Thai hotels all set to welcome a wave of domestic travellers during Songkran: SiteMinder #SootinClaimon.Com

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Thai hotels all set to welcome a wave of domestic travellers during Songkran: SiteMinder

Apr 01. 2021

By THE NATION

A much-needed wave of travellers is set to arrive at the doors of Thailand’s accommodation businesses during the upcoming Songkran festival, data by SiteMinder, a global hotel industry guest acquisition platform, showed on Thursday.

SiteMinder’s World Hotel Index shows that guest arrivals for the Thai New Year holidays represent more than 24 per cent of all hotel guest arrivals expected over the next 12 months.

The visible spike in arrivals follows the government’s extension of the holiday to six days to stimulate nationwide tourism and accommodate those travelling to their hometowns across the country.

Already, the wave of travellers has helped to accelerate Thailand’s hotel booking momentum, the index showed. Since February 1, hotel bookings have risen from below 25 per cent of 2019 levels to almost 50 per cent – only one per cent below the global average.

“The steady rise of year-over-year hotel bookings in Thailand that we have seen due to the Songkran festival has been very encouraging,” said Bradley Haines, regional vice president of Asia Pacific at SiteMinder.

“It’s pleasing to see the government actively creating an environment so encouraging of domestic travel. Until international travel meaningfully recommences, it’s these types of events that will allow local hotels to continue to provide viable options for Thai travellers in the months ahead,” he added.

Thailand, which has historically relied on international travellers for approximately 70 per cent of its booked hotel stays, has increasingly depended on domestic holidaymakers since the pandemic began. More than 86 per cent of bookings made for Thai hotels in March have been by Thai locals, compared to just 34 per cent in April 2019.

Pattaya hotels ready for area quarantine scheme: governor #SootinClaimon.Com

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Pattaya hotels ready for area quarantine scheme: governor

ThailandMar 21. 2021

By The Nation

Pattaya City is ready to welcome tourists when more arrivals are allowed from April 1, governor Sontaya Kunplome said on his Facebook page on Sunday.

Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn had said earlier this month that area quarantine will be piloted in five provinces, namely Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Surat Thani (Koh Samui, Koh Pha-ngan) and Chonburi (Pattaya).

Under the plan, tourists will quarantine in their rooms for the first three days and then undergo swab tests for Covid-19 at their hotel.

If they test negative, they will be granted access to the entire hotel or resort until their 14-day quarantine ends. After the quarantine is completed, they will be tested again. If they test negative, they will be allowed to travel freely in the area.

“So far, more than 20 venues in Pattaya have registered for the plan,” Sontaya said.

Thais rediscovering Phuket’s rich delights #SootinClaimon.Com

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Thais rediscovering Phuket’s rich delights

Mar 09. 2021

By THE NATION

Phuket is back in favour with Thais, rising into the top three destinations for Thai travellers in 2021, according to booking data from Agoda.

Phuket has jumped from the fifth spot last year to No 3 behind Bangkok and Chiang Mai this year, leaping over Hua Hin (4th) and Pattaya (5th).

Beaches were the top attraction, said Agoda, followed by nature and scenery, then new food and dining experiences.

Mining Museum

The holiday booking platform also highlighted heritage attractions such as the Phuket Mining Museum in Amphoe Khatu and the Jui Tui Shrine in the old quarter – both testament to the province’s Chinese influence.

Kayaking with underwater view

Other offbeat activities for visitors include kayaking at Paradise Beach, 4 kilometres from Patong Beach and has a great view right across Patong Bay. Acrylic-bottom kayaks offer a glass-clear window on the marine life below.

Plane spotting

Agoda also highlights plane spotting at Mai Khao Beach, for a close-up look at aircraft coming in to land at Phuket Airport runway. From 10am to 2pm is peak time to take stunning photos with the white beach and clear sea as background.

Coral Island

Coral Island (Koh Hay) is known for its shallow coral reefs and wonderful snorkelling. Also on offer are banana boats and parasailing.

Meanwhile, Khai Islands comprise the three islets of Khai Nai, Khai Nui and Khai Nok, located 15 minutes by speed boat from Phuket’s east coast. Surrounded by corals with tropical fish, beautiful rock formations, and beautiful beaches, the islets are suitable for all ages. A private speed-boat charter is available for those who want a more personalised touch.

