2017: Vietnam’s travel marches on

December 29, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 29 December 2017: Vietnam secured a record 11,645,798 international tourist arrivals during the first 11 months of the year, an improvement of 27.8% year-on- year.

Arrivals in November alone reached 1,172,568, an increase of 4.4% over November 2016.

Asia dominated inbound travel to Vietnam over the 11 months supplying 8.7 million arrivals, up 32.6%, mainly driven by positive growth  generated by tour groups from China and Korea. Read more

Thailand’s high season begins

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 20 November 2017: Thai travel agents enjoyed a 102% increase in tourist clients for the period 1 to 10 November when compared with the same 10-day period in November 2016.

In its latest appraisal, Thailand’s Association of Thai Travel Agents confirmed its member companies handled 177,902 clients at Bangkok’s two airports for the first 10 days of November.

It signals the start of the high season for Thailand when tour company business spikes. Read more

Property developers in bed with hotel brands

October 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 October 2017: Southeast Asia’s real estate love affair between property developers and hotel brands is morphing into a feeding frenzy, according to C9 Hotelworks’ new SE Asia focused Hotel Residences Market Trends.

With nearly 100 mainstream hotel residence projects and over 21,000 units completed, the next three years will see sector boldly expanding into new territory.

The reports states that between 2018 and 2020 new completed units will represent a massive 83% increase over existing supply. Read more

Travel Fair promises bargains

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News

BANGKOK, 4 August 2017: The 21st edition of Thai International Travel Fair will take 10 to 13 August at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre.

Thai Travel Agents Association president, Suparerk Soorangura, said the event should support outbound and domestic tourism markets and will boost travel bookings in the last quarter.

“Themed Fun For Family, the 21st edition is organised to stimulate tourism for both domestic and outbound sectors and encourages travellers to buy holiday packages and services directly from tour operators,” he said.
Fair visitors can usually pick up hotel, tour and airfare deals that are lower than what are on offer through other channels. Read more

Singapore talent travels inside out

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Singapore

SINGAPORE, 21 July 2017: Singapore Tourism Board takes its Singapore: Inside Out to two new cities; Tokyo and Sydney this year to showcase the island nation’s creative arts and talent.

The Tokyo event will be hosted 25 to 27 August and Sydney, 3 to 5 November.

Unlike the 2015 events, they will be curated with host city’s audiences in mind, and will feature a strong line-up of talents from both Singapore and the host city. Read more

Expedia insights on Thai market

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

BANGKOK, 31 March 2017: Thai hoteliers should tap research and booking trends reported by online travel agencies to help them improve market share and build new business.

That’s the advice from Expedia, an online travel agency that believes its booking data would help hotels using its online booking channels to work smart.

Expedia group’s Thaiand market management director, Pimpawee Nopakitgumjorn, said understanding the travel patterns of visitors will assist Thai hoteliers to better target and capture incremental demand throughout the year. Read more

Rivers and markets figure in HCMC plan

February 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 17 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism will focus on developing new products including river tourism and traditional shopping to increase the number of foreign arrivals to the city.

Local media quoted the department director, Bui Ta Hoang Vu, saying the city would add more cultural  events and attractions.

The department has identified river tourism, food tourism, rural tourism and street art festivals as priority projects. Read more

Not your typical tourist town

February 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, Travel Logs

KENG TUNG, MYANMAR, 3 February 2017: Keng Tung could be a million miles away. It’s not. In fact’ it’s relatively close to my hometown province of Chiang Rai; 163 km beyond the province’s border with neighbouring Myanmar on a twisting road through hilly terrain.

Once you cross the Mae Sai –Tachilek border checkpoint, 68 km north of Chiang Rai town, it’s just a four-hour bus drive to Keng Tung.

But it feels a long way perhaps because it takes all day to get there and Keng Tung is an understatement as far as tourism goes when you arrive. Read more

Vietnam tourism slumps

May 6, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 6 May 2015: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 690,440 international travellers in April representing a decline of 7.4% during the same month last year.

Thailand’s outbound trips to Vietnam ranked in ninth place with 22,109 trips decreasing 25.8%.

China was the supply market leader with 187,080 visits, but it was still a decline of 13.7%. Other top performers were South Korea, Japan, the United States, and Taiwan.

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Myanmar mulls night markets

January 12, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 12 January 2015: Myanmar Restaurant Entrepreneurs Association plans to upgrade the Inle Night Market, a tourist attractions located in the northern Shan State.

Work should begin this month, but first discussions will be needed to win the support of local residents and to explain the benefits of upgrading the market.

Eleven Myanmar news channel quoted the association’s Inle Zone chairman, Myo Min Zaw, as saying the market needed to be improved because foreign tourists visited it. However, critics of tourism policy that fails to appreciate local needs suggest the market should be improved for its main users and the vendors. Read more