The movement restrictions in force worldwide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have canceled travel plans and destroyed entire sectors dedicated to tourism.
In Southeast Asia, where tourism plays an important role in generating jobs and income, the pandemic has already weakened the economies of many countries. Tourism numbers are minuscule at a time when they should be booming.
The Philippine Department of Tourism reported that foreign arrivals fell by more than 54% to 1.32 million from January to April this year. The tourism sector represented 12.7% of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018.
According to the General Statistics Office, it received 3.7 million international tourists from January to March, which is 18.1% lower compared to the same period in 2019.
Thai authorities said that between January and March, foreign tourist arrivals decreased by 38% to 6.69 million. Foreign tourist spending accounted for 11% of the country's GDP in 2019.
In response, governments in these countries have established virtual tours for those who want to explore famous travel spots in Southeast Asia without leaving home and to encourage tourists to visit these places in the future.
We present some free travel packages online.
Philippine government agency Administración Intramuros partnered with Google Arte y Cultura to create a platform that allows users to visit the “walled city” of Intramuros in Manila.
Intramuros was the site of the ancient capital during the 300 years of Spain's rule in the Philippines. Visitors can explore famous places like Fort Santiago and Plaza Roma.
– Nayong Pilipino Foundation (@AtingNayon) April 8, 2020
Christ in the Philippine conscience.
Our sister agency Intramuros Administration has an online exhibition on Google Art and Culture.
The website also displays the Intramural Administration collection. The online exhibit 'Christ in the Philippine Consciousness' features religious images of the baby Jesus that reflect how Christianity spread to colonize the Philippines.
For its part, the Department of Tourism also offers virtual funds featuring famous tourist destinations in the Philippines, which users can use in video conferences.
The Vietnam Board of Tourism Advisors and the Vietnam National Tourism Administration have launched the 'Stay at Home with Vietnam' package that allows visitors to explore the country from a distance.
The website offers 360 ° tours of its eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Halong Bay and the Phong Nha Caves.
Visitors can also download handmade recipes for popular Vietnamese dishes like banh mi sandwich and bun cha (rice noodles served with grilled pork dumplings).
Several short videos feature locals giving unique tips and perspectives on some destinations in Vietnam.
A colored pamphlet featuring Vietnamese icons is available for download.
Finally, visitors can download photos from famous tourist sites that can be used as a virtual background during video calls.
Thailand has relaxed confinement restrictions, but it will take some time before international tourists are welcomed back.
The Thai Tourism Authority has tried to sustain interest through the #BooknowTravelsoon (Book Now, Travel Soon) campaign and the Amazing Thainess social media promotion.
3D virtual tours have been launched for 13 attractions in nine provinces.
A virtual museum that offers a glimpse of the country's wealth is the Kingdom Art Museum, which features art collections created by artisans from the Sirikit Kingdom Institute.
Jewels from the collection posted on social media include the ‘Model of the Royal Bark Mongkol Suban’ and ‘Oval Urn with Gold Lid from Khankorbua Engraving’
เรือ พระที่นั่ง มงคล สุบรรณ จำลอง – Model of the Mongkol Suban Royal Barge
โขน เรือ เป็น รูป พญา ครุฑ ยุด นาค เป็น รูป ครุฑ ใช้ มือ และ เท้า จับ นาค ไว้ ข้าง ละ ตัว ตัว ครุฑ ขึ้น รูป ด้วย ทองคำ ูป ะหว่าง ะหว่าง มี ช่อง 1 (1)#Art #Craft #Royal #Barge #ArtMuseum #Artsofthekingdom pic.twitter.com/i4ShyNKmSn
– Artsofthekingdom (@AOK_Museum) May 18, 2020
The royal barge model, including the hull and keel, are made of gilded silver. The bow is made of carved gold and colored enamel in the shape of a garuda that has a naga in each claw.
ผอบ ถมตะทอง ทรง ไข่ ลาย ก้าน กอ บัว
ยอด ปริก ทอง คํา
ขนาด: เส้นผ่านศูนย์กลาง 5.8 ซม.
สูง 12.0 ซม.
จำนวน ผู้ ทำ: 7 คน
จำนวน วัน: 70 วัน (1)
.#Urn #Gold #Etching #Craft #ArtMuseum #Artsofthekingdom pic.twitter.com/pXV4zfqjAo
– Artsofthekingdom (@AOK_Museum) April 5, 2020
Oval urn with golden lid from Khankorbua engraving
Size: Diameter 5.8 cm
Height 12.0 cm
Number of craftsmen 7
Production time 70 days