Visitors to a temple in Bangkok, Thailand (Photo: Xinhua/VNA) Bangkok (NNT/VNA) - The Department of Tourism plans to boost Thailand’s tourism through promoting community-based tourism with better facilities in local attractions and villages. The Director-General of the Department of Tourism, Anan Wongbenjarat, opened a community-based tourism network seminar on Thursday at the Tawana Bangkok hotel, where he gave a lecture on the department's roles on tourism development. Mr. Anan said his department this year will further promote community-based tourism and its standards, namely tourism management by community members; economic, social, and livelihood management; cultural heritage conservation and promotion; sustainable natural resources and environment management; tourism services quality; and public relations promotion. The Tourism Department is aiming to push Thailand as a global quality tourism destination with a balanced growth based on Thai-ness, using tourism growth … [Read more...] about Thai Tourism Dept plans to improve facilities to boost tourism
The HCMC Department of Tourism has proposed the city government allow foreign cruise ships to keep their casinos and duty-free shops open while visiting the city. Foreign tourists on a visit to Can Gio District, HCMC In Danang and Thua Thien-Hue, international cruise vessels can provide all its services for their passengers while they are at anchor, the department said. Early last year, the central coast city of Danang permitted foreign cruise ships to offer services like casinos and duty-free shops. Recently, neighboring Thua Thien-Hue Province followed suit. Domestic firms which provide services for foreign cruise ships said there are no regulations banning these services at the moment. More than 20 years ago, when customs officers went on board foreign cruise ships for checks, they always ordered the vessels to close their casinos and duty-free shops for fear of smuggling. The HCMC Tourism Department included the proposal in a report on development orientations and … [Read more...] about HCMC tourism dept proposes permitting casinos on board foreign cruise vessels
Depts asked to manage foreign rep-offices (06-07-2005) HCM CITY — HCM City’s Trade Department has called for co-operation from the relevant departments of Planning and Investment, Taxation, Justice and Police to put management measures in place on foreign representative offices and branches in the city. The city’s trade department reported that as many as 2,388 representative offices and 26 branches of foreign businesses have been granted permission to operate in the second city. A recent inspection of the department and relevant authorised offices showed that 32 among 43 investigated offices had "disappeared", and many others had completed procedures to close down or had ceased operations. The inspection report said that some foreign representative offices and branches violated administrative regulations of the State management. These violating offices and branches didn’t announce their business activities or announced their operation later than regulated after … [Read more...] about Depts asked to manage foreign rep-offices
The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore scheduled commercial airline service between the two countries, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday on the one-year anniversary of the Cold War foes' decision to normalize relations. The deal, the result of months of negotiations, paves the way for U.S. airlines to sell flights to Cuba directly from their websites and for greater tourism and business on the communist-ruled island. Scheduled commercial flight service had been suspended for decades as a result of Cold War animosity, although charter flights connected the countries in the interim. The State Department said in a statement the arrangement "will continue to allow charter operations and establish scheduled air service, which will facilitate an increase in authorized travel, enhance traveler choices and promote people-to-people links between the two countries." President Barack Obama relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba earlier this year. That has led to a boom in U.S. … [Read more...] about U.S., Cuba to resume scheduled commercial airline service -State Dept.
Organizers of the Tourism Progress and Peace Conference announced today that an internationally-acclaimed panel of university professors will be the featured keynote speakers at the conference set for March 24-26, 2011 at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel. The announcement was made by event organizers: TravelTalkMEDIA and the International Centre for Peace through Tourism Research. During the three-day conference, noted tourism and hospitality scholars will deliver presentations and keynote speeches to attendees. Presenters include Michael Hall, Department of Management, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, editor of the journal “Current Issues in Tourism;” Abraham Pizam, Rosen College of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, editor of “Journal of Hospitality Management;” Vincent Platenkamp, director, of the “Center for Cross Cultural Understanding,” NHTV University of Professional Education, Breda, The … [Read more...] about Leading tourism and hospitality scholars contribute expertise at Tourism Progress and Peace Conference