Agents face spotty performance

September 6, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 6 August 2017: For large-scale travel firms in Thailand’s inbound travel business the message in the numbers is far from reassuring, according to the latest data from the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

ATTA presents the most accurate data on guests handled by tour firms, through the monitoring of meet-and-greet service at Bangkok’s two gateway airports.

The running total for January to August, this year, indicates ATTA member companies handled 3,904,731 clients, compared with 4,122,817 in the same months last year. That’s a decline of 5.43% on a difference of 218,086 clients. Read more

Travel agents see market shrink

August 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 31 August 2017: Thailand’s inbound travel companies continue to face declines in tourists using their services, based on the latest data from the Association of Thai Travel Agents.

Based on a meet-and-greet tally at Bangkok’s two gateway airports, ATTA members provided services for 3,740,187 travellers, January to August 20, this year, down by 6%.

ATTA provides the most accurate barometer of the state of health of the inbound travel agency scene, but limited to guests met at Bangkok’s two gateway airports. Read more

2017 slumps 7% for Thai agents

August 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, Tour Companies

BANGKOK, 7 August 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 3,365,734 travellers, January to July this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 7.2% from 3,627,261 trips during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, late 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 vice president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, said organise programmes and provide products corresponding to the state’s policy would help to boost tourism business. Read more

ATTA members suffer decline

June 19, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 19 June 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 2,368,245 travellers, January to May this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 10.57% from 2,648,172 visits during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, late 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’s president, Vichit Prakobgosol, said business was still declining particularly from China, but he expressed confidence that bookings would recover and grow later in the year. Read more

Safety warning at beach resorts

June 12, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 12 June 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports, last week,  sent an announcement to the Association of Thai Travel Agents asking its members to refrain from offering diving activities to tourists on the first day they arrive in Thailand.

According to the statement, the ministry says it made the statement out of concern for the welfare of tourists who might be suffering from jet lag, or are tired after a long flight.

Chinese tourists who love water sports are the main target for the new rule, which is a response to an increase in marine accidents including drowning. Data showed that visitors were more at risk the day immediately following their arrival in Thailand. Read more

ATTA promotions focus on Europe

May 26, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 26 May 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents plans to organise roadshows and participate in more international trade fairs to boost tour bookints from European markets.

ATTA vice president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, revealed the marketing strategy plan for the European market at the association monthly meeting last Wednesday.

“The association will organise roadshow to Europe to open opportunities in new markets with visits to Prague in Poland, Budapest in Hungry 12 to 15 September this year.” Read more

Downward trend in agency bookings

BANGKOK, 9 May 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents’ member companies handled 1,887,821 travellers, January to April this year, at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports representing a decline of 11.63% from 2,136,197 visits during the same period last year.

ATTA released its data, last week, 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’s president, Vichit Prakobgosol, said the number of tourists travelling on itineraries sold by the association’s member companies, this year, should be around the same as last year. Read more

ATTA plans big presence at TTM

May 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 4 May 2017: Association of Thai Travel Agents will join the forthcoming B2B international event, Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2017, to be hosted 14 to 16 June in Chiang Mai.

ATTA’s vice president, Virat Chatturaputpitak, said attending TTM+2017 this year is the first activity for the association’s new committee to raise its profile and support its members.

“TTM is the country’s most important event for inbound tourism organising annually… it’s a priority for us,” he said. Read more

ATTA agents suffer Q1 decline

April 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 18 April 2017: China and Russian travel markets continue to decline, but India supplied a positive 25% growth in travel for members of the Association of Thai Travel Agents during the first quarter of the year.

January to March figures showed ATTA member companies handled 1,437,292 travellers at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports, representing a decline of 9.93% from 1,595,778 visits during the same period last year.

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. Read more

Vichit wins ATTA election

March 31, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Trade Talk

BANGKOK, 31 March 2017: Vichit Prakobgosol was elected the 37th president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents for a two-year term (2017 to 2018) in a landslide victory at the annual general meeting, Thursday.

Vichit won the election with 395 votes from a total of 480 registered members, while the only other candidate, incumbent president Charoen Wangananont, garnered just 79 votes. It was a stunning loss and a first for an ATTA president running for a second term. There were six void ballots.

Charoen Wangananont stands down after competing a two year term 2015 and 2016. Read more

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