TITF attracts bargain hunters

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BANGKOK, 14 August 2015: The 17th edition Thai International Travel Fair opened Thursday attracting consumers who were keen to snatch up tour packages and airline deals valid throughout this year.

Some airline promotions have travel periods that extend to March next year.

The 17th TITF continues to Sunday, 16 August, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, but consumers had already snatched up the best discounts offered by airlines shortly after the doors opened Thursday.

Presiding at the event’s opening ceremony, yesterday, Tourism and Sports vice minister Chawanee Thongroj said the fair would help to boost the country’s economy in line with government tourism policy.

inside no 1.1 “Tourism revenue is one of the key factors  to boost the country’s economy…the fair is also expected to generate revenue for domestic tourism and boost outbound travel.”

She said: “The four-day event is considered as one of the major fairs in ASEAN besides Singapore and Malaysia.”

Thai Travel Agents Association president, Suparerk Soorangura, said the latest fair had 650 booths representing hotels, resorts, travel agents, airlines, cruise companies, car rental companies, theme parks, tourism organisations, banks and travel insurance companies.

“The event should boost tourism for domestic and international markets. Japan continues to be the hot destination for Thai travellers…but other popular destinations include ASEAN, South Korea, China and Europe.”

The TTAA president affirmed that travel deals at the show would be genuine and offered only by professional and reliable companies.

inside no 1“We accept only quality tourism operators at this event…we ban companies that have been blacklisted, or involved in a scandal in the past that could impact on traveller confidence.

“Tour operators who sell packages at the event are all our members and are legally registered at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports’ Department of Tourism’s Bureau of Tourism Business and Guide Registration.”

Tourism operators such as travel agents, hotels and airlines will cut their package prices and fares by around 5% to 10% during this fair.

KTC cardholders, who purchase travel for a value of THB1,000, will get two lucky draws to win Suzuki Swift 1.2 AT worth THB500,000.

Two top spenders of the day will get a free two-night stay at Kiroro Resort in Japan and a THAI roundtrip ticket worth THB700,000.

For a spend of THB5,000, cardholders will get Central gift voucher worth THB200. For THB 50,000 they will get an overnight bag worth THB2,490; and for THB150,000 a luggage wheelie worth 5,490.

TTAA estimates the four-day event will attract 300,000 visitors and generate THB400 million.

TITF is organised by TTAA and the Association of Domestic Travel. Sponsors are: Thai Amadeus Southeast Asia; ThaiVivat Insurance PCL; Krung Thai Bank; Ministry of Tourism and Sports; Ministry of Culture; Tourism Authority of Thailand; Department of Tourism; Tourism Council of Thailand; Thai Hotels Association and the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

The show is held twice annually in February and August.