China launches Covid travel pass

China has launched a digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate for its citizens planning cross-border travels, joining other countries issuing similar documents as they seek ways to reopen their economies. As vaccines are globally being rolled out, a few countries including Bahrain have already introduced certificates identifying vaccinated people, and the EU agreed to develop vaccine passports […]

Forbes spotlights Vietnamese hospitality sector’s creativity amid pandemic

US business magazine Forbes has recently published an article highlighting the Vietnamese hospitality sector’s creativity to survive the COVID-19 blow. According to the article, titled “Vietnam’s hotels get creative to survive the pandemic” by Brett Davis, COVID-19 forced some in the industry to rethink their approach to how to cater to guests and innovate their offerings. It said one […]

Vietnamese cuisine among top 10 most popular on Instagram

Vietnamese cuisine was the world’s ninth most popular on Instagram in 2020, reaffirming its rising popularity among food lovers, a study found. There were 2.84 million #Vietnamesefood tags posted on Instagram, the world’s largest photo sharing network, last year, according to the study released this week by New York-based foodie magazine Chef’s Pencil. It analyzed Instagram […]

PM orders consideration of Covid ‘vaccine passport’ for economic, travel recovery

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered relevant agencies to map out plans for “Covid-19 vaccine passport” implementation to soon help tourism and aviation sectors recover. Speaking at a government meeting Wednesday, Phuc requested relevant agencies to consider “appropriate anti-pandemic prevention measures” as the country adopts an official policy for Covid-19 vaccine passport holders. His directive […]

Thailand to fully reopen to tourists in January 2022 in new proposed four-phase reopening rules

Thailand is considering a four-phase reopening that will most likely to kick-off in April and will relax quarantine rules. However, the kingdom may not fully reopen to international tourists until January 2022. The latest Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ recovery plan includes four reopening stages starting with the “Wellness Leisure area Q and Hotel Q” […]

Pandemic marketing tip? Go quirky and weird

From national flags projected onto the side of a Swiss mountain to ‘scream therapy’ in Iceland, creative and original campaigns are key to staying top of mind until travellers can return, say destination marketing experts. Domestic tourism, Covid-19 transparency and sustainability should also be pillars of any recovery campaign. Tim Russell, Southeast Asia commercial director […]

China-Laos film festival held in Lao capital to promote culture exchange

Organizers of the China-Laos Film Festival have expected to promote culture exchanges between the two countries as the 2021 version of the event are being held in Lao capital Vientiane. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the film festival on Monday, Director of Department of Cinema Khamphao Vannavong said this is the fourth time that […]

MTCO to share best practices at the Mekong Institute’s online training program

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On March 19, our Executive Director was invited to join as one of the keynote speakers for the Mekong Institute’s online training program on “Designing and Building Digital Interactive Infrastructure to Seize Opportunities in the Post-Pandemic World” under the topic of ‘COVID-19 and Tourism in the Mekong region: Challenges and Opportunities for the youth’ to […]

Thailand tourism officials talk of potential travel bubble with China

With restrictions in Beijing easing and plans to issue digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates to Chinese nationals, there may soon be a travel bubble between Thailand and China, allowing those vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel between the countries without quarantine. Just yesterday, the Chinese government announced it would issue the digital certificates to help citizens […]

Thai minister wants earlier reopening date and no quarantine with one condition

While Thailand’s COVID task force is considering easing or eradicating the mandatory quarantine for foreign travellers by October, Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn suggested an earlier reopening date in July given that the province has achieved herd immunity. Speaking at a meeting with tourism representatives, Ratchakitprakarn stressed that the key to early reopening […]