Tourism pirates next target

February 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 February 2017: Ministry of Tourism and Sports calls on tourism operators and related sectors to end the sale of pirated goods to travellers to build a positive image for the country’s tourism industry.

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said the ministry supports Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha policy to accelerate suppression of the sale of pirated property.

He said: “Pirated products are mostly sold in tourist districts…the ministry then urges tour operators and importers to support the campaign.” Read more

MTF takes meeting outdoors

February 22, 2017 by  
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VIENTIANE, 22 February 2017: Lao PDR will host the annual Mekong Tourism Forum in Luang Prabang 6 to 9 June adopting the theme, “Prosper with Purpose”.

Last week Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart, met with Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism officials to finalise details of the two-day programme.

After the official welcome ceremony and morning keynote presentations the event will offer delegates a choice of eight “different tracks with two sessions each in the afternoons.   Read more

Thai tourism boosts GDP

February 20, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 20 February 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports claims tourism revenue contributed a 17.7% slice of the country’s gross domestic product last year.

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said overall tourism circulated THB2,510,779 million in revenue last year increasing 11.09% from 2015.

Of that, THB1,641,268 million came from international markets (+12.64%) and THB869,510 million from domestic markets  (+8.27%). Read more

Cambodia closes 2016 with record visits

February 10, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 10 February 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 5.0% during January to December 2016, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.

Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Thursday, the data showed the country welcomed 5,011,712 international travellers compared to 4,775,231 visits in 2015.

By region, Asia Pacific accounted for a 77.0% market share and posted a slight increase of 3.9%, or 3,861,505 visits from 3,716,688. Read more

Ministry names best Thai destinations

February 3, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 3 February 2017: Ministry of Tourism and Sports presented awards, Wednesday, to Thailand’s seven best tourist destinations of 2016.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said the seven best destinations were considered from 17 destinations that qualified to be part of five thematic clusters that would have the potential to be part of a national itinerary.

The awards were categorised into three categories; ecotourism, community-based tourism, and cultural tourism.   Read more

Thailand passes 30 million marker

January 25, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 25 January 2017: Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits to Thailand exceeded 32.58 million, an improvement of 8.91% during January to December 2016.

Released last week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 32,588,303 international visits, last year, compared to 29,923,185  in 2015.

The data is based on foreign passport,and ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). ID holders travel from neighbouring Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar on border passes that are valid for a day, 24-hours or seven days depending on regulations that vary for each border checkpoint. Read more

Angkor guides lose income

January 23, 2017 by  
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SIEM REAP, 23 January 2017: Angkor Tour Guide Association has demanded government action to curtail international tour guides who are working at the world heritage site illegally.

Phnom Penh Post quoted a 2009 sub-decree that states all tours arranged by international travel firms must hire Cambodian guides trained by Ministry of Tourism.

However, there is plenty of evidence that foreign tour guides are competing with local guides. Some companies claim they cannot use local guides because they are not proficient in certain foreign languages such as Korean, Japanese and Chinese. Read more

Bid to extend visa-free travel

January 13, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 13 January 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s Tourism Association has asked the government to extend the visa waiver for citizens of five western European nations at least until the end of June 2018.

Nationals of the five countries — United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain — currently enjoy visa-free travel for a 15-day stay until the ruling expires 30 July this year.

Saigon Times media quoted the association vice chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Khanh, saying: “We want the visa waiver to last at least until 30 June, next year, and hope the government will make a decision soon, so we can map out promotion programmes.” Read more

Thai tourism shines bright in Q4

January 4, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 4 January 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports tourism revenue continued to show a positive performance during October to December, last year.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said during the last quarter of 2016, the country’s tourism industry earned THB628,486.67 million, an increase of 4.41% over the same period in 2015.

Tourism related revenue is based on an estimated spend per visitor, a figure that has its origins in exit surveys at airports and takes into account data from credit card surveys. Read more

Thailand’s tourism dollars grow

November 9, 2016 by  
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BANGKOK, 9 November 2016: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports tourism revenue reached over THB627 billion during July to September, this year.

The count includes both domestic and international tourist spending.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrnagkul, said for the third quarter, earnings increased 12.22% to reach THB627,037.25 million. Read more

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