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Southeast Asia Tourism Recovery Prospects

Forecasts from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) suggest that the number of “international visitor arrivals” in Southeast Asia could return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of 2023, but only in a best-case scenario. Their findings come in the recently published Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts 2021-2023 report which looks at three recovery scenarios fromContinue reading “Southeast Asia Tourism Recovery Prospects”

Industry Body Calls For Reopening Of Southeast Asia Borders

The Bankok Post is reporting that the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA) will call for the reopening of borders among the 10 member states at the 24th meeting of Asean Tourism Ministries next week. ASEANTA, which includes the 10 national tourism organisations together with the private sector, are warning that the sector is on the brinkContinue reading “Industry Body Calls For Reopening Of Southeast Asia Borders”

WTTC Publishes Health and Safety Guidelines For The Travel and Tourism Sector

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has today published major guidelines in association with The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) to help Travel and Tourism organisations implement health and hygiene protocols to help build confidence in the sector. WTTC published a number of guidelines throughout 2020 in response to the Covid-19 pandemicContinue reading “WTTC Publishes Health and Safety Guidelines For The Travel and Tourism Sector”

Singapore Introduces Chinese New Year Restrictions

The Singapore government has announced measures for the Chinese New Year period in an attempt to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections spreading through the community. Concern has been rising in Singapore as the number of community cases, although still low in comparison with other nations, have started to increase. A new set of measuresContinue reading “Singapore Introduces Chinese New Year Restrictions”

Singapore Airlines To Vaccinate All Crew

Singapore Airlines have ambitious plans to be the World’s first international airline to have all of its flight crew and ground workers vaccinated against Covid-19. Plans are underway to inoculate 37,000 front-line aviation and maritime workers within the next two months and are seen as key in reviving Singapore as a key air hub forContinue reading “Singapore Airlines To Vaccinate All Crew”

70% of Destinations Lift Travel Restrictions But Southeast Asia Remains Mostly Closed

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recently published the 8th edition of their UNWTO Travel restrictions Report. The headline figure is that 70% of destinations worldwide had, at least partly, eased the travel restrictions that had been imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The outlook in Southeast Asia is less promising however with AsiaContinue reading “70% of Destinations Lift Travel Restrictions But Southeast Asia Remains Mostly Closed”

Covid-19 Cases in Southeast Asia 3rd December

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause issues throughout the world and Southeast Asia has not escaped its effects. More than 1.2 million cases and 28,000 deaths have so far been recorded in the region. Both are around 2% of the global total. Hard Hit Nations The worst hit country in Southeast Asia is Indonesia whereContinue reading “Covid-19 Cases in Southeast Asia 3rd December”

Southeast Asia Winners at World Travel Awards

We recently reported on the Southeast Asia winners in the Asia category of the World Travel Awards and now we can look at the overall winners. Airlines & Airports World’s Leading Airline to Asia – Singapore Airlines World’s Leading Cultural Airline – Vietnam Airlines World’s Leading Low-cost Airline – AirAsia World’s Leading Low-cost Airline CabinContinue reading “Southeast Asia Winners at World Travel Awards”

Singapore and Hong Kong Travel Bubble Delayed Indefinitely

Low Covid numbers in both Singapore and Hong prompted a joint agreement to allow a two-way travel bubble to operate from 22nd November. However an increase in cases in Hong Kong prompted the bubble to be delayed for two weeks at the last minute, before anyone could make the journey. Now, as cases continue toContinue reading “Singapore and Hong Kong Travel Bubble Delayed Indefinitely”

COVID in Southeast Asia the Facts and Figures

The COVID-19 pandemic has been less severe in many parts of Southeast Asia than was initially feared. Thailand and Vietnam were both seen as at high risk but have both escaped the worst of the pandemic so far. Tourism throughout the region has been hit especially hard as borders across the region were closed inContinue reading “COVID in Southeast Asia the Facts and Figures”

Covid Passport to Help Reopen Borders

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) have announced that they are in the final stages of development of the IATA Travel Pass designed to support the reopening of international borders. IATA have recognised that countries need to open their borders without the need for quarantine for travel to begin to recover. The Travel Pass isContinue reading “Covid Passport to Help Reopen Borders”

Travel Bubbles, Travel Corridors and Green Lanes Explained

We are starting to have to get used to a whole new range of travel terms which can make the prospect of travel even more confusing. These get even more complicated as there is no agreement over the terms used, so different countries will use different terms for the same thing. The reality is thatContinue reading “Travel Bubbles, Travel Corridors and Green Lanes Explained”

How Busy Are Southeast Asia Skies?

We recently looked at the most significant routes throughout Southeast Asia for 2019. How has the pandemic affected the skies over the region? We have used data published by OAG in their most recent overview. November Figures Globally the number of available airline seats in November was more than 239 million, more than 47% lowerContinue reading “How Busy Are Southeast Asia Skies?”

