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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?”