Tourism

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.
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.
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.
The local government of Palawan promotes sustainable tourism and ensures popular sites, such as the Puerto Princesa Underground River, are not overcrowded with tourists. Photo: iStock/aldarinho.

BIMP-EAGA, IMT-GT Launch Joint Tourism Communications Plan

November 26, 2022

The 2‑year communications plan seeks to build traveler awareness that destinations in the subregions are open, safe, and easy to visit.
Passengers walking around an airport in the Philippines.

ASEAN, EU Ink World’s First Region-to-Region Air Transport Deal

November 11, 2022

The landmark agreement paves the way for more destinations, flight frequencies, and travel options as well as cargo services between Southeast Asia and Europe.