Vietnam gets US$45m loan to develop secondary destinations

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$45 million loan to help Vietnam transform secondary towns into more economically inclusive, competitive tourism destinations. The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth Project will construct climate-resilient transport and urban infrastructure needed to boost tourist arrivals and tourism services investment in Hoa Binh, […]

China Focus: High-speed trains drive Guangxi’s development

For Chan Ka-ling, commuting between Hong Kong and Guilin, in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, has become so much easier thanks to high-speed trains between the Chinese mainland and Hong kong. “In the past, it took at least six hours because I had to transfer in Shenzhen or Guangzhou, but thanks to high-speed trains, […]

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport reveals growth plans

Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport is to be further upgraded to better equip it to accommodate more international traffic. Operator, Yangon Aerodrome Company Limited (YACL), has also revealed that it is stepping up its marketing efforts in a bid to develop its international route network. The announcements come despite the airport admitting that it is likely to […]

Myanmar tourism personnel to receive training in China

Myanmar will send a total of 40 Myanmar’s top tourism management personnel to receive training at the 18th seminar for China-ASEAN tourism personal education and training base in China on Nov. 18-28. The selected tourism personnel are from China Tourism Service Association in Myanmar, Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF), Myanmar Tour Guide Association (MTGA), Myanmar Chinese […]

Thailand may reinstate land border entry for expats in neighbouring countries

Could the cross-border retail and recreation-related dreams of foreign expatriates, non-diplomats and other non-Lao-non-ASEAN-passport-holding residents in Laos be about to come true across the Mekong in Thailand once again visa-free? Laos’ near neighbour is reportedly considering removing the restrictions on land border entry affecting foreign expatriates in neighbouring countries including Laos for an initial period of two months, both The Nation and Bangkok […]

ADB grants to boost Lao tourism, city services

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government of Laos signed grant agreements on October 16 worth $125.5 million in total for three projects in the tourism and urban sectors. “Vibrant, liveable cities and towns play an important role in the development of industry and services, particularly manufacturing, agro-business, and tourism”, said Yasushi Negishi, ADB […]

Press conference on annual Vietnam – China trade, tourism

A press conference on the annual Vietnam – China International Trade and Tourism Fair 2018 opened in Ha Long city, the northern border province of Quang Ninh, on November 9. It is the 13th year the fair has been held between Quang Ninh and China’s Guangxi province. This year’s event will take place in Dongxing […]

Myanmar, China strive to promote bilateral tourism industry development

Tourism authorities from Myanmar and China on Saturday had extensive discussions on further promoting development of bilateral tourism industry. “Myanmar government has granted visa-on-arrival to Chinese travelers starting from Oct.1 this year to attract more Chinese tourist arrivals in the country and we, the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, will take measures to fill the […]

Cambodia, Thailand agree to cooperate on marine tourism

Cambodia and Thailand have agreed on marine tourism cooperation linking the tourism ports of the two countries, while Cambodia asked its Thai counterpart to open more border gates to facilitate the flow of tourists. Under the agreement, inked during the 4th meeting of Cambodia-Thailand Working Group on Tourism Cooperation yesterday in Kampot province, both countries […]

TAT in collaboration with Airasia and Bangkok Airways launch a new campaign ‘Mega deal to Thailand’

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in conjunction with AirAsia, Bangkok Airways and VietJet Air launch a new campaign ‘Mega Deal to Thailand…Travel Is a Big Deal” to encourage tourists from ASEAN countries, especially Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, with special price tickets from the three airlines to pull ASEAN tourists to Thailand in Q4 […]