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 […]

Thailand tourism officials talk of potential travel bubble with China

With restrictions in Beijing easing and plans to issue digital Covid-19 vaccination certificates to Chinese nationals, there may soon be a travel bubble between Thailand and China, allowing those vaccinated against the coronavirus to travel between the countries without quarantine. Just yesterday, the Chinese government announced it would issue the digital certificates to help citizens […]

Lao PDR: New Project to Protect Landscapes and Enhance Livelihoods

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$57 million project to help Lao PDR promote sustainable forest management, improve protected area management, and enhance livelihoods opportunities in eight provinces across the country. Project funding comes from the World Bank’s International Development Association, with contributions from the Global Environment Facility and the Canada-World […]

ASEAN commits to tourism recovery

Tourism has been one of the hardest hit sectors by the COVID-19 outbreak last year. In 2020, ASEAN member states preliminary reported that compared to the same period in 2019, the tourism sector suffered a loss of approximately 75.8 per cent in tourism receipts, international arrivals declined by approximately 80.5 per cent, the rate of […]

Discover Laos Today works with Southern Laos to create content that is “Charming by Nature”

Discover Laos Today recently finished a reconnaissance trip to the south of Laos as guests of Southern Laos Tourism. The trip was sponsored by Swiss Contact and the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism. Over 30 days the team from Discover Laos Today explored the five provinces of southern Laos, gathering information as well as shooting video and […]

ASEAN commits to sustainable and inclusive tourism in the region

ASEAN is committed to boost sustainable, inclusive and resilient tourism in the region. The commitment was made in the 24th Meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Ministers organised via videoconference under the theme “Unity for Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Recovery”. Thong Khon, Minister of Tourism, led the Cambodian delegation attending the discussion from Sofitel Phnom Penh […]

Laos bolsters Asean efforts to revive tourism

Laos will actively partner with other ASEAN nations to implement the ASEAN tourism cooperation plan in a bid to revive tourism following the Covid-19 pandemic. Deputy Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Mr Ounthuang Khaophanh informed the media of the decision after taking part in the 24th Meeting of ASEAN Tourism Ministers held by video […]

Cambodia, India agree to start direct flights, tourism exchanges

Cambodia and India have agreed to start direct flight connections and promote closer tourism exchanges and cooperation in all areas after the Covid-19 saga comes to a close. The agreement was reached during a meeting between Cambodian Minister of Tourism Thong Khon and newly-minted Indian ambassador to Cambodia Devyani Uttam Khobragade on January 20 at […]

Tourism promoted amid downturn

Cambodia and nine other ASEAN member states signed a protocol to amend the bloc’s Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) last week in Thailand with the aim of enhancing tourism expertise in the region. Commercial attache Heng Sovannarith, representing Cambodian ambassador Ouk Sophoan, presided over the signing of the protocol on January 5. In 2012, the 10 […]