Travel & Tourism

Arrivals up 20% in wake of VOA exemption, officials claim

Arrivals up 20% in wake of VOA exemption, officials claim

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BANGKOK: Tourist arrivals to Thailand are reportedly up 20% in the latter half of November in response to the government’s visa-on-arrival (VOA) fee waivers, with India the star market. Visitors from other major markets like China are also bouncing back, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat. Arrivals from […]

Phuket Airport launches ‘E-Visa on Arrival’

Phuket Airport launches ‘E-Visa on Arrival’

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PHUKET: The new ‘E-Visa on Arrival’ service is now available at Phuket International Airport, Phuket Airport Immigration Chief Col Supachok Yongstar has confirmed. The new service was launched on Wednesday (Nov 21) with its own special lane for arrivals using the service, Col Supachok told The Phuket News. “The service is […]

GoAir to launch Phuket-Bangalore direct flights

GoAir to launch Phuket-Bangalore direct flights

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PHUKET: GoAir, which last month launched the first direct flights between India and Phuket, will further expand its network with the launch of direct flights between Phuket and Bengaluru (Bangalore) next month. GoAir will operate three direct flight services between Phuket and Bengaluru each week – Monday, Thursday and Sunday […]

Phuket Airport toilets dubbed ’Best in Thailand’

Phuket Airport toilets dubbed ’Best in Thailand’

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PHUKET: The public toilets at Phuket International Airport have been bestowed the title ‘Best Public Toilet of the Year 2018’ by the Thai Ministry of Public Health. Dr Thawat Suntarajan, Deputy Minister of Public Health, announced the news today (Nov 19) at a special event held at the Richmond Hotel […]

Tourist Police service centres being set up on Phuket beaches

Tourist Police service centres being set up on Phuket beaches

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The Phuket Tourist Police are poised to improve marine and coastal safety by setting up service centres on Phuket beaches, starting initially with Kamala and Karon Beach. The Tourist Police Division 3 Chief Major General Unggoon Klaiklueang says, “We have been planning on the project to set up the tourist […]

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 […]