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13 June 2009 :: 10:06:08 am 24021

Indian tourism earns privileged status from TAT

India, one of Thailand key ASEAN trading partners, was highlighted as a rising star from the Asian market by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2009, Bangkok, which finished yesterday, June 8, 2009.
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India, one of Thailand key ASEAN trading partners, was highlighted as a rising star from the Asian market by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2009, Bangkok, which finished yesterday, June 8, 2009.

Indian tourists, both private and corporate, are in the fortunate position of being, as the TAT put it, ready and able to travel, with the necessary wherewithal and inclination to travel. Furthermore, the Indian public does not seem to have been influenced by the recent negative publicity about Thailand and still regards the country as a prime travel destination. Accordingly, the TAT is putting together a special incentive package to further bolster confidence, which will target both private and corporate customers.

For corporate customers, the MICE( Meeting, Incentive, Convention, Exhibition) option is particularly attractive, with five key cluster locations being chosen for MICE events, namely Greater Bangkok and Pattaya; Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai; Nakran Ratchasima and Khiri Khan; Hau Hin and Chan Am and south of Phuket. All these locations have hotels with MICE facilities already in place.
Customized packages are currently being compiled specifically for the Indian market, which will be

highlighted at forthcoming trade shows and TAT roadshows in India. Medi-tourism ranks high on the list, along with related programmes like Wellness Tourism and spas. Other innovative forms of tourism include eco-tourism, and socio-cultural-historical tours to ancient sites. Weddings and honeymoons remain an attractive option, especially the underwater variety offered at Trat and Phuket. Special discount schemes will be available for the Indians from between 10-80% at the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale from June to August 2009 as well as special services at spas, hotels and restaurants.

Pattaya is especially keen to attract Indians who have traditionally appreciated all that the city-resort has to offer. Tavich Chaiswangvong, the Chairman of Pattaya City Council, was at pains to highlight the forthcoming developments in the city which are aimed at consolidating its position as the prime tourism centre of the country. Mr. Tavich mentioned the proposed marina ,which will accommodate 500 boats, as well as a monorail system, which is currently under consideration. Tourist-friendly buses are another proposal ,as are guidebooks in Hindi. Another 30,000 more rooms are planned to augment the existent stock of 50,000 rooms. Apparently, Pattaya City Council recently conducted a survey of Fun City citizens to see if they approved of the introduction of a casino and 75% expressed their approval, so it looks as if the casino plans, shelved quite some time ago, might well be up again for serious consideration.

Bangkok, for its part, intends to attract Indian tourists to the Chao Phraya River, with its attractive sight-seeing prospects. There will also be a scheme entitled the Bangkok Smiles Card, offering substantial discounts at shopping, dining, spas, golf and massages. Furthermore, with various infrastructural projects coming on line in the near future such as the airport link and extensions to the Skytrain, travel around the capital will be much easier and more tourist-friendly.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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