Maithon Island

Maithon Island is a secluded paradise, home to a rich variety of birds, dolphins and tropical fish that can now be seen and experienced by a handful of guests at a time. Enjoy long walks and beautiful sunsets here. Getting to the island takes only 20 minutes by speedboat or 45 minutes by catamaran, operated daily from Phuket Deep Sea Port.

Tourists return in thousands as Udon Thani temple reopens #SootinClaimon.Com

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Tourists return in thousands as Udon Thani temple reopens

ThailandMar 07. 2021

By The Nation

Thousands of tourists are flocking to Wat Kham Chanod in Udon Thani province during weekends after the temple reopened its doors to the public on Wednesday.

The temple stands on a lake that’s purportedly home to a fireball-breathing snake deity, but had been off-limits to visitors since December 24 due to the new wave of Covid-19.

Online reservations to visit Wat Kham Chanod can be made on the temple’s website, while temperature checks and limits on the number of visitors are also being followed as part of new Covid-19 measures.

Pongsak Srichana, Ban Muang subdistrict headman, said he expects up to 6,000 tourists to visit Wat Kham Chanod on Sunday, adding that about 7,000 tourists had visited the temple on Saturday.

“However, all tourists must strictly undergo measures to contain the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

Tourists can visit Wat Kham Chanod every day from 8am to 4.30pm.

Ayutthaya to commemorate iconic Muay Thai master who stunned Burmese 247 years ago #SootinClaimon.Com

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Ayutthaya to commemorate iconic Muay Thai master who stunned Burmese 247 years ago

ThailandMar 07. 2021Nai Khanom Tom monument at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Nai Khanom Tom monument at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya

By The Nation

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya province will organise an event to mark Nai Khanom Tom Day on March 17.

The event will take place at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province Stadium.

Provincial Governor Panu Yaemsri appointed his deputy Sarunphat Pramotaka to preside over the meeting on Friday in a bid to stimulate tourism.

The event commemorates the victory of Nai Khanom Tom, a famous Muay Thai master, against Burmese boxers in a tournament at King Mangra’s Palace on March 17, 1774.

King Mangra was so impressed that he reportedly remarked, “Every part of the Siamese is blessed with venom. Even with his bare hands, he can fell nine or ten opponents.”

King Mangra granted Nai Khanom Tom and his fellow-Thai prisoners freedom following the victory.

Later, King Taksin marked March 17 every year as Nai Khanom Tom Day to celebrate the Muay Thai master, while Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya people built the Nai Khanom Tom monument at Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province Stadium.

Focus on domestic tourism as TAT targets Bt1.2-trillion revenue in 2021 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Focus on domestic tourism as TAT targets Bt1.2-trillion revenue in 2021

ThailandMar 07. 2021

By THE NATION

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is targeting revenue of Bt1.218 trillion in 2021 for the tourism sector with strategies focusing mainly on domestic tourism.

In an interview to Thansettakij Thai newspaper, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said that his organisation planned to focus less on revenue from foreign travellers, and more on domestic tourists.

TAT estimates 6.5 million foreign travellers in 2021, generating around Bt347 billion in revenue.

Meanwhile, 160 million tourists in Thailand are expected to generate around Bt870.4 billion.

He added that Thailand’s tourism would see a V-shaped recovery from the present situation.

The TAT will kick off campaigns to woo foreign tourists in April. The governor expected at least 15,000 foreigners to visit Thailand in the third quarter of this year.

Initially, the TAT had targeted 100 million persons/times domestic tourists. However, to achieve its revenue target the organisation aimed to increase tourists by 50 to 60 million/times.

The main tactic to stimulate domestic tourism is to encourage travel on working days. The TAT is holding discussions to run stimulus campaigns linked to local holidays of each region.

Udon Thani’s famed Naga temple uncoils after Covid hibernation #SootinClaimon.Com

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Udon Thani’s famed Naga temple uncoils after Covid hibernation

ThailandMar 02. 2021Wat Kham Chanod in Udon ThaniWat Kham Chanod in Udon Thani

By The Nation

Tourists can once again brave the mythical Naga that guards Wat Kham Chanod in Udon Thani from Wednesday, when the temple reopens its doors after more than two months.

The temple is situated on a lake that’s purportedly home to a fireball-breathing snake deity, but has been off-limits to visitors since December 24 due to the new wave of Covid-19.

