Travel & Tourism

Smart visa conditions revised for experts

Smart visa conditions revised for experts

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BANGKOK: The Board of Investment (BoI) is ready to announce new conditions and incentives for the smart visa for overseas experts in an attempt to transfer technology and know-how to the country’s industrial sector and encourage foreign startups to move to Thailand. The government introduced the smart visa programme in […]

Tourism package ready

Tourism package ready

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BANGKOK: A series of tourism stimulus measures, including visa fee waivers for citizens of some countries and improved safety and security rules, is about to go before the cabinet as the industry looks for a boost in the last two months of the year. The stimulus aims to draw foreign […]

Tourism packages promised

Tourism packages promised

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BANGKOK: A series of intensive tourism packages are to be implemented by mid-November to increase foreign visitor numbers during the remainder of the year, says Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak. Measures in the package include a tax measure for jewellery purchases, a tourism package with free flights to second-tier tourist […]

Phuket smartens up to bring tourists back

Phuket smartens up to bring tourists back

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Reeling from a deadly boat accident this summer, Thailand’s Phuket Island is using “smart” technologies to tackle issues like safety and traffic in an effort to get back on track amid the Southeast Asian tourism boom. The international tourist destination has seen tourist traffic drop off after two boats capsized […]

GoAir predicts huge shift in Phuket tourism baseline

GoAir predicts huge shift in Phuket tourism baseline

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PHUKET: The recent launch of the first-ever direct flights from India to Phuket is only the beginning, says GoAir’s Managing Director Jeh Wadia. The airline has placed an order for 164 planes and have taken delivery so far of 41. “Our plans for Phuket and the region are big,” Mr […]

Thailand tourist arrivals still climbing

Thailand tourist arrivals still climbing

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BANGKOK: Thailand managed to log a respectable increase in tourist arrivals during the first nine months of the year, despite hefty declines in Chinese visits since July. Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sport Permanent Secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, reported earlier this week that tourist arrivals, January to September, reached 28,541,887, up […]

Visa on arrival fees to be waived

Visa on arrival fees to be waived

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BANGKOK: For the next two months all visitors from the 21 nations who need visas on arrival will not have to pay a baht – in hopes the Chinese will return to Thailand in numbers again. The government plans to exempt visitors from visa-on-arrival fees during November and December as […]

Chinese tourist volume continues dip, but FITs rise

Chinese tourist volume continues dip, but FITs rise

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BANGKOK: The number of Chinese tourists visiting Thailand during this quarter is expected to continue dropping, say research houses. It remains uncertain whether the government can reverse the slowdown in visitors from China during the peak travel season from October through to the end of the first quarter, said Standard […]

GoAir’s launches first-ever Phuket-India direct flights

GoAir’s launches first-ever Phuket-India direct flights

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PHUKET: GoAir, one of India’s fastest growing airlines, landed its first-ever direct flight into Phuket from New Delhi this morning (Oct 11). The flight also marked the first-ever direct flight from India to Phuket. GoAir had recently announced Phuket as its first international destination, with new international schedule introducing direct […]

Up to 1.7mn Russian tourists expected to visit Thailand in 2018

Up to 1.7mn Russian tourists expected to visit Thailand in 2018

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TOURISM: Both the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Russia’s Ambassador to Thailand Kirill Barsky expect twelve-month tourist arrivals from Russia to come within touching distance of their all-time high. Foreign arrivals statistics for the first eight months of the year, released earlier this month by the Ministry of Tourism […]