3 Thai cities ranked among top 20 global destinations

Thailand has continued to see significant growth in the travel sector, making it the only country with three in the top 20 global destination cities, according to the seventh annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI), released yesterday. The Index ranked Bangkok as the number one global destination city for international overnight visitors. It is […]

Govt lures Chinese to fill Nay Pyi Taw’s hotel rooms

As Myanmar’s hospitality sector is plagued by falling demand and oversupply, the ministry wants to lure one million tourists from China to fill the empty rooms in Nay Pyi Taw. But the cost barrier and lack of transport system make the barren capital all the more difficult to attract visitors, Western or Asian. The plenary […]

Travelers Spend More Money in Thailand Than Anywhere Else in Asia

Just more than a year ago, I ate at Nahm, in Bangkok—and walked out after paying barely $60 for a tasting menu that currently ranks 49th on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. My grand, five-star hotel, the Anantara Siam, with its gilded murals and landscaped courtyards, cost $150 a night, including a breakfast buffet that was truly fit […]

Laos drops visa for Koreans

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Lao PDR has extended visa-free travel to South Korean visitors for up to 30 days. According to Laotian Times, the visa-free privilege became effective 1 September following an announcement of the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) 30 August. The government hopes visa-free travel will help reverse the negative trend in tourist arrivals that has […]

Trials and Tribulations for Myanmar’s Travel Industry

Kyaw Kha: Welcome to Dateline Irrawaddy! This week, we’ll discuss whether Myanmar is ready to receive international travelers. I’m The Irrawaddy chief reporter Kyaw Kha and I’m joined by U Khin Aung Tun, vice president of the Myanmar Tourism Federation, and tour operator Daw Sabei Aung. On Monday, Myanmar granted visa exemptions for some Asian countries, […]

Commercializing Tradition in Yunnan, China

An interview with Thiago Braga on pu’er tea culture and industry. Increasing domestic and international interest in China’s pu’er tea is leading to burgeoning tourism in the mountains of southeastern China. Traditionally a lower cost tea, pu’er among other teas previously were a staple at all levels in Chinese society. But pu’er is transforming into […]

Myanmar to hold investment fairs to spur development

Myanmar is making preparations to hold a business forum in Mandalay, the country’s second largest city in the north, on Nov. 9, aiming to promote trade and investment for the development of Mandalay region, according to the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Monday. Such forum is partly aimed at driving development more evenly […]

Thailand enjoys record-breaking awards haul in 2018

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is looking to build on its amazing success in racking up awards after a record-breaking haul so far in 2018, when it took home multiple prestigious travel awards including two ‘Destination of the Year‘ honours. “TAT is very proud of all the awards Thailand has received during 2018,” TAT Deputy Governor […]

Thailand to promote geocultural tourism in northern high terrains

Thailand has launched a pilot project to promote geocultural tourism in northern high terrains. Four government agencies, including the Department of Tourism, the Department of Cultural Promotion, Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration, signed a memorandum of understanding on Wednesday by which they will jointly […]

Tourism goes digital

The tourism industry celebrates “World Tourism Day 2018” today. The official celebration is organised in Budapest, Hungary. The theme is “Tourism And The Digital Transformation”. The aim is to raise awareness on the potential contribution of digital technologies to sustainable tourism development, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). “Harnessing innovation and digital advances provides tourism […]