Travel & Tourism

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 […]

TAT praises visa-on-arrival fee waiver extension to April 30

TAT praises visa-on-arrival fee waiver extension to April 30

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PHUKET: The Tourism Authority of Thailand yesterday (Jan 15) finally recognised the extension of the waiver of the visa on arrival fee for citizens of 20 countries, which came into effect last Friday (Jan 11). The Cabinet last Tuesday (Jan 8) agreed to extend the waiver on the B2,000 visa-on-arrival […]

Russians race to Thailand

Russians race to Thailand

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PHUKET: Thailand will be the most popular foreign destination for Russian travellers this New Year festive season, the Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) has revealed. Russian’s own Sochi is the most popular domestic destination. Thailand’s beaches and Sochi’s ski resorts competed fiercely for Russian travellers this New Year festive […]

Thailand records 7.5% growth in visitor arrivals

Thailand records 7.5% growth in visitor arrivals

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BANGKOK: The Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced the tourism figures for January-November 2018. Thailand received 34,431,489 international visitors, up by 7.53% over the same period of last year, generating an estimated B1.8 billion in tourism revenue, up by 9.79%. The highlight of the results was the fact that seven […]

GoAir expands flights to Phuket with daily operations

GoAir expands flights to Phuket with daily operations

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Budget passenger carrier GoAir has announced that it is enhancing its operations to Phuket with the launch of daily directly flights from Mumbai, New Delhi and Bengaluru. According to the airline, it expanded the services effective December 22. “At the beginning GoAir started two direct flights per week to Phuket […]

AoT expects 3.1mn travellers for the holidays

AoT expects 3.1mn travellers for the holidays

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BANGKOK: Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) estimates that 3.1 million passengers will use its six international airports during the year-end holiday, with airlines set to operate a total of 18,300 flights. AoT President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said that from Dec 27 to Jan 2, total air passengers at AoT’s six international […]

OPINION – The devil is in the detail. Phuket tourism

OPINION – The devil is in the detail. Phuket tourism

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An article appeared this week providing a misleading, dare I say ‘fake’, impression about the current tourist situation in Phuket. Given the highly selective and well-timed photos you would think that Phuket has been deserted by tourists and the place is a ghost town. “The streets are barren and the […]

Number of tourists visiting Phuket still high – TAT Phuket

Number of tourists visiting Phuket still high – TAT Phuket

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In response to a number of completely fabricated negative stories about Phuket’s current tourism situation, Kanokkittika Kritwuttikorn, the director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office says, “Number of tourists visiting Phuket is still good when compared to last year’s numbers. We’ve also spoken to many regional tour operators […]

Bangkok #2, Phuket #11 – World’s most popular destinations

Bangkok #2, Phuket #11 – World’s most popular destinations

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Bangkok has come in second place in the list of the world’s top cities for tourism. The list has been compiled by Euromonitor International. Their Top 100 City Destinations 2018 report has just been released. Once again, Hong Kong tops the poll with close to 30 million tourists expected to travel […]

TAT grapples with real numbers in the wake of the Chinese tourism slump

TAT grapples with real numbers in the wake of the Chinese tourism slump

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“Tourist arrivals in Phuket have increased by 10%, with more visitors from India though Chinese arrivals have not picked up since the Phoenix tourist boat tragedy in mid-July.” This summary from Kanokkittikar Kritwutthikorn, director of the Phuket office of the TAT. Last week the local tourist body was quoting a 20% […]