Rouble trouble to slash Russian arrivals to Thailand by up to 65%

RUSSIAN arrivals to Thailand could plummet by up to 65 per cent this year as a result of Russia’s political and economic crisis compounded by the collapse of the rouble at the end of last year, said a major inbound operator.
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Kubilay Atac, general manager of Pegas Touristik Thailand, said arrivals halved at the end of 2014 and will likely slide further to 65 per cent.
While Atac had predicted the crisis, the devaluation …
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Thailand ranked as one of world’s best places to retire to in 2015

Thailand is celebrating the New Year with good news. The country has just been listed as one of the world’s 25 best places to retire to in 2015 by International Living, a North American-based magazine for retirees.
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International Living’s latest Annual Global Retirement Index released on 1 January, 2015, listed Thailand at number 10 with a total score of 84.6. The report combined several real-world insights about buying and renting, benefits and discounts, …
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10% of Phuket beaches set aside for mat and umbrella operators

Ten per cent of the space on beaches in Muang District is to be set aside for beach mats and umbrella operators, it was announced yesterday (December 22).
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The announcement was made at a follow-up meeting chaired by Vice-Governor Somkiet Sangkhaosutthirak after Governor Nisit Jansomwong’s approval for beach operators to rent out umbrellas and mats in specific zones.
“Today we are focusing on 12 beaches around Muang District. The zoning will be planned by …
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Phuket beach vendors allowed back, with restrictions

During a meeting at Provincial Hall last Friday, Governor Nisit Jansomwong announced the drafting of an interim plan that brings back Phuket beach vendors for the next three months.
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The plan, however, still prohibits beach chair vendors from operating their businesses.
“We all need to find the solution. Each and every body needs to follow the law, there must not be land seizure. The beaches must belong to the public where citizens can access.”
Under …
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Thai tourism recovery continues in November 2014

The November arrivals are a clear indicator that a recovery is underway and has brought back the confidence of international tourists to visit Thailand again. Preliminary figures of daily visitor arrivals in December at international airports are also showing a steady upturn in the last month of 2014.
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The number of the international visitor arrivals has continuously risen for the second month. Visitor arrivals to Thailand in November totalled 2,438,301, a growth of …
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2015: The year of the traveller

2014 has been nothing short of exhilarating. By Angel Gallego, President of Amadeus Asia Pacific

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In fact, this is a thrilling time to be a part of the travel industry in Asia Pacific, with two emerging themes propelling the region to global prominence: the ascendance of the Asian traveller and the explosion of mobile.
Asia Pacific is home to more than 60% of the world’s population  but has long been underrepresented in terms of …
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European countries paint the sky for Pattaya International Fireworks Festival

The night sky above Pattaya Bay became a canvas that four European countries painted with exploding rockets and lasers for more than 200,000 people at the Pattaya International Fireworks Festival.
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Teams from Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom dazzled crowds with explosions and pinwheels Nov. 28-29, capping day-long street festivals featuring food, music and entertainment.
Fireworks from Team England are the perfect addition to a Pattaya Bay panorama.Fireworks from Team England are the …
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Thailand Elite partners with Phuket International Boat Show to attract high net worth individuals to Thailand

Organisers of the Phuket International Boat Show (PIMEX), held 8th to 11th January 2015 at Royal Phuket Marina, confirm a strategic partnership with Thailand Elite, the world’s first country membership programme, to showcase Phuket and Thailand’s yachting lifestyle to Thailand Elite members and provide a marketing and networking platform showcasing Thailand Elite to the growing number of Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) and High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs) that have holiday homes in Phuket and will be visiting the …
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Samui Tourism Receives Massive Boost

The recent upgrading of daily flight capacity from 36 to 50 flights a day is set to stimulate Koh Samui’s tourism market.
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Based on media reports, the environmental restriction was lifted November 24th and will allow greater access by both regular scheduled service and charter flights.
Flights will continue to be allowed to take-off and land between 6 am and 10 pm, but the increase of 36% in daily traffic is expected to spur …
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Street Eats: An authentic Phuket breakfast

When you think of a good old Western breakfast, you imagine some crusty toast, ham, an omelette, pancakes, cereal or other similar tasty food, but here in Phuket a traditional local breakfast is quite the opposite.
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The culture in Phuket is a mix of Thai Buddhists and Muslims, with over half the locals a mix of Chinese. This is why Chinese-style food can be found among any of the island’s popular dishes, from …
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