Tourists use the bicycle rental service at Chay Lap Farmstay in Phuc Trach commune, Bo Trach District, Quang Binh Province. The community-based tourism area was first supported in 2001 by the GMS Sustainable Tourism Development Project funded by ADB.  Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Positive But Cautious Outlook for Tourism Sector in 2023

January 31, 2023

UNWTO sees visitor arrivals nearing pre-pandemic levels in some regions but notes slow recovery in Asia–Pacific.
An 8-turbine wind farm in Nabas overlooks the resort island of Boracay. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

BKCF Grants Fund Now Open for Third Round of Project Proposals

January 27, 2023

Priority projects include renewable energy, green enterprises, sustainable tourism, low-carbon transport, and high-quality agro-fisheries production.
Night market in Malaysia. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

USTDA Grant Supports Sarawak Energy’s Digital Transformation

January 23, 2023

The utility plans to shift to a smart grid and digital technologies in order to supply more clean energy to the state and the region through the Borneo Grid.
Doing the Mount Kinabalu Via-Ferrata. Photo credit: Sabah Tourism Board.

12 Things to Do in Sabah

January 20, 2023

For 2023, the Sabah Tourism Board has prepared an itinerary of 12 things to do that will appeal to different types of tourists.
A grocery in Singapore. Photo credit: ADB.

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Enters into Force for Indonesia

January 13, 2023

Thirteen of the 15 original parties have ratified the agreement.
Barangay Katipunan, Pilar, Surigao Del Norte. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Eight Projects Selected for Korean Funding

January 13, 2023

The BIMP-EAGA–Republic of Korea Cooperation Fund will provide grants to projects of up to $300,000 each.
Malaysia Airport Berhad welcomes the return of regular Kota Kinabalu-Narita flights with a water salute. Photo courtesy of Sabah Tourism Board.

Malaysia Posts Strong Air Travel Recovery

December 23, 2022

Passenger traffic in first 10 months surpasses total for 2020 and 2021 combined.
Mt. Apo, a dormant volcano, is the country’s highest mountain and known as the last stronghold of the endangered Philippine eagle. Photo credit: iStock/Ruelito Pine.

Protecting BIMP-EAGA’s Rich Biodiversity through Heritage Parks

December 13, 2022

BIMP-EAGA is home to 13 of the 51 ASEAN Heritage Parks, which are protected areas of high conservation importance to Southeast Asia.
Kuching City Mosque with the colourful Saujana Building in the foreground on the right.

Sabah and Sarawak Bolster Efforts to Attract Muslim Tourists

December 12, 2022

The Muslim travel market is expected to regain its growth momentum by 2024.
Migrant workers from Malaysia arriving in Cambodia.

ASEAN Steps Up Efforts to Widen Social Security Coverage for Migrant Workers

December 06, 2022

At the Cambodia summit, leaders agreed to develop a roadmap of regional actions to implement social security portability by 2030.