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Phuket Tourism Association hosted ‘Phuket Creative Tourism’ forum

On July 23rd 2010, the Phuket Tourism Association hosted a seminar called ‘Phuket Creative Tourism’ forum. The forum was crowded with hotel and tourism entrepreneurs in Phuket.
The forum focused on the discussion topic of ‘Phuket and the way to be a creative tourism destination’ led by prominent thinkers and speakers such as Aphirak Kosayothin, the Creative Economic Consultant to the Prime Minister of Thailand; Wansadet Thawornsook, a marketing expert; and Prasert Aiumroongrot, an advertising and marketing expert.
In conclusion, Aphirak said that Phuket original culture should be preserved to be a selling point of the island apart from the island’s beaches, sea, and other natural beauty. He said it should highlight the long prosperity from mining during the past, the Vegetarian Festival, the unique dresses, culture and food. If these were developed but also maintained, the traditional highlights of Phuket will be able to attract more tourists to come and relax here.

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Swimsuit show by Miss Thailand World contestants on last day in Phuket

On July 23rd 2010, 30 final contestants of Miss Thailand World beauty contest recorded a video for their swimsuit fashion show at the swimming pool of Cape Panwa Hotel. The video making was watched by the hotel’s guests who were relaxing around the pool.

The swimsuit wearing allows the judges to see the differences in shapes of each contestant. All the contestants were confident and looking good in their colorful swim wear. After the video making, the contestants had lunch together and relaxed in the hotel before departing to Bangkok.

During July 20th- 23rd 2010, the contestants stayed at Cape Panwa Hotel and also did activities benefiting Ban Lamsai School following the contest’s slogan “Be Beautiful for Thai Children Education” and boosted Phuket tourism visiting batik makers, sacred monuments, etc.

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KBank lends 567 million for Kalima Resort and Spa at Kalim, Phuket

On July 22nd  2010, Tawich Thanachanan, the Assistant Managing Director of Kasikorn Bank Public Company Limited, signed an agreement to lend 567 million baht of capital in a new hotel project called Kalima Resort and Spa. Kalima will be a 4-star sea-view resort and spa located near Kalim Beach (a small beach north of Patong Beach) on 24 rai of hill land. It will have 168 rooms decorated in Thai contemporary style. It is estimated to use 800 million baht of budget in construction, with total investments worth 1250 million. The resort would be complete late 2012.
Paponpat Niyomdool, an executive of Kalima Resort and Spa company, said that main reason to establish the resort was its belief in the tourism potential of Phuket. He could see that Phuket often recovers fast from many crises. Phuket was still many tourists’ top dream destination. He added that the resort’s main target in high season was European including Scandinavian visitors and the resort would focus on Asian tourists during the green season.

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Phuket Raceweek sailing regatta 2010 opening comments & updates 

Phuketindex went along to the opening day registration and the evening’s opening ceremony with brief speeches by Raceweek organiser, Evason Phuket Resort Manager, & TAT Director for Phuket, to capture the relaxed friendly atmosphere before racing begins, and got three exclusive interviews: with Royal Thai Navy skipper Pornprom Sakultem; the Raceweek organiser, Grenville Fordham; plus double Olympic Gold Medal winner and CNN’s Main Sail reporter, Shirley Robertson. Raceweek regatta races start each day at 10am on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 22-25th July in six different classes and various routes, visible from the Evason and Rawai, south east of Phuket.

The organiser announced that “this year, Raceweek looks set to break the 40-boat barrier again – something of a miracle given the political mayhem Thailand’s been suffering for the past several months – with the best all-round fleet of fast IRC classes and multihull yachts we’ve seen yet, albeit minus last year’s two ‘rock stars’, Neil Pryde’s Hi-Fi and Ray Roberts Evolution Racing,” said Grenville Fordham. He also told Phuketindex that “the Fireflys, back in bigger numbers than ever before as locally made in Phuket, are usually the fastest, but this year they could be overtaken by the new lighter multihulls and catamarans.” He also races himself with his own team in multihull ‘Nina’, but claims the inside knowledge of regatta does not help win at the regatta! He said Raceweek participants still prefer a 4 not 7 day regatta, and sponsors are also happy. as he is after organizing it for 7 years now.

