Vietnam’s Q1 travel grows 7%

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International visitor arrivals to Vietnam for the first quarter of the year improved 7% to reach 4,500,114 visits. During March the country registered 1,410,187 arrivals, up 5% over the same month last year. Key takeaways from the first quarter lead off with Vietnam powering ahead on the back of substantial increases in Asian markets that […]

Cross-border trade, tourism promoted

Cross-border trade and tourism are being promoted at Baan Khao Din border checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province which has been upgraded to permanent status. The Department of Foreign Trade, under the Ministry of Commerce, has confirmed that the checkpoint in Khlong Hat district of Sa Kaeo province has been upgraded to a permanent one from […]

ACC Secretary-General and Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism meet

ACC Secretary-General Chen Dehai says he looks forward to closer cooperation and coordination between the Tourism Ministry of Cambodia and ACC, especially in co-organizing the two flagship projects of Tourism Chinese Language Training and Tourism Capacity Building, in a bid to develop the traditional friendship and strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. Secretary […]

Cambodia’s endangered river dolphins at highest population in 20 years

It’s 5:30 p.m. and several tourist boats linger in the middle of the Mekong River. A blood-orange sun casts a warm glow across the milky brown water, making it the ideal time to photograph the rare Irrawaddy river dolphins that congregate in deep, swirling pools. Not that these dolphins are particularly willing photo subjects, as […]

Tourism Authority of Thailand ‘unboxes’ various tourist experiences with new campaign

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has appointed antics@play and The Media Shop (TMS) to support its new campaign, #UnboxThailand. Antics@play will provide digital branding, ad creative and PR support while TMS will provide technological media solutions to maximise TAT’s reach. The three-month campaign aims to drive awareness of Thailand as a preferred holiday destination by […]

Holidays that make a difference: 25 ethical trips in the UK and worldwide

Our pick of community projects, homestays, ethical tours, working holidays and trips that benefit women’s charities and initiatives. Five of the best community tourism projects worldwide Thailand Originally set up to help the fishing village of Ban Talae Nok recover after the tsunami of 2008, Andaman Discoveries has expanded its community tourism programmes across Thailand. […]

Thailand Travel Shield: TAT offers travel insurance for foreign tourists

A new travel insurance scheme aimed at FIT tourists (Free Independent Travelers) has been announced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. TNAMCOT said the “Thailand Travel Shield” scheme would be a boon to adventurous travellers. “Tourism Authority of Thailand has cooperated with top non-life insurers; Muang Thai Insurance, Krungthai Panich Insurance and Southeast Insurance gladly to […]

Vietnam becomes China’s second largest tourism market

Vietnam overtook South Korea to claim the second spot among the top 10 source markets for tourism in China last year. According to statistics released late last month by China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, more than 6.3 million Vietnamese tourists visited the country last year, double the figure in 2016, making Vietnam the second […]

Moves to extend free visa-on-arrival

Travel industry leaders are pressing the Thai government to extend a waiver of the THB2,000 visa-on-arrival fee up to October this year. The waiver has already been extended once from January to the end of April to encourage nationals from 21 countries who are eligible for a visa-on-arrival at Thailand’s international border checkpoints. Travellers from […]

Vietnam tourism sees robust growth from Asian markets

Tourist numbers from Thailand, Taiwan, the Philippines and South Korea saw strong growth January-March while China saw a decline. The first three months of this year saw the highest rise in Thai visitors with 124,600 arrivals, a massive 49.3 percent increase year-on-year, followed by Taiwan (26 percent) and the Philippines (25 percent). Meanwhile, a record […]