Vietnamese carriers keen to fly to Thailand amid tourism boom

Vietnamese airlines are increasing the number of flights to Thailand to cash in on a two-way boom in tourism. Thailand was Vietnam’s fastest growing tourist market in the first 11 months of this year, with arrivals increasing by a whopping 47.1 percent to 451,000, according to the General Statistics Office. In comparison, the numbers from […]

TAT, ASEANTA join forces to promote tourism in SE Asia

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have signed an MoU with ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) to develop tourism in South-east Asian countries, including Thailand. Under the deal, both parties will work to raise awareness and promote a better understanding of the tourism industry among their members and network, as well as develop personnel capabilities and […]

Myanma Tourism Bank to start fund to promote sector

Myanma Tourism Bank (MTB) has announced that it intends to pay a portion of its annual profits to a tourism fund which will be deployed to promote the sector. “More needs to be done to promote Myanmar as a tourist destination so we are channelling 5 percent of our earnings into a fund to promote […]

TAT keen to entice high-income Lao tourists

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will continue to push health and wellness tourism and shopping to draw high-income tourists from Laos. The agency identified politicians, government officers and a new generation of businessmen as the drivers of Thai tourism from Laos, one of the top potential short-haul markets. Napasorn Kakai, director of the TAT’s […]

Tourism operators are encouraged to support disabled, elderly

Thai operators have been urged to provide products for inclusive tourism to facilitate tourists with disabilities and the elderly. The Social Development and Human Security Ministry estimates there are about 2 million people with disabilities in Thailand, half of whom are elderly and in wheelchairs. Thailand is an ageing society that will become an aged […]

Myanmar tourists encouraged to use Visa in Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Visa credit cards announced a partnership to promote tourism between Thailand and Myanmar.  Under an ongoing campaign to encourage more Myanmar tourists to experience the benefits of digital payments while travelling overseas, locals visiting Thailand can collect a THB500 discount voucher at the Yangon International Airport. The voucher […]

Thai government confirms introduction of “double entry” tourist visa

The Thai government has announced a new double-entry tourist visa. The government says the new measures would allow a visitor to go in and out of Thailand to neighboring countries, such as Cambodia, Laos or Malaysia, then back into Thailand. The deputy secretary general to the PM, Kobsak Pootrakul, says a double-entry tourism visa will […]

Museums in tourism drive

Museums are trying to create a museum culture in Thailand by pushing educational tourism. It’s quite challenging to create a museum culture in the digital era, so museums have to keep adapting themselves, said Rames Promyen, director-general of the National Discovery Museum Institute (Museum Siam). He said millennials have a changing perspective towards museums, showing […]

Mekong countries agree to strengthen tourism cooperation

Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries have agreed to boost tourism cooperation, including improving infrastructure and marketing techniques and developing human resources. During the 44th GMS Tourism Working Group Meeting, held last week in Siem Reap, the six countries that form GMS signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation in tourism and attract more tourists to each […]

Alipay and DaraPay team up for Cambodian tourism

China’s Alipay, the world’s largest online and mobile payment platform, has partnered with Cambodia’s DaraPay, allowing customers to use their Alipay wallets to pay at DaraPay’s POS payment system across Cambodia, DaraPay’s general manager Phok Ratha said this week. “With this partnership, Chinese tourists can scan and pay with their Alipay app at all DaraPay […]