Laos To Move Forward with LaoSafe Health and Hygiene Certification Program

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LaoSafe, a health and hygiene program for the tourism and hospitality sector, has just received official approval from the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Information, Culture, and Tourism (MICT), and will now be piloted in Vientiane Capital. LaoSafe comprises a series of health and hygiene standards for different subsectors of the tourism […]


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The Greater Mekong Subregion has increasingly focused on developing sustainable and inclusive tourism in recent years, with positive changes fostered by strong engagement between government, the private sector, and civil society. This has helped transform the region into one of the world’s most desirable places to visit while significantly benefitting residents and local economies. The […]

Mekong travel bubble may help the region to reopen to tourists

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Plans to reopen Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Myanmar to tourists, along with a new China-Laos high speed rail link are reviving talk of a Mekong travel bubble. Thailand has already welcomed foreigners to sandbox islands such as Phuket and Koh Samui and will open the country to fully vaccinated visitors from at least 10 nations […]

UNWTO and Netflix partner on screen tourism push

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UNWTO and Netflix have partnered on the publication of a report which looks at the role of film and series as drivers for tourism and cultural affinity. The Global Report on Cultural Affinity and Screen Tourism explores the growing affection one has towards a particular country or culture displayed on the screen. The findings of […]

Thailand in travel bubble talks with Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos

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Thailand is currently in talks with Cambodia, Malaysia and Laos to set up two-way travel bubbles in a bid to revive intra-regional travel. Minister of tourism and sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said that many international tourists are keen to visit places outside of the designated Sandbox areas, but are deterred by prevailing quarantine requirements. As such, […]

SPTO – Destination Mekong Partnership to Enhance Tourism Recovery

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  Bangkok & Fiji, 10th October 2021   The Pacific Tourism Organization (SPTO) and Destination Mekong have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster a collaborative partnership that will benefit both organizations and their stakeholders.   With their extensive membership of the Greater Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam, as […]

Quang Ninh, Phuket discuss post-pandemic tourism recovery

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A teleconference was held on September 22 to discuss post-pandemic cooperation between Vietnam’s the northern province of Quang Ninh and Thailand’s Phuket, especially in re-opening tourism markets. Speaking at the event, Director of the Representative Office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Vietnam Ratiwan Boonprakong introduced the “Phuket Sandbox” programme which aims to prevent COVID-19 transmission between […]

Agriculture and Tourism Key to Lao PDR’s Sustainable and Shared Prosperity — ADB

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  Raising competitiveness and strengthening the links between agriculture and tourism will contribute to post-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) recovery and inclusive growth in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), according to a report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) released today. “Creating quality and productive jobs is among the top priorities of the government’s policy […]

EXPERIENCE MEKONG SHOWCASES 2021 Finalist Promotional Event – Wildlife Tourism & Conservation on August 30, 2021

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On August 30, we would like to thank the MeTAG Wildlife Tourism & Conservation Expert Group for inviting Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office to join and putting together such a great and valuable webinar promoting the best practices and ethical, conservation-minded wildlife tourism in GMS organized by Destination Mekong. It was a productive session having our […]

Laos-China Railway Scheduled to Open in December this Year

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Laos has announced that the Laos-China Railway is scheduled to officially open in early December this year. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr. Sonexay Siphandone, made the announcement at the 10th Laos-China Railway Project Construction Committee Meeting in Vientiane Capital yesterday, Pasaxon Newspaper reports. He was accompanied at the meeting by Minister of […]