Travel & Tourism

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 […]

TAT plan to boost tourism to secondary locations, and Thai Airways’ bottomline

TAT plan to boost tourism to secondary locations, and Thai Airways’ bottomline

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The TAT – Tourism Authority of Thailand – is coming to the rescue of the beleaguered national carrier, Thai Airways. They are going to promote 20 flight routes in 10 provinces for the rest of this year. This is in response to instructions from the Thai government for state-owned enterprises […]

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 […]