CHIANG RAI, 19 February 2018 It’s surprising how many times you hear the words cheap and nasty when discussions turn to tourism from China.  Most of the comments are plain old prejudice. They fly in the face of facts...
CHIANG MAI, 29 January 2018: As the final round of speeches concluded and the dancers twirled off the stage, it left ATF participants to ponder was it all worth the effort? Now in its 37th year, the 10-member nations are...
CHIANG RAI, 19 March 2018: You have to wonder sometimes if journalists can write in their sleep, especially when they report on what government ministers have to say on a variety of issues the rest of us are hard...
BANGKOK, 9 March 2018: Not a day goes by without the word sustainable rolling off the lips of a tourism leader keen to be seen as trending. The UNWTO secretary did just that in his message at the opening of...
BANGKOK, 5 March 2018: Vietjet is famous for its sneaky discounts that vanish into thin air almost as fast as the cabin attendants strip down to their undies to gain free publicity if you believe their publicity stunts. This is...

Ministry peps up forecast

BANGKOK, 26 February 2018: It’s easy to be critical of Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports for limiting its communications to just the Thai language. It might even argue that its role does not extend to building global awareness, or...
CHIANG RAI, 22 January 2018: The Tourism Authority of Thailand rolls out the red carpet to welcome participants to the ASEAN Tourism Forum, 2018 hosted in Chiang Mai, this week. Well done. The organisation of the event will be smooth...
CHIANG RAI, 5  February 2018: Just minutes before a media briefing was due to commence at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai, last month, a hosted journalist tweeted: “The Indonesians know how to organise a media event.” He was...
CHIANG RAI, 12 February 2018: The cliché message uttered by travel industry leaders goes something like “content is king.” But is it really king?  And just what kind of content are we talking about? This is the age of influencers...
BANGKOK 28 February 2018: By 2025, a billion travellers could have flown to their favourite holiday destinations on an aircraft powered by a mix of jet and sustainable fuels. It’s now 10 years since the first flight took off using...