Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank to launch online travel app

Thailand’s oldest lender, Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), said on Monday (May 24) it plans to launch a hotel booking application next year that does not charge hospitality operators a gross profit fee. The bank said it would launch the app, Zero GP OTA, to assist small and medium-sized hotel entrepreneurs to reduce their online travel […]

Thailand Says Its Tourism Sector May Not Recover Until 2026

It could take another five years before tourism revives fully in Thailand — an ominous sign for one of the most travel-dependent economies in the world. The sector, which contributed about one-fifth of Thailand’s economy before the pandemic, isn’t expected to return to normal until 2026, the National Economic and Social Development Council said Monday, […]

Cambodia “Preparing To Welcome Back Foreign Tourists In Q4”

A new video released by the Ministry of Tourism seems to indicate that Cambodia is preparing to welcome back tourists in the 4th quarter of 2021, in a move designed to “revive Cambodia’s tourism industry hit hard by the global COVID-19 crisis” This move comes after figures for 2020 show that Cambodia suffered a tourism […]

Ministry of Tourism Cambodia launched “Taste Cambodia – Culinary Adventure of the Kingdom” video of Tourism, Cambodia recently launched a video advertising Khmer food by connecting potential tourism targets across the country. Under the program of strengthening the trade in the field of tourism (TCBP), it receives financial assistance from the French Development Agency (AFD), led by the Ministry of Tourism and many strategies that will be giving continuously […]

Local agencies eye jab tourism

Tour operators are aiming to offer potential tourists from neighbouring countries vaccine tourism packages in Thailand once vaccines procured by private hospitals become available. Chotechuang Soorangura, managing director of NS Travel and Tours, said vaccine inequality and the slow rollout pace is expected to amplify outbreaks in neighbouring countries, especially as India is suffering a […]

TAT re-confirms Phuket’s reopening date of July 1

The Thai PM, and the CCSA, have confirmed that Phuket’s re-opening WILL happen on July 1. This confirms months of insistence that the plan will go ahead. The confirmation comes against a background of daily new infections in the country of over 2,000 and ongoing confusion about the country’s vaccine roll out. According to the […]

GMS countries mull welcoming vaccinated visitors

Five of the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries – Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam – are willing to welcome tourists fully-vaccinated against Covid-19 to their shores amid the pandemic, in an effort to kick-start a recovery in the tourism market dampened by Covid-19. The commitment was conveyed on May 27 during the 47th […]

Pattaya pushes government to reopen beach resort with ‘Move On’ plan

Pattaya and the Tourism Authority of Thailand will push the government to follow through with plans to open Pattaya as a “sandbox” for foreign tourists fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Called the “Pattaya Move On” proposal, it’s identical to what the government earlier suggested: Allowing fully vaccinated foreigners to arrive in Pattaya from October without […]

Thailand targets medical tourism

Thailand is attempting extremely hard to reboot tourism however so far it hasn’t quite worked, particularly with the recent rise in Covid-19 transmission. Some of you may remember my story on the lengthy 31 steps process to obtain a visa, and 90 days of pre-paid accommodation also required were a bit demotivating for some. Then […]

China embraces rural tourism boom amid COVID-19

China is in the middle of a rural tourism boom amid the COVID-19 pandemic, CNN reported on Tuesday. Chinese-owned, one of the world’s largest online travel agencies, said that by March 2021, rural tourism trips in China had increased by more than 300 percent year-on-year, CNN said in a report. In recent days, Chinese […]