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Pattaya Daily News

31 October 2009 :: 21:10:52 pm 1613

Thai Tourism Shows Welcome Increase

The welcome news that Thai tourism is beginning to improve was announced by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Friday, October 30. Significantly, many of these new are foreign.
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Pattaya, October 31, 2009. [Pattaya Daily News]: The tourism figures for September show a marked increase of 200,000 over the same period last year and this year, there are expectations of up to 14 million foreign tourists, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has estimated that European arrivals to Thailand are expected to total in the range of 3,774,000 in 2009, up 0.55% over 2008, while Middle Eastern visitors are expected to total 302,000, up 5.5%.

This anticipated tourist increase has been helped by various initiatives. One such, in preparation for the high season, was the welcome reception held on 12 October, for 420 tour operators and travel agents from Europe. Here, seven TAT offices in the European and Middle East regions (Moscow, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome, Stockholm and Dubai) invited 60 ‘Friends to Thailand’ to the event held at the Rose Garden Riverside Hotel, Suan Samphran, Nakhon Pathom.

A TAT press release stated ” ‘Friends to Thailand’ aims to attract leisure tourists from the European, African and Middle East regions by encouraging the “friends” to persuade their friends, families, and colleagues to visit Thailand through formal or word of mouth invitations. Each tourist can “invite” a group of 10-15 people to visit Thailand. Those who successfully do so will get special benefits; such as, package tours in Thailand, air ticket, etc.”

The announcements of new flights to southern Thailand is also seen as encouraging. Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “There is no better sign of renewed confidence in the travel and tourism industry than to see airlines reinstating their services. We hope these renewed flights will help bring back visitors in the very critical last quarter of what has been a very difficult year.”

As of 25 October, Tiger Airways began flying from Singapore to Krabi four flights a week, using an 180-seat Airbus A320. From 3 November, 2009, the airline will commence three weekly flights on the Singapore – Hat Yai – Singapore sector.

Happy Air, a new regional Thai carrier, has also ramped up its traffic, with one flight a week from Phuket to Hat Yai, which started on 26 October and from 1 November, it will start daily flights on the sectors Hat Yai-Langkawi and Phuket-Langkawi.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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