Thailand posts increased visitor numbers and tourism revenue for January-October 2017

Thailand welcomed over 28.8 million international visitors from January to October 2017 and earned 1.47 trillion Baht in tourism revenue. Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, recently told a press conference on the kingdom’s tourism performance. Both figures represented increases over 2016.

The precise number of overseas tourists for the 10 months of January to October was 28,824,753, an increase of 6.69 percent over the same period of 2016. Tourism …
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Thailand arrivals flying high

Thailand earned THB142,639.83 million from international tourist visits, January to October, an increase of just under 10%, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Tourism and Sport.
Reporting on the latest statistics, Permanent Secretary of Tourism and Sports, Pongpanu Svetarundra,  said the country welcomed  2,723,971 visits in October alone.
For the 10 months up to the end of October, the country registered 28.8 million visits, a rise of 6.69%, year-on-year.
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Thailand’s high season begins

Thai travel agents enjoyed a 102% increase in tourist clients for the period 1 to 10 November when compared with the same 10-day period in November 2016.
In its latest appraisal, Thailand’s Association of Thai Travel Agents confirmed its member companies handled 177,902 clients at Bangkok’s two airports for the first 10 days of November.
It signals the start of the high season for Thailand when tour company business spikes.
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AirAsia expands Phuket hub

Low-cost airline, Thai AirAsia, is strengthening its Phuket hub with a new route to Khon Kaen in Northeast Thailand, this December.
It will also introduce a direct flight from Phuket to Macau, Asia’s gambling capital in January 2018.
Khon Kaen will be served by four weekly services (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) initially and will appeal to residents in the northeast city who want to cut the travelling time to reach Thailand’s most popular beach destination.
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Airlines adding flights and extra seat capacity to Phuket for coming winter season

Arguably Thailand’s most famous beach destination, Phuket is almost synonymous with a holiday in ‘The Land of Smiles’. Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia, extensive accommodation ranging from budget to ultra-luxury and plenty of fun activities and sightseeing opportunities, it isn’t hard to see why.
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Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “Phuket continues to attract an increasing number of international tourists, in particular …
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Thailand: Loi Krathong

A little something on Thai festival of light and why you should attend it.
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Bringing in new happiness in our lives, yes, this is what we should be doing on a daily basis. But for now, you can head to Thailand for Loi Krathong, a festival that ceremonially bids goodbye to past sins and mistakes and welcomes happiness. Also known as Lantern Festival or Festival of Floating Bowls, the festival will be celebrated …
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2017 Phuket Vegetarian Festival Calendar

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October 20
Official start of the Vegetarian Festival
Every day from October 23 – 28
There’s a ritual paying respects to Chinese guardian angels (Ko Gun) at Bangniew Shrine and from October 22, the ceremonies can be seen at Jui Tui Tao Bo Keng Shrine and Ta Rua Shrine as well.
October 23
A ritual to pay respect to ancestors spirits
October 24
Firewalking (Goi Hoi) at Jui Tui Tao Bo Keng Shrine at 8pm
October 23 – 26
A …
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AirAsia to launch Phuket-Macao flights

AirAsia will launch direct flights between Phuket and Macao, China, starting Jan 8, 2018.
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Celia Lao, CEO of AirAsia Hong Kong & Macao, said Phuket is among the top destinations for Macanese and Chinese travellers, making Thai AirAsia’s introduction of a direct flight between Phuket and Macao a wonderful opportunity for tourism.
AirAsia currently operates six flights from Macao with routes including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya (U-tapao), Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Jakarta and will …
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First Phuket airport renovations will be done by late next month, says its general manager

The first phase of Phuket’s renovated domestic terminal will open just in time for the upcoming holidays, Phuket International Airport General Manager Petch Chancharoen said at a press conference on Monday (Oct 9).
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Most of the construction work has been completed and all of the building’s systems are now being tested so that it can open on Nov 28, as the high season for tourism begins, he told reporters at the event held …
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