Qatar Airways timetable changes

December 18, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, Myanmar, News

BANGKOK, 18 December 2017: Qatar Airways may increase services to Yangon in March 2018 from five flights weekly to daily, according to advance timetable details posted on Airlineroute.

Three of the services originating in Doha will turnaround in Yangon while the other four services will continue to Chiang Mai in Thailand.

Currently Qatar Airways is flying four weekly nonstop services from Doha to Chiang Mai, using an Airbus A330-200, but by mid April the flights will be routed through Yangon. Read more

Suriwongse back from the grave

November 9, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

Bangkok, Thailand, 8 November 2017: Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will open its first managed property this week in Thailand’s northern capital Chiang Mai.

The 266-room Mövenpick Suriwongse Hotel Chiang Mai reopens its doors after a lengthy remake to upgrade the property, after years of neglect.

Locally owned, the Suriwongse Hotel was one of the first hotels to open in Chiang Mai during the 1970s.   Read more

TRAVEX to rigorously check buyers

September 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand, tour operators

BANGKOK, 8 September 2017: The Tourism Authority of Thailand has pledged to make the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) in Chiang Mai a success, by improving the quality of TRAVEX buyers. claiming ASEAN destinations earn millions of dollars in business transacted during the three-day trade show.

To add credence to that claim, TAT says it will abide by strict guidelines to scrutinise buyer registration at the show to ensure only decision makers who are empowered to negotiate contracts can attend.

The show in recent year has been criticised for a poor turnout of quality buyers. Critics claim there are too many buyers who view ATF as an annual paid holiday, or reunion with buddy tour operators. Read more

Jetstar flies to Chiang Mai

August 16, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

BANGKOK, 16 August 2017:– The first Jetstar Pacific flight serving the Chiang Mai-Quang Binh route took off from Chiang Mai last weekend.

The twice-weekly service is the first to connect the Thai northern city to an emerging tourist destination in central Vietnam.

The flight operates out of Dong Hoi Airport in Quang Binh. Read more

Credit card swings golf discount

June 30, 2017 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

CHIANG MAI, 30 June 2017: Krungthai Card Public Company Limited launches “Chiang Mai Golf Privilege with KTC: Enjoy Your Swing” campaign.

It offers up to 20% discounts on green fees at participating golf courses in Chiang Mai.

To receive the discount and privileges, credit card members must use their cards to pay for green fees. Read more

Golfers resort debuts Chiang Mai

October 11, 2016 by  
Filed under Travel Deals

CHIANG MAI, 11 October 2016: North Hill City Resort, welcomed its first guests late last week at this popular North Thailand destination located right next to a golf course.

The 42-room resort offers guests what it calls “outstanding views of Doi Suthep”.

Signature features include a year-round outdoor pool and terrace, while the resort has free Wi-Fi in rooms and all public areas. Read more

A week at a time: TTM 2016 declared a success

June 16, 2016 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

CHIANG MAI, 16 June 2016: When the 15th Thailand Travel Mart convened in Chiang Mai, last week, you could say it made history. Thailand’s premier travel trade show moved north after 14 years spent exclusively in Bangkok.

In the late 1990s a version of the TTM was hosted in Pattaya in the year the Royal Cliff Beach Resort opened its convention and exhibition centre known as PEACH.

But that sortie to the eastern seaboard beach resort was never repeated. TTM prospered for 14 years in the Bangkok comfort zone switching exhibition venues between BITEC,  southeast of downtown Bangkok, Impact Challenger, in the northern suburbs and the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre bang in the heart of the city.  Read more

Royal Projects woo tourists

June 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Events, MICE, News

BANGKOK, 13 June 2016: Tourism Authority of Thailand highlighted Chiang Mai’s local tourism products over the weekend, by organising fam trips for international media who attended the Thailand Travel Mart last week.

The main focus was on the province’s Royal Projects that underscore the country’s efforts to introduce community-based tourism.

Nong Hoi Royal Project Development Centre coordinator, Siriporn Chansuwan, told TTR Weekly that tourism agencies like Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau have made promoting royal projects a priority. Read more

Yadanarpon Airlines to expand

June 13, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, Myanmar, News

CHIANG MAI, 13 June 2016: Mann Yadanarpon Airlines plans to expand its fleet and open new routes on Thailand next year.

The airline marketing manager, Wutyi Maw, told TTR Weekly at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2016, held last week in Chiang Mai, that the airline would add two more aircraft to serve destinations in Thailand.

“Currently, we have two ATR72-600s operating just domestic routes…to increase our airline network we plan to add more two more ATR72s next year.” Read more