Need to know where tourism is heading?

July 29, 2015 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, News

BANGKOK, 3 August 2015: Travel Impact Newswire, a leading alternative-perspective online publication covering travel and tourism, has launched what is claimed to be the first Early Warning Report designed to alert the tourism and hospitality industry, worldwide, to looming risks and threats in a rapidly changing world.

Focussing on subjects ranging from the impact of geopolitical conflict to the expanding rich-poor income gap and the “trust deficit” in global leadership structures, the publication is entitled “Prepare, Prevent, Pre-empt.”

It strives to broaden the depth, breadth and scope of industry discourse to cover real issues that affect the entire operating environment in which travel & tourism does business.

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Exo retires suspect tours

February 24, 2015 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 24 February 2015: Exo Travel, a regional tour operator with offices throughout Southeast Asia, has removed tour content from its brochures and websites that offered visits to schools, orphanages and other child welfare centres.

The company said in its February newsletter to travel trade partners that the decision was made, following reports from child welfare organizations on the negative impacts.

The company has also removed tours and sightseeing involving elephants in Siem Reap and the Angkor temple complex.

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ASEAN tourism meeting heads for Chiang Rai

February 18, 2015 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 February 2015: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to host the next ASEAN Tourism Working Group meeting in Chiang Rai, 27 March.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said  the invite was based on a Memorandum of Understanding between Thailand and Cambodia, that agreed the Thai ministry should  host ASEAN’s first Tourism Working Group meeting of the year, next month in the far north town.

The plan was agreed on by the tourism ministers of Cambodia and Thailand during the UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, earlier this month.

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Fun in the Philippines

January 28, 2015 by  

NAY PYI TAW, 28 January 2015: The Philippines officially launched its Visit Philippines Year, Tuesday evening, during the ASEAN Tourism Forum.

Under-secretary for tourism development, Benito Bengzon, announced details of the year-long calendar of events earlier in the day at a media briefing at Nay Pyi Taw’s international convention centre on the eve of the opening of the ATF’s TRAVEX travel mart.

“The government will speed up airport improvements, make Manila easier to visit and the VPY will give visitors a spread of fun events,” he said at the press briefing.”

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PATA: Spread tourism’s wealth

January 28, 2015 by  
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NAY PYI TAW, 28 January 2015: ASEAN destinations need to diversify and disperse the benefits of tourism by moving travellers to secondary destinations, Pacific Asia Travel Association CEO Mario Hardy told the ASEAN Tourism Conference Tuesday.

He cited Cambodia’s Angkor Wat as an example claiming it sees a “massive amounts of tourists compared to 10 years ago when it was a quiet and peaceful.”

He called on tourism planners to disperse tourists to explore other sites in Cambodia.

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Seamless ASEAN travel by 2020?

January 27, 2015 by  
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NAY PYI TAW, 27 January 2015: ASEAN’s  promised seamless travel is not just around the corner, Philippines’ secretary tourism, Ramon Jimenez, told the opening press conference at the ASEAN Tourism Forum, Monday.

He was responding to a question from TTR Weekly on news reports from Davos, Switzerland, over the weekend, that suggested ASEAN’s era of seamless travel would not start until 2020.

“Five years is not al long time,” he told a packed press conference at the capital’s convention centre. “Does tourism need to move so fast?”

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ASEAN tweaks air accords

January 27, 2015 by  
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NAY PYI TAW, 27 January 2015: Introduction of ASEAN Open Skies Agreements with the European Union, China, Japan and South Korea are moving forward, tourism ministers at the ASEAN Tourism Forum confirmed Monday.

ASEAN pursues a policy of liberalising air service agreements through negotiations with China, European Union, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

ASEAN recently concluded  an exchange of fifth freedom air traffic rights between ASEAN member states and China.

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Safety gains an airing at ATF

January 27, 2015 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Events, Malaysia, News

NAY PYI TAW, 27 January 2015: ASEAN’s tourism ministers signed off on the launch of the ASEAN Tourism Security & Safety Guidelines during their two days of meetings during the ASEAN Tourism Forum.

The project includes an online resource centre website (, which contains guidelines, best practices and background papers on tourism related security and safety practices in ASEAN member states.

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