ATTA outlines its policy direction

BANGKOK, 3 May 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents says the association will play a key role to help the country’s tourism industry grow as well as boost its members’ business.

Speaking at the association’s monthly meeting, last week, the newly elected president, Vichit Prakobgosol, reassured members that the incoming committee would work and adopt policies to help develop the tourism sector in a sustainable manner.

His campaign slogan was “Forward Together Team” with an emphasis on building stability, prosperity and sustainability. Read more

Master plan to the rescue

April 19, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 19 April 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has prepared a master plan for tourism development across all provinces to attract investment and create more products for tourists.

Khmer Times reported that Tourism Minister, Thong Khon,  set out the plan during the first quarter meeting at the ministry earlier this month.

According to the plan, tourism officials at all levels are urged to continue establishing new products and push resorts to keep their surroundings clean.   Read more

Marina project appoints Chris Bailey CEO

January 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, People, Trade Talk

PHUKET, 6 January 2017: Former top executive of Centara Hotels & Resorts, Chris Bailey, has joined Royal Phuket Marina in the new role of chief executive officer, effective 3 January.

He was a leading member of Centara Hotels & Resorts’ management team for more than 12 years, most recently as its chief operating officer.

During his time with Centara he grew the group’s hotel portfolio from eight properties to more than 70, and will now spearhead the drive to develop Royal Phuket Marina’s hospitality offerings and destination status. Read more

Vietnam to invest in delta tourism

November 24, 2016 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, Vietnam

CAN THO, 24 November 2016: Vietnam has approved a master plan for tourism development in the Mekong Delta region through to 2020 with a vision extending all the way to 2030.

Local media reported the focus would be on developing national tourism areas and adding more attractions.

Attractions will be developed around river life, ecology, culture and heritage, island resorts and entertainment. Read more

Vietnam identifies Sapa tourism plans

October 5, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

LAO CAI, 5 October 2016: Vietnam has approved a master plan for development of Lao Cai province’s Sapa national tourism area that runs through to 2030.

Local media reported that the Sapa national tourism area will cover the entire Sapa district, including a 1,500-hectare core region that will focus on tourism development.

It will feature a Sapa tourism city and four tourism sub-divisions, namely Ban Khoang – Ta Giang Phinh (in Ban Khoang and Ta Giang Phinh communes), Ta Phin (in Ta Phin commune), Ta Van – Seo My Ty (in Ta Van commune) and Thanh Kim (in Thanh Kim commune), with connection to Bat Xat district. Read more

Thailand creates new tourism plan

July 29, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 29 July 2016: Ministry of Tourism and Sports will draft National Tourism Development Plan II (2017 to 2021) that will become the country’s master plan for tourism once approved by the Thai Cabinet.

Speaking at the Association of Thai Travel Agents meeting, Thursday, the ministry’s Office of the Permanent Secretary’s Advisory Committee of Project Planning head, Chanchai Tanatkatrakul, told members that the ministry was drafting the National Tourism Development Plan II based on recent discussions with the private and related sectors.

The first plan covered the years 2012 to 2016. Read more

Myanmar faces tourism ills

August 9, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 11 August 2015: Experts warn that Myanmar must prepare for an increase in so-called orphanage and child-sex tourism, problems that are evident in other Mekong Region countries.

In a recent news report, Myanmar Times quoted an tourism impact assessment conducted by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, the Danish Institute for Human Rights and the Institute for Human Rights and Business.

“Children are particularly vulnerable to negative impact from tourism. Lessons from neighbouring countries, particularly Cambodia and Thailand, highlight the importance of awareness-raising at both tour operators and tourist levels to highlight the negative impacts on children,” the report said.

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Myanmar sets a hot pace for tourism

April 28, 2015 by  
Filed under Myanmar, News

YANGON, 28 April 2015: Myanmar’s tourism master plan has 21 projects that are critically important to help the country grow its tourism at an impressive pace through to 2020.

Tourism Promotion and International Relations Department director, Daw Khin Than Win, told Global New Light of Myanmar that 12 projects identified in the master plan are being undertaken by Ministry of Hotels and Tourism in cooperation with development partners.

“A project for tourism development in the Bagan region in conjunction with the Japan International Cooperation Agency and another focusing on Mawlamyine and Kyaik-hto regions in cooperation with Asian Development Bank are among the ongoing tasks that will run for the next two or three years.”

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