Economic experts gather in Laos

August 28, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Laos PDR, News

VIENTIANE, 28 August 2017: The deadline for booking a place at the 41st Southeast Asian Seminar for “Economic Development in Laos and the Greater Mekong Region has been extended to 10 September.

Organised by the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University and the Faculty of Economics and Business Management, National University of Laos, the event will be hosted in Lao PDR’s capital, Vientiane, 2 to 7 November.

According to the organiser’s blurb, Greater Mekong Sub-region countries Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos share several common economic development strategies that provide opportunities for investment. Read more

Thai AirAsia funds mechanic courses

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 July 2017: Thai AirAsia has signed an agreement with Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep and Bangkok Aviation Centre (BAC) to provide an aircraft mechanic development course through an intensive one-year course.

Graduates will have an opportunity to be employed by Thai AirAsia.

The airline’s CEO, Tassapon Bijleveld, said the aviation industry is experiencing rapid growth, especially in the low-cost carrier segment.  Read more

HCMC needs more tourism workers

May 19, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 19 May 2017: Vietnam’s National Administration of Tourism says Ho Chi Minh City’s tourism sector needs roughly 40,000 new workers each year.

Local media reported that according to the administration only 37% of requirement was met, last year, with 15,000 workers joining the sector and merely 12% of them educated to college level.

A college degree in tourism, however, does not guarantee that a worker can do the job according to education experts. Read more

HCMC short of guides

April 20, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 20 April 2017: To handle a shortfall foreign language tour guides, Ho Chi Minh City’s Department of Tourism will relax requirements to obtain accreditation cards.

Saigon Times media reported the city’s tourism department has recommended that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism reduce and ease requirements to allow those holding vocational college degrees to apply for accreditation cards.

The current rules compel tour guides to graduate with a university degree in tourism to step right into a guiding job. Read more

Thai universities rise in rankings

April 29, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

LONDON, 29 April 2015: With the addition of six new subjects, specialised strengths in Thailand’s higher education system are evident in the 36 disciplines covered in the  QS World University Rankings by Subject, published today at

Thailand’s Kasetsart University ranks 39th worldwide for agriculture & forestry studies. This is the highest Thai ranking.

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Thailand’s tourism needs reform

April 2, 2015 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 2 April 2015: Thailand’s tourism needs to urgently reform its management systems if it intends to be a leading regional player.

Speaking at Thailand Tourism Reform 2015 to 2020 seminar, Wednesday,  at Thammasat University director general advisor, Dr Surapit Promsit, said there were three reforms touching on government service, destination management and hospitality service that needed to be taken on board urgently.

“Government service reform means we need to bring in specialists on tourism to work in the Ministry of Tourism and Sports,” he said.

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