Ep 186: The Top 8 Travel & Tourism Talking Points in South East Asia in August 2023

About This Episode

28 Aug 2023 • 32m12s

From 4.4 million to 15.4 million. Thailand is way out in front in South East Asia for year-to-date visitors in 2023 vs 2022. Two-thirds through 2023, Gary and Hannah look back to compare the progress for visitor arrivals in 7 ASEAN nations.

We also discuss 8 other key talking points from August, as the summer holiday season subsides and the region prepares for the Chinese Golden Week in October. En route, we discuss new developments in ASEAN’s cross-border payments programme, and assess the outlook in Thailand as a new Prime Minister vows to prioritise tourism.

We question why visa challenges still endure in some countries long after the region reopened for travel. Plus, will Japan’s new LCC create more travel to or from Thailand when it launches its first route to Bangkok in early 2024? Finally, we ask how Bhutan’s halving of its Sustainable Development Fee for visitors could impact tourism pricing in South East Asia.

Is there a breakpoint whereby tourists say “No, we are not prepared to pay that” for sustainable travel experiences?

View All Episodes

Latest Episodes Catch up with the pods you may have missed

Play
4 Apr 2024 • 31m26s

Ep 208: The Top 8 Travel & Tourism Talking Points in South East Asia in March 2024

Well, we’ve completed the first quarter of 2024 – where did that go? March was another frenetic month, with plenty of travel and tourism news, statistics, announcements and pronouncements. So where is South East Asia at exactly 2 years after the region began to reopen after the pandemic? Gary and Hannah discuss March’s Top 8 talking points, with stop-offs in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and China. En route, we analyse potential legislative shifts for Marriage Equality and Casino Gaming in Thailand, Singapore’s World’s Best MICE City campaign and Vietnam’s Q1 arrivals surpassing the same 2019 period.
Play
2 Apr 2024 • 19m35s

Ep 207: The Best Bits from The South East Asia Travel Show in March 2024

Welcome to our new monthly mini-roundup of the key moments from The South East Asia Travel Show’s recent editions. The March rewind features red-hot talking points including ASEAN’s domestic and international flight recovery, Indonesia’s most popular outbound destinations, the opportunities for adventure travel in Laos and China’s remarkable inbound tourism policy shift. We also discuss Thailand’s Prime Minister becoming the nation’s pre-eminent tourism salesman, and the passing on of travel costs to tourists and travellers around the region.