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Southeast Asia’s biggest travel app plans regional fintech expansion before 2021...

SINGAPORE — Traveloka, Southeast Asia’s largest online travel startup, plans to launch financial services in Thailand and Vietnam as it eyes a US listing through a blank-check company, its president said.

[B-SIDE Podcast] No vaccine, will travel?

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6PgBxtcqF9SFg9EITSkOqf Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side The tourism and hospitality industry is focusing on the domestic market since pandemic-related restrictions have hamstrung international travel. While the...

Over 2,000 km of tourism roads completed – DPWH

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Friday reported the completion of a number of road projects which aim to improve access...

Klook pushes domestic tourism to help combat ‘wanderlust withdrawal’

Travel and leisure booking platform Klook has partnered with domestic destinations and local tourism organizations to offer Filipinos a way to combat “wanderlost”—or wanderlust withdrawal.

Thailand sold itself as a paradise COVID retreat — no one...

It’s hard to imagine a more luxurious place to spend two weeks of quarantine than the Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas in Thailand, where visitors are pampered in private residences that can have their own pool and courtyard.

Airlines try ultra-cheap fares to get the world flying again

The nightmare year of 2020 brought the airline industry’s first decade of sustained profitability to a shuddering halt. The coronavirus pandemic tore through in a tumultuous, unprecedented way, leaving carriers in a deep hole, along with a constellation of aerospace manufacturers, airports, and leasing firms.

Senate to inquire into state of local tourism amid virus

A SENATOR has filed a resolution to look into the status of ecotourism sites in the country amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Foreigners who leave PH beginning December 17 will be allowed to...

The government’s task force against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) approved the re-entry of foreigners with permanent residence visas to the Philippines subject to certain...

Domestic tourism in Southeast Asia: Opportunities and pathways

SOUTHEAST ASIAN COUNTRIES have been particularly cautious in opening their borders to international travelers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, and international tourism has collapsed as a result. The economic and social consequences have been severe. In Thailand, for example — where tourism contributed close to 18% of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019 — the Tourism Authority of Thailand predicts just 6.7 million tourists in 2020 and 8 million in 2021. Similar figures abound in other countries.

COVID scare on cruise shows perils of resuming tourism

THE OPTIMISM on display just two months ago when Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung pledged to reopen the city-state and its tourism-reliant economy has taken a beating after a possible local coronavirus case was found aboard one of Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd.’s ships.

China tells cabin crew to wear diapers on risky COVID flights

China’s aviation regulator is recommending cabin crew on charter flights to high-risk COVID-19 destinations wear disposable diapers and avoid using the bathroom to reduce the risk of infection.

Study links Japan’s domestic travel campaign to increased COVID-19 symptoms

TOKYO — Researchers in Japan found a higher incidence of COVID-19 symptoms among people who have participated in a domestic travel campaign promoted by...

Singapore ‘cruise-to-nowhere’ turns back after COVID-19 case aboard

SINGAPORE — A passenger aboard a Royal Caribbean “cruise-to-nowhere” from Singapore has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing around 2,000 guests to be quarantined in...

COVID-19’s widespread disruptions and accelerations

Recent transformations across industries explored in breakout sessions By Adrian Paul B. Conoza, Special Features Writer The impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has...

DoT, DoLE call on tourism workers to avail of financial aid

TOURISM workers affected by the closure or scaled-down operations of establishments can now avail of financial help through the expanded aid program under the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, the Department of Tourism (DoT) announced Monday.

China’s COVID-free ‘Hawaii’ chases local tourist dollar with a vengeance

SANYA, China — Millions of domestic tourists are descending on China’s southernmost island province of Hainan, presenting a surreal contrast with grim hospital scenes,...

Philippine tourism faces bleak 2021 amid virus

THE OUTLOOK for tourism next year remains bleak, with the Philippines struggling to contain a coronavirus pandemic and travelers awaiting the development of a vaccine, according to the Institute of International Finance (IIF), an industry trade association.

Tourism training to be added to school curriculum

THE Department of Education  has agreed to add tourism and hospitality industry training to the high school curriculum, the Department of Tourism said.The new courses will be added to the technical and vocational curriculum for junior and senior high school in the public school system.

Royal Caribbean suspends cruises through year-end

Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Group said on Monday it would stop all its cruises through the end of the year, extending previous suspensions, as...

Inbound int’l tourism may pick up starting late 2021

THE Philippines may only see a significant rise foreign tourist arrivals starting late 2021 or early 2022 as uncertainty over the pandemic continues, Fitch Ratings said.

Thailand welcomes backs tourists after April virus ban as political protests...

BANGKOK — Thailand received a group of tourists from China on Tuesday, its first such arrivals since a ban on commercial flights was imposed...

Tourism expects recovery next year

THE Philippine tourism industry could expect some recovery by the first quarter of 2021, the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) said.

