Ministry mulls ASEAN+3 travel bubble

The Ministry of Tourism plans to launch a travel bubble allowing transit between Cambodia and 12 other regional countries in a bid to resuscitate the tourism sector amid crushing impact of the ongoing spread of Covid-19, Ministry of Tourism spokesman Top Sopheak told The Post on January 10. He defined a “travel bubble” as a […]

Nusasiri partners with Elite Thailand to lure global investors and tourists to Thailand

Nusasiri Public Company Limited, a leading real estate developer and owner of the popular healthcare platform, World Medical Alliance, has announced a significant new partnership with the Thailand Elite Privilege Card (Elite Card), operated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, to combine forces and implement a “parallel business stimulus strategy”, focused on real estate and […]

Are we ready for an Asean travel balloon?

Air travel in Asean remains highly restricted, especially compared to most other regions. With Covid-19 vaccines now being rolled out, should countries wait before opening borders? Waiting could end up being costly because turning vaccines into vaccinations to achieve herd immunity will take time. Reaching herd immunity may be required before allowing quarantine-free travel because […]

UNWTO launches global ‘restart tourism’ campaign

After partnering back in May for a campaign asking the world to be patient, responsible and ‘travel tomorrow’, the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) have teamed up again to celebrate the transformative power being unleased as the restart of tourism gets underway. Centred around a 45-second film launched and broadcast […]

Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce to propose Guangzhou-Phuket tourism route

A tourism route from Guangzhou, China to Phuket could help the island province recover from the recession brought on by the pandemic and lack of foreign travel, according to the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The president of the organisation, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, says they plan to submit a letter proposing the route under a travel bubble […]

Strategies to Restart the Tourism Sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Introduction Prior to the onset of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis, tourism in Asia experienced rapid growth, buoyed primarily by sustained economic growth, liberalized air travel, and regional cooperation. Many Asian countries that recognized the potential of tourism to significantly contribute to economic growth placed it high on their list of development priorities. This is […]

ADB Insight: Reopening Tourism

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Tourism is a bedrock of the Asia Pacific economy. Some 700 million people holiday here in a normal year. But 2020 is not a normal year. Hotels, airports, and airlines have been brought to a virtual standstill by the quarantines and lockdowns that followed the outbreak of COVID-19. The industry stands to lose 70 million […]

Tourism and Sports Ministry looks to China tour bubble

The Tourism and Sports Ministry is hoping for a travel bubble with China as a New Year’s present for the tourism industry, planning to welcome them as the first group without a mandatory quarantine during Chinese New Year. The ministry will hold a meeting with the Chinese embassy to discuss the travel plan, while the […]

Thailand eyes construction of 6th Thai-Lao friendship bridge in 2025

Thai Minister of Transport Saksayam Chidchob said Friday his ministry has scheduled to complete the construction of the 6th Thai-Lao friendship bridge by 2025. During his trip to the northeastern provinces of Amnat Charoen, Yasothon and Mukdahan provinces, Saksayam said he is in discussion with various agencies in speeding up the construction of the bridge […]

Laos and China keen to boost regional connectivity

China has opened another expressway linking the south of the country to the Lao border as part of efforts to strengthen regional connectivity and boost China-Asean economic cooperation. In addition, the under-construction Vientiane-Boten expressway will link Vientiane to China’s expressway network and further reduce travel times between the two countries. The governments of Laos and […]