Ha Long Bay a top 10 Asian tourist attraction: Hong Kong newspaper

The South China Morning Post includes Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay in its latest list of 10 most popular Asian attractions. Citing data collected by leading airport bus company Hoppa, the newspaper said the UNESCO heritage site in the northern province of Quang Ninh came in fifth among 10 most popular Asian gems, which was topped […]

Mastercard serves up ASEAN warmth

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Mastercard and ASEAN’S 10 national tourism organizations have joined forces to promote Southeast Asia through a new campaign. The two-year partnership promotes the ASEAN slogan ‘Feel the Warmth’ to boost inbound travel from China, India and Australia, as well as promote travel across key intra-ASEAN corridors Southeast Asia has the distinction of being home to […]

Two sites in GMS inscribed to UNESCO World Heritage List

Two new sites in the Greater Mekong Subregion have been inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List. This makes it 27 sites in the six member countries of the Mekong Region. The new sites are: Bagan, Myanmar Plain of Jars, Lao PDR The proposal to list Bagan was approved by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee […]

Vietnam PM seeks quick movement on strategic partnership with Thailand

Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called for early finalisation of the Plan of Action on Implementing the Vietnam- Thailand Strategic Partnership for the next five years while mapping out key dimensions of bilateral relations. There are room and potential for the two neighbouring countries to continue fostering trade and investment cooperation for our […]

Vietnam becomes fastest growing tourism market of Japan

Vietnam was the fastest growing tourism market of Japan with rise of 125.9 percent in 2018, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)’s 2019 white paper on tourism that was released on June 21. In 2018, more than 389,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Japan, up over 1.25 percent over 2017. The figure […]

Thailand, Laos sign agreement on 5th friendship bridge across Mekong River

Thailand and Laos on Friday signed an agreement on building the fifth friendship bridge between Thailand’s Bueng Kan province and Laos’ Bolikhamsai province. Thailand’s Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and Lao Public Works and Transport Minister Bounchan Sinthavong presided over the signing ceremony on Friday. Arkhom said Thailand’s upper northeastern region, particularly Bueng Kan province, will […]

Thailand ready to tap busy Muslim travel market

Halal tourism is one of the fastest-growing tourism sectors, with faith-based needs and behaviour from Islamic travellers gaining, according to the Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2019, an annual survey by Mastercard and CrescentRating. In its fifth edition, the GMTI revealed robust growth in the market and named Thailand as a friendly country for Muslim […]

Thailand among top countries offering global travellers the ‘host’ factor

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reported that a recent poll by Booking.com across 29 countries found Thai people to be among the top nationalities who consider their country to be more hospitable than others. Thailand along with Indonesia, Mexico, Taiwan and India are the top five countries where locals believe hospitality to be in […]

ASEAN wants more World Heritage Sites

There are 38 heritage sites in Southeast Asia that have been gazetted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as World Heritage Sites (WHS). The WHS is a collection of buildings, landmarks and locations that have been preserved for their special cultural or physical significance. The program has a unique global reach, […]

TikTok signs agreement to help promote Vietnam’s tourism

The Vietnam entity of short video app TikTok has recently signed an agreement with Vietnam Society of Travel Agents (VISTA) – a social organization that includes Vietnamese travel and tourism businesses, tour guides and facilitators – to help its members promote Vietnam’s tourism through TikTok. According to Nguyen Lam Thanh, TikTok’s head of public policy in Vietnam, […]