News & Articles of the Week
News & articles that caught our attention over the past week:
At the inaugural Mekong Tourism Forum 2018 in Nakhon Phanom, Airbnb announced the milestone of 5 million guests in 2017 to the Greater Mekong region, namely Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. This marks a significant 147 percent growth year-over-year. ... Read more about it.
More than 59 million travellers visited the five countries that are members of the Greater Mekong Sub-region during 2017, according to the Pacific Asia Travel Association’s Annual Tourism Monitor 2018. ... Read more about it.
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism and Department of Health on May 23 released a bilingual Medical Tourism Guide with basic information about travel and healthcare in the city. The guidebook in Vietnamese and English has the names, addresses and phone numbers of 14 health facilities in the city. ... Read more about it.
Thailand may well be on its way to another record year in tourism, welcoming 13.7 million visitor arrivals in the first four months of 2018, nearly 14 per cent more than the same period last year, but the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) says its international marketing strategy is no longer about pursuing the numbers game. ... Read more about it.
A visa exemption for UK passport holders travelling to Vietnam has been extended for three years. The agreement covers single-entry stays of up to 15 days and will run until July 30, 2021. ... Read more about it.
The United Nations’ World Travel and Tourism Council unveiled its latest report recently, which indicated that tourism has directly resulted in 114,000 jobs being created in Laos. This is expected to rise to 121,000 jobs in 2028, which will represent about 3 percent of total employment. ... Read more about it.
Travel website TripAdvisor has placed Cambodia’s ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat as the world’s No. 1 landmark in the 2018 Traveler’s Choice Awards, the Apsara Authority, which manages the ancient site, said in a news release. ... Read more about it.
Vietnam received nearly 2.2 million Chinese visitors between January and May, or 32.1 percent of the total international arrivals, recording a year-on-year increase of 37 percent, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism said. ... Read more about it.
The overall objective of this event is to strengthen Cambodia’s tourism sector by bringing together public and private actors as well development partners to discuss the important issues relevant to tourism investment. ... For more information & Register.
PATA DESTINATION MARKETING FORUM 2018
The PATA Destination Marketing Forum (formerly the New Tourism Frontiers Forum) stems from the need to help secondary and tertiary areas grow and develop into widely recognised, bucket-listed tourism destinations. ... For more information & Register.
The Experience Mekong Collection seeks to showcase the most innovative responsible and sustainable travel businesses in the Greater Mekong Subregion, as part of our Mekong Responsible Travel commitment. Please nominate your favourite businesses. ... Read more about it.
Apart from the impression of our service, the guest also loves our lush atmosphere and our environmental management practice. Over 60% of our guest is repeating guest. We also have green booking from the new guest who knows us from the website and reviews and select us because of our environmental caring practice and becomes the repeating guest then. ... Read more about it.
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