BANGKOK, 22 March 2013: Tourism associations fear the boom in tourism to Thailand will caused a shortage of tour buses and drivers, hotel personnel service standards will decline and there will be a glaring shortfall in tour guide to serve Chinese and Indonesian tourists.
Association of Thai Travel Agents president, Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, said there was already a shortage of tour bus and professionally trained bus drivers to serve the increase in travellers to Thailand.
“Last week, the association proposed to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports that it work with the Department of Land Transport to organise training programmes for drivers.”
BANGKOK, 17 December 2012: The Transport Company says it will open bus routes to all Mekong countries by 2015.
Currently it is operating 10 routes between Thailand and Laos and announced the launch of the first two bus links with Cambodia on 29 December.
The Mekong region comprises of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and China PRC’s Yunnan and Guang Xi provinces.
BANGKOK, 2 October 2012: The Transport Company kicked off its first bus services from the Thai capital to points in Laos, Monday, after successfully operating bus services from northeast and northern provinces.
Similar bus services between Thailand and Cambodia should be running by the end of year.
Yesterday the first daily bus services from Bangkok to the Lao capital, Vientiane and to Pakse, in southern Laos, departed the main northern bus terminal at Mor Chit.
HO CHI MINH CITY, 6 July 2012: The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Transport Cooperatives rolled out, Tuesday, eight green buses, including two buses to accommodate disabled passengers who use wheelchairs.
The union director, Phung Dang Hai, said: “The company paid a South Korean firm US$718.5 million to import all eight buses, which will be used on routes from An Suong Bus Station in District 12 to the Agriculture and Forestry University in Thu Duc district.”
“The buses not only run on compressed natural gas, but also have wider doors, adjustable floors that can be lowered to street-level, and seats specially designed for disabled passengers that need to use wheelchairs. It’s a first for the city and country,” he said.
BANGKOK, 23 May 2012: Stray Asia will introduce its hop-on/ hop off travel network in Thailand and Laos at the annual trade fair Thailand Tavel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to Greater Mekong Sub-region at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, 7 to 8 June.
Beginning operations in Thailand and Laos 18 months ago, Stray Asia, a sister company of Stray New Zealand, will join the TTM for the first time to raise its profile and reach new buyers who are interested in Southeast Asia, according to Stray Asia general manager, Holly Zimmerman.
Stray Asia operates a fleet of buses to service a hop-on/ hop off network in Laos as well as offering connections on public transport (boat, bus, train and ‘tuk tuk’ in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia). Some sectors are with guide and some without.