PATTAYA, 27 November 2012: Pattaya will pitch for the lucrative long-stay market with the mayor promising to make it a second home for seniors and retirees. Pattaya City Mayor, Ithiphol Khunplume, said he intends to make the resort a second home for retirees and roll out the welcome mat for investors claiming that the city [...] Read more...
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CHANTHABURI, 27 November 2012: Tourism in Rayong and Chanthaburi should grow by at least 5% this year as promotions focus on ecotourism opportunities. Tourism Authority of Thailand Rayong office director, Chuchart Oncharoen, said the office is promoting ecotourism such as cycling caravans to build niche market business. According to the Department of Tourism, last year, [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 26 November 2012: Hotels in Bangkok and Phuket are listed in the top five areas that reported the largest increases in three key performance metrics for October. But across the Asia Pacific region, a STR Global’s survey noted a slight decrease in all three metrics with occupancy down 0.2% to 70.9%,average daily (ADR) down [...] Read more...
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CHANTHABURI, 22 November 2012: Chanthaburi has turned a public park into a walking street in the hope it will attract more tourists to visit the eastern seaboard town. Earlier this week, the provincial town introduced what  it called – @ Chan Chanthaburi Walking Street, which has been developed as part of the Somdej Pra Chao [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 19 November 2012: The Tourism Authority of Thailand will sponsor Vietnamese beauty pageant contestants on a tour of Thailand’s popular destination to tap media attention back home for the TV show. TAT Ho Chi Minh City office invited 12 contestants of Miss Teen Vietnam 2012 to visit five tourism destinations in Thailand namely Bangkok, [...] Read more...
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CHIANG MAI, 19 November 2012: Chiang Mai International Balloon Festival, 23 to 25 November, should attract more visitors this year as it precedes the nationwide Loi Krathong festival by just a few days. The Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai office forecasts the hot-air balloon festival should attract 70,000 visitors and generate Bt230 million to [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 16 November 2012: The Thai Hotels Association says its booking site for member hotels will be ready in December. THA marketing chairman, Supawan Tanomkieatipume told TTR Weekly the site is being tested right now. “We cannot give the exact launch date when it will go online as we still need to test the system [...] Read more...
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SURIN, 16 November 2012: The annual Surin Elephant Roundup opens with a dress rehearsal today with festivities continuing to 25 November. Over 300 elephants will perform a full dress rehearsal at the town’s Sri Narong Stadium leading up to the main events scheduled 17 to 18 November. The preview costs Bt10 for students and Bt40 [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 16 November 2012: Airports of Thailand reports its October data showed increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at six airports under its management. AoT released, Thursday, its latest data on air traffic in October showing improvements in aircraft movements of 8.93% from 39,212 to 42,715 movements as well as passenger traffic up [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 14 November 2012: The Tourism Authority of Thailand will sell Thainess at one of Japan’s most famous winter events in Sapporo. TAT marketing and communications deputy governor, Prakit Piriyakiet, said that this year TAT will campaign with the theme of Thainess at the 64th Sapporo Snow Festival, 5 to 11 February 2014. He said [...] Read more...
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PHUKET, 13 November 2012: Organisers of the Surin Beach New Year’s party failed to demonstrate the benefits of hosting the party for the local community despite holding a meeting of all the stakeholders, late last week. According to Phuket News the organiser was supposed to convince the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket office, local shops, [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 12 November 2012: Thai Hotels Association will host a training course on marketing and sales, 11 December, at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa for both members and non-members. The management and sales development training programme will be conducted in English by Dr Edward Dramberger, an expert in the hotel and tourism fields. Training will [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 12 November 2012: The Tourism Authority of Thailand says the Loi Krathong Festival, 24 to 29 November, should generate over Bt800 million at eight highlighted destinations. Chiang Mai is expected to be the top destination earning the most revenue according to TAT’s tourism and products business deputy governor, Vilaiwan Twichasri, who believes revenue nationwide [...] Read more...
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CHIANG MAI, 9 November 2012: The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology announced that 3,000 public Wi-Fi signal spots are now available for Chiang Mai residents free of charge. Earlier this week, ICT Minister Anudit Nakorntap introduced ICT Free Wi-Fi through a partnership with AIS by inviting Chiang Mai residences to apply for the service. [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 9 November 2012: The Tourism Authority of Thailand plans to lease 14 of its assets that include mainly land properties to raise funds for its marketing promotions. TAT Tourism Products and Business deputy governor, Vilaiwan Twichasri, identified Wang Nam Khiao in Nakhon Ratchasima province and Bang Saen in Chonburi province as two sites that [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 8 November 2012: The Metropolitan Police Bureau will adopt Wi-Fi technology to  fight traffic congestion in Bangkok. Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Pol Lt General Kamronwit Thoopkrachang said 395 Wi-Fi hotspots would be installed across the city to monitor real-time traffic congestion to improve data flow and assist police to resolve [...] Read more...
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PATTAYA, 7 November 2012: Pattaya City will once again host its International Fireworks Festival 30 November to 1 December. The International Fireworks Festival will be held on the bay close to popular shopping mall, Central Festival. Now in its fourth year, the event will for the first time be hosted jointly by Pattaya City and [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 6 November 2012: The Tourism Authority of Thailand says medical tourism, shopping and street snacking are three magnets that will draw more tourists to Thailand and help to generate higher tourism spending. The government has set a lofty tourism revenue target of Bt2 trillion by the year 2015 and that has prompted the TAT [...] Read more...
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PHUKET, 5 November 2012: Hoteliers on Phuket’s Surin Beach oppose a New Year’s countdown beach party claiming it will disturb the peace for hotel guests. They claim the New Year holiday is family time and a raucous party on the beach will upset guests who pay a premium during  New Year. They are usually obliged [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 1 November 2012: Hong Kong topped an Asia Pacific Globe Shopper Index, while Bangkok ranked in seventh place mainly due to its affordable pricing. The rankings are based on various categories covering shops, affordability, convenience, hotels & transport and culture & climate. The top five shopping destinations were Hong Kong (68.5), Kuala Lumpur (65.1), [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 31 October 2012: Thailand has once again won several destination awards from readers of Conde’ Nast magazine, according to a media release issued by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. Magazine awards are not a very accurate barometer of a destination’s true ranking, but if Conde Nast is to be believed, Bangkok is the top [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 22 October 2012: The Department of Tourism together with the ASEAN-Korea Centre will host free Korean language courses for tourism personnel, 12 November to 28 December, at the Department of Tourism. This free course is for elementary level and will last 60 hours. However, those who qualify must be from companies that are linked [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 17 October 2012: Six airports under Airport of Thailand’s management delivered positive performances for both aircraft movements and passenger traffic in September with just a slight drop in domestic passenger traffic at Phuket International Airport. Total aircraft movements at the six airports in September improved by 10.93% from 35,830 aircraft movements to 39,747, while [...] Read more...
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BANGKOK, 10 October 2012: Phuket delivered outstanding performances in occupancy rate and revenue per available room of all destinations in Asia Pacific covered by the August STR Global report. Across the region, Phuket reported double digit increases in occupancy and RevPAR. Occupancy rose by 10.4% to 76.8% and RevPAR increased by 26.6% to Bt2,315.92. It [...] Read more...
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PHUKET, 8 October 2012: Okinawa and Phuket are looking at a cooperation agreement in tourism and disaster management that could also lead to direct flights between the two cities. Phuket vice governor, Sommai Preechasin, said talks between Phuket and administrators from Okinawa prefecture suggested ties between the two cities would have benefits for both parties. [...] Read more...
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