India’s e-Tourist visas gain popularity

August 23, 2017 by  
Filed under News, South Asia

NEW DELHI, 23 August 2017: India’s e-Tourist visa is gaining popularity according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Tourism that showed a 73.3% pick up in visas issued in July when compared with July 2016.

Overall tourist arrivals to India increased 7.4% in July from 734,000 in July 2016 to 788,00 visitors this year.

Foreign tourist arrivals, January to July, this year, numbered 5,670,000 representing a healthy 15.7% improvement, when compared with 4,903,000 in January to July 2016. Read more

Thai tourism trends positive

August 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 August 2017: Foreign tourist visits to Thailand increase 4.81% in July to reach 3,088,042 according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, permanent secretary Pongpanun Svetarundra.

The top  region was East Asia followed by Europe, South Asia, Americas and the Middle East.

During July, tourist spending generated revenue of THB156,403.03, up 6.16% from the same period last year. Read more

Sports to support tourism

August 18, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 18 August 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports is confident that sports tourism will boom in eastern seaboard provinces to generate added revenue for local communities.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said for the first half of this year tourism revenue for the so-called eastern seaboard cluster grew 9.1% generating over THB43,400 million i Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces.

“Local experiences through gastronomy and sports tourism such as the Bang Saen Grand Prix, triathlons, golf tournaments as well as marine tourism, which drew 39 cruises to Laem Chabang Port with 170,000 tourists, are elements to support tourism growth in the first half of this year.” Read more

Thailand focuses on ATF agenda

August 3, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

VINH PHUC, VIETNAM, 3 August 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports permanent secretary, Pongpanu Svetarundra, met with tourism officials from national tourist offices from ASEAN nations, including Vietnam,  to update them on Thailand’s readiness to host the 37th ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018.

The 46th ASEAN National Tourism National Organisations, held last month, gave the ministry’s permanent secretary an opportunity to update officials on ATF, which will be held 22 to 26 January. in Chiang Mai, the first time the forum has been hosted in North Thailand.

ASEAN tourism officials are collaborating to promote gastronomy tourism, tourism investment, cruise tourism and community based tourism. Read more

PM speaks out on guides

July 25, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 25 July 2017: Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayut Chan-o-cha, is adamant that foreigners will not be allowed to work as tour guides in Thailand as the country revises a list of jobs that are reserved exclusively for Thai citizens.

According to the Royal Thai Government website, the government has no policy to allow foreign tour guides to work in Thailand as it is one of the occupations reserved exclusively for Thai citizens, as stipulated in the Foreign Business Act, B.E. 2542 (1999).

The government spokesperson, Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd, said the PM made he comments in response to the Professional Tourist Guide Association of Thailand’s that has been lobbying the government to act on the problem of illegal tour guides. Read more

Thai tourist tally positive

July 21, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 21 July 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits exceeded 17.32 million, January to June, a slight increase of 4.41% when compared with the first half of 2016.

Released Monday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 17,323,640 international visits compared to 16,591,904 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

Sports and food will draw tourists

June 7, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 7 June 2017 (NNT): Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports believes concentrating on sports and food tourism promotions will ensure Thailand attracts more quality visitors.

She identified sports, health, marine and food tourism as priority markets that have the potential to draw more independent visitors who have strong spending power.

Group tourism from China remains the biggest single source of visitors to Thailand but earnings are low, when compared to the independent travel market. Read more

Review Bangkok travel plans late October

May 30, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 May 2017: Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports recommends international tourists to consider switching their travel plans away from Bangkok to other destinations in Thailand in late October when the royal cremation ceremony of the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will take place.

Tourism and Sports Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said in order to avoid heavy traffic congestion, foreign visitors should travel to other destinations in Thailand during the royal cremation period, 25 to 29 October.

Travellers are being advised to visit popular beach and island resorts in South Thailand or North Thailand. All of the temple and heritage sites in the areas near the royal cremation site at Sanam Luang, Bangkok, will be closed for the entire week. Read more

Thai tourism improves 2.9%

May 23, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 23 May 2017: Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits to Thailand exceeded 12.02 million, a slight increase of 2.91% during January to April this year.

Released last week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 12,021,617 international visits for the first four months compared to 11,682,144 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). Minimum requirement is an overnight stay. Read more

Cambodia enjoys tourism boom

April 27, 2017 by  
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PHNOM PENH, 27 April 2017: Cambodia’s tourist arrivals improved 12.1% during January to February this year, according to the Statistics and Tourist Information Department.

Released by the Ministry of Tourism, Wednesday, the latest data showed the country welcomed 1,025,522 international travellers compared to 914,554 during the same period last year.

Outbound trips by Cambodians reached 245,016 up 9.2% for the first two months of the year, compared with 224,411 trips during the same period in 2016. Read more

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