Top 2019 picks for SE Asia

Inbound travel agents from the 10 ASEAN member countries pick the hottest adventure, nature and culinary attractions that are on their radar this yearCanoei

Cashing in on tourism boom

Thailand’s tourism boom has caught the attention of some of the country’s biggest companies, which have set up offshoots to ramp up investment in the hospitality sector.

Picking up the marketing slack

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.

Too many (unregulated) rooms?

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.

Up in arms against human trafficking

With sexual exploitation and modern slavery still rearing its prevalent head in the Asia-Pacific, authorities are joining forces with the tourism sector to stem the tide of human trafficking. By Rosa Ocampo

A different look at Thailand

Thailand wants to introduce new areas and provinces to the world, and keep the country a preferred destination for new and repeat visitors alike.

The changing face of Cambodia’s tourism

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.

Dark clouds over Hong Kong’s future

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.

Build and they will come

More hotel rooms are coming to the UAE, but growing visitor numbers and new demand generators are expected to keep the market buoyant.

Melaka entices the world

Eager to meet its tourism goals, Melaka is reinventing itself with new attractions and world-class events; positive first quarter results show its initiatives are working.

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