Relaxed Rules on Medicinal Marijuana Could Create a Buzz for Thailand Tourism

Thailand's legalization of cannabis for medicine purposes could launch marijuana tourism in Southeast Asia. contentdealer / AdobeSkift Take: Southeast Asia’s biggest changes toward cannabis liberalization continue to unfold in Thailand. Some speculate boom times are ahead for Thailand tourism with medical cannabis now legal. But don't expect ailing patients to flock there for cannabis treatments anytime soon. — Yixin NgRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Battered Asia Travel Sector Exits High Season to Regroup for Eventual Recovery

Asia tourism is bracing for more challenging times ahead as the virus spreads outside of Asia. Meanwhile, operators in countries like Laos have been less affected, in part due to scant media coverage of the country. Sasha Popovic / FlickrSkift Take: It’s likely to get worse before it gets better for the Asian tourism industry. But forward-thinking players will know to take advantage of the current downtime to meet the pent-up demand for travel once recovery comes — which may not be far off. — Xinyi Liang-PholsenaRead the Complete Story On Skift

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Coronavirus Tests Economic Reforms for Travel in Gulf Arab States

Saudi Arabia last week also shut down the two holiest sites of Islam in Mecca and Madina (pictured here) to foreign travelers. Shaihana AlMutairi / flickr.comSkift Take: Gulf Arab states are feeling the brunt of an economic slowdown as the spread of coronavirus tests years’ worth of reforms. Countries like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have relied on tourism and hospitality sectors to diversify away from oil, but recent travel cancellations and suspensions due to the illness are set to result in significant financial losses. — Reem AbdellatifRead the Complete Story On Skift

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