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Thailand has the Fastest WiFi at any Airport in the World

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/6/16 14:20:00 (685 reads)


Whenever I am at Suvarnabhumi or Don Mueang airports in Bangkok, I always connect to their free WiFi. Unlike other airports, this is available to everyone, regardless if they are a passenger waiting for a plane on flight side or a taxi driver waiting for a customer. To sign up, all you have to do is register your name and passport number. You are then given a username and password and automatically logged in. It is very quick and simple. The best thing about it, is that it is fast. Very fast. I have always been impressed. One session is 120 minutes which is more than enough for me.

Now comes the news that the WiFi at Suvarnabhumi has been declared as having the fastest public WiFi at an airport in the world. The survey was done by Rotten WiFi users who tested and evaluated the quality of WiFi in over 130 airports in 53 countries worldwide. 5 European, 2 American and 3 Asian airports made it to the Top 10 list as having the fastest WiFi airports. Suvarnabhumi Airport provided the fastest average public WiFi download speed worldwide at 41.45 Mbps.
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Bangkok, 13 June, 2015 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in collaboration with Thai Airways International (THAI), the Immigration Bureau, and Airports of Thailand (AOT) has today organised the activity 'Thailand's Luckiest Visitor' to greet and award a free trip to the thirteen millionth tourist at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

The luckiest visitor who has won the free trip to Thailand is Ms. Vu Minh Phuong, from Vietnam.


In her welcome speech at today's ceremony, Minister of Tourism and Sports H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said, "On behalf of the Royal Thai Government, it is my great pleasure to extend a warm welcome to Ms. Vu Minh Phuong, Thailand's Luckiest Visitor. I also would like to extend my sincere thanks to TAT, Thai Airways, the Immigration Bureau, and AOT as well as all concerned public and private stakeholders and the Thai people for being such a good host and helping to ensure that all guests of Thailand enjoy a memorable experience while holidaying here in the kingdom."


The activity in conjunction with "2015 Discover Thainess" aims to encourage the number of international tourists to visit Thailand in order to explore the endless charm of Thailand, the diversity of destinations, full flavours of Thai cuisine, fascinating uniqueness of the traditions and culture, as well as the friendliness of its people which brings about a memorable journey that sets the travelling experience apart from other countries.


Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT's Acting Governor, said, "We would like to thank all international tourists visiting Thailand with this reward for their contribution. Moreover, we are looking forward to welcoming many more international visitors, both first-time and repeaters, to enjoy their vacation in Thailand for the rest of this year. Our country is able to fulfill every idea of your holiday. Those who have once visited Thailand will yearn to rediscover its charm time after time.

The tourism situation in 2015 has been shaping up very well. According to the preliminary figure of Thailand's tourist arrivals from January to May 2015, Thailand welcomed a total of 12.45 million, a 24.72 percent increase over the same period in 2014 and represented a 13.07 percent growth over the same period in 2013.

The lucky traveller will receive two economy-class return air tickets from their international port of origin to Thailand as well as enjoy a five-night accommodation in Thailand for the next trip. The prize is valid within one year.

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Bangkok 8 June, 2015 - The 14th Thailand Travel Mart Plus ended on 5 June, 2015, after a successful three days of business discussions, familiarisation tours and educational forums designed to raise the profile of the "2015 Discover Thainess" brand campaign, create more networking opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises, promote new provincial and regional destinations, and encouraging interest in niche-market products.


Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the country's largest B2B travel trade show, known officially as the TTM Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion, also saw the launch of a new strategy to better position Thailand as a Muslim Friendly Destination.

An analysis of feedback forms evaluated by TAT in cooperation with Acorn Marketing and Research Consultants indicated high levels of satisfaction with the quality and diversity of the entire programme, the potential business expected to be generated as well as the pre- and post-event tours. A summary of preliminary results indicate the following feedback:


The event was attended by 378 buyers from 52 countries (+10% or 35 buyers) over TTM 2014. Of these 172 (45.5%) were first-timers and 206 (54.5%) were repeaters. Most of the buyers were from China (41), the United Kingdom (27), Australia (21) and India (17). Buyers from China showed special interest in joining the TTM Plus every year. Overall, buyers showed keen interest in the new niche-market products; such as, weddings and honeymoons and health and wellness. They also saw great opportunity for developing packages linking Thailand and its neighbours in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

The number of sellers totalled 372 (-7%, or 27 sellers) over TTM+ 2014. A breakdown by category showed that 73% of the sellers were from hotels and resorts and 7% tour operators / travel agents. A total of 80 sellers were first-time participants, and 292 repeaters. The survey showed 41% of the sellers reporting higher sales projections this year over last year as a result of their participation in the TTM+. Fourteen exhibitors were from the GMS countries.

