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Myanmar to start collecting tourism tax

<b>Myanmar will soon impose a tourism tax on visitors to fund the country’s tourism promotion activities, the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) said.</b><p>Its …

Asia

Kep club set to train young sailors

Sailing boats stationed alongside Kep bay, before the Kep Sailing Club inauguration at Knai Bang Chatt on Sunday in Kep province. ANNA KOO<p>The …

Asia

First Chinese tour group to enter Kingdom via Mekong River

The tourists travelled aboard two Chinese boats (“Yenta 7” and “Yenta 8”).<p>The tourists travelled aboard two Chinese boats (“Yenta 7” and “Yenta 8”) …

Travel

18 Eco-Tourism Startups Qualify for MIST

MIST (Mekong Innovative Startups Tourism) – a joint initiative by MTCO and ADB<p>The <b>Mekong Business Initiative</b> (MBI) and <b>Mekong Tourism Coordinating</b> …

Yunnan to clean up tourism industry

Yunnan has been a popular destination for tourists both from China and abroad. Photo Credit: Shutterstock<p>Yunnan province will introduce 22 measures …

Tourism

ASEAN Tourism Ministers Vow to Promote Integration

Thailand Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul , centre, shows her form with muay Thai boxers at the WTTC summit. Source: ‘The Nation’<p>Association …

Thailand's PM, Deputy PM Preside over WTTC Summit

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand<p>General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand, this week presided over the opening of …

Is Vietnam Tourism Over- or Under-Developed?

While some economists say that Vietnam has too many hotels and resorts, others believe that tourism infrastructure is inadequate compared with the …

Hospitality Chief Approves of Thailand's Quality Tourism Focus

Thailand is doing well to focus on “quality tourism”, according to Deepak Ohri, chief executive of luxury-hospitality company Lebua Hotels and …

Top Myanmar Beach Destinations to Watch: C9

Four of Myanmar’s beach destinations are emerging as leading contenders in Asia’s search for the next exotic tropical getaway spot, according to …

Luang Prabang Cleans Up

<i>Luang Prabang must keep a constant vigil over trash, writes Bernie Rosenbloom for</i> We Are Laos<i>.</i><p>An ongoing storm of litter rains down on a community …

Community-based Tourism Key to Chin State, Myanmar: Minister

Falam, Chin State, Myanmar. Pic: Jared Downing<p>Myanmar’s Chin State, and its picturesque north in particular, is worth a visit, according to Jared …

Tourism Thailand Needs to "Get Even Smarter": Governor

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn<p><i>Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Yuthasak Supasorn wrote a column for The</i> …

Tourism Vietnam to Get Tough on Zero-Dong Tours

<i>The head of the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism, Nguyễn Văn Tuấn, tells</i> Kinh tế & Đô thị <i>(</i>Economic and Urban Affairs; <i>a newspaper) that</i> …

Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2017 South East Asia

Experience the Mekong Region through the lens of other Travellers. Share your travel stories with"><b>#TourismMekong</b><p>Engage with us on social media …

Travel

Cambodia, UN to Crackdown on Bogus Orphanages

Cambodia has launched a crackdown on bogus orphanages. The crackdown aims to return 3,500 children to their families, a government minister …

Asia

Myanmar's Elephants: From Timber Extraction to Tourism Attraction

The Myanmar government has banned timber extraction for a period of one year for the whole country and for 10 years for Bago Yoma hills in central …

Wildlife

"Love Laos: Keep it Clean" Campaign Leverages Social Media

A truck carries bottles for recycling. Some estimates show that despite there being few sanitary landfills, recycling and composting could reduce the …

Social Media

Cambodia Tourism Marketing Council to Launch End-April

Bayon temple, Siem Reap. Source: ‘TTG Asia’<p><i>TTG Asia</i> reports that a centralised tourism marketing and advertising council is set to launch by …

Asia

Feedspot

Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)’s primary website MekongTourism.org (this one!) has been selected by Feedspot as one of the “Top 100 …

List-Worthy

Thailand Tourism Minister Denies Street Food Ban

One of the biggest Thailand-related news stories on social media this week was a front page headline in <i>The Nation</i> newspaper and an oft-shared post …

Thailand

More Thoughts on MTF 2017 from Luang Prabang

<i>Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) storytellers Simon Louvard and Lea Mellon are based in Luang Prabang in the months leading up to Mekong Tourism Forum 2017</i> …

Hotels

Record Tourism Numbers for Cambodian New Year

Cambodia’s top tourist destinations attracted a record number of visitors this Khmer New Year, with 2.5 million locals and foreigners traveling to …

Asia

Growth Potential in Vietnam for Mid-, High-end Hospitality

The growth of tourism is creating opportunities for the hospitality market, especially the mid-end and high-end segments, according to Savills’ …

Vietnam

Myanmar Partnering with NGOs on Marine Protected Areas

Phil Dearden leads the Marine Protected Areas Research Group at the University of Victoria (Canada). (ARNOLD LIM, Arnold Lim Photography)<p>Myanmar’s …

Conservation

Vietnam Most Improved GMS Tourism Destination: TTCI

Vietnam was the biggest mover among Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) destinations, rising eight places in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s recently …

Tourism

Stakeholders Express Thoughts about MTF 2017

<i>Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) storytellers Simon Louvard and Lea Mellon are based in Luang Prabang in the months leading up to Mekong Tourism Forum 2017</i> …

Tourism

Bangkok to Ban all Street Food?

Street food vendors will disappear from Bangkok by the end of the year in the interests of cleanliness, safety and order, the Bangkok Metropolitan …

Thailand

Bokeo to Build Biggest Bronze Buddha in Laos

Bokeo town<p>Authorities in Bokeo province are planning the construction of the largest bronze Buddha image in Laos hoping it will be a major tourism …

Thailand

Cambodia Prepares Tourism Master Plan

A tourism master plan “urgently needed” in Cambodia. Pic: KT/Chor Sokunthea<p>Cambodia’s tourism ministry has prepared a master plan to attract …

Asia