Especially encouraging for Phuket’s beleaguered tourism industry, is the number of ‘out of town’ participants that increases each year – both with boats coming from different waters and crew and sponsors’ guests flying in from… well, all over the world. 2010 is the third year that Six Senses Phuket Raceweek will be televised, going out to 140 million households across Europe, UK, Asia, USA, Australia and New Zealand as the first feature on the Hot Water program on major sporting channels. “We’re still the only regatta in the region that has this guaranteed international TV exposure,” said local media guru Grenville whose Image Asia continues to break through new boundaries to gain their share of main stream multimedia coverage around the globe.

Riots and mayhem are not the best environment in which to find sponsors, yet many of Phuket Raceweek’s loyal partners have remained on board this year, and some new faces have joined the sponsorship line-up. Grenville added, “We believe that it’s better to keep sponsors than to scratch around for new ones every year, so we work hard to make sure our sponsors get the results they’re looking for – which means understanding their objectives, so that their input adds value for all involved and work together to achieve them. 2010 sees Six Senses return as Title Sponsor, with Jaguar Cars and TAT returning as Co-sponsors. Da Vinci have upped the ante from Island Supporter to Co-sponsor, while QBE have returned after a couple of years absence, also as Co-sponsor. Amongst Media Partners, Official Suppliers and Island Partners, most are returning for at least a second year.”

Speaking about Six Senses’ Title Sponsorship, John Phillipson, the resort group’s Managing Director of Thailand said, “Six Senses is thrilled to be sponsoring Phuket Raceweek for the seventh consecutive year. With Bangkok’s troubles earlier in the year, this is a great way to say that Thailand is once again an outstanding place of peace, culture and natural beauty.”

Invited by Six Senses, double Olympic Gold Medal winner and one of the world’s leading sailors, Shirley Robertson, is at Evason Phuket in celebration and support of Six Senses Phuket Raceweek. Shirley is available for press interviews about her outstanding racing career and discussions with VIP guests. Shirley told Phuketindex: this was her first time at the beautiful regatta, having been to Kings Cup many times. “I hope to explain the complexions of sailing to simplify it for VIPs. As a journalist for CNN I am also keeping my eye out for stories. I hope to get out on a boat a bit, and the wind is good here, with fabulous scenery.” She has never retired from racing herself, and says British sailors continue to do so well, but with Olympics in UK in 2012 she’s on committee to help organise for all competitors to make it a great event at Weymouth on the south coast.

The latest Andaman Cabriolet, ‘Da Vinci’, sister ship to last year’s Six Senses Phuket Raceweek Multihull Class winner, ‘Nina’, flew over the trees and into the water at Chalong Bay. Launched just seven days before racing in the SEA Property Multihull Championship and Phuket Raceweek, builders Composite Catamarans maintain the tradition established last year of getting new boats in the water – just in time to compete. They had a ding dong battle with Henry Kaye’s Seacart 30 ‘Thor’ during the SEA Property Multihull Championship last weekend and missed out on the overall racing class title by only four minutes on the deciding last race. The official launching at the Royal Phuket Marina on Tuesday, saw Thai Buddhist monks leading off with the blessing ceremony before the champagne celebrations and fireworks.

