More than 80% of Chinese travellers plan to travel in 2H2020: Ctrip

Chinese travellers display a strong desire to resume travel this year, with most preferring to travel domestically further afield due to uncertainty around the pandemic overseas, according to a recent Ctrip survey. The 2H2020 Travel Sentiment Survey by Ctrip’s Tourism Big Data Lab, which polled several thousand users hailing from more than 50 cities across China, […]

Tourism aid to spur domestic spending

The 22.4-billion-baht in aid promotions the government has pledged to revitalise the domestic tourism sector will generate between 30-50 billion baht for the economy in the second half of this year, according to Thanawat Phonwichai, president of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. The university’s Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting has predicted […]

Vietnam studies travel corridors

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport confirms it will consider reopening of international airline routes to countries and territories that have no local community cases of Covid-19 for 30 consecutive days, according to a ministry official. Vietnam News Agency reported that Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan and some Southeast Asian countries are prime targets. They are […]

Vietnam and Thailand look to lead regional tourism revival

Vietnam and Thailand are looking to lure well-heeled travellers to getaways on their own islands as they promote what has become the most important asset for tourism-dependent economies: a low COVID-19 count. Vietnam, with a population of 95 million, has recorded just 349 cases – only 22 of which are still active – and no […]

August targeted for beach holidays

Leisure travellers may be allowed to enjoy beach locations again in August, as the government is working with designated destinations to accommodate tourists under the travel bubble scheme, says the Tourism and Sport Ministry. “There are signs Thailand may restart the international market again in August, earlier than previously expected in September or October, as […]

Thailand to Only Target Rich Tourists for Its New Travel Bubbles

As Thailand’s Government mulls over the idea of Travel Bubbles the tourism minister has decided on a new strategy, target rich tourists. Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says target rich tourist rather than try to attract a large number of poorer tourists. Rich tourists who are seeking privacy and social distancing in the new post Covid-19 era. […]

Aviation authorities propose ‘travel bubble’ scheme to resume international flights

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has proposed a “travel bubble” be set up with countries having contained the novel coronavirus to resume tourism and economic activities. The CAAV said in a recent proposal to the Transport Ministry regular flights to and from certain safe countries should be resumed at the end of July, without […]

Travel bubble scheme drawn up in 3 phases

A travel bubble plan for leisure travellers has been drafted with three phases for opening, starting with a mere 1,000 tourists per day across five provinces. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said the ministry already asked the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) and the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT) to design 6-7 […]

Laos and Myanmar to Target Domestic Tourism

The message that came out of the 7th MeTAG webinar, organised by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) in Bangkok last week, was clear – domestic tourism is going to play a very important role for countries looking to rebuild their tourism revenue. COVID19 has caused over 508,000 deaths and, as of 04:33 GMT +7 […]