The four pre-TTM+ tour programmes provided an opportunity for 49 buyers and media to survey new tourism products and services in Bangkok and the surrounding areas. The most popular routes were the "Experience the Slow Life of Old Bangkok", "Experience Street Food Tour" and the Bangkok Night Ride (Biking Tour). This reflected the growing demand for experiential tourism and was entirely in line with the theme of TTM+, "Experience with Us."

A number of media briefings were held by the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office, Yunnan Provincial Tourism Development Committee, Cambodia and Myanmar. Another media event was a presentation on ZEB's River Journey by National Geographic. All of them underscored Thailand's growing transportation linkages with the Greater Mekong Subregion, and the role of one of Asia's best-known rivers in facilitating travel and tourism in the region.

On 5 June, the last day of TTM+, TAT organised an event to unveil a strategy to better position Thailand as a Muslim Friendly Destination. In the morning session, 95 buyers and media catering to Muslim clientele from 13 countries heard comprehensive lectures about the readiness of Thai tourism products and services to cater to the Muslim market. TAT also launched a new Mobile App as a handy guide for Muslim tourists to find places of interest. In the afternoon session, the buyers and media met with 92 Thai tourism operators to discuss business opportunities. The visitors were also taken on tours covering 10 routes nationwide to survey products, facilities and services for Muslim tourists.


TAT Acting Governor Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa said, "This year's TTM+ was carefully designed and structured to send a message of confidence in the full-scale recovery of Thai tourism after the downturn of 2014 and further energise the 2015 Discover Thainess campaign going into the second half of the year. We believe this strategy has worked well. The response from buyers, sellers and media has been more than satisfactory."

She said that the keen interest by buyers from China will ensure that Thailand meets its quantitative visitor arrivals targets in the years to come. Hence, this will require TAT to shift its attention towards better nationwide dispersal of tourists and growing their average length of stay and daily expenditure. Both these latter strategies are being met by the launch of new promotions focussing on the "12 Hidden Gems" and strategies directed at niche-market segments; such as, culinary tourism, health and wellness, weddings and honeymoons, sports tourism, marine tourism, green tourism, etc.

Mrs. Juthaporn said, "The sellers also indicated that the amount of time slotted for the business appointments should be longer than 15 minutes. Both buyers and sellers also mentioned the need for a free Wi-Fi Internet service. All this will certainly be taken into consideration for the TTM+ 2016."

"We are more than satisfied with the successful outcome. The input and feedback will help us become more focussed in preparing our marketing plans for 2016. It is clear that we have to work on a retention strategy for existing customer segments and new-acquisition strategy to probe new countries and emerging markets. This will be the way going forward".

"We would like to thank the entire Thai tourism industry as well as our airline partners and all the public and private sector organisations for their invaluable support and cooperation in helping to advance the cause of Thailand's largest foreign-exchange earning service industry," Mrs. Juthaporn said.

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
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Bangkok, 5 June, 2015 - Buyers and sellers attending the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2015 have given the show the thumbs up in a series of surveys taken by the Monitoring and Evaluation Division, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the independent research company, ACORN Marketing and Research Consultant, with the objective of improving the experience of the show's delegates and ensuring that their business time is filled with fruitful knowledge of Thai tourism products and services.


The surveys have included the evaluations on the scale of one to five on the pre-tour activities, which have achieved a rate of 4.64; the buyer's forum has been rated at 3.98, and the seller's forum was scored 3.57.
A total of 49 buyers and media have joined the pre-tour activity on four routes in Bangkok including 18 participants on the experience the slow life of old Bangkok, 16 on the experience street food tour, 11 on the Bangkok night ride (biking tour), and four on experience Muay Thai. Of all participants, 90 per cent entered into the survey.

The Bangkok night ride biking tour was rated the highest at 4.70 with participants describing the tour as a 'creative' way to experience Bangkok at night. The experience Muay Thai activity was scored 4.67 with participants expressing interest to include the offer in their tour programme. Rating on a score of 4.65, participants on the experience the slow life of old Bangkok tour labelled this as a morning activity. Last but not least, participants on the experience street food tour rated the trip at 4.57, but the trip would be better without a visit to flower and vegetable gardens.


