BANGKOK, 19 January 2017: Thai AirAsia will increase flights on the Bangkok-Mandalay route to twice daily starting 17 March.
The airline’s commercial director, Santisuk Klongchaiya, said direct flights to Myanmar’s second largest city are busy as more Thai people travel to the country mainly on Buddhist pilgrimage holidays.
There is also strong medical tourism traffic out of Mandalay heading to Bangkok’s top hospitals. Visa-free travel between the two countries (airline passengers only) has encouraged travel agents to organise holiday packages in both directions. Read more
BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 5,377,843 travellers, January to December, last year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a 3.04% increase from 5,219,066 in 2015.
ATTA released its data, last week, based on fees member agencies pay to the two airports to provide a meet-and-greet service for international clients, but limited to travel through Bangkok.
The association president, Charoen Wangananont, said ASEAN and Asia continue to be major suppliers for Thailand’s inbound tour companies. Read more
BANGKOK, 18 January 2017: Thailand’s Minister of Transport has assigned Aeronautical Radio of Thailand to raise the standard of aviation and boost flights to 2.7 million by 2032.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith met with executives of AEROTHAI to present his policy guidelines on the overhaul of the Thai aviation industry, that aims to increase flights , annually, by nine to 10%.
The minister noted the country was served by 909,000 flights and that should increase to 1 million this year and double to 2 million by 2027. Read more
BANGKOK, 17 January 2017: Thailand’s outbound travel market will generate 9.1 million trips, annually, over the next five years, according to Mastercard’s latest report, Future of Outbound Travel in Asia Pacific 2016 to 2021.
According to the report, Thailand is among Asia Pacific’s emerging markets that will see a significant growth in outbound travel, but the report shows that it far from being a star performer and lags behind its neighbours.
Thailand’s outbound travel market seriously under performs when compared with neighbours, Singapore and Malaysia, that have smaller populations, but more trips. Read more
BANGKOK, 16 January 2017: Peach Aviation, a Japanese low-cost airline, will introduce a new route connecting Bangkok and Okinawa in Japan next month.
The carrier will launch daily flights from Okinawa to Bangkok starting 19 February and from Bangkok to Okinawa 20 February.
Speaking at a press conference, last Thursday, the airline representative director and CEO, Shinichi Inoue, said the upcoming service would be the airline’s first route to a destination in Southeast Asia. Read more
PATTAYA, 13 January 2017: Thailand’s Marine Department confirmed, Wednesday, the official launch date of the Pattaya-Hun Hin ferry service has been postponed until February due to poor weather conditions.
It was due to be launched 12 January following earlier delays and setbacks mostly related to weather conditions in the Gulf of Thailand.
A couple of free test runs were organised earlier in the month. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 January 2017: TMB Bank’s think-tank unit, TMB Analytics, says tourism will be a key driver to boost the country’s economy this year.
The bank’s analytics said travel and tourism will expand the local economy despite the crackdown on zero-dollar tours, which will continue to impact on arrivals from China in the short term.
It estimates that the country would welcome over 35 million international tourists by the end of this year an increase of 6% over last year that closed with roughly 32.5 million visits. The industry will generate THB1.82 trillion in revenue growing 9% from 2016. Read more
BANGKOK, 11 January 2017: Local media in Thailand is taking low-cost airlines to task for allegedly fleecing passengers who were stranded in flood stricken South Thailand.
Thai Rath, a leading Thai language newspaper, led the attack with AirAsia and Nok Air taking the brunt of criticism as they muster the most flights to destinations affected by floods.
Thai Rath claimed the price of an airline ticket from Trang to Bangkok ranged between THB3,178 to THB3,403 for 11 January departures, while on the 13 January the fares on the same route were sold at THB1,793 to THB2,749. Read more
SURAT THANI, 11 January 2017: South of Thailand continued to suffer flash floods and widespread inundation, as rainfall persisted in the region Tuesday.
According to the National News Bureau of Thailand, the Command Centre for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation confirmed 12 provinces in South Thailand are dealing with a flood crisis.
They comprise of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Ranong and Prachuap Khiri Khan. Read more
SATUN, 10 January 2017: Thailand’s Department of National parks has closed two popular tourists island, Tarutao and Adang, due to high tides and rough seas.
Thailand’s National News Bureau quoted the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation saying the marine national parks and islands in the southern region have been pounded by three to four-metre-high tides, while ferry boat service to the islands of Tarutao, Adang and Lipe have been suspended.
The three islands are popular with domestic tourists, but are also attracting backpackers keen to avoid crowded beach resorts and islands, particularly Samui and Phangan Read more