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 […]

Vietnam takes giant step towards elephant-friendly tourism

Big news out of Vietnam as the country has taken a monumental step towards elephant-friendly tourism. An official agreement was recently signed between the Vietnamese government and the animal-rights group AnimalsAsia. Vietnam’s Yok Don National Park will no longer provide elephant rides to tourists thanks to the groundbreaking new agreement, which enables a radical new cruelty-free […]

JICA implements sustainable development projects in Quảng Nam

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has successfully implemented a number of sustainable development projects, particularly in environment and tourism, in Hội An in the central province of Quảng Nam, JICA announced yesterday on the occasion of Japanese Days in the province, which is taking place from August 16-19. Konaka Tetsuo, chief representative of JICA […]

TAT ramps up campaign against waste with tourism players

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched an initiative with stakeholders to cut down tourism-related waste by “up to 50 per cent” by 2020. It will roll out publicity campaigns for responsible tourism along with public and private sector partners including the Expedia Group, Tourism Council of Thailand, Thai Hotels Association, the Chao Phraya River […]

Should Tourists Ride Elephants in Thailand?

As a great debate rages in Chiang Mai over elephant encounters, a writer visits to two camps—one that promotes riding, another that forbids it. THE ELEPHANT, my companion for the morning, lumbered out of the woods onto a dirt slope next to a stream in northern Thailand. He appeared calm, ears flapping and tail swinging. But […]

Can conservation and responsible tourism protect and sensitively develop the ‘last island paradise’ off the coast of Myanmar and Thailand?

Proudly contributed by Keith Lyons

Two eco-tourism projects in the remote Mergui archipelago have the potential to demonstrate how sustainably-managed small-scale tourism rather than mass tourism can develop the island group off the coast of Myanmar and Thailand. Emphasising habitation protection and ecological restoration, the foreign-inspired endeavours could serve as an example for other planned developments in the region. The […]

Tourism sector promotes environmental protection

Vietnam’s tourism sector is making efforts to go green and spread awareness via community-based campaigns. In May 2018, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism in collaboration with the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU), ran a large-scale environmental protection campaign, themed “green Vietnamese sea”, in five central coastal provinces. Members of the HCYU […]

Myanmar’s eco-resorts open up Asia’s new tourism frontier

A few hours boat ride from the port of Kawthaung, a school of dolphins nudged up to our 30-meter wooden junk. As the captain cut the engine, their silver backs heaved in and out of view; all else was still. Behind us, the Tanintharyi coastline — Myanmar’s skinny southern tail, fringing the Andaman Sea — […]

Businesses should reduce plastic use to secure a greener

Today is the World Environment Day and this year the theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution”. Businesses in the country need to take concrete steps to help achieve a greener, cleaner Myanmar. Plastic pollution is not an abstract concept. This year alone, global manufacturers will produce an estimated 360 million tonnes of plastic, which is projected to […]

Tourism creating wealth of job opportunities for Lao people

The United Nations’ World Travel and Tourism Council unveiled its latest report recently, which indicated that tourism has directly resulted in 114,000 jobs being created in Laos. This is expected to rise to 121,000 jobs in 2028, which will represent about 3 percent of total employment. As a whole, tourism and related services have generated […]