BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Thai government agencies are easing the fears of food vendors in Bangkok and tourists, saying street food will remain on the attractions menu in the capital city, but it must undergo a revamp.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman, Bussadee Santipitak, said the planned street food facelift aims to improve public health safety for consumers in line with international standards and to reorganise the busiest districts of the capital to ease traffic.
In the first stage, vendors will undergo training offered by the government, which will educate them on hygiene requirements. Read more
DUBAI, 28 April 2017: Qatar Airways plans to introduce a fifth daily nonstop service from Doha to Bangkok effective 1June.
The increased frequency, along with its double-daily Phuket flights and the five-month-old Krabi operations (four flights a week), will take the number of weekly Qatar Airways departures from Thailand to Doha to 53.
In related news Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Read more
LONDON, 28 April 2017: Hotels in Asia-Pacific saw average occupancy improve 3.3% to 68.3% during the first quarter of the year, according to data from STR.
STR said the hotel industry in the Asia Pacific region reported mostly positive results across three key performance metrics during the first quarter of 2017.
The data measures average occupancy; average daily rate and revenue per available room. Read more
THUA THIEN-HUE, 27 April 2017: More than 50 public organisations, restaurants and cafés in Hue are offering “Free WC” services for local residents and tourists.
Local media reported the Hue administration and provincial departments of investment and culture have also opened toilets in their buildings for free public use.
The province’s tourism department director, Phan Thien Dinh, was quoted saying the call for free restrooms has been enthusiastically supported by local residents. Read more
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, 27 April 2017: Good news for Thai travellers as Taiwan decides to extend visa-free visits for Thai passport holders for another year until the end of July 2018.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of China (Taiwan), the visa exemption that was offered to nationals of Thailand and Brunei will now be extended to 31 July, 2018.
It was due to expire 31 July this year. Read more
BANGKOK, 26 April 2017: Thai AirAsia will launch flights connecting Bangkok (Don Mueang Airport) to Danang in Vietnam this June.
The airline confirmed it will start a daily flight to Danang that will help to open up destinations in central Vietnam to tourists using Bangkok as their gateway destination. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 26 April 2017: Cambodia National Tourism Alliance says an improvement of Cambodia’s ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index will help to encourage the kingdom’s tourism sector.
According to WEF’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index 2017, Cambodia was ranked 101 of 136 countries in the report. But thanks to performance improvements that drove an overall score increase from 3.2 points in 2015 to 3.3 points this year. Read more
HANOI, 26 April 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism says the government’s 2020 master plan for tourism development aims to develop seven key tourism zones, of which five are sea-island related zones, reflecting the importance of marine, coastal and island tourism.
Local media quoted VNAT deputy general director, Ngo Hoai Chung, saying sea and island tourism has drawn a large number of foreign and domestic investors, accounting for 70% of the sector’s total investment.
Beyond tourism revenue, sea and island tourism contributes to the country’s socio-economic development while consolidating national defense and security. Read more
BANGKOK, 25 April 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says the first Michelin Guide Bangkok, due to be published in December, will help to boost the country’s food tourism, while adding value to Thai restaurants that are awarded Michelin stars.
Tourism Authority of Thailand entered into a partnership with Michelin Travel Partner, last week, to publish a Bangkok edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide.
Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said the launch would allow local people and tourists to experience the delicious taste of Thai food in many settings. Read more