Southeast Asia Flight Price Tracker November 2020

Travel to Southeast Asia is starting to look more promising for 2021 as Singapore and Thailand start to, tentatively, re-open their borders to travellers, generally from select countries. Last month we noticed that prices for a number of routes had started to creep up again, based on March 2021 flights. Prices in September had droppedContinue reading “Southeast Asia Flight Price Tracker November 2020”

Southeast Asia Holidays in 2021 Looking Promising

It has been a hard year for everyone involved in the travel and tourism industries as large parts of the world have been in lockdown or have closed their borders. Most of Southeast Asia is still off limits for most travellers but there are signs that things may be more promising for 2021. International TourismContinue reading “Southeast Asia Holidays in 2021 Looking Promising”

Singapore Airlines Retires Planes After Record Loss

Singapore Airlines has reported a record 3rd quarter SG$2.34 billion (£1.3 billion, US$1.74 billion) loss as the pandemic continues to rock the airline industry. Singapore only ran 11% of its normal capacity during September and the hopes of a quick recovery have now faded as the pandemic continues in many key markets while others remainContinue reading “Singapore Airlines Retires Planes After Record Loss”

Take A Singapoliday

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) launched their next wave of the SingapoRediscovers campaign on 3rd November as they continue to encourage locals to explore Singapore and support home-grown businesses. International Tourism May Not Recover Until 2022. The campaign will include a number of bundled promotions, online content and personalised itineraries. There are around 50 bundledContinue reading “Take A Singapoliday”

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”

Top 20 Mistakes When Flying Part 1

We have all made mistakes when flying, some bigger than others. Here is part 1 of our list of the Top 20 Mistakes When Flying and some tips to avoid making them again. Read part 2 here. 1. Overpacking You have a baggage allowance and you are determined to use every last part of it.Continue reading “Top 20 Mistakes When Flying Part 1”

South East Asia Travel Update

6th October 2020 We have scoured the internet, consulted with our sources and read press releases to find the latest tourism news from South East Asia. We recently published tourism updates for Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand which all have more detail on the current situation in each of those countries. We also regularly update ourContinue reading “South East Asia Travel Update”

10 Unusual Things Banned in South East Asia

There are many things banned throughout South East Asia that will come as no suprise to most visitors. Despite what many people think, the drug laws are mostly much stricter in South East Asia than in many Western countries. Possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use can result in heavy fines orContinue reading “10 Unusual Things Banned in South East Asia”

Singapore Tourism Update

Singapore was the fifth most visited city in the world before the COVID-19 pandemic and in 2019 tourism contributed SGD27.1 billion (approx £15.3 billion, $19.7 billion) of revenue to the economy. According to The Singapore Tourism Analytics Network (STAN) , Singapore had 76% less arrivals up to and including July 2020, than in the sameContinue reading “Singapore Tourism Update”

South East Asia Flights

We recently published an update on South East Asia Airlines and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on them. We also shared a post looking at the latest flight price trends to the region (mostly downwards). In this post we will look at some of the top routes in South East Asia and the effectsContinue reading “South East Asia Flights”

South East Asia Airlines and Covid

The pandemic has hit all airlines hard, many already had financial issues pre-COVID-19 and the pandemic has made things even worse. In this article we look at the current situation in relation to the biggest airlines based in South East Asia. Follow the link to jump to a specific airline. We have details for AirAsiaContinue reading “South East Asia Airlines and Covid”

Travel to South-East Asia, What Are the Options?

Government Advice and Quarantine Country by Country It is important to understand the changing nature in destination countries as well. Flights are being sold for future dates to many countries which do not currently allow foreign travelers entry, which can cause confusion. Just because a country is not shown on the UK Government lists doesContinue reading “Travel to South-East Asia, What Are the Options?”

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South-East Asia, Open to Travel?

Travelling may once have been a luxury for some but for the past few months it has been nigh on impossible. The world has been on lockdown. In the UK, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)  advised against non-essential international travel, and then the UK Government implemented a 14 day quarantine for anyone returning fromContinue reading “South-East Asia, Open to Travel?”

Air Travel – What Will The “New Normal” Look Like?

We were lucky, we were in Thailand at the end of February and escaped the global lockdown. By April the Covid-19 pandemic had all but shut down global air travel, down around 95% from 2019, as countries closed their borders and banned foreign nationals, and in many cases everyone, from entering the country. South-East AsiaContinue reading “Air Travel – What Will The “New Normal” Look Like?”

Singapore and the Battle Against Covid-19

Following on from our previous posts in this series covering Vietnam Thailand Cambodia and Malaysia, in this article we look at how Singapore has dealt with the Covid-19 pandemic. This article was updated on 5th August. Don’t forget to check out our Covid-19 Travel Insurance Guide if you are planning to travel or book yourContinue reading “Singapore and the Battle Against Covid-19”


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