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Myanmar’s tourism industry will segue into boom times next year, prompting the new government to urgently improve infrastructure and enact a law, a veteran tour operator said. With over 20 years in the industry, Sabei Aung has witnessed rapid changes in the industry. She said it is high time to strike a balance between supply and demand as an influx of tourists is expected after the National League for Democracy swept the election. “Shortly before the election, investment in the industry was

SIEM REAP Cambodia’s Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Economy and Finance says returning Angkor Wat ticket collection to the government will benefit the local economy. Khmer Times quoted economy and finance minister, Aun Porn Moniroth, saying the ministry would work with the Ministry of Tourism to establish a public administration institution to manage revenue generated by ticket sales at Angkor temples. “We will create a public institution under the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Economy and Finance to manage

Mr. Solomon Bamidele is the CEO/Founder, SBJ Foundation & Consultancy Company and S&M Trading, Tourist and Service Company Ltd in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Recently he spoke to BROWN CHIMEZIE on the challenges facing Nigerians seeking the Golden Fleece abroad and ways to avoid straying into wrong paths that could lead to exploitations. He also speaks on the tourism potential that abounds in Nigeria and Vietnam and how both countries can work together for good. He speaks further Excerpts How

For tourism professionals in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos), these are very busy times, especially for those who have the responsibility of bringing their country up to the sort of standards that will be necessary to reap the rewards of a tourism that is growing faster and faster. Even as Lao authorities lobbied to get the Plain of Jars onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List, perhaps in 2015, the country’s tourism community explored the challenges inherent in the implementation of the

Bangkok, 26 November, 2015 – Ms. Pornsri Chotiwit (middle), General Manager, Eastern China, Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) recently represented the company and accepted the “2015 China Travel Awards – Best Airlines” from Ms. Vivian Shi (right), National Operation Director of Travel Plus Magazine at The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai Pudong Hotel. China Travel Awards is organized annually by Travel Plus magazine. Readers and travel industry professionals voted for companies under each category. China Travel Awards recognizes and honors the finest service

Increasing international arrivals following the introduction of a visa-free policy in July could enable Vietnam to post similar, or even bigger, tourist numbers in 2015 than last year, the chief tourism official has said. The Southeast Asian country had seen international tourist arrivals drop in a stretch of 13 months from May 2014, but the visa waivers for five European countries in July came just in time. Vietnam’s tourist numbers have risen 12.9 percent in November from a month earlier to 732,740, according to

Air New Zealand (Air NZ) is poised to launch a new air route to Ho Chi Minh City in mid-2016, as part of its plan to expand presence in the Pacific Rim. The Auckland – Ho Chi Minh City route will be the carrier’s first-ever nonstop service to Vietnam, Air NZ announced on its website on Friday. The Kiwi airline will operate the service three times a week on a seasonal basis, operating from June to October in 2016, with the potential

PHNOM PENH  Cambodia government will crack down on hotels and resorts that restrict public access to beaches or construct buildings within 50 meters of the shoreline. Phnom Penh Post quoted Tourism Minister Thong Khon saying the ministry will give private companies a deadline to remove fences or buildings that violate a government directive that ensures all beaches in the Kingdom remain public property with full access to the public. “We’re talking about an area extending 50 meters to the sea, which belongs

Walk down any street in Luang Prabang, Laos, and you will be presented with any number of opportunities to interact with elephants. Some are more ethical than others. Indeed, at the Elephant Village, 15 kilometers outside town, the motto is: “Saving elephants is our mission.” They are not exactly wrong to claim so, either. Compare the dead-eyed pachyderms at the nearby Tad Sae waterfall, harnessed and ready for joy rides, to their cousins at the Elephant Village and you can immediately see

With the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism expecting 4.5 to 5 million tourist arrivals in 2015, and 7.5 million by 2020, local travel industry experts are busily dreaming up ways to promote Myanmar as a destination to ensure that these target numbers are met. U Phyo Wai Yar Zar, chair of the Myanmar Tourism Marketing Committee (MTMC), told The Myanmar Times that the country’s international airports in Yangon, Mandalay, and Nay Pyi Taw should start operating at maximum capacity to boost arrival numbers. “We