Transparent and flexible visa policy needed to boost Vietnam tourism

Luring more tourists to and stay in Vietnam would be facilitated if there were a transparent and flexible visa policy for foreign travellers, experts have suggested. According to data from the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, in the first four months of 2019, the number of international tourists coming to the country was estimated at […]

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar increase in first 3 months of 2019

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar reached 1.136 million in the first three months of 2019, up 208,162 or 22.4 percent from the same period of 2018, according to the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism Tuesday. The significant increase of the tourist arrivals during the period was attributed to the coming in of a large amount of […]

Thailand eyes new horizons in Latin America for LGBT tourists

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Thailand is starting to court LGBT tourists from Latin America, seeing huge opportunities particularly from Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Columbia. Jefferson Santos, representative to South America for the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said Brazil alone has a 25 million-strong LGBT community, making it the top priority market for Thailand. “We will start developing […]

ADB boosts support for region

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has vowed to deepen its support for Southeast Asia in development assistance, reflecting the region’s rising stature as a destination for trade and investment. In prioritising Southeast Asia in its assistance, the multilateral lender would get involved in many operations in the region, said Ramesh Subramaniam, the director general of […]

Cambodia’s Siem Reap top tourist destination

Siem Reap was named the top tourist destination in Southeast Asia by Germany-based online travel platform YouDiscover. The place is very popular because this is where Angkor Wat, a complex temple in Cambodia and one of the largest religious monuments in the world (162.6 hectares), is located. The temple first gained global attention after a […]

Myanmar’s eVisa goes multi-lingual

Myanmar introduced multi-language versions of its eVisa website last week, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population. The online eVisa application service will now have multiple language versions such as Chinese, Korean Japanese, French, German and Italian. Up until now, the website was limited to just the English language version, although Myanmar’s eVisa […]

Hanoi, HCM City and Hoi An named backpacker paradises

Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An are becoming Vietnam’s tourist hotspots and are among the most affordable in the world for backpackers. The cities are high on the top 10 list of cheapest places for travel in the 2019 Backpacker Index by Price of Travel, the world’s largest database of travel costs. At the […]

How ‘the China tourism miracle’ has boomed over the past 20 years

Cast your mind back 20 years: Google was in its infancy; Blockbuster ruled the film-rental market as start-up Netflix struggled to be noticed and Chinese tourists were nowhere to be seen. Compare that with the staggering statistics achieved last year, when more than 140 million outbound trips were made by mainland travellers. Oh, and Google […]

TAT-Alipay pact aims to lure Chinese

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has teamed up with mobile payment platform Alipay of Ant Financial Services Group, an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding, to facilitate Alipay members while they visit Thailand. Yuthasak Supasorn, the TAT governor, said the partnership would introduce two applications — Zhima and Huabei — to help Alipay members complete visa-on-arrival […]

Thailand tops growth in tourist arrivals to Vietnam

The number of Thai tourists visiting Vietnam posted the highest growth in the January-April period. The growth in Thai arrivals surpassed that of Vietnam’s two biggest feeder markets, China and South Korea. The first four months of this year saw 174,777 Thai nationals visit Vietnam, a massive 46.5 percent increase year-on-year, followed by Indonesia (29.1 […]