Cambodia makes a 12% surge

July 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 14 July 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 12.5% during January to May this year, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.

Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Wednesday, the latest data showed the country welcomed 2,284,630 international travellers compared to 2,030,762 during the same period last year.

Outbound trips by Cambodians reached 700,027 up 18.8% for the first five months of the year from 589,181 trips during the same period in 2016. Read more

TTM: Self-drive trips from China in park gear

June 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

CHIANG MAI, 16 June 2017: Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, promised overland travel regulations that currently impede the flow of self-drive holidays from China will be resolved soon.

She was fielding a question during a panel discussion on Moving Towards a Shared Prosperity attended by representatives from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand, on the sidelines of TTM 2017, Thursday.

The five-country tourism bloc called CLMVT is expected to welcome close to 13 million tourists from China this year, but the flow of self-drive tours through Laos to Thailand has dried up mainly due to strict rules enforced by Thailand’s Land Transport Department. Read more

Chinese vote Thai favourites

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 14 June 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand announced, Tuesday, the top 14 tourist attractions and activities for Chinese tourists visiting Thailand.

The 2017 People’s Choice Awards Thailand were based on 3.7 million votes cast during a two-week period.

The contest was a continuation of a project carried out successfully in 2015 and 2016 to enhance Thailand’s tourism profile and brand image via social media networks. Read more

Mekong Tourism: Is there a way forward?

June 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

LUANG PRABANG, 14 June 2017: “We shouldn’t repeat the mistakes of others, I am not happy with tourism development and be careful what you wish for,” were some of the cryptic comments of panelists at last week’s Mekong Tourism Forum.

Asked to talk about the way forward, 20 years after the first MTF convened in Thailand, a new generation appears to be ready to grapple with tough decisions and choices.

Their comments followed the official presentation of the GMS Tourism Strategy Draft Report 2016 to 2025 and a thought provoking keynote address by Conscience Travel Founder, Anna Pollock, who told the travel industry it isn’t an industry. Read more

Chinese stay away from Korea

May 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SEOUL, 24 May 2017: Chinese tourist arrivals to South Korea plunged by two-thirds in April after Beijing banned tour groups over Seoul’s deployment of a US missile defence system, official statistics showed.

Beijing imposed a boycott from 15 March on Chinese tour groups visiting the South in a spat over the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Washington and Seoul say it is purely to defend against threats from nuclear-armed North Korea, but Beijing fears it could undermine its own nuclear deterrent and has reacted with fury, imposing a series of measures seen as economic retaliation. Read more

Nha Trang tackles Chinese manners

March 14, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

KHANH HOA, 14 March 2017: Nha Trang Tourism Association will bring together travel agencies serving Chinese tourists to form a ‘club’ to improve service for the country’s largest market.

Tuoi Tre News quoted the association deputy chairman, Nguyen Van Thanh, saying the club is a must if agents are to improve the quality of service offered to Chinese tourists.

Nha Trang has emerged as a favourite destination for Chinese holiday makers, but there have been growing complaints. Read more

Travel to Vietnam booms in February

March 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 3 March 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 1,199,421 international visitors in February representing an increase of 42.2% over the same month last year.

China was the top supply market with 403,663 visits improving 84.4%. Other top performers were South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Japan.

Thailand slipped off the top 10 source markets list recording 25,205 visits, although there was a healthy growth rate of 35.4%. Read more

Chinese owners close Waldorf

March 1, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 1 March 2017: It’s goodbye for now to the grand Art Deco lobby and celebrities crossing paths en route to “The Towers” at the Waldorf Astoria: one of the world’s most luxurious hotels is closing for renovation.

The legendary establishment opened at its Park Avenue location in midtown Manhattan in 1931 with more than 1,400 rooms, the largest — and tallest — anywhere at the time.

It has hosted a stream of international political leaders, movie stars, tycoons and power players of all kinds for more than 85 years. Read more

Chinese launches Cambodian airline

February 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 28 February 2017: JC International Airlines, a Chinese-backed airline, owned by a conglomerate in Yunnan province, is almost ready to launch Cambodia’s newest airline.

Phnom Penh Post reported the airline will launch its first services from its home-base in Phnom Penh, 17 March, once its air operator’s certificate is issued.

The airline’s production manager, Cheav Kirirom, was quoted saying the new airline would serve domestic routes, flying between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and Siem Reap and Sihanoukville. Read more

Asians are the travellers to watch

February 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

SHANGHAI, 9 February 2017: The 2017 Travelzoo Travel Trends Report released, Wednesday, by global travel deals publisher Travelzoo reveals that, despite a turbulent 2016, Asian tourists plan to travel overseas more and spend more time on in-depth exploration trips to safe destinations in 2017.

According to the trend report, when asked about 2017 travel, 70% of Chinese respondents said they will travel overseas two times, or more, an increase of almost 10% compared to the same period last year.

Nearly 30% of respondents in Hong Kong plan to travel four times, or more, which is an increase of 5% over the same period last year. Read more

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