With details of the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign remaining scant, Malaysia’s travel trade is hardly resting on their laurels but ploughing bullishly ahead with their own promotional efforts.
In spite of increased tourist arrivals to the country, hotel occupancies in Malaysia have fallen. Much of the blame has landed on the influx of short-term rentals, a sector which remains unregulated.
Intelligent retail promises a future of predictive and customised bookings, changing the ways that travellers shop and buy their trips and holidays. But that also means big changes are necessary for travel agencies in their thinking and strategy to remain relevant and survive an ever-evolving wave of technological disruption.
As Cambodia continues its aggressive pursuit for the yuan and arrivals from China continue to rise exponentially, questions are being raised about the impact on the country’s overall tourism landscape.
Sarawak is lining up a series of campaigns and partnerships to entice Europeans back to the destination, which has been impacted by a slew of cuts in air services in the last few years.
As the Hong Kong economy heads towards a perfect storm of escalating China-US trade war and worsening domestic political unrest, the uncertainty of what comes next is keeping many businesses on the edge. The question is no longer about whether tourism would be affected, but how deep this crisis would cut the once-thriving sector.
For a sector more used to western guest preferences, hospitality players in Mauritius are working hard to adjust their offerings and roll out efforts to woo the up-and-coming Asian market.