Wonder deals at domestic fair
BANGKOK, 8 May 2012: Tourism Authority of Thailand partners with tourism associations to sell discounted packages to South Thailand that should boost bookings during the low season.
All the packages are geared to the domestic market and go on sale at the Wonderful Thailand, Wonderful World 2012 fair, 10 to 13 May, at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. Two other smaller shows on diving and golfing are included in the fair.
TAT deputy governor for domestic marketing, Thawatchai Arunyik, said that TAT has partnered with several associations to promote tourism in the south under the concept of “Travel to the South with Tour Operators” (Tiew Tai Gab Tour).
Satun, Krabi and Phuket provinces in June;
Patthalung and Songkhla provinces, July;
Chumphon and Ranong provinces, August;
Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces, September.
TAT hopes the packages will illustrate that southern destinations are safe, following car bomb incidents in Songkhla and a series of earthquake tremours in Phuket, that spooked domestic travellers in late March.
Partners are: Association of Domestic Travel; Association of Thai Tour Operators; Thai Tourism Promotion Association and Ecotourism and Adventure Association.
Wonderful Thailand, Wonderful World 2012 has two specialised events on golf and diving on the sidelines.
Thailand Dive Expo will showcase products and services related to diving such as diving courses, diving trips and underwater photography equipment. Thailand Golf Expo will feature over 40 golf courses and golf resorts and 70% discounts on golf equipment.
According to NCC Exhibition Organiser said the four-day event should attract 250,000 consumers and should generate spending of Bt500 million, mainly on travel products, but the two side shows also sell equipment.
Last year, all three events attracted 190,000 visitors and generated Bt400 million in sales.