Time out for a Thai Songkran

Thailand will celebrate the annual Songkran Festival, Thursday 13 April through to 15 April, plus a substitution holiday for workers, Monday 17 April, due to the final day of the Songkran festival falling on a Saturday.
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The festive celebration will start with families paying respects to their elders by sprinkling water on their hands Thursday morning.
However, thousands of tourists are visiting Thailand to enjoy the water battles that follow on the remaining days. …
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Phuket officials unveil rules for Songkran

Officials are calling on all people to have a fun Songkran this week, but to keep safety in mind as the annual Thai New Year water festival is set to soak the streets of Phuket this Thursday (April 13).
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Seven “zones” have been dedicated for family-oriented fun, Phuket Vice Governor Snith Sriwihok told leading officials at a meeting at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Phuket office (DDPM-Phuket) in Phuket Town on …
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Chakri Memorial Day

Thais enjoy a public holiday, Thursday, 6 April, just a week ahead of the popular Songkran festival, 13 to 15 April.
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Both are public holidays for government, banks and commercial sectors.
The country celebrates Chakri Memorial Day, Thursday, 6 April, to honour the 10 kings who have ruled Thailand under the present Chakri Dynasty.
The first king in the Chakri Dynasty, Rama I, founded the capital in Bangkok.
The annual Songkran festival, or the traditional New …
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‘Keep Phuket Clean’ campaign draws thousands to Patong Beach

More than 2,000 people turned out at Patong Beach for a mass beach-cleanup today (April 4) as Phuket Governor Chockchai Dejamornthan launched the government-driven “Keep Phuket Clean” campaign.
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“The government has issued an order to solve the rubbish problem. The plan is for Thailand to be free of litter all this year, 2017,” Gov Chockchai told the crowd gathered near the Police Box at the end of Bangla Rd.
“So Phuket has launched the …
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Thai tourism’s financial focus starts paying off

Thailand’s strategy of focusing on quality over quantity, in terms of its international tourist arrivals, appears to be paying off.
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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) revealed today (Wednesday 29 March 2017) that the country expects to generate THB490 billion (US$14bn) in international tourism revenues in the first quarter of the year, marking a year-on-year increase of 7%.
This growth rate is significantly higher than the expected 2% increase in international visitor arrivals, which …
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THAI launches direct Beijing-Phuket flights

The inaugural flight of the Thai Airways International (THAI) four-times weekly direct flights from Beijing touched down at Phuket International Airport yesterday (Mar 27), bringing a consortium of tour and travel operators to sample Phuket’s tourism treats in order to sell packages to tourists from mainland China.

“This new THAI route is vital as Phuket becomes ever more popular with tourists and travellers from China who can now conveniently come here for weekends, …
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Thai airports improve passenger traffic

Airports of Thailand reported strong increases in both aircraft movements and passenger traffic at the six airports under its management during February this year.
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AoT reported, on Tuesday, that all of its supervised airports served 11,177,269 passengers, up 4.59% from 10,686,642 when compared with the same month in 2016.
Overall, aircraft movements also increased by 2.96% from 64,624 to 66,535.
For the first two months of the year, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport handled 10.76 million passenger …
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TripAdvisor recognises Asia’s best destinations with Travellers’ Choice awards

TripAdvisor, the travel planning and booking site, announced recently the winners of its Travellers’ Choice awardsfor destinations, with Thai destinations dominating Asia’s Top 10: Phuket, Ko Samui and Bangkok placing third, seventh and eighth respectively.
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“We’re delighted that Phuket, Ko Samui and Bangkok have been named as among Asia’s Top Destinations in the esteemed TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards,” said Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na …
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Slight increase in Thailand’s arrivals

Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism and Sports reports international visits to Thailand, January to February, exceeded 6.18 million, a slight increase of 1.58% year-on-year.
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Released last Thursday, the ministry’s data showed the country attracted 6,186,224 international over the two months, compared to 6,090,203 visits during the same period last year.
The data is based on foreign passport, or ID holders, passing through international checkpoints (land, sea and air).
An international arrival is generally defined as a …
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Thailand to spend billions improving airports

The Thai government has approved plans to spend billions of dollars upgrading and expanding the country’s airports.
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The Bangkok Post reported Thailand’s Industry Minister, Uttama Savanayana, as saying that the national plan had been approved by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha, and would be funded using public-private partnerships.
In total, the plan calls for THB406 billion (US$11.6bn) to be invested across the country over the next 10 years. This includes the three airports serving the …
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