Vietnam among world’s fastest-growing tourism destinations

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has picked out Vietnam as one of the world’s 10 fastest-growing tourism destinations. The information was announced at a conference themed “The world tourism development trend and the impact on Vietnamese tourism” organised by the General Department of Tourism on August 20 in Hanoi. According to the UNWTO, […]

Tourism minister wants to extend pub closing hours

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has proposed that bars and pubs in some tourist destinations be allowed to stay open until 4 am to attract foreign tourists to spend more. Phiphat said he would discuss his ideas to stimulate nightlife tourism with Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and other ministers. The closing time for […]

Vietnam speeds up tourism cooperation with Southeast Asian countries

The Vietnam National Administration of Tourism hosted the sixth Meeting of Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) Southern Tourism Corridor with representatives of tourism agencies from Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho. The Southern tourism corridor is an important transport route of the Greater […]

PM offers advice to Lao tourist spot

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Vang Vieng a tourist town halfway to Luang Prabang in northern Laos has been told to clean up its riverside tourist district. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith made the comments on the direction the famous tourist town should take during a site inspection last week. Led by Vang Vieng District Governor Khamphong Douangvilay, the PM and […]

Visa exemptions for Chinese, Indians to be submitted to cabinet

The Tourism and Sports Ministry plans to seek the cabinet’s approval for a scheme to offer visa exemptions to visitors from China and India for one year. If the idea is approved, it will become effective from the start of November through Oct 31, 2020, said Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. “Free visas is […]

TAT goes mobile with a van

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand is launching its latest promotional initiative, ‘TAT Mobile Car’ to deliver information to tourists as they tour the capital city’s sights. The TAT Mobile Car will be stationed at various tourist enclaves around Bangkok from Wednesday to Sunday, 1200 to 1900 at various locations for a three-month period. Managed by […]

In Vietnam, TikTok is a force to be reckoned with

With 12 million active users and a series of successful campaigns, TikTok has been making leaps in capitalizing on the country’s tech-savvy users. For 20-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Anh, a third-year student at the Da Nang University of Economics, the coolest trends among the hip, young people in Vietnam are now on TikTok, not just from the legacy […]

Myanmar relaunches tourism website

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The Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has launched its new website, www.tourisminmyanmar.com.mm this week. The new site features videos, news, photographs and interviews about Myanmar’s culture, traditions and tourist destinations. The aim of the new website is to promote Myanmar as an emerging tourist destination in Southeast Asia while serving as a ‘first-stop’ when researching trips and […]

CNN to broadcast Hanoi’s charms to global audiences

CNN will air 15 short films on Hanoi’s attractions this year under a $4 million tourism promotion deal it signed with the city last May. They include five episodes each of ‘The Keepers’ and ‘Iconic Hanoi’, three episodes of ‘60-second Vacation’ and one each of ‘Five reasons to love Vietnam’ and ‘Vietnam – Sporting Moments,’ […]

‘Smart’ toilets among efforts to boost Yunnan tourism

Southwest China’s Yunnan Province has further strengthened efforts to provide smart tourism services, Governor Ruan Chengfa said at a press conference in Beijing on Monday. Tourists can use an app to find information during their stay in the province, including details about food, transportation and shopping. One notable feature of the app is Smart Toilet, […]