TOKYO, 24 February 2017: The Japan National Tourism Organisation reports visitors to Japan reached 24.04 million during 2016.
This represents the largest on record since JNTO started to keep statistics in 1964.
Over the last three years, visits have grown 2.4 times. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 23 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s District 4 authorities will open a night market in Ward 12 to offer more attractions for tourists.
Local media reported the district authorities have sought permission from the People’s Committee.
The 3,000-sqm night market will stretch from Khanh Hoi Bridge to Calmette Bridge along the Tau Hu – Ben Nghe Canal. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 February 2017: SpiceJet, an Indian low-cost carrier, will launch a direct flight between Delhi and Bangkok effective 15 April.
According to the airline’s website, the Delhi-Bangkok route will be served by six weekly flights.
Flights will increase to daily, effective 9 May. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 14 February 2017: Ho Chi Minh City’s District 1 administration is considering a proposal to add musical entertainment on the city’s downtown streets.
Local media reported the proposal calls for music streets to be located on the parallel Han Thuyen and Alexandre de Rhodes streets.
They will encourage local musicians to entertain residents and tourists and make the city more enjoyable for visitors. Read more
MADRID, 10 February 2017: UNWTO says it is looking out for tourists by drafting an international convention to protect travellers and build consumer confidence in the tourism service suppliers.
The convention will identify the responsibilities of signatory states to facilitate visitors during a national emergency.
The process has taken more than six years, so far, following a decision in 2011 to create a global legal framework, but UNWTO now says the project is entering its final phase. Read more
CAN THO, 9 February 2017: Can Tho’s Department of Transport says the city will provide a cycle rental services on a pilot basis for visitors.
The trial run will continue to the end of the year when an evaluation of the project will take place.
Local media quoted the department deputy director, Le Tien Dung, saying the rentals will be located at Luu Huu Phuoc, Ninh Kieu and Song Hau parks and Cai Khe Islet, popular spots for both domestic and international travellers. Read more
KUALA LUMPUR, 30 January 2017: Three Chinese passengers died and five are missing after a tourist boat sank in rough seas off eastern Malaysia, officials confirmed late on Sunday, with 22 people rescued following the shipwreck.
Twenty Chinese tourists and two of the vessel’s three crew members were rescued and sent to a hospital in Kota Kinabalu after the boat sank off Malaysia’s Sabah state on Borneo island, according to Malaysian officials.
The third crew member has not yet been found, bringing the total number of missing to six. Read more
SIEM REAP, 19 January 2017: A meeting to discuss Angkor Archaeological Park preservation will be held next week to identify measures to protect and develop in a sustainable manner the country’s world heritage site.
Khmer Times reported the International Coordinating Committee for the Safeguarding and Development of the Historic Site of Angkor (ICC-Angkor), co-chaired by Japan and France, will meet 24 January to discuss ongoing preservation efforts at the Angkor Archaeological Park as well as the up-coming ticket price hike, due to take effect next month.
The two-day meeting will consist of a plenary session to discuss policy and development projects, as well as a technical session, which will see dozens of experts gathered to identify and provide solutions to issues plaguing the UNESCO world heritage site. Read more
MANILA, 13 January 2017: Philippine Airlines plans new domestic routes to be introduced during the summer timetable April to October.
The three additional domestic routes, include services that will be operated under the PAL Express brand according to Routesonline.
Two of the new services will boost the airline’s network served out of its Cebu base. Read more
YANGON, 13 January 2017: To make Yangon more attractive to visitors, Myanmar’s former capital will open a new night market along its downtown 52nd Street.
Global New Light of Myanmar reported that the Yangon City Development Committee plans to open the night market this month.
The authorities are pushing the project claiming it is important to ensure visitors have more attractions in the evening. Read more