BANGKOK, 27 September 2021: Today, we celebrate World Tourism Day, possibly mulling over the reassuring words of tourism leaders such as the UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili. Yes, we know the human desire to travel and explore...
PHUKET, 17 September 2021: The resort island of Phuket's proof of concept Sandbox advantage looks to dramatically change come October, says C9 Hotelworks managing director Bill Barnett in an email post on Thursday. "Since 1 July,...

Bali might ban backpackers

SINGAPORE, 16 September 2021: Bali is not alone in hoping it can ban backpackers and instead favour wealthy travellers when the Covid-19 threat recedes. There are tourism bureaucrats around the region who dream of...
PHUKET, 13 July 2021: It’s always a good idea to read the small print before opening the carton. The instructions might tell us to “use with caution.” That should apply to the Phuket Sandbox if you are...
PHUKET, 5 July 2021: Around 300 foreigners arrived in Phuket on international flights on 1 July on the opening day of the island’s Sandbox pilot project and everyone one of them passed the first RT-PCR Covid-19 test with flying colours....
CHIANG RAI, 1 July 2021: “Do you sometimes wonder if you're making mistakes” that could be avoided? Rezdy, a booking software vendor, poses the question in an email blast that disturbs my senior moments over a morning...
PHUKET, 29 June 2021: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is expected to visit Phuket Island on 1 July to officially open the island’s Sandbox project. The island's beleaguered travel industry is pinning its hopes on the...
PHUKET, 25 June 2021: Most of the hoops you will have to jump through to travel to Phuket Island on a "sandbox" holiday break are as clear as daylight except for the one that should identify chosen...
SINGAPORE, 24 June 2021: With a fresh 120-day deadline in place to fully reopen Thailand, and the ‘Phuket Sandbox’ initiative pushing ahead 1 July, a brighter future is coming into focus after a difficult 18 months for...
BANGKOK, 21 June 2021: If Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha needed an endorsement for his decision to reopen Thailand to international tourism by October, he just got one from the country's leading hospitality entrepreneur William Heinecke.  Heinecke,...