Thailand takes steps to improve transport safety for tourists

The Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) is joining hands with state agencies including the Department of Land Transport, Marine Department and Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to improve tourist safety standards nationwide and overturn perceptions of the country as a dangerous tourist destination. TCT revealed that countries such as the UK and China have expressed […]

Can Tho in Southern Vietnam becomes an international destination for airlines

Proudly contributed by Luc Citrinot

  After Phu Quoc, Haiphong, Dalat and Nha Trang, Can Tho in Vietnam is to welcome from April its first international regular flights. Vietnam air transport is going from record to record each year as more airlines and air routes are added. In 2018, Vietnam’s aviation market recorded 106 million passengers, up 12.9% compared to […]

More areas in Mogok opened to tourism

Three more villages in Mogok township in Mandalay Region will be opened to tourism due to the rising number of visitors to the area, officials of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism said. Starting this month, tourists will now be allowed to visit Kyauk Pya That, Pan-lin and Bernard villages along the old Mandalay-Matta-Singu and Mogok […]

Intra-region holidays acquires greater shine for SE Asian travellers

South-east Asia may once be perceived as a less sexy backyard for travel but perceptions are now changing, with agents pointing to signs of intra-region holidays becoming a growing trend as unique offerings and experiences become more readily available. In Thailand, Express Holiday Center has begun to sell South-east Asian destinations like Vietnam, after observing […]

Tapping the tourism potential of the Myeik Archipelago

Since October 1, Myanmar and foreign travellers have been permitted to visit pearl farms in the vast and spectacularly beautiful Myeik Archipelago, in the Indian Ocean off southern Tanintharyi Region. The opening of a key industry in of the world’s most beautiful archipelagos was made possible by cooperation between the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism […]

Cambodia’s leading telecom operator launches WeChat Go SIM for Chinese visitors

Cambodia’s leading mobile operator Smart Axiata has launched the Smart WeChat Go SIM, a new prepaid product targeting Chinese visitors, according to its press release on Saturday. The product is a result of Smart’s partnership with China’s messaging and mobile payment giant WeChat, the release said, adding that with this partnership, Smart Axiata addresses the […]

Full steam ahead: Thai railways enhanced for tourism

The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has put Thai railways at the heart of its new plans to develop tourism in the country when it approved two measures at a meeting focused on boosting footfall to destinations across the country, particularly those in ‘second-tier’ provinces. Duangjai Asawachntachit, the BOI’s secretary general, said after the meeting chaired […]

Vietnam Hospitality Market: 2018 Overview and 2019 Outlook

OVERVIEW 2018 2018 has been an excellent year for Vietnam Real Estate market with positive signs coming from all sectors, among which hospitality stands out as one of the main sectors drawing enormous attention from international and local developers and investors. The market has exhibited many projects that are being planned, developed, and opened with […]

Thailand likely to make travel insurance compulsory for all foreign arrivals

Thailand’s tourism officials are looking at introducing compulsory travel insurance for international visitors in the near future, especially as a recent spate of accidents involving tourists have cast the spotlight on the country’s safety and security records. Surging visitor numbers into Thailand has intensified the challenge of unpaid medical treatment fees racked up by foreign […]