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Nok adds transfer options

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2015/2/20 16:10:00 (635 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 root on 2015/2/19 15:00:00 (559 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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ASEAN tourism meeting heads for Chiang Rai

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2015/2/18 14:20:00 (496 reads)
BANGKOK, 18 February 2015 : Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports plans to host the next ASEAN Tourism Working Group meeting in Chiang Rai, 27 March.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said the invite was based on a Memorandum of Understanding between Thailand and Cambodia, that agreed the Thai ministry should host ASEAN's first Tourism Working Group meeting of the year, next month in the far north town.

The plan was agreed on by the tourism ministers of Cambodia and Thailand during the UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture held in Siem Reap, Cambodia, earlier this month.

"The ministry has proposed Chiang Rai as the venue for the next meeting of the ASEAN Tourism Working Group to help encourage tourism for the country and the region," she said.

More detail about the meeting are not available, but it is held twice a year and brings to together ministry and department of tourism officials from the 10 member countries for committee style meetings. Discussions follow on from decisions and policies agreed by tourism ministers at the annual ASEAN Tourism Forum held in January.

It has no impact on tourist arrivals and has very little value from a media perspective as the meetings are routine and closed to the press, except for a vaguely worded closing statement.

Besides the meeting, Thailand and Cambodia tourism ministries also agreed to revive the dormant tourism campaign, "Two Kingdoms One Destination", by facilitating cross-border travel for tourists staying in a third country.

"Cambodia has also asked Thailand for human-resource development and training assistance for the tourism sector,"the minister said.

Cambodia welcomed 279,457 Thai tourists last year, an increase of 26.3% from 221,259 visits in 2013. Meanwhile, Thailand received 553,809 Cambodian travellers last year up 14.99% from 481,595 visits in 2013.
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PG slashes domestic fares

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2015/2/17 13:40:00 (668 reads)
BANGKOK, 17 February 2015 : Bangkok Airways offers promotional fares for travel on selected domestic routes until the end of March.

The promotion sells a one-way fare, inclusive of airport taxes, departing Bangkok at THB1,645 to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The same fare applies on the return sector.

PG flies seven flights daily to Chiang Mai and two flights daily to Chiang Rai.

To the northeast, the fare is THB1,440 from Bangkok to Udon Thani and THB1,390 on the return sector, Udon Thani-Bangkok. The airline offers three daily flights on the route.

A THB1,790 fare sells on the Bangkok-Krabi route, while THB1,740 is applicable on the return sector from Krabi. There are four daily flights.

A THB1,945 fare sells on the Bangkok-Phuket route both ways. The airline operates eight flights daily.

A THB2,650 fare offers on Bangkok-Trat route, while THB2,750 applies on the return flight. There are two daily flights.

All fares can be booked until 19 March and travel is valid from now through to 31 March, this year, except on the Trat route, which is open for bookings until 31 March for travel up to 30 September this year.

The fares save 20%.
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Phadung Krung Kasem Floating Market Festival

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2015/2/13 14:00:00 (533 reads)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting local and international tourists to visit the country's newest attraction, the "Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem : The Bangkok Floating Market", which opened yesterday.

TAT Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, "Phadung Krung Kasem Floating Market offers a glimpse of what life in the Thai capital was like back when canals were everywhere. Waterway and riverside communities were the symbol of Bangkok that was also known as the "Venice of the East" during much of the 19th century. Nowadays, waterside communities continue to thrive in certain parts of the capital and the Central Region."

The Phadung Krung Kasem Floating Market is showcasing delights of Thai arts and crafts, souvenirs and delicacies from six floating markets and five land-based markets from Bangkok and the neighbouring provinces. The event is taking place daily from 12 February - 1 March 2015, at Phadung Krung Kasem Canal near Government House from Orathai Bridge Phadung to Makkhawan Bridge in Bangkok's Old Quarter. The Floating Market, featuring 60 boats, will open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the 80 stalls on land will open from 11 p.m. to 8 p.m.

TAT Governor said, "While enjoying the sights and sounds as well as taking part in the event's cultural and fun activities at the fair, visitors can sample traditional Thai foods and delicacies, including boat noodles or kuai tiao ruea, one of the favourite Thai dishes synonymous to all of Thailand's floating markets. Visitors can also shop for Thai crafts and souvenirs that are still made in the traditional way."

Throughout the 18 days, the event will feature a host of traditional activities including special wooden-boat races and Muay Talay (sea boxing) matches, and a boat tour of the historical sites along Khlong Phadung Krungkasem. On land, there will be displays of Thai arts and crafts made in the traditional way; such as, fancy kites and replicas of Thai wooden boats, and an exhibition highlighting the story of Khlong Phadung Krungkasem. Traditional Thai music and cultural performances will take place twice daily.

The festival area can be easily reached by public transport including buses and taxis. For visitors using Bangkok's mass transit systems, they are advised to get off at the MRT Subway Hualampong Station, and continue the journey to the fair by taking the complimentary shuttle boat services that are available daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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