It’s Time for Tourism in ASEAN to Grow Up

The World Economic Forum East Asia debate on tourism will take place in Bangkok on May 31. The deliberations will tell us how serious the tourism industry in the Mekong region and Asean is about becoming more professional, integrating and growing up a bit. A live televised TV debate entitled “Driving Growth Through Travel and Tourism” will take place […]

Big Decisions on Myanmar’s Road to the Future

April 1, 2012 by | Filed Under: Hot Topic, Regional News

On April 1 Myanmar held by-elections that saw Aung San Suu Kyi re-elected to parliament. Let us pause for a second to consider the tumultuous journey Myanmar has been on in the last year.  And also consider what this may mean for the people of Myanmar and tourism.  Here’s a guest blog by long-term Southeast […]

The 10 Big Tourism Issues That Need to be Addressed in the Greater Mekong Region

Ahead of the Mekong Tourism Forum on 27-28 May 2011 in Laos, Khiri Travel asked its country managers in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam to identify the unnecessary obstacles to growth currently impacting tourism across the Greater Mekong Region. They identified 10 issues ranging from practical operational matters to marketing, branding and political concerns. Khiri Travel […]

April in Thailand: Red-faced PM, Red Shirts and Wet Shirts

April 12, 2009 by | Filed Under: Festivals, Hot Topic, Regional News

It’s Songkran in Thailand, Thai New Year. The most widely celebrated holiday of the year that sees Thais traveling back to their hometowns. Businesses close, often for 3 or 4 days (Khiri Travel closes on 13 April, but can still be reached on its emergency numbers) and Thais are going to the temple to make […]