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TAT plays cupid with Taiwanese

Thailand to link with Cambodia for tourism routes

TAT plays cupid with Taiwanese

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Taipei division will launch a slew of short weekend packages targeting the high-end singles market next year. The three day/two night package will include airfare, accommodation, meals and activities and singles will travel with other singles in a group tour. The estimated cost will not be more than NT$17,000. More than half a million Taiwanese visit Thailand each year.

The launch is tentatively scheduled to coincide with Valentine’s Day, which falls on February 14. TAT will place ads in the local dailies, luring singles with the possibility that love may blossom during the trip.

TAT’s Taipei Division, marketing and public relations manager, Renny Kao, said, “Speaking to people in the community during our road shows around Taiwan, we realized that there are a lot of young professionals out there who are keen to meet new friends and maybe find a life partner but they don’t have time to do so because they work so hard. So taking into consideration their time constraints, we decided to launch these short breaks so that not only will they have the opportunity to meet other singles, but also get to see Thailand at the same time. After all, romance is more likely to happen when people are on holiday.”

True to its role as matchmaker, TAT may offer a free honeymoon package in Thailand to singles that met their match and got married as a result of going on one of these trips. The promotion will run for three to six months depending on response. The TAT will either distribute the packages through singles clubs or travel agents. (TTG Asia)


Thailand to link with Cambodia for tourism routes

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has signed a memorandum of understanding with 15 Thai travel agents to promote tourism routes connecting destinations in northeast Thailand and Cambodia.

TAT director international public relations, Tanes Petsuwan, said the featured route in the program runs from Nakhon Ratchasima to Buriram, Surin, Si Saket, and Ubon Ratchathani, continuing across the Cambodian border to Siem Reap.

“The addition of the World Heritage Site of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap boosts the appeal of a northeastern Thailand tour. Road access and accommodations have improved on both sides of the border, so it is now much easier to package the destinations together,” Tanes said.

Participating agents include Mekong World, Kangwal Tours, Open World Company, Chai Tours, Glory Travel, MTT Tours, Jun Tawan Tours and Travels, Queen Air Booking Center, Season Tours, Num Sao Tours, Sunny Tours, Weekend Tours, Rungroj Tours, Trang Waree Tours and Surat & Samui Travel. (TTG Asia)


 


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