From now to 2018, ASEAN countries will organize eight cross-border tourism itineraries: the southern coastal corridor crossing Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, the northern heritage road through Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, the Exploring the Mekong connecting Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, Cruiser on the Mekong between Cambodia and Vietnam, the Central Road of Myanmar and Thailand, Cruiser on the Mekong’s Golden Triangle in Laos and Vietnam, the Road eight of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, and the East-West Corridor of Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Marketing Director of the Vietnam Travel Group Vu Thi My Tien said her company has worked with firms in Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand to organize tours.
“We have set up online programs to promote tourism. Some Thai travel agencies have sent tourists to our company. Most Thai visitors prefer tours through the Mekong delta,” she said.
Trac Thai Hoang Vu, Marketing Director of the Ben Thanh Tourism Company, said, “We have tours along the Mekong River. Tourists will explore life on the Mekong River and local specialties.”
The World Tourism and Travel Council said ASEAN tourism has made gains and contributes a major share of the economy, more than in Europe or Latin America.
Vietnamese Minister of Culture, Sports, and Tourism Nguyen Ngoc Thien told a Ho Chi Minh City meeting of Tourism Ministers from Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar that “Countries should connect their travel infrastructure and organize more flights. Travel procedures between countries should be simplified.”