China opens Bangkok tourism office

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Mekong, News, North Asia, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: China National Tourism Administration opened a bureau in Bangkok, last week, the authority’s 22nd overseas office according China Radio Online.

Officials attending the opening ceremony said the two countries enjoy strong two-way travel.

The opening of the China National Tourism Office in Bangkok will also encourage more tourism exchange and provide support for projects linked to China’s “one belt, one road” policy. Read more

TCT bullish on Thai tourism

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: Tourism Council of Thailand estimates international tourist arrivals to Thailand could reach 8.75 million during the third quarter, July to September, generating THB452,469 million in revenue.

Released last Thursday, the latest Thailand Tourism Confidence Index indicates a level of 102 in Q3 compared to the confidence benchmark of 100. The index is based on data from 600 tour agencies.

TCT president, Ittirit Kinglek, said the country’a tourism  in Q3 should be positive reaching 8.75 million international travellers, an increase of 6.38% over the same quarter last year. Read more

Rainy season festivals and events

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under Festivals, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: Tourism Authority of Thailand is grouping events and activities into four categories to open up travel to secondary destinations and improve travel options during the rainy season.

TAT said it will concentrate on promoting food & music festivals; cultural & art festivals; creative events and recreation & sports events.

This July, activities start with the Kaeng Song Coffee Sipping and Khek River Rafting Festival to be held 1 July to 31 October at the Khek River. Read more

Taxi drivers told to behave

June 26, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 26 June 2017: The Land Transport Department has asked taxi drivers to improve their manners after some drivers set about a car driver they suspected was an Uber of Grab member.

The incident that occurred at the weekend could have turned nasty.

Taxi drivers besieged the driver at Chiang Mai airport, which is under the management of the Airports of Thailand. Read more

Indian tucker at its best

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Rang Mahal restaurant at the 407-room Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok has won the Editor’s Choice Award for Indian cuisine at the 19th Bangkok’s Best Restaurant awards.

The Rang Mahal was selected by a panel of five judges, with 12 to 23 nominees in each category vying for recognition by Bangkok’s most respected awards in the hospitality industry.

Bangkok Best Restaurant Awards is hosted by Bangkok Best Dining & Entertainment magazine. Read more

Tourism top of the Thai pile

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under Thailand, TRENDING

LONDON, 23 June 2017: Thailand’s tourism sector is one of the strongest performers out of nine of the country’s industry sectors covered in a new study released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

The WTTC Benchmarking Report 2017 compares Travel & Tourism to eight other sectors, which are considered to have similar breadth and global presence, across 27 countries and six regions.

The section on Thailand showed that business and leisure travel directly contributed THB1.3 trillion (USD37 billion) to Thailand’s GDP in 2016, which is higher than all other eight sectors researched in the study. Read more

Where are the GIs hiding?

June 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 23 June 2017: Thailand’s government has asked all 77 provinces to establish their own Geographical Indications (GIs) for local products in an effort to offer diversity and attract more international visitors beyond the major tourist destinations.

Prime Minister’s Office spokesperson, Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, said each province has been asked to promote at least one locally made product for GI signage.

He advised provinces to locate products in communities that do not yet have a tourism draw card.  Read more

Thailand back on global retail index

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 June 2017: Thailand figures once more in the Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), released by management consulting firm AT Kearney earlier this month.

The GRDI, now in its 16th edition, ranks the top 30 developing countries for retail investment worldwide.

Thailand joined the ranking at 30th compared with third placed Malaysia and Vietnam ranked sixth. Read more

AoT reports passenger gains

June 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 22 June 2017: Two North Thailand gateway airports registered increases in international passengers; Chiang Mai up 5% and Chiang Rai, a remarkable rise of 244%, due to an increase in flights from China during May.

Airports of Thailand’s latest report monitored increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at five of its six airports during May this year. Hat Yai suffered a loss in international passenger numbers.

AoT reported, Wednesday, that all of its supervised airports served 10,195,790 passengers up 5.83% from 9,633,787 when compared with the same month last year. Read more

Ministry to improve river safety

June 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 June 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports says it will focus on safety measures along waterways to prevent accidents particularly along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.

The ministry’s permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, said he would improve safety for boat users to prevent accidents, especially in rainy season, and to raise confidence that travel in Bangkok is safe.

He noted that dining cruises topped the list of favourite activities along the Chao Phraya River particularly for European and American travellers. The dinner cruises generate an estimated THB3,067 million in revenue last year. Read more

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