Government insists Phuket re-opening will go ahead as planned

The Thai government is adamant the planned re-opening of the southern island of Phuket to vaccinated foreign tourists will go ahead. However, with Covid-19 infections rising across the country, some tourism operators say they need more clarification on how. Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit insists the “Phuket sandbox” model is on track for July 1. “We […]

Hua Hin may allow foreign tourists soon

Hua Hin is ready to follow the government’s reopening plan and target vaccinated tourists without quarantine requirements in October under the Hua Hin Recharge campaign. Krod Rojanastien, a member of the committee of Thai Chamber of Commerce, who is leading the collaboration from the private sector, said Hua Hin has the potential to be included […]

Vietnam’s economic growth likely to expand 6.7 pct in 2021: ADB

Vietnam’s economic growth is expected to rebound to 6.7 percent this year despite the recent resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in nearby countries, and rise to 7 percent in 2022, according to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In its Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2021 released on April 28, the ADB said Vietnam’s economic growth will be boosted by export-oriented […]

Asian Development Bank Predicts Positive Economic Growth for Laos

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) projects positive growth for the economy of Laos despite the effects of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Vientiane Times reports that according to the ADB Asian Development Outlook 2021, which was released on Wednesday, the Lao economy is expected to grow by 4.0 percent in 2021, and 4.5 percent in 2022. According […]

Vietnam receives the first international flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) announced the resumption of regular international flights next July to the country home to Ha Long Bay, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The schedule follows the three-phase plan proposed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, in which the first only allows charter flights […]

Thailand Aims to Boost Vaccines by 50% So It Can Reopen for Tourists

Thailand aims to boost its vaccine order by more than 50% to 100 million doses this year in a bid to reach herd immunity, as surging local infections threaten to derail plans to reopen borders to tourism and reboot the economy. The government plans to buy 35 million more doses from two or three manufacturers […]

Vietnam Food Travel Map project announced

The Vietnam Food Travel Map project, the first of its kind and developed by culinary artisans and experts, was unveiled during a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on April 1. It will be jointly launched by the Restaurant Association of Vietnam (RAV) together with the World Food Travel Association (WFTA), the Tourism and Food Technology Village – Techfest […]

TAT targets expats in bid to resurrect sport tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will organise a golf event targeted at the expatriate community in the country as part of the efforts to restore confidence in domestic tourism. The Amazing Thailand Expat Golf Tournament Series 2021 event will be held on June 4 at Siam Country Club in Chon Buri, Tourism and Sports […]

Govt mulls visa rule overhaul for expats, tourists, investors

The government could revamp immigration rules this year to make it easier for expats and long-term tourists to stay in the country, part of a strategy to boost investment and tourism revenue once the pandemic eases. The proposed changes could mean foreigners would no longer have to file 90-day reports of their whereabouts — a […]

Thailand works on travel bubbles with some ASEAN countries

Thailand’s sports and tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that the country and Singapore are discussing forming a travel bubble. He added that Thailand is eyeing travel bubbles with ASEAN countries with low COVID cases like Vietnam and Laos. Phiphat noted that Singapore has experience in establishing green lanes with countries in Asia and Oceania and […]