ASEAN desperately needs sustainable tourism

From centuries-old temples in Cambodia to sleek new public transport systems in Singapore, tourism’s rapid growth is set to play a critical role in shaping infrastructure use in ASEAN. Around 129 million tourists visited the region last year, and that number is expected to rise to 155 million in 2020. Overall, travel and tourism contributed […]

Chiang Mai steps up efforts to woo growing Muslim travel market

Thailand tourism players are priming Chiang Mai to become a halal-friendly destination by investing in improved services and halal tourism infrastructure to cater to the rapidly-growing segment of Muslim travellers. At the International MICE Conference and Forum 2019 in Chiang Mai, Korakod Kanongnuch, president of Thailand Halal Tourism Association (THAT), said: “Muslim travellers represent a […]

Address elephant tourism the sensible, scientific way

The Tourism Authority of Thailand argues why shutting down elephant tourism camps in South-east Asia isn’t a sensible solution, and urges proper solutions and management practices to be put into place to handle the problems surrounding elephant tourism, citing recommendations from the Asian Captive Elephant Working Group (ACEWG). Elephant tourism in Thailand continues to undergo […]

AirAsia in talks to set up Myanmar airline

Tony Fernandes’ AirAsia Bhd is in talks with a potential partner to open an airline serving Myanmar, in a move that would help the low-cost carrier cover up to 95% of the Southeast Asian travel market. In an interview with Reuters on Monday, the airline’s group chief executive said he also expected AirAsia’s Vietnam joint […]

TAT proceeds with Thailand Travel Shield insurance project

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced it will continue the five-year ‘Thailand Travel Shield’ project in order to provide online travel insurance for foreign tourists at a press conference held in Bangkok on April 2. At the event, TAT signed an MoU with three insurance companies – Southeast Insurance, Muang Thai Insurance and Krungthai […]

Ministry highlights rise in direct flights with Asean countries, China

The number of direct flights linking Cambodian cities to destinations in Asean and China has surged in recent months, according to a recent report from the Ministry of Tourism. In a brief report, the Ministry notes that the Kingdom is now connected with eight countries in the Asean region – Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, […]

‘Food Street’ to be built in Kampot ahead of Sea Festival

Kampot will be the first province to have a ‘Food Street’, an area with dozens of vendors offering local delicacies as part of a government scheme. ‘Food Street’ is a government-sponsored programme to attract more tourists to Cambodia by enhancing access to high-quality and hygienic local dishes. The ‘Food Street’ in Kampot will be the […]

Bangkok top destination for Vietnam National Day holiday

Thailand’s capital is the most popular destination for Vietnamese choosing to travel abroad during the three-day national holiday that starts this Saturday. Agoda, the world’s leading online accommodation reservations provider, has used bookings data for travel between August 31 and September 3 to assess the 10 most popular overseas destinations for Vietnamese travellers for the […]

TAT using online management system Local Kit to enhance community tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has begun using the online tourism management system ‘Local Kit’, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of and add value to community-based tourism in Thailand. Local Kit ( is a web application from Find Folk that is geared toward community-based tourism. It was designed to […]

Demisting MIST for travel startups

Company contributor TTR Weekly

Startup travel firms stand a chance to win recognition and a helping hand to connect with potential funding as the Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism programme, MIST calls for nominations Travel industry executives can recommend travel startups, either in the travel tech or social enterprise domains. The nominations are open to innovative ventures, inspire others […]