THUA THIEN-HUE, 27 April 2017: More than 50 public organisations, restaurants and cafés in Hue are offering “Free WC” services for local residents and tourists.
Local media reported the Hue administration and provincial departments of investment and culture have also opened toilets in their buildings for free public use.
The province’s tourism department director, Phan Thien Dinh, was quoted saying the call for free restrooms has been enthusiastically supported by local residents. Read more
PHNOM PENH, 18 April 2017: Cambodia will summit a request to UNESCO to consider Battambang, Kratie, and Kampot as candidates for the prestigious World Heritage list by mid-June this year.
Agence Kampuchea Presse reported that the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts confirmed submissions are being finalised that will be presented mid year to UNESCO.
The submissions will be presented when Cambodia hosts the International Conference on Sustainable Tourism and Heritage Cities in Siem Reap, 10 to 15 June. Read more
QUANG NINH, 10 April 2017: Quang Ninh’s Party Committee’s Communication and Education Commission says the province is cracking down on travel agencies and guides to improve the image of local tourism.
The province is famous for its national world heritage site of Halong Bay that draws millions of domestic and foreign tourists annually.
According to a Vietnam Net Bridges’ report that quoted the commission head, Cao Tuong Huy, three travel agents were fined and their international travel business licences revoked. Read more
VIENTIANE, 31 March 2017: Luang Prabng province claims it will welcome 500,000 domestic and overseas tourists during the Lao Lunar New Year celebrated mid-April, according to the official Laos News Agency (KPL).
If the forecast is accurate the tiny World Heritage town will be swamped with tourists; hotels will be turning guests away.
Restaurants will not be able to cope and the small three parallel streets that make up the inner district will gridlocked; cars and motor cycles bumper- to-bumper. Read more
QUANG NAM, 30 March 2017: Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has called on provincial authorities to take on board a plan to turn Quang Nam into an international tourism hub.
Tuoi Tre News quoted Prime Minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc, saying Quang Nam has all the features and facilities to become a major tourism hub.
The central province is home to the world-renowned Hoi An ancient town, recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Read more
QUANG NAM, 10 March 2017: Quang Nam’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism will focus on community-based tourism as it adds more travel content in the Vietnamese province to attract international visitors.
Local media quoted the department director, Dinh Hai, saying a sustainable tourism model would help to preserve the cultural identity of the province and highlight the importance of heritage sites.
Over the past few years, the province has created several community-based tourism products that focus on the daily lives and stories of local communities. Read more
QUANG NAM, 22 February 2017: Hoi An City’s administration plans to install a comprehensive firefighting system in Hoi An ancient town to protect the area from fire threats.
Tuoi Tre News quoted the administration deputy chairman, Nguyen Van Son, saying the authority is awaiting approval to install a USD8.93-million firefighting system in Hoi An to ensure the town’s wooden houses can deal with fires.
“Our present system is 10 years old and has become badly degraded, making it difficult to respond in a timely manner to emergencies.” Read more
THUA THIEN-HUE, 20 February 2017: The Imperial Citadel of Hue will open parts of it ancient World Heritage complex to visitors at night from late April, but only for a trial period to gauge response.
Local media reported the trial will run from 22 April to 15 September to help tourists avoid the scorching summer heat during the day and give them more time to visit interesting places in the citadel.
Visitors will have a chance to explore the Gate of Noon, Thai Hoa Palace, The Mieu Temple, Dien Tho Palace, Truong Sanh Palace, Tu Phuong Vo Su Pavilion and Peace Gate from 1900 to 2200. Read more
BANGKOK, 10 February 2017: Both Thailand and Cambodia are filing gigabytes of documents to UNESCO to support their efforts to add more cultural and natural to the various World Heritage site listings.
This week’s online posts had an update on the latest filings that if successful will add value for travellers visiting the Mekong Region. Thailand is keen to add to its World Heritage destinations, Phra That Phanom temple in Northeast Thailand that stands close to the banks of the Mekong River marking the border with Laos.
The iconic temple is very close to the hearts of all I-san (northeast Thailand) residents. It deserves to be a World Heritage site to recognise its influence on the cultural and religious life of I-san. It also reflects the comprehensive and painstaking restoration of a monument that collapsed during a torrential rainstorm in 1975. Read more
NAKHON PHANOM, 8 February 2017: The Thai Cabinet recently approved documents for Phra That Phanom temple that will be presented to UNESCO to officially propose the famous temple as a World Heritage site.
The documents were written and collated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.
Last week, the Cabinet approved a documented proposal “Phra That Phanom, Its Related Historic Building and Associated Landscape.” Read more