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 […]

Hubei eyes Cambodia for ‘sister-province’ relations

China’s Hubei province, the East Asian country’s geographical, economic and transport centre, wants to pursue sister-province ties with three Cambodian provinces that have tourism and trade potential, in a bid to ramp up cooperation on development in both countries across all fields. These provinces are Siem Reap, Kampot and Preah Sihanouk, a July 2 letter […]

MTCO facilitated to organize the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of MeTAG Expert Group Meeting on July 7, 2021

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Company contributor Mekong Tourism Office

During the MeTAG Chairs and Vice-Chairs call on July 7, it was a productive discussion organized by Destination Mekong and facilitated by Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office to exchange valuable ideas and thoughts on best collaboration between the expert groups. . Thank you for all the passion and contribution to your expertise from Chairs and Vice-Chairs […]

Bokeo-Boten Expressway Project To Link China and Thailand Through Laos

The Lao government has approved the construction of a new expressway that will link Bokeo with Boten. According to a report by Bokeo Newspaper, the Bokeo-Boten Expressway Project is currently undergoing a site study to generate a mock-up design before construction begins. Head of the Design Survey for the Bokeo-Boten Expressway, Mr. Liu Jingwei, reported to the […]

MTCO facilitated the MeTAG Education & Research group call on July 5, 2021

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On July 5, our MeTAG Education & Research group made excellent progress on their call facilitated by Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office. The meeting was to discuss the potential upcoming projects and how to actively collaborate between the education sector and the industry, especially on sustainable tourism and the hospitality industry. The recording is available here […]

Regional Effort international tourism reopening gets Cambodia’s support

Cambodia along with other ASEAN countries has supported the regional plan to review the possibility for reopening the international tourism market with assured safety, trust, and confidence. The consensus was emphasised in the 3rd ASEAN tourism crisis communication working group meeting recently to discuss and evaluate the impacts of COVID-19 crisis on ASEAN tourism, and […]

Thailand eyes international traffic recovery ‘before 2025’

Thai authorities expect international passenger numbers to hit pre-pandemic levels “before 2025”, as the country inches towards welcoming back visitors in the tourist hotspot of Phuket. Detailing measures that will be undertaken in the advent of the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ pilot, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) notes that the target takes into account a […]

Singapore, Vietnam discussing ways to prepare for resumption of travel for business and to ‘selected’ tourism sites

Singapore and Vietnam are discussing ways they can prepare to “gradually and safely” resume business travel and travel to “selected tourist sites”, said Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan on Wednesday (Jun 23). Dr Balakrishnan said this will “hopefully” be done by the end of the year. The minister was wrapping up his four-day visit to Hanoi. It marked the first […]

TAT promotes low-carbon tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently signed a MoU with the Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organisation (TGO) and the Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA) to promote low-carbon tourism and implementation of climate action for sustainability. Under the partnership, TAT will be prominently involved in technical workshops with the TGO and TEATA to […]

UNWTO launches hospitality recruitment platform

As part of efforts to kickstart tourism jobs recovery, the UNWTO has launched the Jobs Factory, an innovative platform designed to connect hospitality talent with employers across the sector. The Jobs Factory harnesses global hospitality network Hosco’s power of machine learning, algorithms, and deep learning to match candidates with suitable positions, both locally and internationally. […]