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TAT and Visa sell splash and spice

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/3/3 14:50:00 (588 reads)
This year' campaign has been extended to cover three months including the summer school holidays and the Thai New Year periods (Songkran).

The event has also been adjusted to include specific restaurants in hotels in the four to five-star categories in Thailand's six major tourist destinations (Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Samui).

A highlight is the privilege programme called "One Price Point Menu" that will offer lunch priced at THB749++ per person and dinner priced at THB1,499++ per person.

TAT Governor Thawatchai Arunyik said : "The expanded festival is part of our continuing effort to underscore our new brand campaign "2015 Discover Thainess"."

"As Thai cuisine is well-known, this festival will give visitors further incentive to come and enjoy it in Thailand itself, at very value-for-money prices."

The term "Splash & Spice" also takes in Songkran, Thailand's water festival the major nation-wide event in April.

TAT and VISA originally initiated the "Thailand Splash & Spice" campaign in 2012 to capitalise on the popularity of Thai cuisine and drive business to the many world-class international restaurants that have opened in Bangkok and popular tourist spots nationwide. The campaign also leads to a commensurate growth in average visitor expenditure and length of stay.

VISA promotes it via direct-mail to Visa cardholders in Thailand and specific targeted countries worldwide. Participating hotels and restaurants also publicise and promote the discount offers to their clients and via their Internet and social media channels.
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Chiang Mai airport expands

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/3/3 12:00:00 (605 reads)
CHIANG MAI, 3 March 2015 : Chiang Mai International Airport will expand to increase its capacity to accommodate a boom in passenger traffic.

Airports of Thailand's Regional Airports' senior executive vice president, Samai Chantorn, said the company has a plan to expand capacity by 2016.

The first task, which is already underway, is the extension of parking bays, he said.

Other projects, due within this year, are the extension of domestic and international departure halls by 400 and 350 square metres respectively and construction of a parking lot capable of handling up to 320 vehicles.

In the medium-term plan, the domestic departure hall will be extended by 1,600 square metres and the international passenger terminal building by
20,000 square metres due to be completed next year.

In addition, the bus gate will undergo improvements. More baggage belts and air bridges will be built, also be 2016.

The expansion is in response to a rapid increase in tourists to Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai International Airport earned THB1,228.86 million in income, last year, representing a 35% increase.

The airport also served 52,642 flights and 6.63 million passengers, a 21% increase over 2013.

Currently, there are seven airlines providing 14 flights on domestic routes operating at the airport and 20 international airlines serving 18 overseas destinations. On average, there are 191 flights daily.

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2015: Recovery for Bangkok's hotels

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/2/20 17:00:00 (523 reads)
BANGKOK, 20 February 2015: Due to increased political stability, the outlook for Bangkok's hotel market in 2015 is positive, despite a new set of challenges that Thailand's tourism industry is facing, this year, according to JLL, a professional services firm specialising in real estate.

JLL forecasts a positive outlook despite a new set of challenges.

While there are a number of factors that may have negative effects on Thailand's tourism industry this year, JLL executive vice president of hotels and hospitality group, Andrew Langdon expected the fundamentals in the Bangkok hotel market to remain strong enough to tackle these challenges.

"On the demand side, the financial crisis in Russia and a dim economic outlook in the Eurozone are posing threats to Thailand's tourism industry."

The stronger Thai baht against the euro and Russian ruble will definitely have negative impact on the number of tourists from these two markets, particularly Russia, which has been one of Bangkok's top five source markets.

However, as the political situation in Thailand has stabilised, tourists from other top source markets such as China, Japan, India and South Korea will recover strongly and should be able to offset the lower number of tourists from Russia and Europe.

"On the supply side, there are 4,000 new hotel rooms scheduled for completion in 2015, which is much higher than in 2014. However, the good news is that the number of international visitor arrivals to Bangkok is expected to recover this year. If the number of arrivals grows by only 5% from 2014, there should be enough demand to absorb new hotel supply coming on stream this year. We believe the 5% growth is a fairly conservative projection," said Langdon.

"If there is no major surprise, the Bangkok hotel market should see an improvement in both occupancy and revenues this year," Langdon noted.

A considerable decline of international visitor arrivals to Bangkok had a severe impact on the city's hotel market in 2014.

But the severity was less than many had anticipated with year-round hotel occupancy across the city averaging above 50%, JLL noted in its latest market assessment.

Statistics from the Department of Tourism showed international visitor arrivals to Bangkok declined by 11.3% from 17.5 million in 2013 to 15.5 million in 2014 due to the political turbulence in the first half of 2014.

The city's hotels saw a sharp drop in the average occupancy rate from 74.3% in 2013 to 57.8% in 2014, according to STR Global.

Langdon commented : "The declines in both international visitor arrivals and hotel occupancy in 2014 were significant, but not as significant as many had expected, given the political demonstrations that continued from late 2013, followed by the coup in May 2014."

"The increased political stability in the second half of 2014 coupled with Bangkok's established position as one of the world's most preferred travel destinations helped prevent the city's hotel industry from crashing last year. A slow growth of new room supply in 2014 also helped buoy occupancy rates," Langdon explained.

