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Record turnout projected for Thailand Travel Mart 2017 in Chiang Mai

Although final numbers will be established closer to the actual date, so far it is the highest turnout ever, well above the 343 buyers in 2016 and the 440 buyers in 2008.

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The Thailand Travel Mart 2017 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2017) is on track to report a record turnout of buyers when it is held between 14 – 16 June, 2017, in the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC).

To be held for the second time in the northern capital of Thailand, the show has already reported a registration (closure date 23 March) of 480 buyers from 64 countries and 354 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries. As of 11 April, 2017, the largest contingent of buyers for TTM+ 2017 are Europe (182), East Asia (137), ASEAN (42), America (38), Oceania (29), the Middle East (11), and Thailand (41).

Although final numbers will be established closer to the actual date, so far it is the highest turnout ever, well above the 343 buyers in 2016 and the 440 buyers in 2008.

The registration of 354 sellers is also higher than the 342 recorded in 2016. The sellers comprise hotels and resorts (272), tour operators and travel agents (30), GMS (14), entertainment (11), sustainable tourism (8), associations (6), NTOs (5), transportation (4), and other travel services (4).

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, “This is a clear indication of the high level of interest in Thailand and Northern Thailand in particular.

We are now finalising some very interesting events, activities and tours for the buyers which I am sure will go a long way towards helping them better promote Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand to their clients.”

Record turnout projected for TTM 2017 in Chiang Mai

Now in its 16th consecutive year, this year’s TTM+ will be held under the theme concept, “Delivering Unique Experiences”.

The event will be opened on 14 June at 13.30 – 14.00 Hrs. followed by the forum for Sellers and Buyers and then Local Tourism Product Presentation. The trade show will be held 14-17 June at the CMECC.

In the evening of 14 June, the welcome reception will be held at CMECC. On 15 June, a “Lanna Night” reception will be hosted by the Upper Northern Provincial Cluster. The “TTM+ 2017: Thank You Party” will be held on June 16 at CMECC.

Record turnout projected for TTM 2017 in Chiang Mai

The decision to maintain Chiang Mai as the venue of the TTM+ for the second consecutive year was designed to ensure that buyers and media get yet another chance to explore the many unique emerging cultural and natural attractions of North Thailand and the border countries of Myanmar and Lao PDR.

It is also part of the TAT’s strategy to better balance the distribution of visitors nationwide. Although the vast majority of visitors head for Thai beach resorts along the southern and eastern coastlines, the future potential lies in the North and Northeast Thailand region, which is set to offer its connecting routes to the neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, and Vietnam.

In the first quarter of 2017, Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to 9.2 million, generating nearly 5 million Thai Baht, up by 2 and 7 percent, respectively over the same period of 2016. Amongst these numbers, visitors from South East Asia were up by 18 percent followed by the Americas (+14%), Europe (+8%), the Middle East (+7%), ASEAN (+3%), and Africa (+2%).

For more information, please check out www.thailandtravelmartplus.com

*All photos shown:  Thailand Travel Mart 2016

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Advance booking for Thailand national park visits extended to 60 days

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Bangkok, 23 November, 2021 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to advise that tourists can now preregister for visiting national parks in Thailand up to 60 days in advance via the mobile application QueQ, from the previous 15-day advance limit.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) instigated the change as of 22 November, 2021, to better facilitate visitors in their travel planning. For those who want to book accommodation in the parks, there is already advance preregistration required of up to 60 days.

The QueQ app can be downloaded from Play Store or App Store.

As well as helping visitors plan their travels, the advance booking system allows park officials to limit the number of visitors to each park.

There is a total of 155 national parks nationwide. At present, nearly all of Thailand’s national parks have reopened in the Central, Eastern, Northern, Northeastern and Southern regions, following temporary closure due to COVID-19 measures and the annual rainy season closure.

The latest to reopen was Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai on 10 November, 2021; home to the country’s highest peak the 2,565-metre Doi Inthanon, this park 90 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai city is a popular place for viewing the so-called ‘sea of mist’ foggy morning weather of the current cooler months.

A list of the opening status of national parks can be seen at the National Park’s Office via this link, or its Facebook page: National Parks of Thailand. The TAT Newsroom (www.tatnews.org) is also providing a regular update on the latest opening and closing status of Thailand’s national parks.

When visiting national parks, tourists are advised to arrive at the park ahead of their preregistered schedule for screening and checking in with the government’s Thai Chana app. It is also important they observe social distancing rules and wear a face mask at all times while in national parks.

They are also advised to abide by the D-M-H-T-T-A precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19: D – Distancing, M – Mask wearing, H – Handwashing, T – Temperature check, T – Testing for COVID-19, and A – alert application.

Visitors to national parks are also asked to respect the natural environment and not litter, and to bear in mind that there is a ban on single-use plastic; such as, cups and eating utensils in national parks nationwide.

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Bangkok Airways resumes Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao routes in December 2021

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Bangkok, 24 November, 2021 – Bangkok Airways has announced that it will resume two more of its domestic services which are Phuket – U-Tapao (starting from 2 December, 2021, onwards) and Samui – U-Tapao (starting from 15 December, 2021, onwards).

The resumed service between Phuket and U-Tapao will be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday). The outbound flight PG282 departs Phuket International Airport at 12.15 Hrs. and arrives at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 13.55 Hrs. The inbound flight PG281 leaves U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 14.25 Hrs. and arrives at Phuket International Airport at 16.05 Hrs.

The resumed service between Samui and U-Tapao will also be operated by an ATR72-600 aircraft, starting with three flights per week (Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday). The outbound flight PG293 departs Samui Airport at 14.25 Hrs. and arrives at U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 15.40 Hrs. The inbound flight PG294 leaves U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport at 16.10 Hrs. and arrives at Samui at 17.20 Hrs.

The resumed services between Phuket – U-Tapao and Samui – U-Tapao in December will make it a total of 12 destinations the airline operates which are:

1.           Bangkok – Samui (v.v.)

2.           Bangkok – Chiang Mai (v.v.)

3.           Bangkok – Phuket (v.v.)

4.           Bangkok – Lampang (v.v.)

5.           Bangkok – Sukhothai (v.v.)

6.           Samui – Phuket (v.v.)

7.           Samui – Singapore (v.v.)

8.           Bangkok – Trat (v.v.)

9.           Phuket – Hat Yai (v.v.)

10.        Bangkok – Phnom Penh (v.v.)

11.        Phuket – U-Tapao (v.v.) (Starting from 2 December, 2021, onwards)

12.        Samui – U-Tapao (v.v.) (Starting from 15 December, 2021, onwards)

Passengers can visit the website https://www.bangkokair.com/flight/flightSchedule for more details about flight schedules.

For more information and reservations, passengers can contact the airline via the following channels;

•            Call Centre: Tel. 1771 (within Thailand) or +66 2-270-6699 (during 08.00 – 20.00 Hrs.)

•            PG Live Chat: https://bit.ly/PGLiveChatEN

•            Email: [email protected]

Bangkok Airways also announced that it remained committed to the safety and hygiene of its passengers and employees as the highest priority by strictly implementing surveillance measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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