Aussie multihull designer Alan Carwadine has flopped off the Andaman Cabriolet hull and deck moulds to come up with his latest creation the Stealth 12.5 ‘Sidewinder’ in a long line of successful racing multihull’s that he is famous for. Apparently she is a few feet longer than the original Andaman Cabriolet ‘Nina’ and all up only weighs in at a little over 3 tons. While ‘Nina’ and the newly launched ‘Da Vinci’ have the same size mast and sails, the all new Stealth 12.5 ‘Sidewinder’ mast is 10 feet higher and bigger sails will generate a lot more all round power. Shortly after launching they came out to show off, motoring around the SEA Property Multihull Championship contestants and judging by the new sleek flowing look, they might be giving Henry Kaye’s ‘Seacart 30 Thor’ a run for line honours and depending on their handicap will give the rest of the nine boat class a real hurry up!

In IRC 2 the Royal Thai Navy has two boats, and one skipper Pornprom Sakultem told Phuketindex this was his first time in this regatta, with a new boat, but he previously did well in the Kings Cup as Phuket is such a nice place and he hopes to beat the other RTN crew, but this is “good fun and a chance to practice for serious competition.”

Six Senses Phuket Raceweek off to a slow start…

July 22nd: After some deliberation the 20 IRC monohull racers got divided into three classes according to their rating and potential performance. Hot off last weekends SEA Property International Multihull Championship nine boats are fronting up in the Multihull Class and eight Firefly 850 Sports in the one-design class. Two classic boats round out the order, making it a total of 39 boats contesting this year. The weather forecast did not look to promising and after a short wait, PRO Simon James managed to get the fleet away on a two island passage race. Some were a little to keen to get underway and a general recall for the combined IRC 2 & 3 classes even delayed the proceedings further. Hopes for another race were dashed as the wind did not pick-up and moved all over the place, so PRO James decided to call it a day in light of the circumstances.

Competitors found it difficult in the lee of the islands on the one race that was sailed today. This is where fortunes can be won and lost. From the press boat it looked like a game of snakes and ladders until they rounded the final hurdle and got back into the wind line. The boats that had a fast trip through the lee of Koh Aeo have in general, gone on to win their class.

Ben Copley’s Swan CS 42 Katsu led the IRC Racing class across the finish line but it was Scott Duncanson’s Phuket 8 Quantum Fusion M that snatched victory after handicaps were applied, leaving Katsu in second place. Up from Malaysia, Antony Hastings’ Beneteau First 53 F5 Baby Tonga with Aussie legend Fraser Jonson on the helm slotted into third place.

Peter Dyer’s IOR 3/4 tonner Sea Bees took out the daily double of line and handicap honours in the IRC 1 class. Then came a gaggle of Platu’s led by Mike Downard’s Tuay Lek and the Royal Thai Navy’s new acquisitions No’s 5 & 4 skippered by Jaray Tipsuk and Co. Pornprom Sakultem respectively.

The Russians are in town and Alex Takhovski showed their superior sailing skills when he drove the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 50DS LeRo across the finish line to take out the daily double in fine style. Keith Garry’s Malaysian based X-412 BeauX Esprits happily slotted into second place. Despite returning late after the general recall, Horst Lakits’ Swan 55 Big A managed to climb back up into third place.

The battle for superiority in the Multihull Class continues with great intensity. Henry Kaye’s Seacart 30 Thor continued on their winning ways from last weekend by scoring first and fastest in Race 1. Andy Pape skippering the new Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci slotted into second place to renew their rivalry with Thor which is expected to go down to the wire again. David Liddell’s Corsair 37 Miss Saigon is never for behind and only needs a tiny bit more speed to improve on third place.

In the Firefly 850 Sport one-design class, Andrew Marshall’s Pink Lady skippered by Mark Pescott went gybe for gybe with Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo around the back of Koh Aeo. On the final stretch Mark took Pink Lady a little wider and was released from the light patch early and streaked off into the distance, never to be headed. Hans Rahmann on Voodoo fought back to regain second place. Always in the wings and ready to pounce Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi ended up in third place.

There are only two boats in the Classic class and on this occasion Gunther Nutt’s Friendship Sloop Kerida prevailed over Tom Howard’s 100 year old North Sea Fishing Boat Seraph.

