The South East Asia Travel Show

Take-off for the Australia-New Zealand Travel Bubble, with Simon Westaway

This week marks the start of the two-way travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand. So there's no better time for Gary and Hannah to welcome back Simon Westaway, Executive Director of the Australian Tourism Industry Council, to the show. Back in December, Simon accurately predicted April for the two-way travel bubble getting started. In a fascinating discussion, we look at how Australia's domestic tourism sector has recovered, and trends have shifted. These include more travel within home states, and a surge in self-drive trips. Meanwhile, some regions of the country have never had it so good. Plus, the outlook for travel between Australia and New Zealand as the winter sports season beckons, and some of the new routes that airlines are introducing. Beyond the bubble, are South Pacific islands next on the itinerary, and will Australia push ahead with a much-touted travel corridor with Singapore? And how about Vietnam? Finally, what's the outlook for long-haul international travel in 2021, or more likely 2022?

Will Singapore Lead South East Asia’s Travel Revival?

From 2010 to 2019, Singapore's inbound arrivals grew significantly, from 11.6 million to 19.1 million. This expansion was boosted by the opening of two integrated resorts and smart marketing strategies in China and India. Throughout the 2010s, this small city state punched above its weight by thinking ahead and investing big. Singaporeans themselves are inveterate travellers, who are evidently eager to take flight again. This week, Gary and Hannah assess what happens next as Singapore makes various moves to reopen its travel economy - with a particular focus on MICE and business events travel. Which markets might Singapore focus on the bring back leisure and business travellers, will the IATA Air Travel pass help the recovery and will the air travel bubble with Hong Kong succeed second time around? Plus, how has Singapore become the world's largest cruise market during the pandemic, and what new attractions and amenities are planned? Last, but not least, how many Singaporeans say they would rather take an overseas holiday than fall in love?

Phuket & Bali: Will They Both Reopen in July?, with Brett Henry, MG Group

Anticipation is building across South East Asia as Phuket and Bali prepare to greet international travellers in July. This week, Hannah and Gary team up with Brett Henry, President of Jakarta-based MG Group, to debate the vital issues around reopening to vaccinated travellers after more than a year. What are the near-term strategies of both destinations, and how will they ensure the safety of travellers and residents - and what are the perceived risks? What approaches are each destination taking to attract travellers from different source markets - and which markets are likely to be off limits? How will travel, airline and hospitality players plan ahead for a gradual return of international tourists? And what does the imminent return of inbound visitors mean for the future of domestic tourism? And we round off by comparing which of the two reopening plans we think is likely to kick into gear first.

The Challenges of Reconnecting the World, with Dirk Singer, SimpliFlying

This week's episode takes on the complex task of reconnecting global air travel with Dirk Singer, Research Director of SimpliFlying, an aviation marketing and solutions firm founded by Canada-based Singaporean Shashank Nigam. From his London base, Dirk discusses the white-hot aviation, airline, airport, travel and tourism issues that are confounding policymakers in Europe, North, Central and South America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Will vaccines eliminate the need for quarantines - and, if so, when? Can Green Zone travel actually work? How will vaccine passports be issued and accepted worldwide? What is a Vaccine Hierarchy and why does it matter? What are the specific challenges for intercontinental air hubs like Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai? Will European borders reopen this summer? What is the 50:50 Trigger? And, will the lessons of COVID-19 enable airlines to future-proof themselves against 'the next pandemic'? Fascinating stuff.

Travel Bubbles Are Back! Or Are They?

Exactly 11 months after they first emerged, Travel Bubbles are back in the news. Across South East Asia and throughout Asia Pacific, talking up travel bubbles is in vogue once more after disappearing off radar since the Hong-Kong Singapore bubble burst last November. So what's different and what's still the same this time? This week, Gary and Hannah sweep through Asia Pacific to see how vaccines and economic urgency are bringing Travel Bubbles back onto the political agenda. In some countries, the term Travel Bubble is being replaced with alternative iterations like Safe Travel Corridor and Safe Travel Zone, but they will still be small-scale reopening models with plentiful restrictions and protocols to which travellers must adhere. Without a proper two-way bubble yet in place, South East Asia is closely watching developments in Australia and New Zealand as they look to reciprocate the (currently) one-way Trans-Tasman Bubble. We've got the latest announcements from Down Under which may influence how bubble negotiations develop across the region in future.

