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Sabah Gets Ready for a Revival in Tourism

May 11, 2021

Domestic promotions, new destinations, and infrastructure upgrades are expected to bring tourism back on its feet.
Coron Island is known for World War II-era wreck diving, crystal-blue Kayangan Lake, and Barracuda Lake, a divers’ paradise. Photo credit: iStock/faizzaki.

Opening of Three Ports in Palawan to Boost Tourism, Trade

March 19, 2021

Two ports serve as gateways to two major tourist destinations in the Philippines, El Nido and Coron, while the third port is in Bataraza on the southernmost tip of Palawan.
Photo of Davao International Airport in Mindanao, Philippines taken in 2019.

5 Key Initiatives to Safely Reopen Borders in ASEAN

March 12, 2021

High on the agenda are the drafting of a travel corridor arrangement framework, digital tools for seamless travel, and common guidelines on hygiene and safety.
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ASEAN Adopts Phnom Penh Declaration on Rebuilding Tourism

February 24, 2021

Measures to revitalize tourism focus on sustainability and include a Post COVID-19 Recovery Plan and business and skills development.
International travel is still restricted in many parts of the world, including in Southeast Asia. However, countries have recently made tentative efforts to reopen their borders. Photo credit: Asian Development Bank.

Here’s a Bright Spot for Tourism

November 05, 2020

International recognition amid the pandemic is a bright spot for tourism and travel players struggling to regain their business.
Orangutan from the tropical forest of Borneo. Photo credit: iStock/USO.

Why We Need to Save Ecotourism in a Post-Pandemic World

August 25, 2020

Nature-based tourism funds the protection of environmentally critical sanctuaries and can be a key driver of economic recovery.
A plane with only a few passengers leaves for Bali, Indonesia in March 2020. Photo credit: iStock/Agustin Elejalde

Are Travel Bubbles the Answer to Get Economies Moving?

July 10, 2020

To boost tourism and the economy, people will be allowed to travel between virus-free zones and will not be subject to quarantine.
A boat arriving in Palawan.

Kickstart Tourism by Promoting Staycations and Domestic Travel

June 26, 2020

Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis will likely be led by domestic tourism, particularly in countries where local tourists spend more than foreigners.
The green sea turtle starts life as a tiny hatchling on a beach. If it survives, it can grow up to 5 feet long and help keep seagrass beds and coral reefs healthy. Photo credit: iStock/Jao Cuyos.

A Sanctuary for Green Sea Turtles in Southeast Asia

May 22, 2020

Every year, more than 2,000 green sea turtles make their way to the Turtle Islands in the southernmost tip of the Philippines to lay their eggs.
The Batu Puteh community has restored more than 900 hectares of critical rainforest habitat along the Kinabatangan Wildlife Corridor and has planted more than 300,000 trees.

Saving Trees Is Second Nature to This Tourism Cooperative

May 14, 2020

The Batu Puteh community along Malaysia’s Kinabatangan River serves as a model for sustainable practices in tourism and natural resources management.