JC Airlines plans Chiang Mai flight

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JC Airlines, a joint venture airline with Chinese investors based in Cambodia, will launch a service to Chiang Mai this July. The airline has logged timetable information with booking sites for a twice-weekly service. Even without Covid-19 dampening demand, building enough bookings between the northern Thailand city and Cambodia’s capital to breakeven remains a challenge. […]

Tourism and Sports Ministry seeks to lift domestic lockdown

The Tourism and Sports Ministry wants the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to lift the domestic tourism lockdown starting in June, as the industry prepared for new national safety and health standards with almost 1,500 operators applying for certification. Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said this Friday the ministry plans to talk with the CCSA about easing […]

Travel agents want tourists in July

Travel agents are urging the government to open the country to international tourists in July by first allowing coronavirus-free nations to visit without the compulsory 14-day quarantine, along with requiring a health certificate and providing a free rapid test on arrival. Vichit Prakobgosol, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta), said that if […]

Myanmar, Cambodia pin hopes on China tourists for post-pandemic restart

Tourism authorities in Myanmar and Cambodia are eyeing to recapture the Chinese market once travel resumes. At the latest meeting of Mekong Tourism Advisory Group (MeTAG), Hla Myint, director (promotions department) at Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, said the ministry has held virtual meetings with a number of Chinese tour operator representatives this week. […]

MTCO seeks crowdsourcing ventures

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The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, Destination Mekong, and the Mekong Institute are partnering a new initiative that will raise crowdsourcing for new innovations born out of Covid-19 crisis. The targeted projects to win support should originate in the Greater Mekong Subregion (Yunnan and Guangxi in PR China, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam). The […]

ASEAN ministers moot “travel bubbles” to kickstart tourism

South-east Asian countries are considering creating “travel bubbles” with their neighbours to safely resume travel ahead of a vaccine. At the latest meeting of the Mekong Tourism Advisory Group, members discussed the use of “travel bubbles” as a way to kickstart regional tourism. Hla Myint, director (promotions department) at Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, […]

Vietnam offers cut-price paradise to lure local travellers post coronavirus

In Phu Quoc, a Vietnamese island off the coast of Cambodia, posters warning tourists of the dangers of COVID-19 have long since faded in the powerful sunshine, along with the throngs of international travellers that used to dot its beaches. Vietnam recorded a 98% fall in visitors this April compared to 2019 because of the […]

The Grand Palace to reopen to visitors from 4 June

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok will be reopened Thursday, 4 June, 2020. The update was posted on the Royal Office website (https://www.royaloffice.th/en/2020/05/25/the-grand-palace-will-normally-be-open-on-june-4-2020/). TAT understands that the reopening will be under strict health […]

Vietnam eyes tourism revival with select openings for foreign visitors

Vietnam’s tourism industry is preparing different plans to welcome foreign visitors from countries and territories that have contained the coronavirus pandemic. Nguyen Trung Khanh, director of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), said the industry is preparing plans to welcome visitors from countries and territories that have responded effectively to the pandemic. Tourism officials […]

MTCO lists SMEs that need donations to survive

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To support small travel enterprises during the current Covid-19 crisis, the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office has set up a “Support Experience Mekong Collection members” page on its website. The page identifies small businesses struggling to survive the crisis due to financial strain and lost revenues that need urgently to tap emergency financial support. It lists […]