CAN THO, 7 April 2017: Vietnam’s Can Tho’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will organise cultural and tourism events in the next three months to boost domestic tourism.
Local media quoted the Department’s Tourism Development Centre director, NguyEn Hoang On, saying the city plans to host the Tan Loc Fruit Garden Festival, Cai Rang Floating Market Festival, Ninh Kieu Flower Garland Festival and Phong Dien Ecotourism Festival.
It will also regularly check tourist routes, tourist attractions and traditional craft villages, wharves, hotels and other accommodation to improve the quality of services, he said. Read more
HO CHI MINH CITY, 5 April 2017: Ho Chi Minh City authorities intend to serenade tourists with a music street in the city’s downtown district.
Tuoi Tre News reported the project, created by the administration of District 1, is keen to strike the first note by the end of the month. It still has to jump legal hurdles on entertainment laws for public places and could face opposition from local communities if they are not impressed with the repertoire.
The city’s District 1 deputy chairwoman, Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, was quoted saying the chosen street will give local artists a place to play and entertain residents and tourists. It has been suggested the first street performances could begin as early as 28 April. Read more
BANGKOK, 4 April 2017: Collective foreign tourist arrivals to 39 Asia Pacific destinations will grow by 5.9% over 2016 and add around 35 million additional foreign arrivals in 2017, according to Pacific Asia Travel Association’s latest forecast for the Asia Pacific visitor economy.
Bundled into a comprehensive data package for members under its PATAmPOWER brand, PATA released, Monday, highlights of the arrival trends for 2017 to 2021.
It estimates that during 2017 to 2021, foreign arrivals into the Asia Pacific region will grow at an average rate of 5% per annum, reaching a combined foreign inbound count of close to 758 million trips. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 23 March 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 14.2% in January this year, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.
Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Tuesday, the data showed the country welcomed 532,206 international travellers in January compared to 466,086 during the same month last year.
China led the supply markets with 80,407 visits up 20.4% from 66,764 visits during the same month in 2016. Read more
DENPARSAR, 23 March 2017: Tourists fled their hotels in panic on Bali, Wednesday, after the popular Indonesian holiday island was rattled by an early morning earthquake.
The 5.5-magnitude quake struck inland about 10 kilometres (six miles) northeast of the Balinese capital, Denpasar, and not far from the concentration of holiday resorts in the south of the island.
There were no reports of casualties and damage after the quake struck just after 0700 (2300 GMT Tuesday) at a depth of 118 kilometres, but some holidaymakers got a shock. Read more
HANOI, 22 March 2017: Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has issued a code of conduct for tourists and tour operators.
Tuoi Tre News reported the etiquette guidebook consists of two chapters with 12 articles, aimed at showing travel agents how to be service minded and travellers how to behave.
Vietnam National Administration of Tourism chief, Nguyen Van Tuan, was quoted saying the guidebook will help to build a better image of the nation’s tourists, amid complaints by foreigners. 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
PHUKET, 14 March 2017: Russian tourists are returning in force to Phuket Island according to C9 Hotelworks latest analysis of the Phuket Russian Tourism Market.
Last year, the rebounding segment contributed an estimated THB30 billion (approximately USD848 million) to the island’s economy.
C9 Hotelworks states in its latest research that one clear cut metric pointing to Phuket’s appeal is that 51% of Russian travellers to Thailand visit the island destination. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 1 March 2017: Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on the country’s hospitality sector to increase the use of locally grown produce at tourist destinations to improve rural economies.
Emphasising the country’s green tourism policy, the PM told local media that cleanness and greenness were trends that needed to be adopted for the benefit of the economy and a clean tourism environment.
He called for a Green Belt to be established at the country’s main tourist areas to supply holidaymakers with local produce, instead of importing them from neighbouring countries. Read more
BANGKOK, 1 March 2017: There are signs that Chinese travellers maybe mending their manners according to latest China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) survey.
The CNTA survey, released last week, interviewed 3,650 people in 10 major tourist destinations popular with Chinese tourists.
It concluded that Chinese overseas travellers were bettered mannered than five years ago, but there was still plenty room for improvement. Read more