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Thai airports spruce up for AEC

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2014/12/22 11:50:00 (670 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 root on 2014/12/19 16:40:00 (651 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 root on 2014/12/18 14:40:00 (709 reads)
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Ao Nang no three in Asia

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2014/12/12 17:10:00 (632 reads)
BANGKOK, 12 December 2014 : Thailand's Ao Nang, in Krabi province, is ranked third in TripAdvisor's top 10 Asian Destinations on the Rise 2015, but it was outranked by Danang in central Vietnam which took first place in Asia and the world.

Released last week, the rankings highlight 52 spots around the world that have seen the greatest increase in positive feedback and interest from

TripAdvisor website users, year-over-year. The ranking does not reflect actual bookings or trips to Krabi.

Ao Nang, the main tourist bay at the coastal province of Krabi, ranked third in Asia and fourth in the world.

Danang in Vietnam top of the list for both Asia and worldwide listings, while Sihanoukville in Cambodia also ranked in second for both lists.

The travel website said Ao Nang was "picture-perfect with stretches of gleaming sand, sparkling waters and candy-colored sunsets."

"Book a snorkel or Scuba tour for some underwater exploration, or just relax on the deck as you cruise between islands on a vintage teak boat. Rock climbers will drool over the limestone crags and cliffs of nearby Rai Leh," it said.

TripAdvisor's chief marketing officer, Barbara Messing, said the TripAdvisor community has helped to bring to the surface some unheralded destinations across the globe that are receiving rave reviews from travellers worldwide.

"From the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore to the temples of Vietnam, these award-winners offer highly-rated options for accommodations, restaurants and activities to inspire those planning their vacations for the new year."

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Samui airport gains slots

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2014/12/11 17:30:00 (619 reads)
SAMUI, 11 December 2014 : Samui Airport has gained approval from Thailand's Civil Aviation Department to increase flight slots to 50 a day.

Privately owned and operated by Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited the airport must comply with CAD rules that take into account safety and environment concerns when setting airport flight capacity ceilings.

Bangkok Airways CEO, Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, confirmed the increase on Tuesday.

"On average, there are 38 flights operating to and from Samui Airport daily, although actual flights vary from 32 to 45 flights daily depending on the season."

In addition to Bangkok Airways, THAI, SilkAir and Firefly also fly to Samui. There are also some charter flights from China and private flights.

There is a flight curfew from 2200 to 0600 for noise considerations, which limits expansion and available flight slots.

"The increase will help to encourage the tourism industry on Samui and nearby islands," the airline's CEO added.

It should also ensure Bangkok Airways can add flights to Samui by late March next year, but it will be a gradual increase to meed demand, the CEO explained.

Samui Airport is Bangkok Airways' second hub after Suvarnabhumi Airport, with flights to Krabi, Phuket, Chiang Mai, U-Tapao, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong.

However, Bangkok Airways accounts almost 90% of total seat capacity to Samui.

Thai Airways operates just two daily flights to Samui from Bangkok, a route Bangkok Airways serves with up to 25 flights a day. Singapore Airlines (SIA) regional subsidiary SilkAir and Malaysia Airlines subsidiary, Firefly, each operate daily flights to Samui from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. China's Lucky Air currently operates three weekly flights from Kunming to Samui, according to OAG, aviation information and analytical services, data.

The airport is roughly 2 km north Chawaeng bay.

Samui Airport, built by Bangkok Airways opened in April 1989. It handles more than 1 million passengers a year.
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