Lao PDR: New Project to Protect Landscapes and Enhance Livelihoods

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$57 million project to help Lao PDR promote sustainable forest management, improve protected area management, and enhance livelihoods opportunities in eight provinces across the country. Project funding comes from the World Bank’s International Development Association, with contributions from the Global Environment Facility and the Canada-World […]

Cambodia introduces QR code scanning for venues to combat COVID-19

The  Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPTC) has set up a QR Code “Stop Covid” in an attempt to provide additional measures to increase the efficiency and speed of prevention and control of the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Ministry of Health announced Saturday on the implementation of the QR Code and this moves […]

Tourists in Phuket under villa quarantine

Fifty-nine wealthy foreign tourists arrived in this southern island province on Sunday night and went into “villa quarantine” at the Sri Panwa Hotel, authorities said on Monday. The first group of 13 arrived at about 8.20 pm on a chartered Garuda Indonesia flight from Indonesia to Phuket International Airport. They were welcomed by deputy governor […]

Thailand Mulls Waiving Quarantine Rule for Vaccinated Tourists

Thailand may scrap mandatory quarantine for foreign visitors vaccinated against Covid-19 as it may help the nation revive its tourism industry, according to Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha. Foreigners visiting Thailand may be allowed to skip the two-week isolation if they furnish vaccination certificates but authorities will continue to track them, Prayuth said after a cabinet […]

TAT targets holders of cryptocurrencies

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wants to establish Thailand as the first country to welcome cryptocurrency holders by targeting Japanese tourists in the initial phase. Though the agency downgraded its target for foreign tourist arrivals this year, it sees tourism during the post-pandemic era as emphasising quality and creativity, leading to its plan to […]

Angkor Wat ‘like never before’ campaign to revive Siem Reap

The Cambodia Hotel Association has called for people in Cambodia to join its social media campaign to help the recovery of the tourist sector in Siem Reap, a travel hotspot which has been hit hard by the effects of COVID-19. Dubbed  “#ANGKORLIKENEVERBEFORE”, the campaign involved creating and posting a 30-second video on social media which […]

TripAdvisor names Bangkok and Phuket among Top 15 most popular destinations worldwide

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Bangkok and Phuket have been named eighth and 14th, respectively among the Top 15 “Popular Destinations — World” in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2021. The result was based on the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings from TripAdvisor travellers for accommodation, restaurants, […]

ASEAN commits to tourism recovery

Tourism has been one of the hardest hit sectors by the COVID-19 outbreak last year. In 2020, ASEAN member states preliminary reported that compared to the same period in 2019, the tourism sector suffered a loss of approximately 75.8 per cent in tourism receipts, international arrivals declined by approximately 80.5 per cent, the rate of […]

Discover Laos Today works with Southern Laos to create content that is “Charming by Nature”

Discover Laos Today recently finished a reconnaissance trip to the south of Laos as guests of Southern Laos Tourism. The trip was sponsored by Swiss Contact and the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism. Over 30 days the team from Discover Laos Today explored the five provinces of southern Laos, gathering information as well as shooting video and […]