Laos claws back tourist arrivals

Laos got its tourist arrivals back on track in 2019 reporting a headcount of 4.58 million, up 9% after a below target showing in 2018. Reported initially by the Vientiane Times, the data was released earlier this week by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism’s director-general of the tourism marketing department, Sounh Manivong. He […]

Thailand projects US$105 billion tourism revenue in 2020

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is expecting 3.18 trillion baht (US$105 billion) in overall tourism revenue for Thailand in 2020, or a four per cent year-on-year increase. This includes 2.02 trillion baht from international tourists (up three per cent) and 1.16 trillion baht from domestic tourists (up five per cent). The outlook for 2020 […]

Chinese tourists willing to pay more for quality experience

Chinese tourists are willing to pay more for cultural immersion and better experiences, such as tasty food and lodging comfort, a report jointly released by the China Tourism Academy and travel services and social networking platform Mafengwo has found. According to the report, China’s tourism industry is heading toward high-quality development amid diversification and expanding market […]

2nd Asia Destination Film Forum and Awards will take place in Bangkok in January 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   2nd Asia Destination Film Forum and Awards will take place in Bangkok in January 2020 DFF 2020 is celebrating the importance of using visual storytelling for sustainable tourism and destination marketing in Bangkok, Thailand, on 30 January 2020. (BANGKOK, THAILAND, Wednesday, January 8, 2020) – The 2nd Asia Destination Film Forum 2020 will be hosted […]

First Airport in Western Myanmar’s Chin State to Open in June

Surbung Airport, the first airport in Chin State, western Myanmar, is slated to begin operation in June, according to Chin State Chief Minister Salai Lian Luai. Chin State is currently only accessible by road. “Northern Chin State has started receiving more local and foreign travelers now but transportation is still poor and the airport will […]

CHINA’S TOILET REVOLUTION CAMPAIGN IS SUCCESSFUL

Senior officials from the Chinese Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported that the campaign nicknamed a “toilet revolution” is progressing forward to surpass 2019. The aim of the campaign is to open new restrooms for tourists. In 2019, there were approximately 22,300 new tourist toilets constructed in the country, which is 17% more than the […]

Cambodia to diversify its myriad of tourism products

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According to H.E. Dr. Thong Khon, Minister of the Ministry of the Kingdom of Cambodia, the amazing “Kingdom of Wonder” is heavily banking on the ever-growing capital Phnom Penh with the competitive slogan “Clean City, Clean Resort, Good Service and Best Hospitality.” Actually, Phnom Penh has its gateway international airport some 9km west of the city center. Arriving passengers, who mostly fly in directly from China, […]

Yangon to use part of its own budget to promote tourism: official

The Yangon Region government is considering plans to dip into the regional budget for the first time to fund growth of the tourism industry, Yangon Region Minister for Hotels and Tourism Daw Naw Pan Thinzar Myo revealed. “In other regions and states, some K200million in funds from local budgets was spent on promoting tourism. Based […]

Thai govt adding street-food to spice up tourism promotion

The Thai government is moving to spice up the country’s culinary scene next year with a plan to blend world-renowned Thai street food with its tourism promotion policy to attract visitors and boost the economy. The government is collaborating with the private sector to organise a series of street food festivals in major tourist destinations, […]

“Be enchanted” as Myanmar promotes itself to attract more tourists to come

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Under the new slogan “Be enchanted” Myanmar is promoting itself as one of the 10 countries of ASEAN to attract more tourists to come. Overall international arrivals has recently stagnated, but with a rise of Asian visitors making up for the falling Western demand. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Tourism, the latest figures of tourist […]