Southern operators keen to promote beach-friendly tourism

Southern tour operators are keen to offer sustainable tourism as an option to beach lovers to keep up with global trends and preserve local resources. Sustainable tourism combined with community-based tourism (CBT) could be a remedy for overcrowded beaches and help local stakeholders enjoy tourism’s benefits while keeping natural resources less disturbed, said Thamrong Chomphusri, […]

Yangon airport installs digital concierge to help passengers

The Yangon International Airport on Sunday launched a digital-concierge system aimed at helping travellers in the country’s premier airport, a senior official said. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism also launched a QR code project that provides information on the latest promotions found at the ministry’s website. Union Minister U Ohn Maung and Yangon  Region […]

Myanmar adds nations to VoA list

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Myanmar has eased visa regulations to draw more tourists to the country this year according to Union Minister for Hotels and Tourism U Ohn Maung. In a statement at the weekend, distributed by the Myanmar Touriism Federation, he noted that effective 1 January the government had introduced visa-on-arrival (VoA) for an additional five countries. The […]

Myanmar Gears Up for ASEAN Tourism Forum 2020

Tourism officials and exhibitors are expected to gather in Brunei for the 39th ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2020 from January 12 to 16.   This year themed “ASEAN: Together Towards A Next Generation of Travel”,  aims to reinforce ASEAN’s mission and objectives that were set out in 1967.  The ASEAN Tourism Forum, which rotates its hosting […]

Laos claws back tourist arrivals

Laos got its tourist arrivals back on track in 2019 reporting a headcount of 4.58 million, up 9% after a below target showing in 2018. Reported initially by the Vientiane Times, the data was released earlier this week by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s director-general of the tourism marketing department, Sounh Manivong. He […]

Thailand projects US$105 billion tourism revenue in 2020

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is expecting 3.18 trillion baht (US$105 billion) in overall tourism revenue for Thailand in 2020, or a four per cent year-on-year increase. This includes 2.02 trillion baht from international tourists (up three per cent) and 1.16 trillion baht from domestic tourists (up five per cent). The outlook for 2020 […]

First Airport in Western Myanmar’s Chin State to Open in June

Surbung Airport, the first airport in Chin State, western Myanmar, is slated to begin operation in June, according to Chin State Chief Minister Salai Lian Luai. Chin State is currently only accessible by road. “Northern Chin State has started receiving more local and foreign travelers now but transportation is still poor and the airport will […]


Senior officials from the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported that the campaign nicknamed a “toilet revolution” is progressing forward to surpass 2019. The aim of the campaign is to open new restrooms for tourists. In 2019, there were approximately 22,300 new tourist toilets constructed in the country, which is 17% more than the […]

Cambodia to diversify its myriad of tourism products

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According to H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of the Ministry of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the amazing “Kingdom of Wonder” is heavily banking on the ever-growing capital Phnom Penh with the competitive slogan “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service and Best Hospitality.” Actually, Phnom Penh has its gateway international airport some 9km west of the city center. Arriving passengers, who mostly fly in directly from China, […]

Yangon to use part of its own budget to promote tourism: official

The Yangon Region government is considering plans to dip into the regional budget for the first time to fund growth of the tourism industry, Yangon Region Minister for Hotels and Tourism Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo revealed. “In other regions and states, some K200million in funds from local budgets was spent on promoting tourism. Based […]