The Effect of COVID-19 on International Tourism in Thailand

International Arrivals in Thailand are down by 75% so far in 2020 as the continued COVID-19 pandemic and the associated lockdown continues to impact tourism which accounts for around 20% of the country’s GDP. Read about the impact on Global and Southeast Asia tourism and hopes for recovery here That is according to statistical dataContinue reading “The Effect of COVID-19 on International Tourism in Thailand”

International Tourism May Not Recover Until 2022

Tourism in Southeast Asia has been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with international arrivals down by 74% in the first 8 months of the year. The figures for May to August were even worse for the region where there were declines of 98%. That is according to a press release issued by theContinue reading “International Tourism May Not Recover Until 2022”

Will Rapid COVID Tests Allow Tourism to Restart?

Pharmacy Boots have today announced today (26th October) that they will start to make a 12 minute COVID test available in select UK stores to people who are not showing symptoms. Meanwhile last week Heathrow Airport announced pre-departure raid testing facilities in Terminals 2 and 5. Is rapid testing the answer that international tourism hasContinue reading “Will Rapid COVID Tests Allow Tourism to Restart?”

Travel from Europe to Singapore to Open

Singapore and Germany announced on 23rd October that a Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) scheme had been agreed between the two countries. The RGL will enable essential travel for business or official purposes, via direct flights between both countries. The start date and details of the scheme have not yet been announced. Singapore already has RGLContinue reading “Travel from Europe to Singapore to Open”

Vietnam Preparing to Open to Tourists

Sorry for the slightly misleading headline but this is the most promising news from Vietnam for foreign tourists for a long time. The increasing activity to promote Vietnam and demonstrate safety for visitors seems to be the first steps in building demand when borders do re-open. I hope this is true, I am meant toContinue reading “Vietnam Preparing to Open to Tourists”

Malindo Air: Cuts and Scams

Malindo Air (Malindo Airways Sdn Bhd) is a “hybrid” airline based in Selangor in Malaysia. The airline was reported to have 14 Boeing 737-800, 6 Boeing 737-900ER and 13 ATR 72-600 planes flying routes throughout Malaysia, Asia and Australia. Downsizing and Job Cuts Numerous sources are reporting that Malindo Air is to cut around 2,200Continue reading “Malindo Air: Cuts and Scams”

Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines COVID woes

The airline industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Southeast Asia airline market has been particularly hit hard. We have already published more information on airlines in the region in our article on Southeast Asia Airlines. Cathay Pacific Cathay Pacific have announced the closure of its regional carrier Cathay Dragon andContinue reading “Cathay Pacific and Malaysia Airlines COVID woes”

October South East Asia Flight Tracker

We have previously published the best flight prices for a number of UK to South East Asia Routes in our July and August Flight Monitor series of posts and our September Flight Tracker. We also featured South East Asia airlines, the effect that COVID-19 has had on them and their plans for the future inContinue reading “October South East Asia Flight Tracker”

Top 20 Mistakes When Flying Part 2

Here is part 2 of our list of the Top 20 Mistakes When Flying and some tips to avoid making them again. Part 1 is available here. 11. Not Preparing for the Worse Thankfully baggage does not go missing that often. But it does happen. A little bit of forward thinking can reduce the painContinue reading “Top 20 Mistakes When Flying Part 2”

50 Not Out

No this is not a post on cricket (50 not out is a cricket term), instead it is a celebration of reaching 50 posts since we launched in July. Here we look back at some of our, and your, favourite posts as we head towards our next 50. Where It All Began The very firstContinue reading “50 Not Out”