New destination Southern Myanmar to encourage longer-stays through more sustainable tourism

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Can one of the most undeveloped areas in the Greater Mekong region transform itself from natural resource exploitation and smuggling to build its economy with sustainable tourism? Keith Lyons discovers new initiatives working together in Southern Myanmar to create more long-term viable endeavours and responsible tourism.   Southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi region, the narrow strip down […]

Cambodia outlines ecotourism policy

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Cambodia’s Council of Ministers has signed a draft policy that will support the expansion of eco-tourism facilities across the country, while safeguarding natural assets. The policy still needs national assembly approval according to a report in the Phnom Penh Post on Wednesday before it becomes legally binding. The UNWTO forecasts that eco-tourists will increase 20% […]

Save Elephant Foundation, in Collaboration with Asian Elephant Projects, hosts first-ever ‘Elephant Travel Mart 2018’ to Promote Ecotourism in Thailand

New event seeks to raise awareness of growing global interest in ecotourism and at the same time, create opportunities that benefit elephants, the environment and local communities. Chiang Mai, Thailand – December 6, 2018 – A new ecotourism event, Elephant Travel Mart 2018, jointly hosted by ‘Save Elephant Foundation’ and ‘Asian Elephant Projects’, aims to […]

Exo bans wet wipes

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Plastic bags and single-use water bottles were on the ban list earlier this year, now wet wipes joins the list. Beginning January 2019, EXO Travel has announced it is banning the distribution of wet wipes or wet tissue during tours. Wet wipes have been identified as a threat to the environment. They can pass through […]

Thailand is paving a sustainable, responsible tourism path that’s both admirable and effective

Thailand is making moves in the right direction to protect its vast natural and scenic beauty, having instigated a range of environmental initiatives and green-minded programmes in different industry and economic sectors. Among the primary objectives is the significant reduction of single-use plastics and other plastic waste. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has taken […]

Phuket launches ground breaking ‘No Foam No Plastic’ initiative

Phuket’s public and private sectors recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a ground breaking ‘No Foam No Plastic’ initiative at the Phuket Sustainable Tourism Blueprint 2018 held on 9 November. The MOU was signed by key private and public sector stakeholders on the island including Phuket Province and heads of the Tourism Authority […]

Ecotourism policy draft approved

The Council of Ministers on Monday approved the draft national policy on ecotourism. It will be sent to the national assembly this week before it is turned into law, said Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan. Siphan said while Cambodia’s ecotourism sector is showing higher potential to attract tourists, the policy would help to protect […]

TAT brings public and private sectors together to hammer out responsible tourism goals

The Tourism Authority Thailand (TAT) has announced it is spearheading a new initiative to encourage the development of relationships between the public and private sectors, to help drive socially and environmentally responsible tourism in the country. This new campaign comes after a TAT delegation, led by TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn, visited Krabi and Phang Nga […]

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office prepares for 2nd annual Experience Mekong Collection Showcase

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PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office is calling for public nominations for responsible and sustainable travel experiences in the Greater Mekong Subregion as the second annual Experience Mekong Collection Showcase approaches.   BANGKOK, October 18, 2018 – The Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO) is inviting the public to nominate their favourite […]

Vietnamese cities receive ASEAN Clean Tourist Awards

Hoi An city in Quang Nam province, Hue city in Thua Thien-Hue province and Da Lat city in Lam Dong province have been presented with ASEAN Clean Tourist Awards, and the titles will be valid for 2018-2020. Vice Chairman of the Hoi An People’s Committee Nguyen Van Son said the three cities had been listed […]