Thailand Seeks Travel Bubble Pact With China to Spur Tourism

Thailand is in talks with China to establish a quarantine-free travel corridor by January to rescue its ailing tourism industry. The agreement with Beijing will be subject to the success of a limited reopening of the Thai tourism industry to foreign travelers this month, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn. China, which accounted for more […]

Lao tourism partners slash prices to woo local travellers

Tour and hospitality business operators have massively cut the cost of their services and package tours to make prices more affordable and encourage Lao people to take vacations around the country. The special promotions now on offer are targeted at local visitors in a bid to make up for the absence of foreign tourists during […]

Thailand welcomes first batch of foreign tourists

A group of 41 tourists from Shanghai will be the first foreign visitors to set foot in Thailand this evening since travel and border restrictions were imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Bearing a special tourist visa issued by the Thai government to individuals from countries deemed to be of low Covid-19 risks, […]

Worried about homestays in Thailand? Airbnb launch new safety standards

To support hosts and governments as communities reopen for travel in Thailand, Airbnb announced that hosts and guests must agree to follow Airbnb’s COVID-19 Safety Practices, which include wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and, for hosts and their teams, abiding by the five-step enhanced cleaning process. This commitment will help provide extra assurances to […]

Chinese tourists set to lift Thai tourism hopes for turnaround

Despite postponements of tourist arrivals, Thailand hopes visitors from China will help kick-start its battered tourism sector which has been decimated by travel bans due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The immediate reason for revival of optimism in the Thai tourism sector is a special charter flight that flew 150 Chinese tourists from Guangzhou to the […]

Vietnam readies to open tourism

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Vietnam is priming its tourism reopening strategy with the launch of a CNN International television commercial inviting travellers to consider Vietnam for their first holidays post Covid-19. Vietnam National Administration of Tourism commissioned the 30-second clip, which features some of Vietnam’s top tourism products and destinations and ends with the sentence, “When you’re ready to […]

Yunnan at Your Fingertips Launches Yunnan Tourist Service Card

Since October 2020, Yunnan at Your Fingertips Platform has issued Yunnan Tourist Service Card Tourists can use the card directly in “Cards and Offers” in WeChat after collecting the card from Yunnan at Your Fingertips Platform’s official WeChat account. The card is a convenient and comprehensive electronic card with four major services: health QR code, scenic area reservations, complaints and returns. This card is intended […]

Laos and China keen to boost regional connectivity

China has opened another expressway linking the south of the country to the Lao border as part of efforts to strengthen regional connectivity and boost China-Asean economic cooperation. In addition, the under-construction Vientiane-Boten expressway will link Vientiane to China’s expressway network and further reduce travel times between the two countries. The governments of Laos and […]

TAT predicts B1.5tn in best case for 2021

Tourism could generate 1.5 trillion baht in revenue next year in the best-case scenario if market sentiment improves by April at the earliest, says the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Despite a resurgent pandemic, the TAT aims for Thailand to be among the top five tourism markets in 2021, with revenue ranging from 700 billion […]

Thai holidays to boost domestic travel

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Thailand will add two long weekend holidays before the end of the year to boost domestic travel. The government confirmed a long weekend holiday from 19 to 22 November and again 10 to 13 December. The long weekend in December starts with Constitution Day on 10 December and continues due to the transfer of a […]