What is happening in our program destinations? December 2020 update from Asia and the Middle East

In recent months, the UAEThailand, and, the Maldives, have been the more active countries in terms of Hospitality and Travel activities among our nine (9) program destinations in Asia and the Middle East. To give you more information about the current situation in these countries, here are some important updates and developments about the UAE, Thailand, and the Maldives.



Thailand is now open to the whole world: Tourists are now welcome to visit Thailand, regardless of their countries’ Covid-19 situation. However, these travelers still need to comply with Thailand’s 14-day mandatory quarantine. READ MORE.

Thailand further eases curbs on travel: The government is easing travel restrictions for citizens from 56 countries. Tourists from several countries can travel without visas but would need a certificate to show they are free of Covid-19. READ MORE.



The Maldives’ tourism revives over the holiday season: Tourism in the Maldives, which reopened its borders to international tourists in mid-July, is picking up with a surge in arrivals and visitors expected for the festive season. READ MORE.

The Maldives welcomes 100,000th tourist since reopening: On 6 December, the Maldives broke the record of daily arrivals since its reopening, with a total of 3,006 tourists arriving in the Indian Ocean destination. READ MORE.



UAE hotel industry continues to improve occupancy rate: The key hotel markets in the United Arab Emirates have reached or surpassed 50% occupancy due to strong domestic and recent international demand. READ MORE.

Abu Dhabi to re-open to foreign tourists: Abu Dhabi is planning to re-open for international tourists by January as it eases restrictive measures, looking to recover from the pandemic. READ MORE.


We at RMC are continually monitoring the situation in the countries we arrange Cultural Exchange Programs in – the UAE, Thailand, the Maldives, Qatar, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea. Our team remains optimistic about the continuous revival of the Hospitality and Travel industry most especially in the year to come, 2021.

For questions or inquiries, don’t hesitate to send us an email or visit our website.


Donna Mae Ocmeja

Donna Mae Ocmeja

With a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and a Master's degree in Development Communication from the University of the Philippines, Donna has a demonstrated professional history of working in the fields of Journalism, Media Production, Social Media, Community Development, and Social Work. Donna has worked as a Communication Coordinator in an international nonprofit organization for several years before joining RMC's Marketing and Community Department in early 2019.
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