Racing continues and as the weather forecast is for stronger winds over the weekend, all fingers are crossed that the prediction comes true.

July 23rd: Although the day dawned very overcast, the breeze kicked in just before start time and increased throughout the day to allow PRO Simon James to run two scheduled windward / leeward races and a island passage race to make up for yesterday’s lack of wind. The crews were raring to go and the ones that missed out on yesterday’s lottery, were ready to prove their worth by placing the boat higher up the order, where they expected to be. Some were a little to keen at the start and individually recalled for being over the line. The strong outgoing tide caught a few skippers by surprise as it tended to sweep them across the line on their approach. The last start of the day saw all the big boats in the racing class recalled which left the two Phuket 8′s clear to get a jump on them.

Scott Duncanson’s Phuket 8 Quantum Fusion M was fast out of the blocks to win Race 2 and added on to yesterday’s victory and were looking good on the IRC Racing class points table. Ben Copley’s Swan CS 42 Katsu were determined to convert the line honours wins into handicap victory. The crew buckled down and that’s just what they did by taking the daily double in Race 3 and 4 and have now moved up to the top of table for the time being. Not to be outdone, Antony Hastings’ much bigger Malaysian based Beneteau First 53 F5 Baby Tonga with Rolf Heemskerk on the helm today, is applying lots of pressure and by scoring 3rd, 4th, and 2nd places is sitting in 3rd overall and keeping everyone honest.

Back in 1976 the Farr 1104 Piccolo created history when she went on to win the Sydney Hobart Race on her debut year. Today in the hands of Bryan Gauson, Piccolo has under gone a major refit in Port Dickson, Malaysia and by winning three races today, has shown that she still retains some of her former glory and goes directly to the top of the IRC 2 leader board. Defending champion Jaray Tipsuk on Royal Thai Navy 5 has been keeping up with the leaders and with a 3, 2, 6 score line holds onto second overall and tied on points with Mike Downard’s fellow Platu 25 Tuay Lek in third overall. Stuart Williamson’s Beneteau 34.7 Skandia Endeavour of Whitby showed a sign of brilliance with 2nd place in Race 2 but has not managed any consistency to fall down the order. After yesterday’s win, Peter Dyer’s IOR 3/4 tonner Sea Bees, jumped the gun at the start line and the consequent recall may have unsettled the crew to end up down in fourth overall.

Keith Garry’s Malaysian based X-412 BeauX Esprits came to the fore and put one over the Russians on Alex Takhovski’s Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 50DS LeRo and take the overall lead. John Caffin’s brand new Jeanneau J53 Don’t Think Twice skippered by James Hardie slipped into third place and is tied on points with Horst Lakits’ Swan 55 Big A.

By adding 3 wins to the tally and keeping a clean sheet, Henry Kaye’s Seacart 30 Thor is dominating the Multihull Class, which is made up of various catamaran and trimaran designs. Andy Pape skippering the new Andaman Cabriolet Da Vinci continues to play bridesmaid, with two second and one third place. David Liddell’s Corsair 37 Miss Saigon holds onto third overall and has shared the placing’s with Neil Ayre’s Corsair 28 Shanghai Baby and Alan Carwadine’s Stealth 12.5 Sidewinder. At the start of Race 2 a loud bang was heard and upon investigation Alan Carwadine’s brand new Sidewinder hit the moored start boat, which left both crews not to impressed with the resultant damage.

By taking three bullets in the Firefly 850 Sport one-design class, Hans Rahmann’s Voodoo has a stranglehold on first overall. Fast off the start line and up the windward beat, then first away with the spinnaker seems to be the secret to success, on the only Quantum Sails outfitted boat. Always lurking in the wings Roger Kingdon’s Moto Inzi scored three 2nd places to step up and take over second overall. After winning yesterday’s opening round, Andrew Marshall’s Pink Lady skippered by Mark Pescott faltered a little with 4, 5, and 3rd places to just hang onto third overall. Damien Ford in charge of SEA Property claimed two 3rd places and a fourth to close in rapidly on the podium positions.

