TAT promotes neighbourly travel

September 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 September, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand is hosting Bangkok-based media on a five-day fam trip this week to promote Bangkok as a hub to visit Laos, North Thailand and Myanmar.

Nothing new about the concept of two or three- country travel itineraries. Tour operators have been successfully selling Bangkok as a gateway to Laos and Myanmar for decades.

However, while the starting point remains the Bangkok hub of Suvarnabhumi Airport, the difference this time round is an itinerary that misses the capital cities of Myanmar and Laos concentrating on Mandalay in Myanmar, Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city in the north and Luang Prabang in Laos. Read more

Lanmei on launch pad

August 29, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 29 August 2017: Lanmei Airlines, the latest Chinese airline venture in Cambodia, is expected to start its first services 15 September.

Home-based in the Cambodian capital, the Chinese-owned airline applied for an operating licence last January.

AirlineRoute indicated the airline has now filed a preliminary schedule with both GDS and OAG Schedules Analyser, a strong indicator that the airline is ready to fly. Read more

Farms get closer to tourism

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Cambodia, Events, News

PHNOM PENH, 9 August 2017: Agro-tourism will be in the spotlight at the upcoming 2nd Greater Mekong Subregion Agriculture Ministers Meeting, this September, in Siem Reap.

The second agriculture minsters’ meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 September and in an unprecedented move rolls out the welcome mat  for tourism executives.

In an open invitation posted by the Mekong Tourism Office, Tuesday, tour operators, hoteliers, airlines, restaurants and retailers are on the invitee list. Read more

ADB funds flow to the Mekong

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Mekong, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 12 July 2017: Achieving balance in Mekong Region tourism was the underlying theme of keynote addresses and discussions at breakout sessions during the 20th Mekong Tourism Forum held last week in the World Heritage town of Luang Prabang in Laos.

But will the region’s tourism policy makers listen to the call for caution, balance and possibly a rethink of long-term goals?

The region known as the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) is heading for an astounding tourist head count of 66.9 million this year and based on the GMS Tourism Sector Strategy 2016 to 2025 the region is on track to welcome 95 million visitors by 2025. Read more

Lifetime vocation attending travel shows

June 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

BANGKOK, 5 June 2017: June is a reminder that Asia’s travel trade scene is packed with events that will change how you do business, talk fests that entertain and a smattering of the old fashioned travel shows that motor on despite disruptive technology.

This week, the Mekong Tourism Forum convenes in Luang Prabang, a World Heritage town and a premier destination driving tourism to Laos. It is six years since the forum was last held in Laos when it convened in Pakse.

Many of the faces have changed, but most of the core issues have not.  At the MTF 2011 in Pakse organisers rolled out the theme, “Destination Mekong: The Making of a Star,” while this year the focus is on “Prosper with Purpose”. Following each event the theme is deposited in a box appropriately named “been there done that”. Read more

Community tourism pushed at MTF

July 10, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

DANANG, 10 July 2015: There were calls to boost partnerships and improve connectivity during the main session of the recent Mekong Tourism Forum.

Around 100 representatives of Greater Mekong Sub-region governments and private sector tourism leaders met in Danang for the 19th Mekong Tourism Forum in mid-June.

Asian Development Bank’s Southeast Asia tourism expert, Steven Schipan, told forum delegates it was necessary to develop tourism in ways that would benefit communities and ensures environmental protection. Read more