Dengue situation in Thailand shows signs of easing

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to share the latest official announcement from the Ministry of Public Health’s Department of Disease Control (DDC) that the dengue situation in Thailand is showing signs of easing.

The number of patients with dengue fever has continually decreased, according to the DDC. It also noted that relevant sectors continue to implement preventive measures in many areas where heavy rain persists.

The DDC has strengthened a multisectoral implementation of the preventive and control measures since the beginning of this year.

The DDC has also advised that locals and tourists protect themselves and their children from mosquito bites by sleeping in rooms with mosquito screens or under mosquito nets and by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and applying mosquito repellent to exposed skin or to clothing when staying outdoors, especially after sunrise and before sunset.

TAT is constantly monitoring the situation and strictly follows the guidelines and measures set by the Ministry of Public Health. For additional Information, please call the DDC hotline 1422.

Latest factsheet updated by TAT as of 16 October 2018 at 14.00 Hrs.

TAT works with Stock Exchange of Thailand to promote sustainable tourism

Bangkok, 15 October, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), are launching a “CSR & SET in the Local” initiative to inspire more publicly listed Thai companies to join TAT’s sustainable tourism efforts.

TAT Stock Exchange Thailand sustainable tourism

It will provide information on packages and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities for companies or organisations wishing to interact with local communities. It also promotes sustainability through the “CSR & SET in the Local” initiative by focusing on Group FIT, MICE, meetings and the seminar business that is organised in local communities and secondary destinations.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said: “Together with the SET, we want to encourage more companies to play a part in sustainable tourism and community development. By increasing travel demand to local communities and secondary destinations more revenue filters down to the grass roots level.

“This is an ongoing effort and key component of the TAT’s Amazing Thailand ‘Go Local’ campaign. One of its most important missions is to promote responsible tourism to 55 secondary destinations around the country.”

Launch activities under the “CSR & SET in the Local” include: “Local Life & Learn” – companies listed on the SET can choose packages that benefit local communities. These range from “Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Educational Packages” that teach about sustainability according to the UN’s SDGs; “Growing Packages” that focus on human resource development; and “Village Route and Homestay” that promotes tourism to off-the-beaten-path destinations.

“Thailand Local Giving” – interested companies or organisations can shop for packages on the Amazing Thailand Go Local website and collect ‘happy points’ that can be donated to their preferred communities. The communities accumulate points until they achieve pre-set targets that are redeemable for community development projects designed to elevate that community’s standard of living.

This follows TAT’s move in August to enhance its ongoing responsible tourism strategy by announcing a new “Travel Thailand in Style, Reduce Plastic Waste” collaboration initiative with various stakeholders in a bid to cut tourism-related waste by up to 50 per cent by 2020.

TAT has  also partnered with PTT Global Chemical and the Ecoalf Foundation in launching the “Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand”, making the kingdom the first Asian country to join the global oceans clean-up effort.

TAT’s sustainable tourism activies also recently caught the attention of Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha who hails TAT for promoting environmental protection activities. He cited examples on the Trat Dream Islands Run 2018, where runners helped collect garbage, and the World Ocean Day event in Phuket joined by some 60 entrepreneurs from Africa who also helped collect garbage on the beach. The PM said these are prime examples that TAT has successfully supported the government’s policy in promoting its environmental policy worldwide.

GoAir launches first-ever Phuket-India direct flights

Phuket, 11 October, 2018 – GoAir, one of India’s fastest growing airlines, launches its first-ever Phuket-India direct flights from New Delhi to Phuket this morning.

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All 182 passengers on board GoAir flight G8 31 were warmly welcomed upon arrival by officials, representatives and figures from the public and private sectors in Phuket.

GoAir will operate three direct flights per week between Phuket and Mumbai, and two flights per week between Phuket and New Delhi.

*Photographs courtesy of Government Public Relations Department – Phuket Office

Chiang Mai named one of Condé Nast Traveller’s World Top 20 Small Cities 2018

Bangkok, 11 October, 2018 – After a record-breaking awards haul so far this year, Thailand has once again been recognised with yet another prestigious honour by Condé Nast Traveller’s readers, who voted Chiang Mai among the Top 20 Small Cities in the World in its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

This is hot on the heels of the recent Conde Nast Traveller UK 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards with Thailand voted into 3rd spot in the Best Country category.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “Chiang Mai, with its charming culture of the ancient Lanna capital plus the lovely weather and the beautiful hills, has always been popular with local and international tourists. I’d like to thank the readers of Condé Nast Traveller for naming Chiang Mai one of the World’s Top 20 Small Cities 2018.”

