Vietnam strives for half of craft villages participating in tourism supply chain

Nguyen Minh Tien, deputy director of the Economic Co-operation Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development made the statement at a meeting about orientation and solution for rural tourism attached with the government’s new rural development plan for the 2021-2025 period organized by the Ministry. The country currently has 365 rural tourist sites […]

‘Andaman Sandbox’ next on govt agenda

Phangnga and Krabi are preparing to welcome back foreign tourists under the “Andaman Sandbox” scheme, which is scheduled for launch on Aug 1, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Tuesday. If the scheme goes according to plan, the provinces, which lie along the Andaman coastline, will be the next to reopen to […]

Tea tourism revitalizes ancient villages in SW China

Standing in a snack shop located at the entrance of Anshi village in Southwest China’s Yunnan province, Wang Zhengmei, 45, fervidly greets tourists and offers them local specialties like fried potatoes and rice noodles. Wang used to struggle for a living far away from home, but when Anshi became a favorable destination for tea lovers, […]

Long-stay visas, EVs to help spur economy

Deputy Prime Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow is planning to propose to the cabinet a plan to allow rich foreigners to enjoy long-stay visas in Thailand. According to Mr Supattanapong, the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) approved in principle on June 4 a scheme to offer long-stay visas to four groups of foreigners — rich global […]

Koh Samui’s tourism hopes pinned on international travellers

Proudly contributed by Bill Barnett

It’s baby steps at the moment as Thailand’s Robinson Crusoe-inspired, island-focused, international travel reopening plan rolls out in Koh Samui from July 15. Unlike the Phuket Sandbox program for vaccinated travellers, the Samui Plus sealed-route will test the water with a hybrid approach of 3 days in a hotel quarantine scenario and then allows visitor’s […]

Vietnam’s Khanh Hoa releases road map to receive int’l arrivals with ‘vaccine passports’

The People’s Committee of Khanh Hoa Province, home to beautiful beaches in south-central Vietnam, on Wednesday announced preliminary steps it is taking to allow international tourists with ‘vaccine passports’ to visit the locality. The committee has asked the provincial tourism department to collaborate with the provincial health department and the Nha Trang – Khanh Hoa […]

New world, new roles of engagement

With every crisis comes change, and many predict that the reboot of sorts for the world and the travel industry would swing the pendulum towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable form of tourism. Hoping for a real mindset and behaviour change in the travel industry is Hamish Keith, CEO at Exo Travel. “We hope that […]

Laos to Develop Sustainable Tourism Sites in Champasack

The government plans to develop the Dong Hua Sao National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area and the Xe Pian National Bio-Diversity Conservation Area in Champasack provinces as ecotourism sites as part of efforts to promote sustainable tourism. Vientiane Times reports that the plan was discussed in Champasack Province on Friday at a meeting between Vice President of the National […]

Catalysing Cambodia’s new tourism future

The pandemic has brought Cambodia’s tourism players together and highlighted the value of a single voice via the Cambodia Tourism Federation (CTF), allowing them to work better with the authorities towards travel and tourism recovery as well future developments, reveals Luu Meng, CTF president, master chef and Almond Group CEO.   Tourism is a key […]