There are only two boats in the Classic class and on this occasion Tom Howard’s 100 year old North Sea Fishing Boat Seraph got the better of Gunther Nutt’s Friendship Sloop Kerida, which won the opening race yesterday. Racing continues tomorrow and as the weather forecast is for even stronger winds over the weekend, we are in for some more exciting action.

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Over 400 Indian couples decide to wed in Thailand during green season

The Tourism Authority of Thailand or TAT Mumbai office together with Indian wedding organizer, Red Events India Pvt Ltd, have undertaken the mammoth task of arranging for over 400 Indian couples to get married in Thailand during the current Green Season.

The first group of weddings took place at the JW Marriott Phuket during June 21 – 25 (& July 1st – 4th), while the second group will take place at the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok during July 15 – 20, 2010. The weddings are expected to generate more than Bt1 billion in earnings for the local economy.

Weddings and honeymoons are part of the TAT’s global marketing campaign to stress niche market tourism. In recent years, Thailand is becoming increasingly popular among Indian wedding couples and honeymooners as well as for the shooting of movies and advertising clips. There is also a strong flow of VFR (visiting friends and relatives) traffic and students.

Many Indian couples choose Thailand because they wish to tie the knot in a land renowned for its sense of grace and style, following customs and ceremonies with rich roots in Buddhist culture. The secluded, all-inclusive resorts are perfect for honeymoons.

Indian wedding planners “either independent or affiliated with tourist hotels and resorts” offer highly personalised services in choosing and arranging the most appropriate activities and events for each client’s taste and budget; such as, traditional Thai or other cultural wedding costumes and ceremonies, or more contemporary, custom-designed events.

TAT presently has two offices in India, in the political capital of New Delhi and the commercial capital of Mumbai. It plans to expand marketing into new secondary cities like Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Pune, etc.

India is Thailand’s biggest South Asian source market, and one of its fastest growing. In 2007, Indian visitor arrivals totalled 536,356, up 16.65 per cent over 2006, crossing the half-million mark for the first time.

In 2009, the number of Indian visitor arrivals to Thailand totalled 614,562, a 14.45 per cent increase over 2008. If this rate of growth continues, TAT projects Indian arrivals will cross the one-million mark by 2013.

Indian citizens can obtain visa-on-arrival at all international airports in Thailand and stay for up to 15 days.

There has been rapid growth in aviation access. Currently, there are 125 direct weekly services between Bangkok and major Indian cities including Delhi (41), Kolkata (24), Mumbai (40), Bangalore (7), Hyderabad (4), Madras/Chennai (7) and Bagdogra (2) by Thai Airways International, Indian Airlines, Air India, Cathay Pacific Airways, Royal Bhutan Airlines, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Airlines, and Air India Express.

From Tourism Authority of Thailand

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 Australian Ambassador said more Australians are travelling to Thailand


 On July 16th 2010, Wichai Priasa-ngob, the Governor of Phuket, was visited by Mr. Paul Grigson, the Australian Ambassador in Thailand. The Australian ambassador went to say farewell to the governor as he was going to finish his posting in Thailand. He also gave thanks for helping Australians in Phuket in many cases such as the Aussie Pub mat incident and Jet Ski accidents. He really appreciated that Phuket had set up Jet Ski Insurance to solve illegal Jet Skis in the area; meanwhile he commented that Phuket was more peaceful than Bangkok and other provinces in Thailand.

Additionally, the ambassador revealed that there would be about 50,000 Australians coming to Thailand in August and by November 2010 there would be about 70,000 asking to come to Thailand, now increasing with the more direct flights into Phuket. He thanked Phuket people for good cooperation to maintain peace and safety in Phuket.