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According to Condé Nast Traveller, “There’s a reason so many travellers beeline for Chiang Mai when they visit Thailand—the city is undoubtedly the cultural capital of the country. (It also doesn’t hurt that the super-luxe Four Seasons Resort and intimate Rachamankha are fantastic home bases.) Then there are the markets (we’re big fans of Warorot), rich aesthetics of both temples and nature, and the ever-present smells of espresso and curry. As for the street food, let’s just say you haven’t really lived until you order a bowl of khao soy.”

The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel”.

Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveller readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveller’s website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on 16 October.

Thailand ranks top in Ctrip’s global destinations during Chinese Golden Week 2018

Thailand Top Ctrip Golden Week 2018
Bird’s eye view of Bangkok

Bangkok, 10 October, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Ctrip.com, China’s largest and most influential online travel agent, has ranked Thailand the number one global destination for Chinese tourists during this year’s National Day vacation, or the Chinese Golden Week 2018.

Thailand comes out on top of Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea, among more than 1,000 destinations in nearly 100 countries. Favourite Thai destinations among Chinese tourists have included Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai to name only a few.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “China is Thailand’s largest tourist market, and this latest Ctrip’s study shows that the kingdom continues to win the heart of Chinese tourists with a wide range of attractions, ranging from local experiences, abundant natural beauty and remarkable variety of activities, including soft adventure, health and wellness, wedding and honeymoon, and sports tourism.

“That Thailand coming out on top as the world’s hottest destination for Chinese tourists during the Chinese Golden Week 2018 can be attributed to the ongoing effort by the Thai government and the public and private sectors to step up measures to assure confidence among tourists,” Mr. Yuthasak added.

This includes the progress made by all stakeholders in improving marine safety and the ongoing promotions as well as marketing efforts by TAT and its offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai and Hong Kong SAR. A plan to grant a double-entry or multiple visa for Chinese tourists is also in the pipeline.

For this year, TAT maintains its target of 10.5-11 million arrivals from China, up from last year’s 9.8 million. This year, from January to August, Thailand already welcomed 7.7 million Chinese tourists (+16.51%), generating 423 billion Baht (+22.17%).

The Ctrip’s study also comes hot on the heels of a record-breaking year of awards and accolades for Thailand’s travel sector in 2018, including Bangkok named number one city in the world by the Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index and Thailand placed third in the Best Country category of the Conde Nast Traveller UK 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards. In addition, Thailand takes its rightful place as one of Asia’s leading sports tourism destinations, successfully hosting its first MotoGP race this month.

AirAsia launches new flights from Bangkok to Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar this December

Bangkok, 9 October, 2018 – AirAsia further connects Thailand and India with two new routes flying direct from Bangkok to Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar, starting this December.

The Bangkok-Visakhapatnam is scheduled at four times a week, starting from 7 December. The flight departs Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.

The Bangkok-Bhubaneswar is scheduled at three times a week, starting from 6 December. It departs Don Mueang Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

AirAsia New flights Bangkok Visakhapatnam and Bhubaneswar

In Photo (2nd from left to right): Mr. Rajesh Damodaran, AirAsia India Station Manager of Visakhapatnam International Airport; Ms. Cholada Siddhavarn, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand in Mumbai; and Mr.Rajkumar Paranthaman, AirAsia India Head of Marketing, witnessed the Thai AirAsia’s launch of direct Bangkok-Visakhapatnam flight.

Visakhapatnam is a key port city that is undergoing notable growth and is the home of many world-class companies in the medicine, minerals and heavy industries.

Bhubaneswar meanwhile is the capital of the state of Odisha and is well endowed with historical sites significant to the Buddhist faith, making it a prime destination for devout Buddhists. Known as the “City of Temples”, Bhubaneswar has also become a beacon for telecommunications and technological investment.

AirAsia currently flies direct from India to Bangkok on five routes, from Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Jaipur and Kochi.  The majority of passengers on the routes, 80 to 90 percent, are Indian and they maintain a load factor Average of 87 percent. For Thai AirAsia, India is a strong market with great growth potential that has always responded well to its activities.

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