Cebu (Philippines) – July 21, 2017 ( – Thailand-based, global hospitality company Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC), one of the Philippines’ leading real estate companies, to operate the Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu, a five-star resort situated on the northern peninsula of Mactan island. This resort is slated […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 19, 2017 ( – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently held the annual TAT Action Plan for 2018 meeting, which covers both international and domestic tourism. TAT’s marketing plan 2018 has been designed to serve the purpose of generating revenue and increase visitor arrivals, promote new ideas and follow the […]

Madrid (Spain) – July 17, 2017 ( – The Headquarters of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in Madrid has hosted a meeting of experts to discuss measures the fight against child sexual exploitation in the tourism sector. The initiative is coordinated by ECPAT International with the support of the government of The Netherlands. Despite international […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 15, 2017 (travelindex) – Enjoy a fantastic escape in the heart of Bangkok with a “Take a Breather” Package at Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien with rates starting from THB 4,910++ for Athénée Room, an elegant award-winning Thai colonial décor coupled with the latest in-room technology, inclusive of 20% food […]

Madrid (Spain) – July 15, 2017 ( – International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 6% in January-April of 2017 compared to the same period last year, with business confidence reaching its highest levels in a decade. Sustained growth in most major destinations and a steady rebound in others drove results. Prospects for May-August 2017 remain […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – July 16, 2017 ( – The discussion in last week’s tourism report regarding the proposed ring-road from Anse Lazio to Mont Plaisir on Praslin sparked a lot of outrage and support for the Talma family. Other feedback from last week’s Issue consisted of more shared stories of the struggles being experienced […]

Hong Kong – July 13, 2017 ( – The School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is ranked No. 1 in the world, according to ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2017. This is further proof of the SHTM’s commitment to achieving global excellence in hospitality and […]

Geneva (Switzerland) – July 14, 2017 ( – Tourism can make a strong contribution to the economies of Least Developed Countries where the sector is a major exporter concludes the report ‘Tourism for Sustainable Development in Least Developed Countries’ launched on the occasion of the Aid for Trade Review held in Geneva. The report was […]

Male (Maldives) – July 14, 2017 ( – Travel industry professionals in the Maldives are now better placed to promote effectively this idyllic destination, thanks to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). The inaugural PATA Human Capacity Building Programme in the Maldives was staged this week in conjunction with the Maldives Association of Travel Agents […]

Chiang Mai (Thailand) – July 12, 2017 (travelindex) – Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to invite tourists to conserve Thai traditional cloth culture at Thai Silk Festival. Meet Thai Silk Exhibition, Thai silk from each region of Thailand and tourist information of Thai Silk Villages. There are also Thai silk fashion show from […]

Singapore (Singapore) – July 12, 2017 (travelindex) – ITB Asia, Asia’s Leading Travel Trade Show, has seen successful buyer programme partnerships for 2017 following the increased involvement of exhibitors this year, with 90% of recommended buyers targeted to attend the event. This year there has been an increase in the number of hotel groups participating […]

Miami, Florida (United States) – July 11, 2017 ( – Demand for golf travel across the globe is expected to grow for the foreseeable future, but at a slower pace than in recent years, due in part to limits on supply in popular golf destinations. That was the key message from leading golf tourism organisation […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – July 11, 2017 ( – Last week’s editorial prompted much feedback from my loyal readers. One key point that was raised by many readers was the general and pervasive loss of respect for one another in the country. This was highlighted by stories of the deplorable and reprehensible behaviour of some […]

Bel-Ombre (Mauritius) – July 7, 2017 ( – Avani Hotels & Resorts is delighted to announce the development of its first hotel in Mauritius located along a stretch of the island’s unspoilt south coast. When it opens in 2021, the 150-key beachfront AVANI Bel-Ombre Mauritius Resort & Spa will offer the best of both worlds, […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 6, 2017 ( – Thailand’s Northeastern or Isan province of Nakhon Phanom has been chosen as the host venue for the Mekong Tourism Forum (MTF) 2018. The Ministry of Tourism and Sports proposed Nakhon Phanom as an ideal host venue for the event because the province’s eastern border is the Mekong […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 7, 2017 ( – Thailand’s six-million-strong Muslim population and growing range of Muslim-friendly products and services are playing an important role in catering to the rising number of tourists and visitors from all around the world, a group of Thai-Muslim travel professionals have noted. Speaking at an exclusive resinar (newly-coined shorthand […]

Koh Mak (Thailand) – July 7, 2017 ( – Here is a unique chance to create your own paradise on the unspoilt Thai island of Koh Mak, a short flight and ferry ride from Bangkok. The Siam Royal View Group, who have successfully launched resorts in neighboring Koh Chang and Pattaya, are offering a prime […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – July 6, 2017 ( – PATA’s Bangkok headquarters has retained its EarthCheck Silver-level Sustainability Certification for a second consecutive year. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) head office team worked with guidance from EarthCheck, a leading scientific benchmarking, certification and advisory group for the travel and tourism industry, in the collection and […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – July 4, 2017 ( – Last week we spoke in our editorial about Tourism and the importance of understanding this industry. This prompted a lot of feedback from the local tourism trade and interestingly also from staff who depend on tourism for a living. The environmental lobby groups also took time […]

