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Tourism revenue projected to hit B3.1trn

Tourism revenue projected to hit B3.1trn

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BANGKOK: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) forecasts revenue of B3.1 trillion in tourism revenue in 2018 by attracting tourists from second-tier Chinese and European cities and focusing on tourist quality, says TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn. The industry has remained sluggish during the past two quarters, but the plans are […]

Welcome to Phuket’s Darwinian season

Welcome to Phuket’s Darwinian season

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PHUKET: I love nature, the environment, and all it has to offer. However, I know that my shark fin soup eating ways aren’t popular, and my Darwinistic sympathies applied to nature will be mocked on social media as simplistic and outdated. However, Darwin’s Theory and Phuket are linked. Phuket has […]

Thailand braces for Qatar crisis fallout

Thailand braces for Qatar crisis fallout

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BANGKOK: The diplomatic rift in the Middle East has wreaked havoc with airlines in the region, with major long-haul carriers such as Doha-based Qatar Airways, Bahrain’s Gulf Air, Abu Dhabi’s Etihad and Dubai’s Emirates suspending flights, leaving many passengers stranded at airports in the Gulf. Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, […]

Tourism generates B840bn in first four months

Tourism generates B840bn in first four months

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BANGKOK: The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has released figures showing that during the first four months of this year, 12 million visitors came to Thailand spending around B620 billion, an increase of 4.71% compared with the same period in 2016. Domestic tourism saw more than B220bn generated during the […]

China travel rebounds

China travel rebounds

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BANGKOK: The Kasikorn Research Centre estimates Chinese tourist arrivals to Thailand will rebound in the second half of this year, resulting in a full-year’s growth of 5% to 7.5%. The bank’s think-tank unit said Thailand’s Chinese tourist market is making adjustments following last year’s ban on “zero-dollar tours”. During the […]

Thai tourism improves by a sliver

Thai tourism improves by a sliver

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits exceeded 9.19 million, January to March this year, representing a slight increase of 1.72%. Released last week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 9,194,057 international visits, last year, compared with 9,038,893 visits during the same period last year. The […]

Recent highlights of Thailand’s marine industry

Recent highlights of Thailand’s marine industry

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PHUKET: The Singapore Yacht Show, held just before Songkran, has become a leading marine industry event. It is a place where global brands are present and also where many from Thailand’s marine industry attend. With two-and-a-half days of conferences, it’s very much a business event, distinct from Thailand’s boat shows […]

Tourism to food, Buddhist Thailand hunts halal gold

Tourism to food, Buddhist Thailand hunts halal gold

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From hotels with segregated swimming pools to jelly made from seaweed instead of pig bones, Buddhist Thailand is chasing halal gold as it welcomes Muslim visitors and touts its wares to the Islamic world. Inside the cavernous dining hall of the five-star Al Meroz hotel in a Muslim suburb of […]

Phuket lures more Russian tourists than rest of Thailand combined

Phuket lures more Russian tourists than rest of Thailand combined

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PHUKET: More than half of all Russian travellers to Thailand visited Phuket in 2016, letting the island welcome more visitors from Russia than all the other Thai destinations combined, reports hospitality consultancy C9 Hotelworks in its Phuket Russian Tourism Market report issued yesterday (Mar 13). “Phuket experienced a strong recovery […]

Latest trends in Phuket hospitality

Latest trends in Phuket hospitality

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PHUKET: Based on C9 Hotelworks’ Phuket Hotel Market Update last month, total inbound passengers through Phuket International Airport in 2016 were 7,549,346, with 54 per cent from international flights and 46 per cent from domestic arrivals. This is an 18 per cent growth rate in 2016, compared with 13 per […]