The Governor added that the Australian Ambassador also asked about the Tsunami Warning System. For this issue, he replied that Phuket now has 19 warning towers ready to emit a siren any time and will conduct tsunami warning drills frequently

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TAT & TG offer special air fare tickets to European tourists

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is to join forces with Thai Airways International and over 30 European travel partners to offer promotional air-fares and special packages to Thailand between 15 July – 30 September, 2010.
The promotions are part of the “Thailand Today” campaign launched by TAT and THAI to celebrate their 50th anniversary as well to revive Thai tourism after the political crisis last May. The two organizations are also working together on the Mega Fam Trip for international media, tour operators and MICE organisers between 12-16 July, 2010.

Between 15 July – 30 September, 2010, Thai Airways will provide 50 seats at special fares per flight on 11 routes from London, Zurich, Rome, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Madrid, Moscow, Oslo, Athens, Stockholm, and Paris. These special fares are designed to attract repeat visitors and brand-loyal tourists from these key cities.

Over 30 European travel partners have joined this campaign, including Trailfinders, Kuoni, TUI, Thomas Cook, Tez Tour, CTS, CFA Voyage,,, and others.

This sub-campaign will be introduced across the European markets by 15 July, 2010. It is expected to generate over 40,000 visitors with estimated foreign exchange earnings of over 2 billion Baht.

The European market has long been a major bedrock of Thai tourism. Of the 14.09 million international visitor arrivals to Thailand in 2009, a total of 4,055,118 arrivals were from Europe, a market share of 28.78 per cent, an increase of 1.77 per cent over 2008.
The United Kingdom is the largest source market out of Europe. UK visitor arrivals to Thailand totalled 840,198, up +1.65 per cent.

Germany is Thailand’s second highest source market from Europe. In 2009, Thailand recorded 573,742 German visitors (by nationality), up 5.71 per cent over 2008.

France is the third biggest source of visitor arrivals from the European countries, after UK and Germany. Reliable industry surveys show that Thailand is second to China as the French people’s favourite Asian destination. In 2009, French visitors travelling to Thailand totalled 426,323, an increase of 7.01 per cent over 2008.

Visitors from Russia to Thailand have been growing steadily over the past few years. In the early days, Russian visitors began flocking on charters to Pattaya to escape the harsh winters. Today, they have become mainstream travellers with strong growth potential. In 2009, Russian visitors to Thailand totalled 337,471, up 4.12 per cent over 2008.

This year, TAT expects 4.2 million European visitors to Thailand with estimated foreign exchange earnings of 210 billion Baht.

Contact information:
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
Web site:

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TAT moving rapidly ahead with Thai tourism revival plans

 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the entire Thai tourism industry have rolled out a range of promotions, strategies, activities, and projects to help revive visitor arrivals which were affected by the recent political turmoil.
The Royal Thai Government has extended a range of measures to promote tourism, including a waiver of tourist visa fees until 31 March, 2011. At the same time, a committee of economic ministers has approved a new relief package for the tourism industry. The package includes the following measures:

◦Thais who purchase local travel packages from tour operators or pay for the accommodation fee can deduct up to 15,000 Baht when filing their annual income tax for 2010 and the exemption of operation fee for hotel operators to the year 2011.
◦Providing training courses for workers within the travel and tourism sector.
◦The SME Bank’s 5 billion Baht loan programme for small- and- medium-sized tourism business operators will be maintained. The loan repayment period will be extended from five years to eight, and the interest rate set at the minimum lending rate minus three percentage points for two years. A two-year grace period will be granted for the principal payment. There is presently 2 billion Baht in loans available for SMEs. Additional funds might be disbursed if there is a strong demand for loans.
The Finance Ministry is also planning to ask the Cabinet for other relief measures; such as, tax deductions for corporate seminars.

The Airports of Thailand (AOT) has agreed to reduce many airport fees for nine months to assist airlines and related businesses.

The AOT will reduce landing fees by 15 per cent while the aircraft parking fee will be reduced by half. Rental fee inside airports as well as services and facilities fees will be cut by 10 per cent.

