Study on six sustainable tourism areas

November 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK 20 November 2017: Thailand’s tourism architects have been told to concentrate on six development zones to promote sustainable income distribution to communities rather than corporate entities.

At a meeting chaired last week by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, a plan was unveiled to concentrate on six zones focusing on sustainable balance and income distribution, according to the ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand will be commissioned to promote and market the zones based on content and developments curated by various ministries including the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Read more

Destination Asia wins Travelife partner status

November 16, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 14 November 2017: Destination Asia Thailand has been awarded ‘partner status’ by Travelife as part of its efforts to steer operations to a more sustainable path.

The official award ceremony took place during World Travel Market 2017, in London.

Destination Asia Thailand managing director, Addie Hirunkate, received the Travelife Partnership Certificate from Travelife general manager for tour operators, Naut Kusters. Read more

Minister rolls out Amazing Year

November 8, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

LONDON, 8 November 2017: Thailand’s travel trade introduced the government’s backed  “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” campaign during the World Travel Market earlier this week

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, unveiled the campaign at a presentation lunch for 100 WTM attendees.

The  1 November, 2017 to 1 January, 2019, the “Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018” officially launched 1 November and covers mainly special events and festivals. Read more

Mega hotel groups champion a cause

October 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

SINGAPORE, 24 October 2017: As if the hospitality industry needed yet another association preaching sustainability, the International Tourism Partnership is now touting itself as a champion, the first-ever industry-wide global committed to sustainability.

Its core members include some of the world’s ever expanding global hotel groups, the ones that gobble up independent hotels and create more resource-consuming brands as if there was no tomorrow.

They include Hilton, Marriott International, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts and Carlson Rezidor, all organisations that are rarely perceived as ambassadors of sustainability. Read more

ASIA DMC joins WTM panel

October 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

HANOI, 10 October 2017:– ASIA DMC’s group managing director, Linh Le, joins an expert panel discussion at WTM London 2017 to debate the critical issues of sustainable tourism.

Taking place on the first day of the international travel trade show at ExCeL London, the session will see a panel of experts examine “The Major Environmental Challenges: Carbon & Water”.

This platform will allow Linh to share his experience in the sustainable tourism sector and how tour operators are facing up to its environmental responsibilities. Read more

Asia DMC gains Travelife status

September 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, tour operators, Vietnam

HANOI, 21 September 2017: Award-winning destination management company ASIA DMC has achieved partner status with Travelife, a global sustainability leader.

To coincide with the celebration of its 20th anniversary, ASIA DMC Vietnam has been awarded partner status with Travelife, a training, management and certification initiative for tourism companies.

This demonstrates the tour company’s on-going commitment to environmental and social sustainability across its business. Read more

WTTC opens its 2018 awards

September 18, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

LONDON, 18 September 2017: The World Travel & Tourism Council calls on travel and tourism organisations to showcase their sustainable best practices by entering in the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2018.

WTTC President & CEO Gloria Guevara said: “We are pleased to announce that the call for entries for the 2018 WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are open.”

The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards celebrate the best in sustainable tourism business leadership and  encourages organisations operating in this field to apply for the awards programme. Read more

More travellers ready to go green

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

AMSTERDAM, 20 April 2017: To mark Earth Day, 22 April, Booking.com, has released findings from its global Sustainable Travel Report that indicate more travellers are prepared to book green travel products and services.

In a year that the United Nation’s has designated as  International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, this new research points to some promising signs when it comes to eco-considerations weighed by both travellers and accommodation providers. Read more

Four Asian endeavours reach Nat GEO finals

March 10, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Events, News

BERLIN, 10 March 2017: Five winners of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced Thursday during an awards ceremony held at the Palais am Funkturm, the new official awards venue of ITB Berlin.

For the first time four of the 15 finalists that reached the awards stage at ITB Berlin, this year, were from Asia.

It indicates a growing recognition in Asia that tourism must abide by sustainable tourism principles and be part of the solution to save the environment. Read more

HR the key to Mekong success

February 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News

BANGKOK, 17 February 2017: The tourism industry must view human capital development and human resource development as “strategic pillars” if the industry is to be a leader adopting responsible and sustainable values, according to Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office executive director, Jens Thraenhart.

“In the Mekong Tourism region we want multiple-bottom-line outcomes,” Mr Thraenhart said. “But they are so much tougher to work towards when the industry’s demand for qualified and committed people far exceeds supply.”

When travel and tourism organisations find it difficult to employ experienced, qualified, or appropriately trained people, service quality is impacted, said Thraenhart. Read more

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