New dawn for small-scale sustainable tourism in southern Myanmar

Proudly contributed by Keith Lyons

A tiny village in the backwaters of southern Myanmar is cleaning up its act and laying out the welcome mat, as Keith Lyons finds during a visit to a remote settlement sharing an estuary with Thailand.   As tourist destinations go, it would be hard to find any place smaller than ramshackle Wae Ngae. The […]

How to Tackle Overtourism in Vietnam

This article is contributed by Discova, a global destination management specialist in line with 2020 PATA’s theme ‘Partnerships for Tomorrow’ Please visit this link for more information about the initiative. How to Tackle Overtourism in Vietnam After a decade of booming tourism, Vietnam finds itself at a crossroads where it has to decide on how […]

Several Siem Reap businesses band together to produce video campaign

A group of Siem Reap tourism-related businesses have banded together to overcome falling revenues by producing a YouTube video campaign to convince more tourists to stay longer in town. The campaign, simply called Stay Longer, is spearheaded by local business identity and cafe owner Adam Rodwell, who says the project is the work of seven […]

How Mekong communities stay afloat on eco-tourism

The Mekong river stretches 190 kilometres in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces. Various points in the stretch have been designated as protected areas for Irrawaddy dolphins and flooded forests, which contain natural resources and biodiversity. The stretch is also home to local communities who have teamed up with their provincial neighbours to create dolphin pool […]

On Responsible Tourism Marketing and Sustainable Destination Development in the Mekong Region

Proudly contributed by Jens Thraenhart

Company contributor Mekong Tourism Office

How to develop tourism in a way which creates livelihoods, fosters economic growth and alleviates poverty? Jens Thraenhart, CEO of the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), tells us in this episode of our series of interviews with world’s leading sustainable tourism champions and changemakers. Jens illustrates how he works with the tourism ministries of countries included in the […]

Sustainable travel and the impact of climate change on tourist perceptions

The 2020s could easily become ‘the decade of sustainability’. While more companies pledge to help combat climate change, travelers are becoming increasingly savvy on who and what is negatively affecting the planet. With this in mind, STR’s Tourism Consumer Insights department surveyed more than 1,000 active travelers in January 2020 and evaluated their thoughts and […]

Why Hanoi, Vietnam Is An Excellent Destination For Eco-Tourists

Anybody that is truly serious about ending the threat of climate change understands the need to practice sustainable tourism. They need to choose to travel to regions that are known for their efforts to help the environment. Of course, they also need to make sure that they will enjoy their trip and can be safe. Balancing sustainability and […]

Myanmar: Inclusive tourism development with focus on Kayah State and extension to Tanintharyi Region

Running from December 2017 until June 2021, the International Trade Centre’s NTF IV Inclusive Tourism project in Myanmar is focused on fostering economic opportunities through the development of sustainable tourism products in Myanmar – consolidating previous project results in Kayah State and extending activities to Tanintharyi Region. In addition, the project supports Myanmar’s tourism industry […]

Finalists for the Asia Destination Film Awards announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Finalists for the Asia Destination Film Awards announced Thirty-four films of a total of almost 1,000 submissions were chosen as the finalists to the Asia Destination Film Awards 2020. Public voting is open until 29 January on www.destinationfilmforum.com   (BANGKOK, THAILAND, Tuesday, January 28, 2020) – With close to 1,000 submissions and a total […]

“Green heart passports” to promote eco-tourism around Thailand

Visitors to Thailand’s 155 national parks over the New Year holidays have a special surprise in store: the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation will distribute one million “green heart passports” to promote environmentally friendly tourism. The passports will be valid until December 31, 2020. Visitors to national parks can show their “passport” […]