Myanmar signs $80m-loan agreement with ADB for GMS Corridor Towns Development Project

The Ministry of Construction has signed an agreement to loan US$80 million from Asian Development Bank for a development project for the towns along east-west economic corridor of Greater Mekong Sub-region. The signing ceremony took place at the meeting hall of the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw on September 13. Union Minister for Construction Han […]

HCM City, AIIB look to work together in infrastructure projects

Ho Chi Minh City and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) hope to enhance their ties to facilitate infrastructure development in Vietnam’s southern economic hub. The news came after Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem on September 13 met with AIIB Vice President Joachim Von Amsberg who was in Vietnam for […]

Myanmar to develop tourism through new border gate

Myanmar Vice President U Henry Van Thio has stressed developing tourism through newly opened international border gate – Reekhorda which links India’s Zokhawthar in Mizoram State. Reekhorda border checkpoint in Myanmar’s northwestern Chin state, along with Tamu’s in Sagaing region which connects India’s Moreh, was simultaneously opened on August 22 to facilitate travel on both […]

Thailand to double airport capacity, surpassing Singapore’s Changi

Thailand is embarking on a building spree that promises to more than double the passenger capacity of airports in and around Bangkok, propelling the Thai capital past regional hub Singapore by that measure. In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review on Sept. 13, Thai Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the new U-Tapao airport, a former military air base […]

JC Airlines to fly to five more destinations in China

JC (Cambodia) International Airlines, a Chinese-owned carrier that began operations last year, plans to open five more routes to China before the end of this year, following growing demand from Chinese tourists and the local business community. Once the new routes open, JC Airlines will fly to 17 cities across China, up from the current […]

Mekong region mulls single visa for five Chiang cities

A single-visa scheme for five Chiang cities across Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos is in the works. The five cities comprise Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Chiang Tun in Myanmar’s Shan State, Chiang Rung in China’s Jinhong (Yunnan) and Chiang Thong in Laos’ Luang Prabang. According to a Bangkok Post article, the policy was initiated […]

Border-crossing rules in Mekong subregion ‘need to be standardised’

SETTING standards for the crossing of borders is an urgent requirement for logistics in the Mekong sub-region, the former chief of World Trade Organisation (WTO), Supachai Panitchpakdi, said. Speaking at an international conference on GMS Logistics Thailand, Supachai said six countries in the Mekong basin under the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) cooperation scheme have to […]

China, Vietnam allow tourist cars to enter border provinces

Vietnam’s northern Lang Son province has allowed cars driven by Chinese nationals to enter the province for tourism purposes on a trial basis, and south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has applied the same policy. Each convoy of cars driven by Chinese nationals should consist of three cars at least and 10 cars at most, […]

Tourism Authority of Thailand Launches ASEAN Together Run 2019

The ASEAN Together Run 2019 is trying to promote virtual races to encourage people all around in ASEAN countries to run and explore places. If you haven’t heard of the term “Virtual Race”. You are probably living under a rock. VR (Virtual Race) is a self-motivated competition that is organised online where you will have […]

Influence of Chinese tourists increasingly seen in airlines

AIRLINES are factoring in the changing traveling habits of Chinese tourists, who are starting to dominate the global tourism market, when they purchase new aircraft Laurent Janitzar, sales director of turboprop manufacturer ATR, said a growing number of Chinese travelers are ditching group tours and heading to new, less-known destinations. “The Southeast Asia market is […]