Siem Reap (Cambodia) – July 4, 2017 ( – Artisans Angkor is a semi-public Cambodian company which aims at promoting and reviving Khmer Arts and Crafts. As a natural offshoot of the Chantiers Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle (CEFP) created in 1992 to give professional skills to young rural people, Artisans Angkor was designed at the […]

Dubrovnik (Croatia) – July 7, 2017 ( – Renowned Croatian cellist Ana Rucner has welcomed the first day of Summer with a unique and spectacular concert on Srd mountain in Dubrovnik. She is internationally known for her innovative projects, having gained more than 30 local and worldwide awards. This is the sixth year of her […]

Krabi (Thailand) – July 4, 2017 (travelindex) – Newly opened five-star resort The ShellSea, located on the beachfront adjacent to the famed Fossil Shell Beach in Krabi, is an ideal wedding destination offering privacy along with a romantic frontage on the Andaman Sea. There are two wedding packages available, one for Western weddings and the […]

Los Angeles, California (United States) – July 3, 2017 (travelindex) – Cachet Hospitality Group (CHG) is pleased to introduce its new executive team that will lead the company as it rapidly grows its portfolio across Asia. With a combined decades of experience in hospitality, brand development and industry innovation, Kimy Chen, Wouter Banning and Jitsak […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – June 28, 2017 (travelindex) – Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) pleases both Thai and foreign tourists who are enchanted with the Thai tradition to prepare for backpacking all year round. Lately, more than 20 superb tourist activities are arranged throughout June and July in order to create a flow of Thailand festival […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – June 27, 2017 (travelindex) – Best Western Hotels & Resorts is celebrating after 13 of its Asian hotels achieved the 2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Reflecting the company’s proud commitment to guest satisfaction and service excellence, Best Western hotels in Thailand, Japan, The Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar all achieved the Certificate of […]

Victoria, Mahe (Seychelles) – June 26, 2017 ( – In the ever-evolving field of tourism, it is integral that we understand the industry. All too often we hear political leaders discussing tourism, oblivious of the real challenges faced by the tourism trade and the effects on those working tirelessly in the industry. Tourism is not […]

Phu Quoc (Vietnam) – June 26, 2017 (travelindex) – With the growing popularity of culinary-based travel and self-professed foodies, it’s no surprise that food-inspired accommodation is also on the rise. Tropical Asia is arguably leading the way with an array of unique and flavorful destinations, from hotels offering modern fusion cuisine to boutiques offering unique […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – June 23, 2017 ( – A new study released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) showcases that Travel & Tourism in Thailand is one of the strongest performing sectors out of nine sectors researched in the study. The WTTC Benchmarking Report 2017 compares Travel & Tourism to eight other sectors, […]

Alain St.Ange was the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine. He resigned from his Ministerial position in December 2016 to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO but his candidacy was abruptly pulled out of the race by the Seychelles Government only two days before the elections following […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – June 23, 2017 (travelindex) – The Rang Mahal restaurant at the luxury 407-room Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok has won the prestigious Editor’s Choice Award for Indian cuisine at the 19th Bangkok’s Best Restaurant awards. The Rang Mahal was selected by a panel of five judges, with 12 to 23 nominees in each category, […]

Manila (Philippines) – June 22, 2017 ( – Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP and Co-founder of SUNx writes from Manilla at the 6th UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics: Measuring Sustainable Tourism. “It feels good to be back in Manilla for more fun in the Philippines. Not the usual description of a UN Statistics […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – June 20, 2017 ( – Asset World Corporation, a member of TCC Group, one of Thailand’s prominent conglomerates, receives 17 winning awards from the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2017-2018, including Best Large Hotel, Asia Pacific – Phuket Marriott Resort and Spa NaiYang Beach; Best City Hotel, Asia Pacific – Bangkok Marriott Marquis […]

Havana (Cuba) – June 20, 2017 ( – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) expresses its firm resentment over the recently-announced decision by the United States Administration to restore travel restrictions with Cuba. “This represents a step backwards and a strong attack on the freedom of travel,” said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai. “This decision will have […]

Bangkok (Thailand) – June 22, 2017 ( – Dark White, the duo DJs and event organizer specialized in DISCO, HOUSE, BOOGIE, EDITS & RARE GROOVES with a mission to bring good music to both local and international audience in Thailand, has announced “Merci et Adieu” (Thank you and farewell), one final event to honor the […]

Luang Prabang (Lao PDR) – June 19, 2017 ( – Nearly 400 travel and tourism industry professionals exchanged lessons and experiences to promote competitive, inclusive, and sustainable tourism at the 2017 Mekong Tourism Forum, held on 5–9 June in Luang Prabang, Laos. Hosted by the Luang Prabang Provincial Government and the Ministry of Information, Culture […]