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Russian travel boom over

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/24 14:00:00 (711 reads)
BANGKOK, 24 December 2014 : Kasikorn Research Centre says the Russian economic crisis will cut Russian travel to Thailand by at least 9.3% in 2014 and 24.6% in 2015 respectively.

The forecast comes as a shock for the local travel industry as it relies heavily on this market, which is one of the few to have delivered growth up until 2014.

The research centre said the Russian economy faces a crisis caused by the conflict in Ukraine, EU's sanctions on economic and a fall in oil prices.

Those factors have been impacted the Russian economy this year and would cause a slowdown in the economy by 4% next year, it said.

Since the beginning of this year, the Russian economic crisis has been impacted to Thailand tourism and export sectors, which caused a loss of THB21,560 million, or 0.16% of the country's GDP.

In terms of tourism, the crisis discourages Russian travellers from spending on long-haul trips to places like Thailand. Russians are a significant source of business for the country's tourism following China, India and Malaysia.

The centre estimated that this year there would be 1.58 million Russian travellers to the kingdom, down 9.3% and generating THB1,130,000 million, a decline of 7.3%; the first recorded in nine years.

The bank projected that Russian tourists to Thailand would drop by 24.6% to reach 1.19 million visits in 2015. Revenue from this market would generate THB90,000 million decreasing 20.7%.

Figures from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports indicate 1.74 million Russian tourists visited Thailand up 32.66% from 1.31 million in 2013, while revenue circulation reach THB122,502 million up 44.39% from THB 84,840 million.

Kasikorn Research Centre is a subsidiary company of Kasikorn Bank, which conducts tourism and business research mainly on Thailand's economy including tourism with reliable recommendations and indicators on business prospects.
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AirAsia expands Thai network

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/23 12:10:00 (718 reads)
BANGKOK, 23 December 2014 Thai AirAsia will launch three new routes serving Nan, Loei and Roi Et from its Bangkok base at Don Mueang Airport starting 8 February next year.

The three new routes will have two daily flights each adding significantly to the airline's northern coverage.

The airline CEO, Tassapon Bijleveld, said Thai domestic market still has potential to grow.

"The three new routes have strong potential. Nan gains popularity for its culture, Loei is home to exquisite natural resources and Roi Et is known for its spirituality, as can be seen in its large and intricate temples."

He added that AirAsia has received support from Tourism Authority of Thailand and many other agencies to launch these three routes in the north and northeast.

"The routes will create new opportunities for travellers as well for investment. A morning and evening flight will help to facilitate business travellers."
All AirAsia uses Airbus A320 planes with two more planes due to join the fleet in January.

The airline sells the one-way promotional fare starts at THB333 inclusive of airport taxes and fees for all three routes. Booking is available until 4 January next year to travel during 9 February 2015 to 17 January 2016.

Nok Air operates four daily flights to Nan with a starting inclusive fare of THB1,899 and two flights each to Loei and Roi Et with THB1,599 and THB1,799 fares respectively.
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Thai airports spruce up for AEC

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/22 11:50:00 (606 reads)
BANGKOK, 22 December 2014 Thailand's Ministry of Transport says it plans to rebuild airport efficiency, nationwide, for both service and safety standards once ASEAN Economic Community rules kick in January 2015.

Transport Minister Air Chief Marshal, Prajin Juntong, said he has ordered all aviation units under the supervision of the ministry to improve services and safety so the country's airports can complete and be on par with airports in neighbouring countries.

"Ministry of Transport, Airports of Thailand and Department of Civil Aviation have drafted a strategic plan to develop major airports so they can handle more passengers and cargo in preparation of the launch of AEC next year."

The implementation of AEC is officially set on 31 December 2015.

AEC is often seen as the clarion call to agencies to at least announce a process that will help them to compete even if measures are not in place at the start of the AEC era, January 2015. Also, some of the features of AEC will have staggered launch dates and are viewed as a catalyst to encourage improvements in the long-term.

The Department of Civil Aviation has been assigned to develop provincial airports, particularly the ones located near special economic zones in Mukdahan in the Northeast, Mae Sot in the North, and Hat Yai and Krabi in the South, all close to neighbours in the ASEAN community.

The government plans to upgrade Krabi airport as an "alternative airport" to Phuket in case Phuket is unable to handle more flights.

"The improvement will help all airports cope with increases in traffic after AEC starts," the minister said.

He added that the ministry has also discussed with the Royal Thai Navy a possibility of upgrading the Navy-run U-Tapao Airport near Pattaya to make it a major gateway airport. A decision on that proposal could be made as early as March 2015.

Department of Civil Aviation supervises 28 airports nationwide, while AoT manages six airports-Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, and Hat Yai.
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Bangkok Jazz Night by the River from 19-21 December 2014

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/19 16:40:00 (562 reads)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising one of the country's biggest jazz music events from 19 to 21 December 2014, at the Santichaiprakarn Park, on Phra Arthit Road, in Bangkok's historic quarter. Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik, TAT Governor said, "The Bangkok Jazz Night by the River is being organised to celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 87th birthday anniversary. H.M. King is the father figure for the nation, and among his many talents, he is an accomplished jazz musician and composer."

During the three-day event, TAT will organise a special exhibit in honour of H.M. King, depicting royal achievements and his talent as a jazz musician and composer. The exhibition area will also feature information about jazz music. Mr. Thawatchai said, "The Bangkok Jazz Night by the River is set to be the jazz festival of international significance, as it will see a number of famous jazz musicians from around the world joining in creating a weekend filled with extraordinary jazz music."

Among the leading local and international artists coming to perform at the event are Cheryl Hayes (US), Alexander Sergeenko (Russia), William Wait (US), Kuzu Suzuki (Japan) and Mark Hodgkins (UK). They will be joining the stage along with local artists including Kong Saharat, Mariam B5, ETC., Jennifer Kim and Koh Mr. Saxman. Highlight of the event is a performance by Chante' Moore (US), an award-winning American R&B and jazz singer, songwriter, and actress.

The Bangkok Jazz Night by the River will take place every evening, during 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., from 19 to 21 December 2014, in a pleasant and cool atmosphere of the Santichaiprakarn Park along the Chao Phraya River. Admission is free for all visitors.

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Dreadful year for Thailand's tourism

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/12/18 14:40:00 (615 reads)
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