Singapore whacks wily travel agents

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 9 November 2017:  Changes to Singapore’s already strict laws governing travel agencies were passed by parliament, earlier this week.

They are designed to rid the trade of rogue agents and protect travel consumers.

Amendments to the Travel Agents Act and Regulations were ratified, Tuesday, and will be effective from January 2018. Read more

Brits cheat on sick claims

August 1, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

MADRID, 1 August 2017: Spanish hotels are turning to private detectives and the courts to repel a surge in fake food poisoning claims by British holidaymakers that has already cost them millions of euros.

The number of food sickness claims soared to more than 10,000 during the 2016 to 2017 tourist season, from around just 600 in 2015 to 2016, said the head of Spain’s hotel confederation CEHAT, Ramon Estalella.

It estimates that more than 90% of the claims — usually made through small-claims management companies that promise payouts of several thousand pounds — are bogus. Read more

Tourism law in parliament

July 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 19 July 2017: Myanmar Tourism Federation says the country’s new tourism draft law has already been submitted to parliament and it is expected to be enacted this year.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported that the new law was initially drafted in 2015 to raise the quality of tourism services.

It identifies the rights and responsibilities of tourism professionals and also protects tourists. Read more

Vietnam’s tourist tax canned

July 6, 2017 by  
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HANOI, 6 July 2017: Despite the temptation to boost Vietnam’s tourism promotion coffers through a tourist tax the country’s National Assembly, ditched the proposal when updating the country’s Tourism Law.

Vietnam National Administration of Tourism was the architect of the proposed tourist tax, which prompted a mixed response from the travel trade and hoteliers.

The controversial proposal to charge visitors a daily tourist tax was canned, although VNAT officials claimed they had achieved a victory by gaining approval for a new tourism development fund. Read more

Old habits die hard

June 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 30 June 2017: Myanmar’s civilian government on Wednesday defended the detention of three journalists who were reporting on an armed ethnic group, an incident that has fueled alarm at the erosion of press freedom.

The journalists were among seven people detained by the military, Monday, as they left a drugs-burning ceremony organised by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), one of several rebel groups fighting the state.

The journalists, who have been held incommunicado since then, included reporters from The Irrawaddy and DVB, which for years challenged the former junta’s iron grip on free expression with their covert reporting. Read more

Myanmar to beef up heritage law

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

BAGAN, 19 May 2017: Myanmar’s government will amend the 1998 Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Regions Law to empower authorities and keep up with the current tourism situation.

Global New Light of Myanmar reported the 1998 cultural heritage law would be amended before Bagan files for World Heritage list status.

Religious Affairs and Culture Minister, Thura U Aung Ko, was quoted saying the government will amend the law as it out of date considering the present tourism situation. Read more

Cambodia writes ecotourism law

September 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 9 September 2016: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism is preparing a draft law to govern ecotourism that when approved could support  environment protection.

Phnom Penh Post reported the draft law was still in the early development stages of technical discussions.

The ministry is collaborating with French University of Toulouse to develop the legislation, with additional support provided by Acting For Life, an NGO that specialises in sustainable tourism initiatives. Read more

Tourism law faces delays

August 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 6 August 2015: A law designed to update and simplify the current 20-year-old legislation covering tourism could stall due to a parliamentary deadlock.

National League for Democracy MP, U Phyo Min Thein, told the Myanmar Times that a draft tourism law now in the pipeline might not even be submitted for consideration in parliament until next year.

“It’s more likely to meet international standards if we take more time to study it,” he said.

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Agents provide input on Myanmar tourism bill

July 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 8 July 2015: Travel agents are urging the government to take their views on board when adopting new tourism laws.

Myanmar Times quotes the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism director, U Tint Wai, saying the ministry will consider suggestions made by industry professionals and will try to incorporate them in the new law.

The ministry met with travel professionals to discuss the tourism draft law last week in Yangon, Mandalay, Bagan, Naung-Oo, Taunggyi and Inle, and officials have also invited suggestions from the trade to be posted on the ministry’s website, he said.

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Myanmar’s tourism law under scrutiny

June 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 16 June 2015: Myanmar new tourism law will be submitted to Parliament, later this year, with the legislation giving provincial authorities more power over tourism development.

The text of the law is to be circulated for comments to the tourism industry before being finalised, but operators say they have not seen the draft.

Ministry of Hotels and Tourism director, U Tint Wai, told Myanmar Times that the new law would replace outdated clauses in existing legislation, which was enacted 20 years ago.

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