Samco trade office looks at the Mekong

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Start-up Destination Marketing Organisation, Samco, which builds business links between South Africa and the Mekong Region, attracted a turnout of more than 200 travel and wine experts at last night’s official launch party in Cape Town. (Report updated at 12 noon 1 April.) Samco, or South Africa and the Mekong Collaborative Office, says it gained inspiration […]

Little impact from new COVID-19 cases in Yunnan so far: travel agencies

After six newly added COVID-19 infections and three asymptomatic ones were reported in Ruili, Southwest China’s Yunnan Province on Wednesday, several travel agencies said they had yet to see a significant impact on nationwide tourism and travel during the upcoming Qingming Festival. China CYTS Tours told the Global Times on Wednesday that the latest outbreak […]

Thailand works on travel bubbles with some ASEAN countries

Thailand’s sports and tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that the country and Singapore are discussing forming a travel bubble. He added that Thailand is eyeing travel bubbles with ASEAN countries with low COVID cases like Vietnam and Laos. Phiphat noted that Singapore has experience in establishing green lanes with countries in Asia and Oceania and […]

How is pandemic-related consumer behaviour impacting travel?

As travel companies eye industry recovery, they are also watching what consumer behaviours, triggered by the pandemic, might stick around in longer term. Market research company Euromonitor recently published its Top 10 Global Consumer Trends 2021, which provides some clues for the travel industry. The report is a general overview of how consumer behaviour is evolving but […]

Intra-regional tourism crucial for SE Asia travel revival

Due to an abundance of low-cost connectivity and an increased preference for travel closer to home in the midst of the pandemic, intra-regional tourism will play a key role in revitalising Southeast Asian countries’ tourism economies, according to GlobalData. GlobalData’s latest report, Tourism Destination Market Insight – ASEAN (2021), revealed that in 2019, 44.3 million […]

QR move to ease cross-border payment

The Bank of Thailand, in collabora-tion with the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), has launched a QR payment linkage to simplify cross-border payments between the two countries. The cross-border payment facility was launched yesterday, following a financial project that began in 2019 as part of the Asean Payment Connectivity, a joint regional effort. The QR […]

Airbnb tracks Thai travels during Covid

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Thais want to reconnect with family and friends, enjoy short getaways, and seek affordable and safe travel in places close to nature this 2021, according to Airbnb’s Meaningful Travel Trends Survey 2021. Compiled in cooperation with the global data analytics firm YouGov, the survey explores the travel preferences and behaviours of Thais during 2021 during […]

Thailand to nominate tom yum kung for UNESCO intangible cultural heritage list

The Thai cabinet today endorsed the Culture Ministry’s proposal to nominate Thailand’s most popular dish, tom yum gung, for inclusion on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list. Government deputy spokesperson, Ms. Traisulee Traisoranakul, said that the tom yum kung dish reflects the simplicity of the way of life in Thai farming communities, living along rivers and […]