Thailand works on travel bubbles with some ASEAN countries

Thailand’s sports and tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that the country and Singapore are discussing forming a travel bubble. He added that Thailand is eyeing travel bubbles with ASEAN countries with low COVID cases like Vietnam and Laos. Phiphat noted that Singapore has experience in establishing green lanes with countries in Asia and Oceania and […]

Vietjet restarts international flights

Vietjet has resumed regular international flights connecting Vietnam’s major hubs with Bangkok, Tokyo, Seoul, and Taipei, since last Friday (April 2). Flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok are scheduled to depart every Friday, and the service from Hanoi to Seoul (Incheon International Airport) is scheduled to depart from April 15. Meanwhile, the flights […]

Thailand works on travel bubbles with some ASEAN countries

Thailand’s sports and tourism minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that the country and Singapore are discussing forming a travel bubble. He added that Thailand is eyeing travel bubbles with ASEAN countries with low COVID cases like Vietnam and Laos. Phiphat noted that Singapore has experience in establishing green lanes with countries in Asia and Oceania and […]

How is pandemic-related consumer behaviour impacting travel?

As travel companies eye industry recovery, they are also watching what consumer behaviours, triggered by the pandemic, might stick around in longer term. Market research company Euromonitor recently published its Top 10 Global Consumer Trends 2021, which provides some clues for the travel industry. The report is a general overview of how consumer behaviour is evolving but […]

Intra-regional tourism crucial for SE Asia travel revival

Due to an abundance of low-cost connectivity and an increased preference for travel closer to home in the midst of the pandemic, intra-regional tourism will play a key role in revitalising Southeast Asian countries’ tourism economies, according to GlobalData. GlobalData’s latest report, Tourism Destination Market Insight – ASEAN (2021), revealed that in 2019, 44.3 million […]

QR move to ease cross-border payment

The Bank of Thailand, in collabora-tion with the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), has launched a QR payment linkage to simplify cross-border payments between the two countries. The cross-border payment facility was launched yesterday, following a financial project that began in 2019 as part of the Asean Payment Connectivity, a joint regional effort. The QR […]

Public-private partnerships key to Mekong’s tourism recovery

It is vital private sector players step up their game to coordinate unified tourism recovery across the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries in the wake of change at Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), say regional stakeholders. Earlier this month, Jens Thraenhart, MTCO’s longest serving executive director, handed in his resignation, citing “personal values” as the reason […]

Mekong Tourism Stakeholder Engagement trip to Chiang Mai on March 23-27, 2021

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On March 23-27, 2021, Mekong Tourism is visiting travel businesses, partners, and friends in Chiang Mai as a part of a stakeholder engagement trip, including Experience Mekong Collection members. We met and had several fantastic meetings for casual to discuss Mekong Tourism collaboration and the Experience Mekong Collection program on how MTCO can further support […]

Pandemic marketing tip? Go quirky and weird

From national flags projected onto the side of a Swiss mountain to ‘scream therapy’ in Iceland, creative and original campaigns are key to staying top of mind until travellers can return, say destination marketing experts. Domestic tourism, Covid-19 transparency and sustainability should also be pillars of any recovery campaign. Tim Russell, Southeast Asia commercial director […]

China-Laos film festival held in Lao capital to promote culture exchange

Organizers of the China-Laos Film Festival have expected to promote culture exchanges between the two countries as the 2021 version of the event are being held in Lao capital Vientiane. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the film festival on Monday, Director of Department of Cinema Khamphao Vannavong said this is the fourth time that […]