Singapore gains liveable points

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Malaysia, News, Singapore, Thailand

SINGAPORE, 18 August 2017: For the first time Singapore overhauled Hong Kong in the Economist Intelligence Unit 2017 Global Liveability Ranking released Wednesday.

Singapore jumped 11 places to 35th in the annual survey that assigns scores for 140 cities based on 30 criteria covering stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure.

Hong Kong slipped two places to 45th. Read more

Sports to support tourism

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports is confident that sports tourism will boom in eastern seaboard provinces to generate added revenue for local communities.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said for the first half of this year tourism revenue for the so-called eastern seaboard cluster grew 9.1% generating over THB43,400 million i Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces.

“Local experiences through gastronomy and sports tourism such as the Bang Saen Grand Prix, triathlons, golf tournaments as well as marine tourism, which drew 39 cruises to Laem Chabang Port with 170,000 tourists, are elements to support tourism growth in the first half of this year.” Read more

China sales go tabletop

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Thai Hotels Association is inviting members to join a Hotels Meet Local Agents Chinese Speaking Marketplace, 1330 to 1930, 22 September.

The sales event will be held at Chaturathit and Parichart rooms, Golden Tulip Sovereign Hotel Bangkok.

THA is cooperating with the Association of Thai Travel Agents to organise the programme, which will provide opportunities for hotel and tour operators to negotiate business and exchange knowledge at tabletop sessions. Read more

Thailand introduces 10-year visa

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK — Foreigners from 14 designated countries are now eligible for a 10-year retirement visa according to Thailand’s Immigration Bureau.

The Thai government announced the new visa last November, but it only became available last week.

The extended 10-year retirement visa is a an option in addition to the standard one-year visa for retirees who must have funds in the bank of THB800,000 as a guarantee. Read more

Qatar Airways launches Chiang Mai flight

August 17, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Middle east, News, Thailand

DOHA, Qatar, 17 August 2017: Qatar Airways has announced it will launch flights to Chiang Mai, its fourth destination in Thailand  to meet increased demand for Thai destinations from holiday-makers mainly in Europe.

The new route comes in addition to existing services to Bangkok and to popular holiday destinations Phuket and Krabi.

The new four-weekly seasonal service will operate between Doha and Chiang Mai (CNX), using a wide-body aircraft from December through to May 2018. Read more

Q&A: Events business pursues quality

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, MICE, News, People, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 August 2017: Thailand has identified the pursuit of quality tourism as its strategic goal in a bid to shift the emphasis from counting tourist arrivals to building revenue, length of stay and offering upscale travel experiences.

MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) is viewed as the travel segment that will help Thailand do just that, as well as ensuring it can rise through the ranks to become the leader in ASEAN’s highly competitive events business.

Thailand has many factors in its favour including  strategic location on mainland ASEAN, a comprehensive network of airline routes and superb hotel and meeting facilities on the ground to serve the needs a global MICE industry. Read more

Thai Lion to roar its way to Bali

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 August 2017: Thai Lion Air will commence a brand new daily service from Bangkok (DMK) to Denpasar Bali in Indonesia effective 15 September.

According to the airline’s website, the carrier will operate a daily flight on the route using a Boeing 737-600 from its home-base at Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok.

It will compete head-on with Thai AirAsia, also based at DMK, and Thai Airways International (BKK-based), both of them offering nonstop flights to Denpasar. Read more

PG flits to Phu Quoc

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 16 August 2017: Bangkok Airways will launch a new service, 29 October, between Bangkok and Phu Quoc, a holiday island off the southern coast of Vietnam.

According to the airline’s website, the new route will operate with four weekly flights using the small turbo-prop 70-seat ATR72-600.

The airline will be the first Thai carrier fly to the destination, but it likely to face tough competition when its low-cost airlines based in Thailand start services using the bigger more comfortable Boeing 737s and A320s. Read more

Thailand’s outbound travel grows

BANGKOK, 15 August 2017: Thai Travel Agents Association estimates Thais travel overseas will reach 8.5 million visits by this the end of this year.

TTAA’s president, Suparerk Soorangura, told TTR Weekly that the number of Thais make overseas trips this year will continue to grow from 7.9 million visits last year.

TTAA’s members are made up of tour companies that sell holiday packages to overseas destinations. Read more

TM6 form just a duplication

August 11, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 11 August 2017: Thai travellers will face less paper work when they travel overseas, this October, following a decision  to phase out the departure and arrival card known as TM6, but only for its nationals.

Foreigners entering Thailand will still have to complete a brand new TM6 that will incorporate additional questions to aid tourism marketing.

Travellers fill out the form at land, sea and air borders, but it is the main gateway airports that cannot cope with the long queues at immigration counters. Read more

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