Thai AirAsia X flies to Sapporo

Thai AirAsia X, the long-haul unit of Thai AirAsia, has unveiled plans to launch a new service to Sapporo.
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Flights commence on 1 May 2015 and will operate daily, direct from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport. Services depart the Thai capital at 2310, arriving in the northern Japanese city at 0750 the next morning. The return flights will then leave Sapporo at 0855 and get back into Bangkok at …
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Phuket and Samui named best destination for newlyweds and lovers

Thailand’s reputation as one of the world’s most romantic destinations was further enhanced recently when two top travel and lifestyle publications voted the islands of Phuket and Samui as among the world’s most romantic destinations and perfect honeymoon settings.
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Just short of Valentine’s Day, the highly-respected travel website, Fordors.com named Phuket as one of the world’s Best Honeymoon Destinations for 2015, while VeryFirstTo.com, a luxury retail site that caters for wealthy tourists, rated …
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AirAsiaGo Mobile App is pretty niffty

irAsiaGo.com has unveiled a mobile app to enhance customers’ travelling experience.
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USERS of the AirAsiaGo Mobile App can now easily view the latest hotel and flight deals and perform seamless and convenient mobile bookings in just four steps. With its simple sleek design, smart icons and rich photography, the mobile app enables customers to easily browse through more than 365,000 hotels around the world.
“We believe in adapting to the changing travel booking behaviours …
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THAI’s London A380 route will launch in July

THAI Airways has announced the launch date for Airbus A380 services between London and Bangkok.
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The A380 service was announced back in 2012 but only now has confirmed it will be available from 1 July 2015.
THAI’s Krittaphon Chantalitanon, VP aviation services support department told Travel Daily at World Travel Market last year that he hoped to see the aircraft deployed on the route by the end of the first half of this year.
The A380 …
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Thailand enjoys tourism recovery

Strong tourist arrivals in January should give Thailand a positive first quarter, the Tourism Authority of Thailand reported Wednesday.
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Positive booking trends for the up-coming Chinese New Year holiday  suggest there will be a strong resurgence in Chinese travel to Thailand.
In January 2015, Thailand welcomed 2.65 million foreign tourists and generated about THB120 billion in revenue, representing a year-on-year increase of 15.9% in arrivals and 12.7% in revenue.
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kobkarn …
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Phang Nga Bay Regatta calls for cruisers to take sail

The iconic Phang Nga Bay Regatta returns for its 18th edition this year, with a move to March and calls for cruisers to take sail on the bay.
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The annual regatta, informally dubbed “the party regatta” from its reputation in its founding years, has for more than a decade been held, or at least started, in February.
This year, however, the jaunt around the bay will comprise four days of racing from March 4-8, …
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Flights will boost travel from Japan

More direct flights from Japan to Thailand will help to boost tourist arrivals according to Tourism Authority of Thailand Osaka office director, Sukanya Sirikanjanakul, who spoke to Association of Thai Travel Agents and Thai Hotels Association members, through a Skype live cast, Wednesday.
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“The upcoming NokScoot will offer more choices for travellers and Thai AirAsia X will increase flights late March… Japan Airlines started a daily flight on the Nagoya-Bangkok route last December …
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Visa Rules Are Helping Chinese Tourists Improve Thailand’s Declining Numbers

The ruble’s fall by almost half in the past six months has kept wealthy Russians from their shopping trips to St. Moritz. It has also turned the flow of vacationers from the country to Thailand to a trickle.
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The Land of Smiles recorded a fall in tourists last year for the first time since the global financial crisis after visitors from Russia, Thailand’s third-biggest source,fell for nine straight months through December as sanctions …
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Phuket beach regulations now in force

The island̕s new beach regulations are now being enforced, and all beaches are to be regulated under the same standards. The announcement came from Phuket Governor, Nisit Jansomwong, at a further meeting he chaired yesterday (January 29) about beach management.
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Governor Nisit said, “The problem now with beach management is that the local authorities of each area do not proceed by the same standard from many reasons.
“I have consulted with the legal sector …
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Thailand slowly gets back on its feet

THAILAND’S tourism industry is recovering from last year’s political crisis, though the rate of growth is slow and external factors such as the collapse of the rouble are causing additional problems for resort destinations like Phuket.
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According to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the country received 24.8 million visitors last year, down 6.7 per cent from 2013. The NTO has set this year’s target at 28 million.
Tourism and sports minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul told …
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