Travel & Tourism

Russian Consulate-General to open in Phuket this year

Russian Consulate-General to open in Phuket this year

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PHUKET: The Russian Federation is expected to open a Consulate-General in Phuket later this year to cater to the needs of the resident Russian expat community and Russian tourists alike, Russian Ambassador to Thailand Evgeny Tomikhin has announced. Mr Tomikhin made his announcement last Saturday (Feb 9) in front of […]

Phuket airport readies for heavier air traffic

Phuket airport readies for heavier air traffic

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PHUKET: Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd, the state company for air-traffic controllers better known as “Aerothai”, will launch a new air-traffic control system at Phuket International Airport to cope with the ever-increasing number of flights landing and taking off at the island’s key tourism portal. A demonstration of the new […]

Chinese tourists flock back to Phuket for Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese tourists flock back to Phuket for Chinese New Year 2019

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Chinese tourists are flocking back to Phuket for Chinese New Year 2019 after a six month hiatus following last year’s Phoenix boat tragedy. 47 Chinese tourists drowned in the incident, including many children, after the boat capsized on July 5 in a late afternoon storm as the tour boat was returning to […]

As Chinese visitors bounce back, Thai tourism income crosses B2trn

As Chinese visitors bounce back, Thai tourism income crosses B2trn

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BANGKOK: A sharp resurgence in Chinese visitor arrivals in December helped Thailand close 2018 with a total of 38.27 million arrivals, generating tourism expenditure of just over B2 trillion, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced. The final arrivals count released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports showed […]

Valentine’s Day launch set for new e-visa

Valentine’s Day launch set for new e-visa

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BANGKOK: Starting from Feb 14, visitors from 20 countries and one business district will be able to apply for a Thai visa via a new service called eVisa On Arrival (eVOA). According to Immigration police chief Pol Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn, the system, developed jointly by the Immigration Bureau of […]

Reflections #2 – Thailand Tourism Forum – ‘Chindia Tourism’

Reflections #2 – Thailand Tourism Forum – ‘Chindia Tourism’

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If you’re running a hotel or any business related to the local tourism industry in Thailand, this is an article you need to read, then read again. It was just one of the many presentations at the annual Thailand Tourism Forum held in Bangkok recently. “For the third year running, […]

Thailand welcomed record 38.27mn tourists in 2018

Thailand welcomed record 38.27mn tourists in 2018

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THAILAND: Thailand saw a record 38.27 million tourists in 2018, up 7.5% from 2017, the Tourism Ministry said today (Jan 28). The country’s December tourist arrivals were 3.85 million, the ministry said in a statement. Chinese tourists are returning after a slowdown sparked by a tour boat tragedy that triggered […]

Chinese New Year to bring B10bn tourism boost

Chinese New Year to bring B10bn tourism boost

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PHUKET: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Chinese Embassy since 2005, is planning its most festive Chinese New Year celebration ever with HRH Princess Sirindhorn presiding over the opening on Bangkok’s Yaowarat Rd, the TAT announced yesterday (Jan 24). […]

Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 – Reflections #1

Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 – Reflections #1

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One of the key points made at the recently concluded Thailand Tourism Forum 2019 in Bangkok, was the country’s over reliance on mass tourism. Jesper Palmqvist of STR presented full year hotel data for Phuket which showed signs of recovery, yet highlighting the full impact of the drop in Chinese […]

Go-Air seeks more flight slots into Thailand amid increasing demand

Go-Air seeks more flight slots into Thailand amid increasing demand

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Indian-based budget carrier GoAir is looking for additional flying slots into Thailand airports amid growing air passenger traffic. The GoAir Vice-President Arjun Dasgupta says the airline wants to launch flights from seven more Indian cities, including Chandigarh and Lucknow, to Phuket. Currently, it has already has direct flights into Phuket […]