Thailand welcomed 39.7 million visitors last year, up 4%

Thailand welcomed 39.7 million visitors last year, up 4.2% year-on-year. China was the biggest market followed by Malaysia, India, Korea and Laos. Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn reported the figures and said the arrivals of Indian visitors soared by 24% to 1.99 million thanks to the exempted visa-on-arrival fee. According to the minister, Thailand […]

Myanmar eyes more visitors from China

Visa policy and Mandarin-speaking guides being used help boost tourism Myanmar is courting tourists, especially those from China-and its efforts seem to be paying off. Total visitor arrivals in the first 10 months of 2019 increased 24 percent year-on-year to 35.2 million, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism. But Chinese tourists recorded the […]

How Thailand Is Looking To New Markets To Boost Tourism

In Thailand, long a popular destination in the tropics, there’s a new group helping push the number of visitors higher than ever. Thailand welcomed a record 39 million visitors in 2019, up from 38 million the year before, according to the country’s Tourism and Sports Ministry. While European and Chinese tourists still make up the […]

Top spots for Chinese travellers

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A Hotelbeds’ study shows Thailand, Japan and Singapore lead the top 10 international destinations for Chinese travellers during Chinese New Year that gets underway on 24 January. The chart leads off with top destination Thailand, followed by Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, the US, Philippines, Spain, and Italy. Hotelbeds noted that Chinese travellers are visiting […]

Thailand inbound predicted to grow less than 5% in 2020

Thailand is expected to see a less than five per cent increase in overall foreign tourist arrivals this year due to a global economic slowdown and a strong baht, reported Reuters. The country welcomed a record 39.7 million foreign visitors in 2019, but missed the 40 million target – partly due to the very strong baht, […]

HCM City emerges as medical tourism destination

HCM City has emerged as medical tourism destination due to its fast-growing health services and medical technologies, according to local authorities. The number of overseas Vietnamese and foreigners visiting Việt Nam for medical tourism has increased steadily over the past few years, according to the city’s Department of Tourism. Treatments span the full range of medical services, […]

China’s and Laos strengthen tourism cooperation Group CEO Jane Sun and the Lao minister of information, culture, and tourism Kikeo Khaykhamphithoune convened in December to discuss cooperation possibilities in tourism, including the streamlining of visa applications and cultural exchange projects, to drive tourism traffic between the two lands. Commenting on the meeting, Kikeo said: “Culture and tourism are some of the […]

Shaping the future of travel

Harnessing power of crowdsourced marketing The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) has leveraged collaboration with industry stakeholders and the use of crowd branding to promote travel to the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). The GMS comprises six countries that are linked by the Mekong River: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and parts of China (Yunnan Province […]

Southern operators keen to promote beach-friendly tourism

Southern tour operators are keen to offer sustainable tourism as an option to beach lovers to keep up with global trends and preserve local resources. Sustainable tourism combined with community-based tourism (CBT) could be a remedy for overcrowded beaches and help local stakeholders enjoy tourism’s benefits while keeping natural resources less disturbed, said Thamrong Chomphusri, […]

Yangon airport installs digital concierge to help passengers

The Yangon International Airport on Sunday launched a digital-concierge system aimed at helping travellers in the country’s premier airport, a senior official said. The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism also launched a QR code project that provides information on the latest promotions found at the ministry’s website. Union Minister U Ohn Maung and Yangon  Region […]