Participative Sports Tourism in Vietnam with David Lloyd

Active travel was expanding fast in South East Asia before the pandemic, and expectations are that it will take off once again post-COVID. Cycling and trail running in spectacular landscapes are likely to lead the pack. This week, Gary and Hannah assess the growth in domestic and international sports tourism with David Lloyd, Director of Sports, Topas Travel, an adventure travel provider, and Co-Founder of Velo Vietnam, a cycling tours specialist. After a decade of developing and managing mountain running and cycling events and trips across Vietnam, David provides fascinating insights about the upward trajectory of active sports in Asia. He also discusses issues of sustainability, giving back to local communities and supporting kids’ charities, as well as the future opportunities for high-quality sports tourism in Vietnam.

The South East Asia Travel Show - New 2021 Trailer

Marking one year since Gary and Hannah experienced lockdown for the first time in Malaysia, we've produced a new trailer updating you on how the weekly podcast has developed. During the past 12 months, we've expanded from discussing the latest travel industry developments in South East Asia and beyond. We've hosted a range of debates and discussions and interviewed thought leaders and interesting people from across the travel sphere. Find out more in our 60-second update!

 

Tourism in Transformation: Tapping Into Post-COVID Traveller Aspirations & Expectations

This week, Gary and Hannah both gave presentations at the 8th ASEAN Tourism Research Association Annual Forum. This is a recording of Gary's presentation, entitled: Tourism in Transformation: Tapping Into Post-COVID Consumer Aspirations & Expectations. Bringing insights from the past year working with hotel groups, consumer research firms and marketing agencies, Gary analyses how Asian consumers are rethinking the meaning and purpose of travel. He also measures their possible motivations for taking trips when borders reopen. Plus, innovations in livestream travel marketing to solar wearables, and the emergence of earth-friendly amenities to a desire to escape to nature. Travellers may also step up their celebrations of 'life landmarks' and their appetites for culinary travel. And, of course, no-one travels without an online audience any more, so how has social media integration become more sophisticated? The slides for this presentation are available on The South East Asia Travel Show's website, www.theseasiatravelshow.com

ASEAN Tourism: Where Do We Stand Now, and How Might Countries Reopen?

This week, Gary and Hannah both gave presentations at the 8th ASEAN Tourism Research Association Annual Forum. This is a recording of Hannah's presentation, entitled: ASEAN Tourism: Where Do We Stand Now, and How Might Countries Reopen? It analyses some of the models for reopening international borders being proposed by certain countries in South East Asia – notably Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. Hannah also discusses the various challenges and opportunities that each country faces in revitalising its tourism sector. The slides accompanying both presentations will be posted on The South East Asia Travel Show's website: www.theseasiatravelshow.com

The Pandemic One Year On: What Have Travel & Tourism Learned?

11 March 2021 marks one year since the WHO declared a pandemic. So, what have we learned in South East Asia, and how can those lessons be best applied? From a current standpoint, two things are clear: 1) international travel and tourism are in a desperate state, and 2) the travel industry hasn’t been able to find the solutions required to escape from the darkness. This week, Gary and Hannah discuss 10 vital learnings from the past year, and how these discoveries can be used to drive a recovery. We found out that Travel Bubbles didn't work in 2020, so are they now a dead concept? What will be the future relationship between vaccines, PCR testing and quarantines? Will tourism authorities invest in domestic travel once borders reopen? Did governments finally learn to differentiate between travel and tourism? What role will China and India play in revitalising regional tourism? And, once the pandemic subsides, will the travel industry take the climate crisis seriously? All this and much, much more...
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