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
MIAMI, 1 March 2017: SpaceX said Monday two private citizens have paid money to be sent around the Moon in what would mark the farthest humans have ever travelled to deep space.
The United States has not sent astronauts to the Moon since NASA’s Apollo missions of the 1960s and ’70s.
“We are excited to announce that SpaceX has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year,” said a statement by CEO Elon Musk. Read more
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