on Vietnam’s tourism development until 2020, vision to 2030” approved by the Government. The program will give priority to poor provinces, whose budget cannot afford the […]

Khonkaen Airlines moves closer to take-off

A tri-partite team from Thailand, Laos and Singapore is to draw up an operational plan for a new provincial airline to serve travellers in the Northeast. Khon Kaen Chamber of Commerce, Phongsavanh Group of Laos and Mekong Group Pte Ltd from Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding to study the operational details of establishing Khonkaen […]

Familiar face sets tourism agenda

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Weerasak Kowsurat, the newly appointed tourism and sports minister, has mapped out new focus areas for tourism aimed at expanding tourism and revenue into local communities. “One of the very first jobs I will do is extend tourism from major tourist cities into local communities in order to generate income for people in villages,” said […]

ADB, Lao PDR Sign Agreement to Enhance Sanitary, Phytosanitary Management Systems

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) signed an agreement on 13 November for a $10 million grant as additional financing for a project that will enhance Lao PDR’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) capacity, and improve food safety as well as plant and animal safety in […]

Accessible tourism makes inroads into Myanmar

A UK-FUNDED tourism initiative which promotes accessible tourism has collaborated with the government to draw up an action plan for the ASEAN-Japan Centre and said that the country is ready to embrace barrier-free travel. Myanmar Accessible Tourism Center (MATC), an organisation which promotes barrier-free travel, stated that the country is now open for travel by […]

Mekong Agriculture Technology Programme starts

The Mekong Agriculture Technology Challenge (MATch) was launched in HCM City on Thursday, aiming to support agricultural start-ups for the Mekong region’s agriculture to be turned into a more competitive and sustainable industry. MATch is the latest in a series of innovation accelerators by the Mekong Business Initiative (MBI) with funding and support from the […]

China-financed road project to link secluded Lao villages

The Mekong River has been feeding the Somsag Pommachan family and many other villagers who live deep inside the mountains of Laos. The family runs a small rice noodle place, connected to the outside only by a dirt road. Getting about is difficult. There are eight villages nearby, all tucked deep inside the rugged terrain […]

Food waste prevention certification to launch soon in Thailand

A food waste prevention certification programme – The Pledge on Food Waste – will debut across Thai hotels and event venues at end-November, following a ceremony by Sampran Riverside to mark its success as the first hotel to achieve this certification. The Pledge, a third-party verified food waste prevention standard articulated around nine key guidelines […]

Yunnan cleans up its act

While an ongoing tourism industry clean-up in Yunnan has presented difficulties to tourism players used to the old ways of conducting business, they are also being nudged towards overhauling their tour formats to have a stronger focus on community-based tourism. Despite seeing business dip since 22 new measures and regulations – which include prohibition of […]

Dining goes digital for Thailand’s street food

Bangkok’s famous street-food vendors have joined the digital revolution, embracing payment via Quick Response (QR) barcodes that can be read using smartphones. Thailand is famous for its traditional street stalls that offer everything from stir-fried noodles to clothes and for many Thais eating out at a pavement stall is part of their daily routine. Now, […]