PHNOM PENH, 27 April 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 12.1% during January to February this year, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Wednesday, the latest data showed the country welcomed 1,025,522 international travellers compared to 914,554 during the same period last year.
Outbound trips by Cambodians reached 245,016 up 9.2% for the first two months of the year, compared with 224,411 trips during the same period in 2016. Read more
BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits exceeded 9.19 million, January to March this year, representing a slight increase of 1.72%.
Released Tuesday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 9,194,057 international visits, last year, compared to 9,038,893 visits during the same period last year.
The data is based on foreign passports, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). Read more
VIENTIANE, 20 April 2017: Lao PDR’s Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism plans to develop tourist attractions across the country through to 2020 to offer more travel choices and attract more visitors to the country.
Vientiane Times quoted the ministry’s tourism development department general deputy director, Phonemaly Inthaphom, saying the ministry has signed off on a development plan of tourism sites with local authorities.
“Each province will have to develop 20 tourism sites through the fiscal years 2013 to 2020, meanwhile the ministry will develop 23 tourism sites.” Read more
BANGKOK, 20 April 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates 11.81 million international travellers will visit Thailand generating THB612 billion during January to April this year.
The bank’s think-tank unit said inbound tourism has been challenged since the beginning of this year due to a slowdown of tourist arrivals particularly from China and mainly so-called zero-dollar tours.
This resulted in a marginal growth of 0.7% in inbound tourism, January to March. Major markets that lifted arrivals in Q1 were Russia, Lao PDR, South Korea and India. Read more
BANGKOK, 31 March 2017: Thailand estimates revenue from its booming tourism industry increased by 4% during the past six months.
Quoting figures based on data covering October 2016 through to 27 March, this year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports claimed tourism generated THB1.33 trillion in revenue.
Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul told a briefing, earlier this week, that foreign tourists generated revenue of THB860 billion with the balance earned from domestic tourism. Read more
BANGKOK, 20 March 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits to Thailand, January to February, exceeded 6.18 million, a slight increase of 1.58% year-on-year.
Released last Thursday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 6,186,224 international over the two months, compared to 6,090,203 visits during the same period last year.
The data is based on foreign passport, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). Read more
BANGKOK, 10 March 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports has secured a pledge from major jewelry shops to offer a ‘return-and-refund scheme’ for tourists who are not happy with the products they bought.
According to the ministry, Thailand could be a world leading jewelry hub, along with the many over hubs that ministry has in mind for the various segments of the country’s tourism.
But to achieve hub status, the jewelry industry will need to improve the way it deals with customers who are not happy with what they bought. They are the customers who complain on social media sites and the most vocal critics of Thailand’s gem and jewelry industry. Read more
BANGKOK, 2 March 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports visits to Thailand exceeded 3.19 million, an improvement of 6.52% in January this year.
Released last week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 3,197,053 visits in the first month of the year, compared to 3,001,327 visits during the same month last year.
The data is based on foreign passport holders, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). Read more
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
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