According to JLL, 1,100 new hotel rooms were added to Bangkok across different segments last year, compared to the five-year average growth of 2,700 rooms between 2010 and 2014.

In addition, the majority of new room supply was concentrated in the midscale segment, including the two Holiday Inn Express hotels in Sathorn and in Sukhumvit 11, which were well in line with the growing demand in the segment. New room supply from 2016 to 2018 is expected to total approximately 3,700 new rooms.
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Nok adds transfer options

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/2/20 16:10:00 (527 reads)
BANGKOK, 20 February 2015: Nok Air adds a new service "Nok Transfer" for passengers travelling between Chumphon Airport to town and between Samui's Na Thon ferry pier to hotels.

According to the airline, passengers now can conveniently travel back and forth between Chumphon Airport and down town with the "Airport-to-Town" transfer service.

Also, the "Samui-on-Island" transfer provides transportation to and from the island's ferry pier to passengers's hotels.

Chumphon Airport
inside no 2Passengers who have booked Airport-to-Town transfer, are required to show a copy of their booking confirmation before boarding.

Town centre drop-off and pick-up location is at Lomprayah Hi-speed Catamaran office is situated inside Chumphon railway station.

Daily van departures to airport are 0630, 1315 and 1715.

Lomprayah Hi-speed Catamaran Chumphon office : (+66) 819 704 252, (+66)7 755 8212.

Samui Island
Passengers who have purchased the Nok Samui-on-island-transfer service can request to be dropped off on Chaweng beach at the Central Festival shopping Plaza and Lami beach at Tesco Lotus.

Details must be filed under "Manage Your Booking".

For island departures, passengers must contact the transfer service operator (Lomprayah) at least 12 hours before the ferry departs to confirm pick-up location and time.

Ferry schedule (departing from Samui Island): 0800 pick-up time 0630; 1245 pick-up time 1030 ; 1530 pick-up time 1400.

Lomprayah Hi-speed Catamaran contacts:
Samui (+66)7 742 0121, (+66)8 1983 2552
Phangan (+66)7 723 8411-2, (+66)8 7887 9791
Nangyuan (+66)8 1767 5412
Tao (+66)7 745 6176, (+66)8 7888 0769

Nok Air flies two daily flights from Bangkok to Chumphon and offers Fly'n' Ride to Samui via Nakhon Si Thammarat or Surat Thani airports.

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Samui benefits from better air access

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/2/19 15:00:00 (488 reads)
BANGKOK, 19 February 2015 : Samui's tourism sector is set to improve with the Civil Aviation Department's recent granting for Samui Airport to increase its flight capacity from 36 to 50 flights a day late last year.

Hotels on the island are expected to enjoy a pick-up in demand as the increased accessibility should attract more tourists to Samui, according to JLL, a professional services firm specialising in real estate.

There are currently five airlines offering direct flights to Samui from Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Hong Kong, George Town, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Kunming. These include Bangkok Airways, THAI, Firefly, Silkair and Lucky Air.

Lucky Air was the latest airline flying to Samui, launching three flights per week from Kunming since last August. All in all, there is currently an average of 38 flights to and from Samui daily.

In addition to direct flights, AirAsia launched an all-in-one service with flights from Bangkok to Surat Thani Airport on the mainland with a connecting ferry to Samui.

JLL, executive vice president of the hotels and hospitality group, Andrew Langdon said : "Increasing air capacity will improve connectivity and strengthen Samui's position as one of Thailand's prominent tourist destinations. This is good news for hotels on the island as we expect an improvement in tourist demand and hence hotel occupancy."

"The political turmoil that affected the Bangkok hotel market last year did not have a significant impact on the Samui hotel market," said Langdon.

Whilst the Bangkok hotel market saw a dip in the average occupancy rate from 74.3% in 2013 to 57.8% in 2014, occupancy of hotels on Samui remained relatively stable, averaging above 70%, according to STR Global.

"There were a number of factors that helped sustained trading performance of hotels in Samui last year.

Asides from the fact that Samui was isolated from the political turbulence, hotel openings on Samui island in 2014 was limited, with only one notable new opening - the 208-key OZO Samui located in Chaweng," Langdon explained.

Between 2015 and 2018, an additional 680 rooms in branded hotels are scheduled for completion. However, JLL does not expect this new room supply to have a material downward pressure on hotel occupancy in the island.

"Demand growth is likely to keep pace with new hotel supply, given improving accessibility to Samui. While visitors from Australia and Europe have been the top source markets for hotels on Samui, we have seen the number of regional visitors to the island rising. The number of visitors from mainland China in particular is expected to grow further with an improvement in air connectivity," said Langdon.

"Going forward, we anticipate that Samui will continue to position itself as Thailand's high-end resort destination as more luxury brands establish their presence on the Island. Most of the new hotel projects are in the four to five- star segment. We have also seen a trend of hotel rebranding such as The Passage Samui Villas & Resort to Movenpick Laem Yai Beach and the Imperial Samui Beach to the Sheraton Samui (scheduled to be operational in April 2015)."

"However, the growing number of regional visitors is also offering growing opportunities for the budget, economy and midscale hotel segment as evidenced by the remarkable success of the OZO Samui resort," said Langdon.

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