UNWTO: Tourism a runaway success

September 11, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News


MADRID, 11 September 2017: Destinations worldwide saw a turnover of 598 million international tourists arrivals in the first six months of 2017, some 36 million more than in the same period of 2016, UNWTO estimates in its latest World Tourism Barometer.

Returning a growth of 6%, year-to-date, it represents the strongest increase since 2010 when the increase registered 4%.

Results are underpinned by robust growth in many destinations and a continuation of the recovery for destinations that suffered declines in previous years. Read more

Ctrip talks to BRICS

September 5, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

XIAMEN, China, 5 September 2017:  Ctrip CEO Jane Jie Sun attended the 9th BRICS Business Forum hosted by President Xi Jinping in Xiamen, Monday.

She delivered a speech to more than 500 representatives from Chinese and overseas business communities and presented tourism’s message to BRICS governments that it is the “new engine driving the world’s economic recovery.”

“Tourism serves as a bridge between China and other members of BRICS, as well as the rest of the world, to foster harmonious ties between people around the world, she told the gathering Read more

India’s e-Tourist visas gain popularity

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 23 August 2017: India’s e-Tourist visa is gaining popularity according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Tourism that showed a 73.3% pick up in visas issued in July when compared with July 2016.

Overall tourist arrivals to India increased 7.4% in July from 734,000 in July 2016 to 788,00 visitors this year.

Foreign tourist arrivals, January to July, this year, numbered 5,670,000 representing a healthy 15.7% improvement, when compared with 4,903,000 in January to July 2016. Read more

Thai tourism trends positive

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017: Foreign tourist visits to Thailand increase 4.81% in July to reach 3,088,042 according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, permanent secretary Pongpanun Svetarundra.

The top  region was East Asia followed by Europe, South Asia, Americas and the Middle East.

During July, tourist spending generated revenue of THB156,403.03, up 6.16% from the same period last year. Read more

Fewer gates for eVisa travel

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 21 August 2017: Travellers should be aware that Cambodia’s eVisa is not available at every immigration checkpoint in the country.

Cambodia Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation announced, last week, a decision to restrict the scope of the eVisa with regards entry locations.

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Are Thailand’s tour buses safe

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

PHUKET, 9 August 2017: Thailand’s horrifically poor record for road safety was highlighted again when a tour bus carrying 25 Chinese tourists careered off a hilly road in Phuket and almost plunged down a steep mountain slope, late Sunday evening.

The accident occurred near Patong beach close to the scene of two other earlier accidents that occurred 11 July and 30 June.

The latest accident follows reports in the travel trade that Chinese tour operators have cancelled hotel allotments at some hotels in Patong Bay saying they would not risk transferring their guests over the hilly road that leads to the bay. Read more

Popularity causes checkpoint delays

August 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 August 2017: Thailand’s second gateway Don Mueang International Airport pledges to improve airport immigration services after passengers suffered delays of up to four hours to pass through immigration checks last weekend.

The country’s Immigration Bureau acknowledged that it was grossly understaffed and efforts to recruit hundreds of new officers to staff empty checkpoints at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports have largely failed.

Thailand’s tourism planners and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports are partly to blame for the long queues. More support was needed to head off the immigration bureau staff shortage when alerted three years ago. Read more

Malaysia tweaks tourist tax

July 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News

KUALA LUMPUR, 27 July 2017: Malaysia has revised yet again its tourist tax exempting its citizens from paying, while levying a flat MYR10 tax on all foreigners.

Foreigners staying at paid lodgings in Malaysia will be charged a flat rate of RM10 (USD2.30) per night as a tourist tax, while Malaysians will now be exempted from it completely.

Commenting on the changes, Tourism and Culture Minister, Nazri Aziz, said on Wednesday the federal tourist tax was scheduled to apply 1 August. Read more

Double deckers screech to a halt

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HANOI, 26 July 2017: Just weeks after double decker tourist buses were introduced at tourist destinations, Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport has called a temporary halt to the project.

Tuoi Tre News reported the decision was announced only seven months after Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved a five-year pilot programme, in November 2016, to operate double-decker tourist buses in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, Quang Nam, Hue, Lam Dong and Kien Giang.

According to the transport ministry, the trial programme has been temporarily put on hold until new directions are given by the PM based on feedback from ministries and local authorities. Read more

Cambodia to link World Heritage

July 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Cambodia, News

PHNOM PENH, 26 July 2017: Cambodia will develop heritage tourism packages now that it has three World Heritage sites under its belt.

The three World Heritage Sites are Angkor Wat, listed in 1992, Preah Vihear (2008) and the Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site in Kampong Thom province listed earlier this month.

Khmer Times quoted Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying the addition of Sambor Prei Kuk archaeological site as a UNESCO world heritage would prompt new tour programmes. Read more

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