With foreign tourists gone, Balinese rediscover seaweed farming

NUSA LEMBONGAN, Indonesia — Before the coronavirus pandemic took its grip on Indonesia, the pristine beaches of Lembongan island lapped by the Indian Ocean...

Local units have final say on travel limits, Tourism agency says

LOCAL governments in Metro Manila will have the final say on local restrictions even after lockdown measures eased by the National Government, according to the Tourism department.

Tourism promoters hoping for realistic return from trade show

THE government’s tourism promotions arm said it is hoping to generate “realistic” revenue from its trade show in Bohol next week.

Need a visa to visit the US? Expect much longer wait...

The US agency in charge of processing immigration applications said on Tuesday that it had avoided a planned furlough of 70% of its staff...

Beach holidays for some in China, belt tightening for others

The recovery in China’s consumption is moving in two different directions, with the wealthier shopping for luxury goods and taking holidays to the beach, while poorer households continue to cut back.

Swiss tourism says stay home, travel later — but keep us...

A YEAR AGO, a video promoting tourism to a certain country or location would have been intended to lure people to the place — showing its amazing scenery, its friendly people, and good food. Switzerland’s most recent video includes the usual, only this time, the country is encouraging potential tourists to stay home, be safe, and travel later.

Thailand seeking ways to safely reopen borders to boost economy

THAILAND is cautiously looking at plans to reopen its borders as it struggles to survive an extended period without international visitors, who account for about two-thirds of the country’s tourism income.

Global travel on ice until mid-2021, Qantas chief says

International travel won’t resume until mid-2021 as coronavirus flareups keep borders closed, Qantas Airways Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Alan Joyce said. Routes to the US...

Coronavirus forces tourism rethink in world’s most visited city

BANGKOK — Bangkok tourist destination Khao San Road is usually heaving with people on weekends, its cheap beer bars, tattoo parlors, street vendors, hostels,...

US lifts global health coronavirus travel advisory

WASHINGTON — The US State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention on Thursday lifted global advisories recommending US citizens avoid all...

Tourism industry backs ‘bubble’ strategy of direct flights to destinations, bypassing...

THE tourism industry said it is backing a “tourism bubble” strategy to allow visitors to bypass high-risk areas like Metro Manila, after yet another lockdown cut off flight service from the capital.

No ‘zero risk’ in international travel, WHO says

Countries should gradually lift international travel measures based on a thorough risk assessment and must prioritize essential travel for emergencies, the World Health Organization...

Second COVID-19 wave forces new travel curbs around the globe

SYDNEY/LONDON — Nations in Asia imposed new restrictions on Monday, while an abrupt British quarantine on travelers from Spain threw Europe’s summer reopening into...

Tourism investment in 2019 at P569B

INVESTMENT in tourism totaled P569.09 billion in 2019, providing a pre-pandemic baseline for spending in an industry expected to undergo a long recovery in the next few years.

Philippines reimposes ban on non-essential travel abroad

The Philippines is suspending its decision to allow non-essential overseas travel, after only one company agreed to provide health insurance to outbound passengers.

Travel firms brace for huge losses

MOST tourism-related businesses in the Philippines expect revenue losses of over 50% this year, amid travel restrictions and business closures due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a survey from PwC Philippines/Isla Lipana & Co. showed.

Big majority of Japanese reject gov’t tourism campaign amid new coronavirus...

TOKYO — Most people in Japan are against government plans to kickstart domestic tourism with a subsidized campaign, according to newspaper surveys published on Monday, as fears grow over the number of new coronavirus cases, particularly in Tokyo.

Tourism recovery to be gradual; small firms struggling to survive

THE recovery in the tourism industry will be gradual and will depend on how well governments arrest the spread of infection, though the industry is expected to report significant losses over the full year, according to the International Institute of Finance (IIF).

The virus is still sapping China’s $6 trillion power to consume

Three months after China started to emerge from its coronavirus restrictions, its army of shoppers that help power the global economy are still nervous of travel, reticent to spend, and forming habits that may change the face of consumption permanently.

Singapore finds staycations can’t fill $20-B tourism hole

IN INDONESIA, locals can soon fly from Jakarta to the beaches of Bali for a domestic vacation. Tokyo residents can escape the pandemic stress with a hike up Mount Fuji, and New Yorkers can head to the Hamptons on Long Island.

Tourism contribution to national output in 2019 biggest since at least...

By Lourdes O. Pilar, Researcher THE TOURISM industry's contribution to the economy grew in 2019, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) data released on Friday showed. Preliminary data...

2018 tourism statistics hint at losses to come

THE Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) now estimates tourism’s contribution to the economy in 2018 at nearly an eighth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), pointing to the magnitude of the expected setback this year with travel devastated by the pandemic.

Rescue plan should aid firms pivoting out of tourism industry —...

THE tourism industry may include firms that have no option but to exit the industry, and the government’s recovery plan should support such companies, a think tank official said.