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Phu Quoc billed as next Phuket

The beach vendor sets down a thick bamboo cane, laden at either end with heavy hanging baskets of mangoes and coconuts, which she has been balancing on her shoulder.

With deft precision, she peels and cuts the ripe mango, handing it to the tourist before lifting the cane back on to her shoulder and walking on down the beach, a tiny figure wearing a conical hat and carrying what looks like an outsized weighing scale.

This is just one of the regular […]

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IHG debuts in Laos with the opening of Crowne Plaza Vientiane

SINGAPORE – InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) announces the opening of a new 197-room Crowne Plaza Vientiane in Laos, marking the group’s entry into the country.

Nestled in the heart of Vientiane along Samsenthai Road, a short 10-minute drive from Wattay International Airport, Crowne Plaza Vientiane is the first internationally branded upscale hotel in the capital city offering quality accommodation and a comprehensive range of facilities to meet the needs of business and leisure travellers to Laos.

The hotel is ideal for meetings […]

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BHMAsia to open eight hotels as Asian expansion accelerates

BHMAsia, the Bangkok-based hotel group, is planning to following up its record year in 2016 with the opening of multiple new properties this year.

The company, which operates the X2, X2 Vibe and Away brands, secured deals for 15 new hotels last year, covering Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia and adding 1,200 new keys. Once all these hotels open they will double the company’s current inventory.

And looking ahead to the coming year, BHMAsia said it intends to open eight new hotels in […]

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Vietnam on track for tourism boom

HANOI, 2 February 2017: Vietnam National Administration of Tourism estimates the country welcomed 1,007,238 international visitors in January representing an increase of 23.6% over the same month last year.

Vietnam is now recognised as a fast emerging market in ASEAN for both inbound and outbound travel.

China was the top supply market with 247,621 visits improving 67.9%. Other top performers were South Korea, the United States, Japan and Russia.

Thailand’s outbound travel market ranked ninth, supplying 29,015 visits up 16.7% over the same […]

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Vietnam launches e-visas for visitors from 40 countries

Nationals of eligible countries will be able to apply for a 30-day single-entry e-visa starting February 1.

The Vietnamese government has announced a two-year pilot plan to launch an electronic visa system for foreign tourists visiting the country.

Under a government directive released in late January, citizens from 40 countries will be eligible to apply for the e-visas starting on February 1. Included on the list are China, Japan, South Korea, the U.S., the U.K., Germany and Sweden, all major […]

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Vietnam to push marine tourism

KHANH HOA: Khanh Hoa People’s Committee says it will brand the Vietnamese province as a marine destination focusing on sea and island tourism to boost the economy.

The committee ‘s permanent vice-chairman, Tran Son Hai, said creating a master plan to guide expansion in a sustainable manner was now a priority.

“We need to focus on our assets, which are sea and island tourist products,” he said.

Vietnam’s tourism officials are keen to expand tourism beyond the main cities with marine-based tourism identified […]

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