BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Thai government agencies are easing the fears of food vendors in Bangkok and tourists, saying street food will remain on the attractions menu in the capital city, but it must undergo a revamp.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman, Bussadee Santipitak, said the planned street food facelift aims to improve public health safety for consumers in line with international standards and to reorganise the busiest districts of the capital to ease traffic.
In the first stage, vendors will undergo training offered by the government, which will educate them on hygiene requirements. Read more
DUBAI, 28 April 2017: Qatar Airways plans to introduce a fifth daily nonstop service from Doha to Bangkok effective 1June.
The increased frequency, along with its double-daily Phuket flights and the five-month-old Krabi operations (four flights a week), will take the number of weekly Qatar Airways departures from Thailand to Doha to 53.
In related news Qatar Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Read more
BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Dusit International has signed a hotel management agreement with Dhanasansombut Development Company to operate the first ever hotel in the heart of Bangkok’s world-famous Chatuchak Market.
Forming part of Dhanasansombut Development’s new mixed-use project, Mixt Chatuchak (www.mixtchatuchak.com), the new hotel will have approximately 250 rooms at a site located close to both both the MRT (Mo Chit Station) and BTS (Chatuchak Station) mass transit rail systems.
The two public transport systems provide easy access to all of Bangkok’s main attractions. Read more
BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: World Travel & Tourism Council announced, Thursday, the Winners of the 2017 Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards honour “inspirational, world-changing tourism initiatives from all over the globe,” the WTTC announcement read.
Awards were presented in five categories, which reflected the WTTC’s aim of ‘balancing the interests of people, planet, and profits’. Read more
BANGKOK, 28 April 2017: Thai workers will enjoy a holiday on Labour Day on Monday 1 May.
Labour Day was adopted to give workers an opportunity to take a break, although Thailand’s workers arrive at this holiday already refreshed by a five to seven-day break during the annual Songkran Festival in mid-April.
Labour Day is observed in more than 80 countries, worldwide. Read more
BANGKOK, 25 April 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says the first Michelin Guide Bangkok, due to be published in December, will help to boost the country’s food tourism, while adding value to Thai restaurants that are awarded Michelin stars.
Tourism Authority of Thailand entered into a partnership with Michelin Travel Partner, last week, to publish a Bangkok edition of the prestigious Michelin Guide.
Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said the launch would allow local people and tourists to experience the delicious taste of Thai food in many settings. Read more
BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Transit passengers using Thai airports to connect with onward flights declined in March by 10.95%, according to Airports of Thailand’s data for March.
AoT reported that all of its supervised airports served 11,629,468 passengers up 8.49% from 10,719,026 when compared with the same month in 2016.
But the role of Thailand’s major airports as gateways declined with 68,864 transit passengers, down 10.95% from 77,329 in March 2016. Read more
BANGKOK, 24 April 2017: Thai AirAsia has received AOC Re-Certification of its ICAO standard from the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand, last week.
Minister of Transport, Arkhom Termpittayapaisit, chaired the presentation joined by Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand director general, Chula Sukmanop. Read more
BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits exceeded 9.19 million, January to March this year, representing a slight increase of 1.72%.
Released Tuesday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 9,194,057 international visits, last year, compared to 9,038,893 visits during the same period last year.
The data is based on foreign passports, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). Read more
BANGKOK, 21 April 2017: A new ferry service linking Sattahip, 30 km south of Pattaya with the tourist island of Chang on the eastern seaboard and Hua Hin on the west side of the Gulf of Thailand will start this May.
Royal Passenger Liner Company already operates a daily passenger ferry service from Pattaya to Hua Hin.
Tourists visiting Chang island in Trat province, around 120 km from the Cambodian border, usually travel by bus or on Bangkok Airways flights from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport to the airline’s privately owned airport on mainland Trat. From there they take a taxi to the ferry port to transfer to Chang Island Read more