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Cool weather a hot topic for travel

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 15:50:00 (722 reads)
BANGKOK, 13 November 2014: Kasikorn Research Centre estimates tourism revenue circulating in Thailand's north and northeast regions, October to December, this year, will reach THB48,500 million increasing 11.24% from THB43,600 million over the same period last year.

The bank think-tank unit said Thai tourists will flock to the north and northeast to experience cool weather with Chiang Mai and Nakhon Ratchasima provinces drawing the most visitors.

The expansion of low-cost airlines is the main driver pushing the expansion of domestic tourism.

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In addition, the government approved a five-day holiday for the New Year festival from 31 December 2014 to 4 January 2015 and has added the incentive of a tax rebate on travel expenses that citizens can gain when filing their annual tax declarations.

Under the scheme, businesses and private individuals will be eligible for tax deductions on expenses until 31 December next year.

Individuals who buy local package tours, or hotel accommodation, will be able to list the purchases as deductible expenses against their taxable income for the year. The deductible amount is set at no more than THB15,000.

Companies will also be able to use the tax rebate for residential training programmes for employees.

The centre estimates Thai tourists travel to the north and northest of Thailand will reach 15.7 million visits and generate THB48,500 million in revenue in Q4.

Breakdown by region

The bank estimates that Thai travellers will reach 7.20 million visits (+10.8%) to the north and genenate THB33,000 million (+11.5%). Of the revenue, THB16,700 million will be spent in Chiang Mai and THB16,300 million in other northern provinces.

Meanwhile, Thai tourist trips to the northeast region should reach 8.50 million (+9.77%) and circulate THB15,500 million in tourism revenue (+10.7%). Of that income, THB2,700 million will circulate in Nakhon Ratchasima, THB2,500 million in Khon Kaen, THB2,000 million in Udon Thani, and THB1,500 million in Ubon Ratchathani and THB6,800 million in other destinations.

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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BANGKOK : Shop till you drop

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 15:40:00 (809 reads)
Dusit Thani Bangkok is offering a Holiday Shopping Special from now through December 15.

Prices start from Bt4,730 per night and include daily breakfast for two, discount vouchers from Siam Paragon and Emporium shopping malls, King Power discount coupons for King Power Downtown, King Power Pattaya and King Power Srivaree and an Emporium Tourist Card, entitling holders to discounts at its department store and shopping complex. There's also a 20-per-cent discount on food only at Dusit Thani Bangkok's restaurants and 20 per-cent discount on all a la carte treatments at the hotel's Devarana Spa. Guests will receive a complimentary upgrade to the next room category when booking by November 15. Call (02) 200 9000 or e-mail: Visit

Seasonal treat
Give yourself a wonderful gift this festive season with Swissotel Le Concorde's accommodation package and enjoy a great start to 2015. The Christmas special offer is priced at Bt6,700 per night for a single room and Bt7,555 per night for a twin room while the New Year package is marginally more expensive at Bt6,800 per night for a single and Bt7,795 per night for a twin. The offer includes complimentary Christmas or New Year's Eve buffet dinner for two people at 204 Bistro & Bar, a chance to win a lucky draw, 15 minutes of Thai massage for two people and 20-per-cent discount on the next booking. Two consecutive nights are required. Book before December 20. Call (02) 964 2222 or e-mail:

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Bangkok bargains
Northgate Ratchayothin invites every shopper to check out the Ratchadaphisek and Chatuchak areas with its "Stay 2 Weekend Nights and Save 20 Per Cent" package. Stay at the hotel from Friday to Sunday nights, and save 20 per cent off the best available rate when booking a Studio Room for 2 nights or more. The rate is Bt1,920 per night for two people and inclusive of in-room Wi-Fi throughout the stay. The offer is also valid for two-bedroom suites and is available until December 31. Call (02) 939 7949 or e-mail: Visit

Fire in the sky

Hilton Pattaya unveils special packages for the city's International Fireworks Festival that takes place over the weekend of November 28-29 at Pattaya Beach. The hotel has a choice of settings with panoramic views across the bay, the ideal place to enjoy this world class event. You can relax and watch the sparks fly from Edge restaurant, Drift lobby lounge and bar, and Horizon Rooftop restaurant and bar at level 34. Prices range from Bt1,850 per person at Drift to Bt3,100 per person for a premium set menu at Horizon. Advanced bookings are essential. Call (038) 253 000 or e-mail:

Tangerine dreams

Shine Spa at Sheraton Hua Hin Resort present a two-hour "Sense of Orange Dreams" spa package for Bt4,250 per person and Bt8,200 per couple. The refreshing experience starts with an Mandarin orange-scented steam or bath to refresh your mind and relax your body and is followed by an aromatic massage with orange-and-mint. It concludes with a herbal drink and refreshments and is available through December. Call (032) 708 000 extension 6201.

The sky's the limit

Soneva Kiri introduces twice weekly flights by private plane to Siem Reap in Cambodia, home to the captivating world heritage wonders of Angkor Wat from November 16. The new service comprises flights to Siem Reap and back every Sunday and Wednesday with brief stops on the ground at Trat airport to clear Thai customs and immigration. The price is $650 plus taxes for adults and children over 12 and $325 plus taxes for the under twelve's - with an opening offer of $450 plus taxes per head until December 20. A private charter for up to eight people is also possible. Call (039) 619 800 and (082) 208 8888 or e-mail: Visit
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TAT Paris add more partner

[ Trade Release ] Posted by admin on 2013/8/19 12:00:00 (2323 reads)
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Assistant Director of TAT, Paris Office, Miss Watcharee Churugsa, congratulated Mr. Pierfrancesco Carino, Commercial Director South of France of Emirates Airline, on the opening of its Lyon Office. They discussed public relations and marketing activities to promote Thailand on 28 June, 2013. At present, Emirates Airline provides 5 scheduled flights per week on the Lyon - Dubai route. Next January, it will increase to 7 flights per week on the of Lyon - Dubai and Nice - Dubai route. French tourists can continue on Emirates flights to Bangkok from Dubai. There are 21 flights per week on the Dubai - Bangkok route and to Phuket, 7 flights per week. These will be importantly alternative channels for French tourists in the south of France to travel to Thailand.

Friends of Thailand Awards 2013

[ What's New In Thailand ] Posted by nattanich on 2013/6/3 10:50:00 (3391 reads)
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