Expedia: US and UK travelers are progressively coming to SEA, and Thailand is one of the reasons

The study also uncovered that, culture and unique “once in a lifetime” and “you only live once” experiences are key drivers for UK travellers, while friends and family are core reasons for US travellers to visit the region.
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Based on the data from Q1 2017 booking window, with June to August 2017 travel period in mind, versus the same period last year, …
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AirAsia named world’s best low-cost airline for 9th consecutive time

AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the ninth time in a row at the 2017 Skytrax World Airline Awards.
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The awards, known as the “Oscars of the aviation industry”, was presented to Asia’s largest low-cost carrier at a ceremony held at Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace, Le Bourget Airport in Paris on Tuesday.
AirAsia Group cabin crew head Suhaila Hassan, who has been with the company for …
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Phuket retains its allure for high-spending Chinese tourists

Phuket remains one of the most desirable destinations for high-income Chinese tourists according to figures published in the latest Hurun Report, which was released at the International Luxury Travel Mart (ILTM) 2017, held in Shanghai from 5 to 8 June.
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Mr. Chuwit Sirivajjakul, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Shanghai Office said, “This survey shows that our policy of targeting luxury tourists to Thailand is working. Phuket has long been a …
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Exploring the wonders of Racha Noi

Racha Noi Island is located some 20 kilometers off the southern tip of Phuket.
Unlike its big brother Racha Yai, Racha Noi is much smaller, more secluded and less frequented than Racha Yai.
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Construction is forbidden so it leaves Racha Noi with no hotels or accommodation. The island is covered in dense tropical jungle and is uninhabited by people.
Most visitors from Phuket are more likely to visit Racha Yai, just 12 kilometers south …
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Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 offering amazing bargains and discounts

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on 2 June launched this year’s Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise 2017 campaign with the theme “Dining, Shopping and Travelling” on the “world’s longest shopping route” in Bangkok. The two-month campaign, formerly known as the Amazing Thailand Grande Sale, is being held from 1 June to 31 July, 2017.
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H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanvrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports said, “The Thailand Shopping & Dining Paradise …
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Street Eats: Exploring the delights of dim sum in Phuket

The perennially popular Thai breakfast of dim sum is, at its most basic, small serves of bite sized treats, sometimes deep-fried, but usually served in steamers made from bamboo and accompanied by plenty of hot tea. Owing to Phuket’s strong Chinese roots, dim sum is an incredibly popular meal among locals and you can find a dim sum restaurant in almost every town or neighbourhood on the island.

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As is often the case, …
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Exploring Phuket made easy

Nostra Map Thailand recently added more information to its app, listing the most attractive tourist destinations and restaurants to coincide with the “Laguna Phuket Marathon 2017” event which will take place this Saturday and Sunday (June 3-4).
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Just search and select your preferred destinations then check the distance from your location via an infographic displayed on screen, or simply turn on the navigation on Nostra Map application, which boasts the most accurate coordinates.
The …
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Thai tourism improves 2.9%

Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits to Thailand exceeded 12.02 million, a slight increase of 2.91% during January to April this year.

Released last week, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 12,021,617 international visits for the first four months compared to 11,682,144 visits during the same period last year.
The data is based on foreign passports, or ID  holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air). Minimum requirement is an …
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Phuket’s new elephant sanctuary has celebrities gushing

Lee Cobaj, destination expert
18 MAY 2017 • 12:13PM
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I have drool all over my arm. Not something I would usually be pleased about but in this case I couldn’t be happier. The slavering culprit? Kannika, a 32-year old elephant. As an infant she was wrenched away from her mother and forced to spend her days traversing Phuket’s blistering hot beaches for tourists to photograph.
When she grew bigger (and supposedly less cute), Kannika …
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Intra-regional travel drives 94% of Asian arrivals

Asian tourism is now almost completely reliant on intra-regional travel, a new report from PATA has revealed.
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Releasing its full-year arrivals data for 2016, the association reported that Asia (not including the Pacific region) welcomed a total of 436 million international arrivals last year. And 94% of these inbound volumes were derived from within the same region.
Destinations in the Pacific region welcomed 24.5m international visitors last year, but only 32% came from within …
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