Tourists can also try out the temple’s new wooden bridge, which stretches more than 100 metres to the lake’s island and offers spectacular views of the local scenery.

Online reservations to visit Wat Kham Chanod can be made at the temple’s website. Temperature checks and limits on the number of visitors are also in place as part of new Covid-19 measures, said Udon Thani’s deputy governor Chamras Kangnoi. Visitors from Covid high-risk areas will also be screened before entering, he added.

Thailand’s tourism sector wants country reopened on July 1 #SootinClaimon.Com

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Thailand’s tourism sector wants country reopened on July 1

Mar 02. 2021

By THE NATION

Leading tourism companies in Thailand launched a campaign on Tuesday to reopen the country’s borders from July 1, 2021.

The #OpenThailandSafely campaign was launched by more than 15 major companies including Minor Group, Asian Trails, YAANA Ventures, Capella Hotels and Resorts EXO and many others. Minor Group boss Bill Heinecke is among leading Thai hoteliers pushing for vaccination-based early opening of the tourism industry.

The Open Thailand Safely campaign laid out its arguments in a petition backing a formal request to the government to respond favourably to the rollout of Covid-19 vaccination in Europe, the US and other markets for Thai tourism.

The petition is open to anyone in Thailand or abroad who would like to see the country reopen.

The campaign argues July 1 is an appropriate date for five reasons: the majority of citizens in many source markets will be vaccinated by then, it gives time for Thailand to vaccinate frontline hospitality staff and/or vulnerable citizens, it gives travellers time to make travel plans and bookings, the date gives time to airlines, hotels, tour operators and others to start marketing, sales and preparations for the restart of operations, and it will take Thailand at least a year to restore the number of visitors it had before Covid-19.

Under the July 1 restart plan, tourists could be asked to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination, a negative test with 72 hours of departure, health insurance, etc.

“The July 1 reopening would be a strategic opportunity for Thailand to show a leadership role among Asian countries and prepare the way for a solid recovery of the Thai economy in 2022,” said Willem Niemeijer, CEO of YAANA Ventures.

Open Thailand Safely organisers said they will also send the July 1 request to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the minister of tourism and sports, and the Tourism Authority of Thailand governor.

Organisers pointed out that tourism destinations such as Seychelles, Maldives, Greece and Sri Lanka have either opened their borders or are considering doing so following successful vaccine rollouts in their key source markets.

Occupancy rate down 51% this Makha Bucha holiday, says TAT #SootinClaimon.Com

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Occupancy rate down 51% this Makha Bucha holiday, says TAT

ThailandFeb 26. 2021

By The Nation

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) expects tourist numbers during the Makha Bucha holiday weekend to drop by almost half from last year due to Covid-19.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn forecast the number of domestic tourists from February 26-28 would be around 1.09 million, down 44 per cent year on year. He expected tourism revenue of around Bt3.9 billion, down 38 per cent year on year, and an occupancy rate of 16 per cent, down 51 per cent.

“The Covid-19 outbreak, economic slowdown and PM2.5 air pollution are still affecting people’s confidence in travelling,” he said.

He said tourism in the Eastern region was under pressure after the February-March festival of the Buddha’s footprint in Chanthaburi’s Khao Khitchakut National Park was cancelled.

“However, we still believe that Buddhists will participate in events to mark Makha Bucha Day and spend time with their families at tourist attractions near their homes.”

He added that tourism had been lively in Bangkok, Chon Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kanchanaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Petchaburi.

“People are also taking trips in Chiang Mai as the temperature is still cool there,” he added.

Betong gets ready for arrivals once flights start landing in April #SootinClaimon.Com

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Betong gets ready for arrivals once flights start landing in April

Feb 25. 2021

By THE NATION

Local businesses in Yala’s Betong city are getting ready to greet visitors once flights from Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport start landing in Betong’s new airport from April.

The Betong District Tourism Association said relevant agencies and businesses have discussed plans of opening the city to visitors, as well as putting in Covid-19 curbing measures.

The association also said some 2,000 hotel rooms are being prepared for the influx of tourists and should be ready by April.

The top tourist attraction in Betong is the 61-metre-long skywalk, which gives visitors amazing views of the Ai Yerweng sea of mist from an altitude of over 600 metres. As many as 230,000 visitors have walked down the skywalk between October and December last year.