The committee of economic ministers has approved a budget of 360 million baht for the TAT for domestic tourism marketing and other domestic promotional activities.

All these measures are designed to ease the financial impact of the downturn on operators and companies, and prevent them from having to layoff staff.

In addition, nearly all the hotels, both individual properties and chains, have launched special packages and promotions offering a range of discounts and value-added incentives.

As part of its marketing strategy to revive visitor arrivals over the rest of the year, TAT is prioritising plans to restore visitor confidence from the short-haul markets such as ASEAN, South Asia, and East Asia countries. Visitors from these markets are seen to be ready to return to Thailand as soon as they feel the situation has returned to normal. Recently, TAT led a Thai team on an Amazing Thailand Road Show in Beijing, China on 24 June, 2010.

TAT’s executives and directors from overseas and domestic offices are working on the TAT Marketing Action Plan 2011 (MAP) at their annual meeting now underway in Chonburi until 2 July 2010.

They are discussing ways to adapt and adjust the plans in accordance with changes in the underlying conditions and the frequent occurrence of global and local crises. They are discussing ways to boost Thailand’s brand image among tour operators, to organise more special events, introduce new tourism destinations, and encourage foreign investment in tourism, especially in new products.

After the TAT MAP meeting, a press conference will be held on 5 July 2010 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre to announce the new plans and strategies.

The situation is already returning to normal. According to official data, international passengers arriving at Suvarnabhumi International Airport totalled 540,788 in the period of 1-27 June, 2010, a decline of 6.8 per cent over the same period of 2009. This is a clear indication that the rate of decline has slowed significantly over the fall of 19 per cent in visitor arrivals in May 2010 over May 2009.

TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, “The entire tourism industry has come together and is moving ahead to overcome the downturn. We are hopeful that these measures will succeed and the industry will still be able to attain its target of 14.8 million arrivals for 2010.”

Contact information:
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
Web site:
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Amazing Thailand Golf Paradise

Tourism Authority of Thailand in co-operation with Bangkok Airways, Bangkok Travel Club (BTC) and The East Coast Golf Courses Management Association introduce “Amazing Thailand Golf Paradise” special golf package for 3 days 2 nights accommodation and a green fee.

Phuket – Pattaya (U-Tapao) starting at 13,500* B.-

*Prices include round trip airfare, 3 days 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, airport transfer, airport tax, insurance fees, fuel surcharge and a green fee 18 holes for 2 rounds (Golf Course Class A and B).

Get 10 kg complimentary baggage allowance and a chance to win Phuket – Samui / Pattaya (U-Tapao) – Samui (roundtrip). Book your tickets today and travel between 16 – June – 1 August, 2010.

For more information or reservation, please contact Bangkok Travel Club (BTC) Tel. 02 255 8966 or 1771 ext.3 or

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Tour agent to bring over 5000 Chinese tourists to Phuket soon

 Some executives of a leading tour agent in China visited Phuket to make sure that the island was ready to welcome 5,000 Chinese tourists catching 36 charter flights to Phuket soon. This group of Chinese tourists would be the first to travel to Phuket after the protest in Bangkok finished.

Suchart Hirankanokkul, the President of Thai Southern Hotel Association, revealed that the association had taken executives of the leading tour agent in China to inspect around Phuket before that company takes the tourists to Phuket on flights from China at the beginning of June. This group of tourists would stay in 3 – 5 star hotels around Phuket.

Suchart commented that this group of tourists was the first to travel to Phuket after China’s government had warned their people not to travel to Thailand during the violence in Bangkok. He expressed confidence that there should be other groups of Chinese tourists coming to travel in Phuket again in the short future.  He also added that the hotel reservation rate in Phuket was getting better and during June 25th – 27th 2010, some Phuket tourism entrepreneurs would fly to join a tourism promotion fair in Beijing, China.

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