The buyer's forum was attended by about 250 delegates. Of these, 91 per cent completed the survey, rating the session at 3.98, while 82 per cent said they would join the event again next year. The respondents were pleased with the forum's duration and organisation, rating both points at 4.12 and 4.10, respectively. However, some of the buyers suggested that a free WiFi service, supporting documents, notebooks, and simultaneous translation should be provided. Participants also recommended that the session should address how the tourism products highlighted in the forum could be further promoted in the international tourist markets.

The seller's forum attracted up to 70 participants, who scored the session at 3.57, with 79 per cent expressing interest to join next year's session. While voting an overall satisfaction of the session, the respondents commented that the show should not be held during the similar period as the ILTM Asia 2015 (International Luxury Travel Market Asia Shanghai 2015, from 1-4 June) and that a free WiFi service should be provided. Same as the buyer's forum, participants at the seller's forum also recommended that the session should address how to further promote Thai tourism products and services in the international tourist markets.


Mrs Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT Acting Governor and Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) said, "We are very pleased with the survey results, which are testament to our 14 years of experience in organising the TTM, Thailand's largest B2B travel trade show. Under our 2015 Discover Thainess campaign and the show's 'Experience with Us. theme, the pre-tours and the forums for buyers and sellers highlighted elements that would familiarise the participants with TAT's current marketing promotion activities surrounding Thainess and creative tourism concepts."

TTM+ 2015 has attracted a turnout of 362 buyers from 50 countries and 374 sellers from Thailand, Lao PDR., Cambodia China, Vietnam and Myanmar. Of these 167 (46.13%) are first-time, and 195 (53.87%) are repeat buyers.

The exhibitors' line-up is dominated by hotels, especially the many exquisite boutique properties coming up nationwide. The buyers' contingent is dominated by tour companies from China, India and the UK as well as emerging markets; such as, Belarus.

Mrs Juthaporn said, "The increased number of buyers reflected the confidence of the international tourist markets in Thailand while the number of buyers from China at 43 from 15 cities would open more opportunities for us to penetrate this important market. At the same time, the ratio between buyers and sellers would allow the TTM to maintain its positioning as one of the most important B2B travel trade platforms in the international markets."



Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
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Bangkok, 4 June, 2015 - The special forum for buyers held on the first day of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) during 3-5 June, 2015, in Bangkok, has received a high turnout, attracting more than 360 buyers.

Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the TTM+ 2015 brought international tour operators, travel agents and destination management managers from 50 countries up to speed with a special forum that tied in with the trade show's theme, "Experience with Us" and reflected the idea that travellers want to "experience" and learn something new to satisfy a deeper need for participation, creativity,community, and idealism


Addressing buyers attending the forum, Mr. Pongsathorn Kessasamli, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing Asia and South Pacific said, "The two speakers, Mr.Somsak Boonkam, founder and CEO of Local Alike and Dr.Poll Theeraprappisit, have joined TAT in showcasing how international tourists and travellers can discover Thainess first-hand by experiencing the Thai way of life the unique way through creative tourism projects and activities that are set to lead to sustainability of local communities."

Local Alike, which prides itself as a social enterprise that bridges the gap between local communities and world's travellers through an online tourism platform, offers a meaningful and authentic Thainess experience for both tourists and local villagers. Some of the tour programmes have included a day as a fisherman in Bangkok's San Taw Community, a day as an artisan in Chiang Mai's Wua Lai Village, and a Mae Salong Homestay in bamboo dwellings on the hill.

Mr.Somsak Boonkam, founder and CEO of Local Alike said, "Of the total package price, 70 per cent would go to villagers and 30 per cent would cover our operation and marketing costs, and of the profit we gain, five per cent would go to what we call a social development fund for the communities we work with because our aim is to create tourism for sustainability of the community. We don't ask the community to build new facilities to cater to tourists instead we select communities that are ready to embrace tourists to experience their way of life in their unique way."


Buyers were also enriched with knowledge about the importance of 'rice' in the Thai way of life as Dr.Poll Theerapappisit walked the audiences through the Thai rice cultures and how they interconnect with other local traditions and rituals in a series of inspiring video documentaries. He also introduced the 'Rice Route of Thailand', the new food tourism journey that is designed to showcase to the world creative community-based agro-tourism as well as the creativity of Thai food's cultural diversity as a unique Thai way of life.


The sample the 'Thai Rice Route' programme highlights the Thai rice culture in the Northern and Central Regions, including Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri and Bangkok. Apart from agro-tourism, the proposed programme also features traditions and cultures unique to each destination; such as, Thai arts in local temples, and Thai wisdom and Thai way of life in local ethnic communities.

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
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