TCEB test drives hybrid events

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The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is counting on hybrid meetings to get the country’s events business back on the road to recovery. It tested a hybrid event Thailand MICE United, earlier this month, reaching out to meeting suppliers, entrepreneurs and prospective clients. International events are not likely to return to Thailand until late […]

China’s tourism authority warns of COVID-19 ahead of national holiday

China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Wednesday issued a notice on COVID-19 prevention, calling on tourists to protect themselves during the upcoming National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. Tourists should learn about the epidemic prevention measures required by tourist attractions in advance, and make appointments before their visits, the ministry said. The notice also […]

Surat Thani targets Mice for recovery

Surat Thani is gearing up for business travel, hoping to lure Mice (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) visitors as it looks to recover from the pandemic. Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) president Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya said the province is a unique tourism location with the infrastructure to serve as a Mice destination. TCEB […]

Hanoi’s tourism sector moves to welcome visitors again

As the resurgence of COVID-19 in Vietnam has been basically brought under control, the tourism sector in the capital city of Hanoi has been swiftly making plans to attract visitors again and gradually return to previous levels of growth. This time of year is Hanoi’s peak for tourism, with surging numbers of both domestic and […]

Ministry vows Bangkok special tourist visa arrivals by October

The Tourism Ministry has pledged to bring the first batch of international tourists to Thailand by October, with Bangkok as the primary destination, and it wants tourism operators to gear up marketing plans right away. “Tour operators can start promoting long-stay packages via the special tourist visa (STV) to potential customers now, while tourists can […]

Vietjet to restart select international flights from Vietnam

Vietnam’s budget carrier Vietjet will reopen some of its regular international flights from Vietnam to Japan, South Korea and Taiwan from September 29, 2020. The airline will operate once-weekly flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Tokyo’s Narita every Tuesday, and one flight per week from Ho Chi Minh City to Seoul’s Incheon every Wednesday. […]

Chinese tourists to make 3.4 billion domestic trips

According to the Chinese Tourism Academy, Chinese tourists will make 3.4 billion domestic trips in 2020. This number is down 43 per cent year on year from 2019 tourism statistics. Revenue is also meant to fall by 2.76 trillion yuan ($394 billion) in 2020, half of its previous year’s total revenue. The country’s initial strict […]

Thailand tourism revenue shrinks drastically, foreign tourism prospects look dim

Krungthai Bank’s research center has urged the tourism sector to adapt to the New Normal for domestic tourism, in order to minimize damage from COVID-19, as international tourism is not expected to recover in even the coming year. Krungthai COMPASS, a think tank of the Krungthai Bank, has estimated Thailand’s tourism sector revenue this year […]

Vietnam proposes tourism travel bubbles within ASEAN

Vietnam has suggested ASEAN to research safe “tourism travel bubbles” within the region amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Specifically, Vietnam wants ASEAN to research “travel bubbles” between “green countries” as a preliminary initiative in opening borders and forming safe travel zones, said Nguyen Manh Tien, deputy head of the National Assembly’s Foreign Affairs Committee. He made […]

With Travel Limited, Plane Cafes Take Off In Thailand

Plane Cafes: On board a retired commercial airplane in the coastal city of Pattaya, coffee drinkers make themselves comfy on first-class-style seats and pose for photos by the overhead lockers. With millions around the world stuck at home due to the pandemic, “plane cafes” in Thailand are offering customers the chance to pretend they are […]