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
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, 25 April 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism plans to improve the quality of travel operations, tour guides and tourist destinations to make the country more competitive.
Local media quoted VNAT’s deputy general director, Ngo Hoai Chung, saying the country’s tourism sector is enjoying a boom, but development faces challenges in managing travel operations, tour guides and tourist sites.
“This year, the sector will focus on enhancing management of travel operations and tour guides across the country.” Read more
BANGKOK, 25 April 2017: Inspecting forest habitat in Kalimantan, wild life spotting and learning about tropical forest ecology and Orangutan and sun bear rehabilitation are part of a new six-day/five-night trip to East Kalimantan, created by Khiri Travel Indonesia.
The trip starts in Balikpapan following a direct flight from Singapore (three per week) and continues with boat rides through mangrove forests and hikes in majestic triple-tier canopied jungle.
The trip highlights include waterfall discoveries, a canopy bridge walk, insights into the 2,000-hectare Samboja Lestari rainforest rehabilitation project, and an inspection of the Sungai Wain protected forest, where the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation has successfully rehabilitated and released dozens of orangutans since the 1990s. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 24 April 2017: Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, says the festival known as Angkor Sangkranta should be organised across the country, next year, besides the current venue in Siem Reap.
Agence Kampuchea Presse quoted the PM Hun Sen saying the festival should be held in all provinces and the capital city to add value to the traditional New Year celebrations and raise awareness of the country’s culture through special events.
The event has been included in the Visit ASEAN@50 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of ASEAN and to embrace ASEAN as a single tourist destination. Read more
SINGAPORE, 24 April 2017: After three months of judging, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) announced, Friday, 77 finalists for the Experience Excellence, Enterprise Excellence and Customer Service categories of the 2017 Singapore Tourism Awards.
The awards ceremony is set for 4 May when the industry’s best will be honoured for demonstrating excellence and raising the bar in their areas of expertise.
Recipients of the Top Awards and Special Recognition award categories will also be unveiled at the event held at Shangri-La Hotel, which will be attended by Minister S Iswaran, minister for trade and industry. Read more
MADRID, 24 April 2017: Ethics in tourism is the theme of a UNWTO conference due to be hosted this week in Krakow Poland.
UNWTO said the 3rd third International Congress on Ethics and Tourism, will discuss ways to advance the commitment of tourism towards sustainable and responsible practices.
The event is one of the major components of the ‘Enhancing the Understanding of European Tourism’ Project, conducted by UNWTO in cooperation with the European Commission. 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
PHNOM PENH, 19 April 2017: Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism has prepared a master plan for tourism development across all provinces to attract investment and create more products for tourists.
Khmer Times reported that Tourism Minister, Thong Khon, set out the plan during the first quarter meeting at the ministry earlier this month.
According to the plan, tourism officials at all levels are urged to continue establishing new products and push resorts to keep their surroundings clean. Read more