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.
Satellite tagging. A fin-mounted satellite tag is attached to a whale shark.

Whale Sharks Are Good for Tourism in Cenderawasih Bay

April 28, 2020
Conservationists at Indonesia’s largest marine park work with the Papuan community to protect the endangered species and promote ecotourism.
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.

How the Philippines Is Protecting Its ‘Last Ecological Frontier’

March 20, 2020
Limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons, coral atolls, and tropical forests make Palawan province one of the top ecotourism destinations in BIMP-EAGA. 
A tourist explores the Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak.

Did You Know? 6 Reasons to Visit BIMP-EAGA

March 11, 2020
Those planning to travel to Southeast Asia may at some point come across the acronym BIMP-EAGA while doing research.