Cambodia maps ecotourism policy

July 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 7 July 2017: Cambodia’s ministries of tourism and environment will complete a national draft ecotourism policy by August to coincide with the second National Forum on the Protection and Conservation of Natural Resources.

Phnom Penh Post reported both ministries met for the first time, earlier this week, to discuss the policy, which was initiated by the Ministry of Tourism to identify and promote ecotourism in the kingdom.

Ministry of Environment spokesman, Sao Sopheap, said the policy would help to diversify the kingdom’s tourism sites, contribute to conservation and boost local and national economies. Read more

Bill to protect Inle Lake

June 9, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

SHAN STATE, 9 June 2017: To preserve Myanmar’s second largest freshwater lake, a bill for the environmental conservation of Inle Lake will be submitted to parliament.

Myanmar Times reported there have been five rounds of discussions about the bill with many stakeholders participating.

The bill was drawn up in October last year to combat a range of environmental problems, including the deterioration of the lake in terms of water  quality and surface area. Read more

Lessons from Inle Lake boaties

May 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 16 May 2017: They make it look so easy, but the most difficult feats look that way whenever the well practiced demonstrate precision skills.

Up front on the still surface of an Inle Lake channel, skirted by floating gardens, a single oarsman stands on one leg as straight as a ramrod on the tiny stern of his wooden boat. It is as if he is imitating a nearby white crane. Both are seeking clear vision over the tall grass to identify the watery path home. Read more

Cheapskates irritate Thais

May 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 8 May 2017: Perhaps it was a storm in a teacup, but social media pundits were having a go last week at Western tourists who travel Thailand without dipping into their own wallets. It’s almost a competition to see who can travel the furthest and longest on charity.

Hardly something to brag about, especially on your Facebook pages, but some couldn’t resist the temptation and the bragging rights that go with zero-dollar travel.

Apart from irate Thais who thought the freeloaders should be deported, the entire concept of travel on the cheap flies in the face of Thai government’s policies and ambitions for tourism. Read more

New Zealand: No longer 100% pure

March 24, 2017 by  
Filed under News, PACIFIC

CHRISTCHURCH, 24 March 2017: New Zealand’s strong economic growth is placing strains on the environment that threaten to undermine its “clean, green” reputation, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) warned Tuesday.

The South Pacific nation has long marketed itself internationally as “100% pure” and is undergoing a tourism boom as visitors flock to see the spectacular scenery featured in films such as “The Hobbit” trilogy.

But an OECD report said the environment was paying the price for growth in the farm-reliant economy, which is currently among the strongest in the developed world at more than 3%. Read more

Bangkok’s green lung at risk

March 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 6 March 2017: Leaping out from Bangkok’s vast concrete sprawl is a kidney-shaped green space, home to hundreds of plant and bird species, and where cars are outnumbered by cycles.

But residents and campaigners fear the distinctive ecosystem and character of the city’s so-called “Green Lung” is under threat as developers lure locals with lucrative land deals.

Bang Krachao is an artificial island formed by a canal and a bend in the meandering Chao Praya river. Read more

Myanmar mulls more beach resorts

February 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

RAKHINE STATE, 16 February 2017: Myanmar’s Rakhine state government has issued a proposal to the union government to open seven new beach resorts in Gwa Township and two in Thandwe Township.

Irrawaddy News quoted the regional minister for finance, revenue and economics, U Kyaw Aye Thein, saying the seven locations in Gwa township have potential to become attractive beach resorts that would appeal to international visitors.

“The state government is awaiting approval from the union government to identify and approve hotel zones on the Gwa coastline.” Read more

ADB studies Cambodia’s beach tourism

February 15, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

SIHANOUKVILLE, 15 February 2017: The Asian Development Bank is funding a study on the development of tourism in Sihanoukville province for Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism

Khmer Times reported the project will study how to attract more tourists, improve access, introduce capacity management and encourage protection of the environment especially marine and beach assets

The study will focus on sustainable development of tourism and infrastructure in Sihanoukville, including Koh Rong. Read more

Green accolades for Centara

December 19, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 19 December 2016: Centara Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya took home the Green Hotel Gold Award 2016, while sister-hotel, Centara Pattaya Hotel, won the Silver Award.

The awards were presented at Thailand’s prestigious environmental awards ceremony for tourism industry operators.

Part of activities linked to Thai Environment Day the awards were presented by the Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment. Read more

Nha Trang introduces code of conduct

August 31, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

KHANH HOA, 31 August 2016: The People’s Committee of Nha Trang City has released a behave better code of conduct for tourists and travel related organisations to make the city more attractive.

Local media quoted the committee vice chairman, Nguyen Sy Khanh, saying the code of conduct aims to transform the city into a “civilised tourist city.”

The code defines regulations on appropriate conduct at all levels of the tourism experience including local authorities, individuals and organisations working in tourism as well as tourists. The emphasis is on adopting steps to improve the environment and protect tourism resources, while encouraging people to respect cultural and behave when visiting Nha Trang, Read more

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