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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mekong mulls its 2019 meeting moments

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The 2019 annual Mekong Tourism Forum will be held in Dali at the end of May, according to Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director Jens Thraenhart. He is currently on an inspection trip of the conference host city with officials from the Yunnan Tourism Development Commission and Dali Prefecture Development Commission. In a Facebook Page […]

Bangkok comes up top in Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index

Bangkok is basking in the limelight of being named this year’s number one city in the world by the Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index, making it the third consecutive year that Thailand’s ‘City of Angels’ has been ranked in the top spot. With roughly 20 million international overnight visitors, Bangkok retained the top spot […]

A Weekend at Kaeng Krachan & Kui Buri National Parks

Proudly contributed by Paul Eshoo

  I recently took a nice weekend trip to Kaeng Krachan & Kui Buri National Parks, which can easily be reached from Bangkok and Hua Hin, making for a great weekend trip. We first rented a car from Don Muang Airport and drove to Hua Hin on a Friday afternoon, staying overnight at one of […]

The Needs for the Airport Experience

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Since the early 2000s, airport experience (AE) has emerged as a new concept for airport management to help them improve passenger satisfaction. A positive airport experience has increasingly been considered, particularly by international hub airports, to be a key factor in enhancing both airline revenues and passenger revenues. Positive airport experience can also help to […]

What is the level of strategic denial vis a vis the money creation and its investment into the tourism real-estate?

Proudly contributed by Daniel Koeppel

Counting myself to the heterodox camp of the environmental sustainability focused professionals; I am continuously on the lookout for different viewpoints on what contributes or what does not contribute to the environmental sustainability paradigm. This led me to participate in a MOOC course, ( by the Institute of Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS). Strategic Denial Professor […]