Asia DMC launches Roots and Fruits

March 29, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Mekong, News, Trade Talk, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 March 2017: HG Foundation and ASIA DMC are celebrating 20 years since the founding of its parent travel firm in Vietnam with a ‘Roots and Fruits’ tree-planting campaign across the nine countries in Asia where the company currently operates.

The campaign will unfold with the planting of hundreds of fruit trees across remote areas in countries where the company has a presence.

Roots and Fruits spearheads tree planting using funds raised by charitable initiatives introduced through the tour operator’s subsidiaries; ASIA DMC, Bhaya Cruises, Sens Asia, Gotadi and HG Aviation. Read more

AirAsia rolls out ASEAN fashion runway

February 10, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Aviation, Malaysia, News

SEPANG, 10 February 2017: Aspiring fashion designers resident in ASEAN nations are in the frame to win recognition and big cash prizes following the launch of AirAsia’s Runway Ready Designer Search 2017.

Now in its third year, the competition will extend from Malaysia to include all 10 ASEAN countries.

The competition will see audition tours to the capital cities of all member countries, April to June, in search of the top two aspiring fashion designers to represent their country at a grand finale, which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, this August. Read more

ASEAN rolls out 50th campaign tours

November 10, 2016 by  

SINGAPORE, 10 November 2016: Fifty specially chosen cross border travel products will help to attract more visitors to Southeast Asia during the 50th anniversary  celebrations of ASEAN’s founding.

The VISIT ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration 2017 campaign focuses on 50 cross-border travel experiences in Southeast Asia that will showcase the region’s rich diversity.

This will contribute to raising international tourist arrivals to the region from 109 million in 2015 to 121 million by 2017, officials say. Read more

ASEAN taps one in 10 investment dollars

November 4, 2016 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, News

BANGKOK, 4 November 2016: One in 10 of all tourism investment dollars will go to ASEAN countries over the next 10 years, according to recent research by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

According to the ‘Travel & Tourism Investment in ASEAN 2016 to 2026’ report,  9.7% (nearly one dollar in 10) of global investment in travel and tourism will trickle through to ASEAN.

Travel and tourism investment in ASEAN over the next decade will total USD782 billion, which is 7.4% of all investment in the region. This represents growth of 6.3% per year, or nearly two percentage points over the global average. Read more

Visit ASEAN@50 branding launched

September 8, 2016 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, News

VIENTIANE, 8 September 2016: The Association of Southeast Asian Nations, revealed, Wednesday, the branding for its “Visit ASEAN@50 Golden Celebration 2017” tourism campaign.

The branding was unveiled by the 10 ASEAN heads of state at the ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, in Lao PDR.

The new campaign will promote the twin objectives of commemorating the 50th anniversary of ASEAN in 2017, and embracing the ASEAN region of Southeast Asia as a single and united, yet diverse, tourism destination. Read more

ASEAN Hall of Fame takes shape

August 31, 2016 by  
Filed under ASEAN, ASEAN AFFAIRS, News

PUTRA JAYA, MALAYSIA, 31 August 2016: ASEAN Tourism Association has opened a website to pay tribute to hundreds of industry veterans and stalwarts who laid the foundations of ASEAN’s tourism.

Tributes will focus on former ministers, hoteliers, tour operators, both expatriates and citizens of the 10 nation ASEAN bloc, who played critical roles in building travel and tourism.

The “ASEAN Travel & Tourism Hall of Fame,” project will be one of the official projects to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN. Read more

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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