Mekong travel bubble may help the region to reopen to tourists

Plans to reopen Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar to tourists, along with a new China-Laos high speed rail link are reviving talk of a Mekong travel bubble. Thailand has already welcomed foreigners to sandbox islands such as Phuket and Koh Samui and will open the country to fully vaccinated visitors from at least 10 nations […]

UNWTO and Netflix partner on screen tourism push

UNWTO and Netflix have partnered on the publication of a report which looks at the role of film and series as drivers for tourism and cultural affinity. The Global Report on Cultural Affinity and Screen Tourism explores the growing affection one has towards a particular country or culture displayed on the screen. The findings of […]

Thailand in travel bubble talks with Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos

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Thailand is currently in talks with Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos to set up two-way travel bubbles in a bid to revive intra-regional travel. Minister of tourism and sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that many international tourists are keen to visit places outside of the designated Sandbox areas, but are deterred by prevailing quarantine requirements. As such, […]

SPTO – Destination Mekong Partnership to Enhance Tourism Recovery

  Bangkok & Fiji, 10th October 2021   The Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) and Destination Mekong have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster a collaborative partnership that will benefit both organizations and their stakeholders.   With their extensive membership of the Greater Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, as […]

Quang Ninh, Phuket discuss post-pandemic tourism recovery

A teleconference was held on September 22 to discuss post-pandemic cooperation between Vietnam’s the northern province of Quang Ninh and Thailand’s Phuket, especially in re-opening tourism markets. Speaking at the event, Director of the Representative Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Vietnam Ratiwan Boonprakong introduced the “Phuket Sandbox” programme which aims to prevent COVID-19 transmission between […]

Agriculture and Tourism Key to Lao PDR’s Sustainable and Shared Prosperity — ADB

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  Raising competitiveness and strengthening the links between agriculture and tourism will contribute to post-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery and inclusive growth in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released today. “Creating quality and productive jobs is among the top priorities of the government’s policy […]

Laos-China Railway Scheduled to Open in December this Year

Laos has announced that the Laos-China Railway is scheduled to officially open in early December this year. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr. Sonexay Siphandone, made the announcement at the 10th Laos-China Railway Project Construction Committee Meeting in Vientiane Capital yesterday, Pasaxon Newspaper reports. He was accompanied at the meeting by Minister of […]

Aviation sector eyes recovery in 2023-24

Vietnam’s aviation market is hoped to recover in 2023-24, according to a Vietnam Airlines’ representative. The international tourist market may need 2-3 years to recover to 2019 levels, while the domestic market can recover strongly as soon as the epidemic is under control, according to experts from aviation organisations and Vietnam Airlines. “Vietnam’s aviation market is forecast […]

A New US Push: Vaccine Diplomacy in the Mekong Region

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken used the special session with ASEAN last week to shore up Washington’s position in Southeast Asia. He touched on China, the disputes over the South China Sea, the situation in Myanmar and the response to COVID-19, amongst others. Strangely enough, the phrase “free and open Mekong” was introduced for […]