#MyVietnam: Vietnam Tourism puts locals in the picture

Vietnam Tourism has announced the launch of a new competition for locals to show off the best parts of their home cities to international visitors, dubbed #MyVietnam. The challenge kicked off on 7 December with three videos to help inspire participants — My Hoi An, My Hue and My Ho Chi Minh City– to create […]

TAT promotes weekday trips to lonely provinces

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has unveiled additional plans to encourage locals to travel during weekdays, especially to second-tier provinces. The move aims to boost visitors and tourism income in 55 secondary provinces, or those provinces that get fewer than 4 million tourists a year, as well as offset the decline in arrivals from […]

Cambodia outlines ecotourism policy

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Cambodia’s Council of Ministers has signed a draft policy that will support the expansion of eco-tourism facilities across the country, while safeguarding natural assets. The policy still needs national assembly approval according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post on Wednesday before it becomes legally binding. The UNWTO forecasts that eco-tourists will increase 20% […]

UnionPay sees robust growth in Cambodia

Reporting tremendous growth in the number of cards issued in the country as well as in the number of transactions, UnionPay has recently revealed that Cambodia is the market in Southeast Asia where it is growing the fastest. According to the China-based company’s most recent report, the number of transactions performed by Cambodians using UnionPay […]

Thailand: Three years to introduce eVisa?

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Following the eVisa-on-Arrival service introduced by Thailand’s Immigration Bureau, last month, a foreign office official confirmed an eVisa service for the standard 30-day tourist visa will be available online next year. Billed the “Thai E-VISA”, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thanee Thongpakdee, headed the 3 December launch briefing, while Department of […]

Make China great again

Why are inbound tourism numbers into China, a country steeped in culture and heritage, lagging behind its booming outbound sector? China may be the world’s largest tourist source but the country is punching below its weight as a global travel destination. Despite its splendid history, culture and culinary traditions, the number of international arrivals to […]

Cambodia romances Chinese tourists with US$2m movie

A film aimed at luring more Chinese tourists to Cambodia could attract more high-spending visitors from China and plant the South-east Asian country as a romance destination. Filming on Love in Cambodia started in September as a joint bid between Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts. The aim is to use the […]

Fourth “TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand” competition starts 1 December 2018

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Newsroom kicked off its fourth annual “TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand” competition on 1 December with two unique activities that double the chance to take home top honours. All entries should incorporate key concepts of the TAT’s Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ or ‘Go Local’ marketing initiatives. The […]

United we stand: Making Thailand a yacht tourism destination

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) ushered a move to gather the yacht industry in one major event in Thailand and demonstrate united support for the government’s yacht tourism initiative. Andy Treadwell, CEO of Verventia Pte Ltd, owners of the Thailand Yacht Show (TYS), Gael and Olivier Burlot, owners of Asia RendezVous, and Gulu Lalvani, […]

Thailand is paving a sustainable, responsible tourism path that’s both admirable and effective

Thailand is making moves in the right direction to protect its vast natural and scenic beauty, having instigated a range of environmental initiatives and green-minded programmes in different industry and economic sectors. Among the primary objectives is the significant reduction of single-use plastics and other plastic waste. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has taken […]