Travel & Tourism

GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

GoAir to launch India’s first direct Phuket flights

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PHUKET: GoAir, one of India’s fastest growing airlines, will launch its international flight operations on Oct 11 with India’s first-ever direct service to Phuket, flying from from Delhi and Mumbai. GoAir will mark its first foray into international skies after more than a decade of domestic operations, and will use […]

Canada/Australia consular service share in Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga

Canada/Australia consular service share in Phuket, Krabi and Phang Nga

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Canada and Australia have added Phuket, Krabi and Phrang Nga, to the Canada-Australia Shared Consular Services Agreement. Shared Consular Services are now found in 30 consular missions around the world. The Canada and Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement dates back to the principles that were agreed to by both countries […]

Thailand tops tourism list for Chinese in H1 2018

Thailand tops tourism list for Chinese in H1 2018

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BANGKOK: Thailand remained the top destination for Chinese travelling abroad in the first half of the year, according to a joint report by the China Tourism Academy and online travel firm Ctrip. Dai Bin, president of the China Tourism Academy, said the most popular destinations were Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, South […]

Phuket tourism consortium, TAT have Russia push in sight

Phuket tourism consortium, TAT have Russia push in sight

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PHUKET: A delegation from Phuket’s tourism and hospitality industries joined a ‘Road Show’ to Russia earlier this month as part of the push by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to attract 1.5 million visitors from the Russian Federation this year. The delegation of 20 representatives from the tourist businesses […]

Thailand ranks 10th most popular for global visitors

Thailand ranks 10th most popular for global visitors

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BANGKOK: Thailand continued to position itself as a destination for travellers to visit by staying in the top 10 in the latest report by the UN travel agency. With 35.4 million visitors in 2017, the Kingdom dropped one spot from ninth in 2016 to 10th last year, the World Tourism […]

Phuket hosts seminar on Andaman Halal Tourism

Phuket hosts seminar on Andaman Halal Tourism

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PHUKET: Phuket hosted a seminar on ‘Phuket Andaman Halal Tourism 2018’ on Saturday (Aug 25) in bid to promote its tourist industry with Halal products and services. A representative from the Sheikhul Islam Office Sutham Boonmalert opened the seminar on Phuket Andaman Halal Tourism 2018 at the Metropole Hotel Phuket […]

Chinese tourism arrivals hold despite Phoenix tour boat disaster

Chinese tourism arrivals hold despite Phoenix tour boat disaster

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PHUKET: The number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand is beginning to recover following the Phoenix boat disaster on July 5, which killed 47 Chinese tourists, Ministry of Tourism and Sports Permanent Secretary Pongpanu Svetarundra reported yesterday (Aug 20). The number of Chinese tourist arrivals for July is down 0.87% compared […]

“Phuket, a little piece of paradise” – US News & World Report

“Phuket, a little piece of paradise” – US News & World Report

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Whilst the annual south-west monsoon continues to kick up dangerous surf along its west coast, the southern island of Thailand has picked up another award. The island has been named the ‘Second Best Beach in the World’ by business publication US News & World Report. Phuket beat Maui, Kauai and Costa […]

Goodbye e-commerce, hello ‘new retail’

Goodbye e-commerce, hello ‘new retail’

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Our lifestyles are quickly evolving as the digital age kills off the ‘old’ and the ‘new’ inexorably creeps in to our daily life. Goodby Kodak and Polaroid – hello smartphone cameras and Facebook. Goodbye newspapers – hello instant news websites, blogs and live-streaming. The same is happening to retail as […]

Phuket boat disaster takes toll as Chinese tourist arrivals flatline

Phuket boat disaster takes toll as Chinese tourist arrivals flatline

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BANGKOK: The crippling effect of the Phoenix boat tragedy off Phuket last month, which killed 47 Chinese tourists, has begun to ripple through Thailand’s tourism industry, with growth in arrivals from China virtually flat for the month. The tragedy has devastated the number of bookings from Mainland China, with the […]