TripAdvisor bans sales to attractions that breed captive whales and dolphins

TripAdvisor will no longer sell tickets to or generate revenue from, any attraction that continues to contribute to the captivity of future generations of cetaceans, referring to whales, dolphins and porpoises. As a result, any commercial facility that breeds or imports cetaceans for public display will be banned from sale on TripAdvisor and its subsidiary […]

Southeast Asia’s largest solar farm begins operations in southern Vietnam

A 420 MW solar power project, the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia, has officially started production in Tay Ninh. The inauguration of the Dau Tieng Solar Power Complex, a joint venture between Vietnamese construction firm Xuan Cau and Thai conglomerate B.Grimm, took place Saturday in Tan Chau District, Tay Ninh Province, around 100 […]

Limiting plastic waste in tourism activities

In recent years, Vietnam’s tourism has grown strongly in terms of both international and domestic visitors, gradually becoming a key economic sector and increasingly contributing to the overall development of the country. However, the increasing amount of littering in many popular tourist destinations, including large quantities of hard-to-decompose waste such as plastic bottles, bags, and […]

Yin and Yang Perspective on Tourism: An Interview with Jens Thraenhart, CEO of Mekong Tourism

“Balance is key to many things in our life. Right now if we look at tourism, we can say that we lost this balance,”  says Jens Thraenhart, CEO of Mekong Tourism during the discussion on the concept of balanced tourism with Graham Harper, Director of Sustainability & Social Responsibility. Graham: Jens, we’ve been talking about “overtourism,” […]

Address elephant tourism the sensible, scientific way

The Tourism Authority of Thailand argues why shutting down elephant tourism camps in South-east Asia isn’t a sensible solution, and urges proper solutions and management practices to be put into place to handle the problems surrounding elephant tourism, citing recommendations from the Asian Captive Elephant Working Group (ACEWG). Elephant tourism in Thailand continues to undergo […]

Ministry highlights rise in direct flights with Asean countries, China

The number of direct flights linking Cambodian cities to destinations in Asean and China has surged in recent months, according to a recent report from the Ministry of Tourism. In a brief report, the Ministry notes that the Kingdom is now connected with eight countries in the Asean region – Singapore, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, […]

TAT using online management system Local Kit to enhance community tourism

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has begun using the online tourism management system ‘Local Kit’, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of and add value to community-based tourism in Thailand. Local Kit (localkit.app) is a web application from Find Folk that is geared toward community-based tourism. It was designed to […]

TAT to encourage Green Tourism with ‘Green a-la-carte’ product

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching a new tourism product, ‘Green-a-la-carte’, to build market awareness on ‘Green Tourism’ opportunities in Thailand. The project is an extension of the TAT’s existing ‘7 Greens’ that planted the seed of green tourism activities in Thailand. Ms. Thapanee Kiatphaibool, TAT Executive Director of Tourism Products Department, said. […]

Govt calls for sustainable tourism investments in Tanintharyi

Amid a rise in the number of Chinese tourists and so-called zero-dollar tours to Myanmar in recent months, the government is now calling for sustainable and quality investments for Tanintharyi Region’s tourism industry. U Thaung Tun, chair of the Myanmar Investment Commission and Minister of Investment and Foreign Economic Relations and U Ohn Maung, Minister […]

WWF Thailand pushes for sustainable tourism and preservation

An animal lover, nature lover and a Thai national, CEO of World Wide Fund-Thailand, Natalie Phaholyothin is particularly proud of Thailand’s national environment and wildlife heritage. “We have 127 national parks, which is quite a high number, and that in itself should be an indication of the potential for Thailand to become more of a […]