This month's Thailand bargains
Here are the latest initiatives delivered by Thailand's travel industry to help kick-start recovery. If your company has a bargain that needs sharing, forward details to us for this weekly update.
- Hotels Mega Sales 2009 from 26 to 29 March
at Siam Discovery Centre in Bangkok. It is the first event organised by
the Thai Hotels Association, which will have 40 booths for hotel
members. Special discounts of more than 50% will be offered. Targets
domestic travellers during school summer holiday in April and October.
- Thai International Travel Fair 2009 will be held from 26 February to 1
March at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre from 1000 to 2000. It
is jointly hosted by Thai Travel Agents Association, Association of
Domestic Travel, Krungthai Card and Thai Amadeus in response to Thai
Government policy to boost tourism business and Thai economy.
- Thai Cabinet. together with the Olympic Council of Asia, will host the
1st Asian Martial Art Games 2009, 25 April to 3 May. TAT has been
appointed as thehead of the Committee for Public Relations.
- Ayutthaya Boat and Travel launches a teakwood
boat dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River. The 90-minute cruise
carries 20 passengers per trip. Private charter tours and join-in trips
with four dining menus. The price is quoted at Bt750 per person for the
join-in trip and Bt2,000 per hour for a private charter trip.
- One-Two-Go Airlines is giving discounts
on fares to all of its domestic destinations â€” Phuket, Chiang Mai and
Hat Yai. The best fare is Bt1,750 one way, all inclusive. Other fares
are Bt1,950 and Bt2,050 subject to availability. Senior citizens and
government officials get another Bt100 off.
- SGA Airline plans
to upgrade its four weekly services between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son
to an air shuttle services departing every hour as frequently as every
30 minutes depending on market demand. The fare would run between
Bt1,600 and Bt1,800 per sector.
- Thailand Travel Mart Plus is
scheduled to be held on 3 to 7 June. A briefing for buyers and sellers
will be arranged on the opening day at Central World's Bangkok
Convention Centre. The actual four-day mart will take place at the
Challenger Hall, Muang Thong Thani Impact Arena Exhibition and
Convention Centre. Trade days will be from 4 to 5 June. Consumer days
follow, 6 to 7 June, as well as post-tour days for buyers and media.
Deadline for booking a booth is 31 March. Applications for participation
can be submitted at www.thailandtravelmartplus.com. Thailand
Super Deal campaign runs until March this year and will be upgraded to
the annual Amazing Thailand Grand Sale, held from June to August, with
additional discount features. TAT will support public relations and
advertising with a Bt60 million budget, up from last year's Bt10
million. Most of the deals are focusing on travellers from Asia, the
Middle East, and Europe.
- Two rail links, one is the new
Suvarnabhumi International Airport Rail Link that will shorten the
transfer time between Bangkok city centre and Suvarnabhumi Airport to
around 15 minutes.The airport train should start operations 12 August.
The other is a new rail link that extends the line from Nong Khai
across the Friendship Bridge to Vientiane in Laos.It should be
operational in March.
- Private companies joining TAT's road
shows and domestic travel fairs will gain 10 to 50% discounts on
registration and booth fees for booths at travel fairs where TAT has a
- Krungthai Card Public Company is offering free
marketing channels to tourism-related companies. It is offering the
programme in cooperation with the TAT, Thai Travel Agents Association,
Association of Domestic Travel and Thai Hotels Association.
Participating companies will receive support for recreational travel
activities through all KTC marketing channels, including its monthly
magazine What's Up sent to 2 million KTC members; its travel website
www.ktcworld.co.th with more than 150,000 monthly visits;a magazine" My world" sent to 55,000 KTC credit card members and radio media at
98.5 Good FM. It will also allocate a special budget to promote this
project in leading newspapers in Thailand.
- Koh Phangan Tourism Promotion Association, Koh Tao Tourism Association and Phangan Triathlon Association are hosting the Second Phangan Triathlon, 14 to 15 March at Thong Sala beach. The registration fee is Bt1,000 per person except for Age 15 and under; Bt500. Final registration date is 13 March. www.phangantriathlon.com