PATA doubles down on Covid-19 recovery support for members

PATA is joining forces with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to expand its Crisis Resource Center (CRC) to further aid the recovery of the Asia-Pacific travel and tourism industry. PATA chief of staff, Trevor Weltman, said: “Timely, accurate, and useful information is the need of the moment for our members as they manage their recovery […]

Tourism: Respond, Restart and Recover

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On June 24, the third Policy Actions for COVID-19 Economic Recovery (PACER) Dialogues on “Tourism: Respond, Restart and Recover” featured global good practice examples of effective tourism crisis recovery policies. Over 130 participants including 63 government officials from Southeast Asia and the People’s Republic of China participated in the Dialogue, sharing knowledge and country experiences […]

Vietnam studies travel corridors

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Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport confirms it will consider reopening of international airline routes to countries and territories that have no local community cases of Covid-19 for 30 consecutive days, according to a ministry official. Vietnam News Agency reported that Japan, South Korea, China and Taiwan and some Southeast Asian countries are prime targets. They are […]

Cambodia the biggest beneficiary of MLC Special Fund projects

Cambodia has been the largest beneficiary of Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Special Fund Projects for three consecutive years, including this year, China’s Ambassador to the Kingdom Wang Wentian said yesterday. He said this during a signing ceremony at the ministry with Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on an agreement for cooperation projects worth $7.2 million under the MLC […]

Fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge Project to Accept Bids in July

Bidding for construction of the Fifth Lao-Thai Friendship Bridge project is scheduled for July, with the winning bidder expected to sign off in August. Thailand’s Government Spokesperson, Dr. Narumon Pinyosinwat made the announcement on Saturday, saying the new bridge would link Thailand’s Bueng Kan province with Bolikhamxay Province in Laos, crossing the Mekong River. Construction […]

TAT joins AirAsia to stimulating domestic tourism with new aviation safety standards

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) joined Thai AirAsia for a special activity taking place on the Bangkok-Krabi route on 29-30 June 2020, aimed at rebuilding confidence and revitalising domestic tourism. This was done by bringing together medical workers, tourists, business operators, and the media in a trip showcasing the readiness of airline, venues, travel destinations, […]

The Mekong subregion in Beijing’s strategic calculus

The strategically vital Mekong subregion has been gaining salience in Beijing’s strategic calculations as China faces growing pushback from the US and other countries. The global pandemic appears to be consolidating a few trends in China’s ties with the Mekong nations. In this emerging scenario, it is likely that China will keep its focus on the Mekong subregion […]

Rebooting the economy: Restoring travel and tourism in the COVID-19 era

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A harmonized set of industry-wide health and safety protocols are necessary for travel and tourism to recover. The travel-related implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak have been unprecedented and fast-changing.  According to the World Tourism Organization, at the height of the crisis, travel was brought to a virtual standstill with every destination worldwide imposing […]

Thai AirAsia wants regulators to lift restriction on middle seat

Thai AirAsia (TAA) will ask regulators to change the rule requiring airlines to keep middle seats open, aiming to increase capacity ahead of the government’s domestic tourism promotion next month. “We have complied with this rule that was introduced when the infection rate in the country was still high, but as we have a low […]

New website aims to promote Covid-19 efforts in SE Asia

South-east Asian countries have agreed to publicise Covid-19-related updates, as well as promote the region’s tourism offerings, on a shared platform. All updates on travel, tourism and measures to combat Covid-19 relating to the ASEAN member states can soon be found at visitseasia.travel. Covid-19-related content featured on the site will include statistics, travel advisory notices, […]