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Asia Travel Hotspots Quiet as Chinese Tourists Stay Away
January 25, 2023

Asia Travel Hotspots Quiet as Chinese Tourists Stay Away

By Tassanee Vejpongsa and Elaine Kurtenbach
Bali and Chiang Mai are the busiest they have been since the pandemic struck three years ago, but they're still relatively quiet.

Thai Tourism Recovery On Track as International Arrivals Jump
January 25, 2023

Thai Tourism Recovery On Track as International Arrivals Jump

By Sebastian Strangio
The country welcomed 11.15 million foreign visitors in 2022, up from just 428,000 the previous year.
Bali Welcomes Chinese Flight After Long COVID-19 Hiatus
January 23, 2023

Bali Welcomes Chinese Flight After Long COVID-19 Hiatus

By Sebastian Strangio
Indonesian authorities are hoping that the return of Chinese visitors will mark the beginning of the end for the island's long COVID-19 slump.

Southeast Asia Prepares to Welcome Back Chinese Tourists
January 04, 2023

Southeast Asia Prepares to Welcome Back Chinese Tourists

By Sebastian Strangio
Unlike the U.S., Japan, and many other nations, most Southeast Asian governments are choosing to impose no new restrictions on the expected influx of Chinese nationals.

Thai Tourism Sector Has Turned a Corner, Senior Officials Say
September 20, 2022

Thai Tourism Sector Has Turned a Corner, Senior Officials Say

By Sebastian Strangio
The country is aiming to attract more than 30 million tourists in 2023, but its success may depend on the future of China's "zero-COVID" policy.

Indonesia Lifts Quarantine Requirements for International Travelers
March 22, 2022

Indonesia Lifts Quarantine Requirements for International Travelers

By Sebastian Strangio
In recent months, Southeast Asian nations have begun stripping away pandemic-era travel restrictions. But tourism recovery is likely to be slow.

Philippines Fully Opens to Foreign Visitors After Nearly 2 Years
February 10, 2022

Philippines Fully Opens to Foreign Visitors After Nearly 2 Years

By Sebastian Strangio
The move, which follows a sudden easing of COVID-19 infections, will deliver a much-needed jolt to the nation's tourism industry.
Indonesia Sets Date for Full Bali Tourism Opening
February 01, 2022

Indonesia Sets Date for Full Bali Tourism Opening

By Sebastian Strangio
The move, along with similar steps in Thailand and the Philippines, could mark the beginning of the end of the great Southeast Asian tourism recession.

Laos Prepares to Welcome Foreign Tourists From January 1
December 20, 2021

Laos Prepares to Welcome Foreign Tourists From January 1

By Sebastian Strangio
The limited opening ends an 18-month shutdown that has had serious impacts on the country's economy.

Across Southeast Asia, Countries Reopen Borders In Time For Holidays
November 16, 2021

Across Southeast Asia, Countries Reopen Borders In Time For Holidays

By Alifah Zainuddin
Southeast Asian countries are taking a cautious approach to restart tourism.

Doubling Down on Tourism Today will Constrain Cambodia’s Policy Options Tomorrow
October 13, 2021

Doubling Down on Tourism Today will Constrain Cambodia’s Policy Options Tomorrow

By Nay Darlin
COVID-19 has given Cambodia an opportunity to rethink its reliance on tourism. Will the government take it?
Why Vietnam Is Pushing Ahead With the Phu Quoc Tourism Sandbox
September 21, 2021

Why Vietnam Is Pushing Ahead With the Phu Quoc Tourism Sandbox

By James Guild
Some Asian nations' headlong push to restart tourism is a function of deeper structural imbalances in the global political economy.

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