BANGKOK, 27 March 2017: Thai travellers turn to social media to research and share their travel experiences, while solo travel is growing starting with road trip adventures, according to Booking.com recent research.
Released last week, the study interviewed 500 Thais, during 11 to 30 January, this year, to explore the travel intentions of Thai travellers. It concluded social media was the driver that inspired first-time travel experiences in 2017.
The finding showed that 62% of Thai respondents are planning to travel solo for the first time this year. This contrasts with the traditional view that Thais prefer group and family travel mainly to deal with perceived deficiencies in foreign language skills Read more
BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: Airports of Thailand reported strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during February this year.
AoT reported, on Tuesday, that all of its supervised airports served 11,177,269 passengers, up 4.59% from 10,686,642 when compared with the same month in 2016.
Overall, aircraft movements also increased by 2.96% from 64,624 to 66,535. Read more
BANGKOK, 24 March 2017: The Thai government intends to work closely with the private sector to sift out illegal hotel operators that sell rooms through the online room bookings space.
Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn chaired a meeting of the National Policy Committee for Tourism, earlier this week to discuss the subject within the framework of tourism management and community tourism promotions, according to the National News Bureau.
Gen Tanasak noted at the meeting that tourist arrivals had surpassed 6 million and generating more than THB300 million in revenue. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Kasikorn Research Centre says the ongoing ICAO and FAA process of recertification of Thailand’s aviation industry will strengthen the country’s ambitions to regain its status as a top regional hub.
It noted that the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has now issued its first Air Operations Certificate (AOC) under an ongoing recertification programme, 27 February.
Bangkok Airways was the first recipient as part of CAAT’s recertification programme, in partnership with CAA International (CAAi), which is part of the International Directorate of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA). Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Thai Smile has put on hold its planned introduction of a daily service to Cebu in the Philippines.
According to the airline’s latest flight updates, the airline was scheduled to start the service 1 May.
Details showed the service had a TG flight four digit designator, TG 2626, on the Bangkok-Cebu run, which indicated the service would have been a codeshare with parent airline Thai Airways International. Read more
BANGKOK, 23 March 2017: Thai Lion Air has opened sales for two new services due to be launched 26 March.
The low-cost airline, based at Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport will add services, to Nanjing, China and Phitsanulok, a commercial city 400 km north of the Thai capital.
The airline will offer a daily flight to Nanjing using a Boeing 737 with a departure time of 1600 from Don Mueang airport. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 906,558 travellers, January to February, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 10.14% when compared with 1,008,879 visits during the same period last year.
ATTA released its data, Monday, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide meet-and-greet services for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.
The association president, Charoen Wangananont, said the slow down was due to an above average and extraordinary growth registered during the first two months of 2016. Read more
BANGKOK, 22 March 2017: Lufthansa will increase passenger capacity on it Frankfurt- Bangkok route when it introduces the Airbus A380 effective 29 October.
The switch from a Boeing 747-400 to the Airbus A380 will increase seat capacity by 35% across four class cabins; first, business, premium economy, and economy.
Thailand continues to be a strong leisure destination for Lufthansa especially during the winter schedule, October through to March. Read more
PATTAYA, 22 March 2017: Just days before Pattaya officials celebrate the opening of a so-called ‘Happy Zone’ this Saturday that will stretch along Pattaya’s walking street, police intensified their crackdown on crime.
Immigration police arrested 14 foreign mafia style criminals, Tuesday, some of them wanted on Interpol red alert lists.
Officials claimed the group included six Russians who were wanted by Interpol for money laundering and narcotics. Read more
BANGKOK, 21 March 2017: Thailand’s Cabinet announced, last Tuesday, a waiver of inter-city tollways for motorists during the upcoming Songkran festival next month.
According to the Cabinet’s document, motorway travel will be free during the Songkran festival, from 0001, 11 April to 2400, 18 April, to encourage Thais to travel by car to visit friends and relatives in the provinces.
It didn’t say why it was encouraging Thais to travel by car. The holiday is notorious for the annual killing spree on roads that usually ends with around 500 fatalities and in excess of 3,000 serious injuries, blamed on speeding and drunk driving. Read more