ASEAN faces up to marine debris

November 28, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Lens Lines

General Surasak Karnjanarat, Minister of The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment of Thailand presided over the ASEAN Conference.

PHUKET, 28 November, 2017: ASEAN countries met in Phuket last week to tackle marine debris as reports identify four ASEAN nations among the top sea polluter, worldwide.

Phuket hosted the ASEAN Conference on Reducing Marine Debris  at the JW Marriot Phuket Resort & Spa.

Over 300  marine experts from 10 ASEAN member countries and representatives from ASEAN countries’ environmental ministries, including a representative from China, academic experts in marine studies and international conservation groups participated in the event. Read more

Seniors shine hosting Airbnb

November 1, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Hospitality, News

BANGKOK, 1 November 2017: Old people, the seniors of the world, were the focus of attention on the UN’s International Day of Older Persons, 30 October.

It was billed as an opportunity to celebrate the older people in our lives, and to acknowledge the impact they have on our families, communities and societies.

Ironically, this year’s theme “Stepping into the Future”, focuses on what seniors might feel they lack most; a future. Read more

ASEAN sports ministers meet in Myanmar

October 17, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Myanmar, News

NAY PYI TAW, 17 October 2017: ASEAN Ministers of Sports endorsed a number of new initiatives to advance cooperation in sports in ASEAN, including reviving traditional sports and games.

The ministers also concluded more needed to be achieved to improve the  participation of women in sports, and leveraging sports for development of life skills through youth communities and organisations.

The points were the main conclusions of the 4th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Sports hosted in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, last week. Read more

Mekong: Opening travel east and west

October 4, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Events, Mekong, News

HOI AN, 4 October 2017: Vietnam says it will pursue a two-year action plan to encourage tourism along what is called the East-West Corridor, a route that could ultimately link Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar through their central regions.

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism introduced the two-year action plan saying it would introduce new travel products for niche markets such as adventure tours, cultural tours based around festivals, food tourism and architectural-based tours linked to the region’s rich history and art.

The plan came up for an airing at the first East West Economic Corridor (EWEC) Technical Tour and Workshop, co-chaired by VNAT and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office last month. Read more

AirAsia honoured for marketing campaign

August 10, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Lens Lines, Malaysia, News

AirAsia Group CEO for Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan accepts the award on behalf of AirAsia Group from Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya.

SEPANG, 10 August 2017: AirAsia snapped up the best Asean marketing campaign at the Asean Tourism Association (ASEANTA) Awards for Excellence, Tuesday.

AirAsia’s “Think ASEAN, Think AirAsia” campaign was named Best ASEAN Marketing and Promotional Campaign at the 30th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence hosted at the Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta last night.

The awards coincided with same-day celebrations to mark the founding of ASEAN, 50 years. Read more

Farms get closer to tourism

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Cambodia, Events, News

PHNOM PENH, 9 August 2017: Agro-tourism will be in the spotlight at the upcoming 2nd Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture Ministers Meeting, this September, in Siem Reap.

The second agriculture minsters’ meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 September and in an unprecedented move rolls out the welcome mat  for tourism executives.

In an open invitation posted by the Mekong Tourism Office, Tuesday, tour operators, hoteliers, airlines, restaurants and retailers are on the invitee list. Read more

Asia’s top travel planners

July 20, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 20 July 2017: Hong Kongers are the most organised travel planners booking travel on average just short of 50 days in advance, according to the latest Agoda.com research.

Its holiday booking trends covered 20 countries offering insights on who likes to stay close to home, who tends to book at the last minute, and who are the most serious forward planners.

From the millions of bookings made on the agoda site in 2016, there are some clear distinctions from market to market in terms of booking habits. Read more

Last ditch stand to save PATA meet

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Events, Malaysia, News

LANGKAWI, 14 July 2017: Gaining the attention of Pacific Asia Travel Association members to attend a regional event, on Langkawai island, is proving to be an uphill struggle.

Malaysia’s PATA chapter wants to reintroduce an annual gathering of PATA members from the 10-member nations of ASEAN.

But it is proving to be a challenge to gain the attention of busy PATA members, who are probably overdosing on must-attend travel events. Read more

Awards for being sustainable

June 8, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, News

SINGAPORE, 8 June 2017: Tourism operators in Southeast Asia who claim they are sustainable can prove it by entering the new ASEAN Sustainable Tourism Awards (ASTA), launched under the ASEAN’s Tourism Strategic Plan 2016 to 2025.

Twenty sustainable tourism winners – two from each ASEAN member state – will receive a package of benefits that will raise their business profile.

Winners will be highlighted on their national tourist office website and stand to gain exposure through NTO press conferences at trade shows such as ATF, TRAVEX, ITB and WTM. Read more

Southeast Asian beaches dominate list

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, TRENDING

SINGAPORE, 28 February 2017: India’s Radhanagar beach on an island in the Andaman Sea emerged as the top rated beach in the region by TripAdvisor reviewers.

Released Monday, TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for Beaches in Asia identified Radhanagar Beach, on Havelock Island, Andaman and Nicobar in India as the Asia’s number one beach based on reviews.

Two Indian beaches made it to the top 10 list along with a beach in Sri Lanka, but Southeast Asia dominated with seven of Asia’s top-ranked beaches. Read more

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