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TRAVEL & TOURISM
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]: 

Passion Pattaya launched in ITB

BCCT Tourism Committee holds first meeting

Macau Government Tourist Office signs MOU with Thailand’s Convention and Exhibition Bureau

Cambodia OKs integrated resort project

Thai Airasia to fly to Nakhon Si Thammarat, acquires aircraft, adds flights

MICE ready to roar in Pattaya


Passion Pattaya launched in ITB

In the photo are the coordinators of the Passion Pattaya campaign: City Hotel Sriracha’s Bundarik Kusolvitya (third from left), Dusit Resort, Pattaya’s Chatchawal Supachayanont (fourth from left), Tiffany Show Pattaya’s Alisa Phantusak (fifth from left) together with other Pattaya hotel managers. (Photo from TTG Asia)

The Thai Hotels Association Eastern Chapter recently organized a campaign launched at the ITB (Internationale Tourismus-B๖rse) Berlin to promote Pattaya as a prime destination.
In a campaign called Passion Pattaya, the hotel executives of the Eastern Seaboard joined together to participate in the world’s leading trade show for the tourist industry to promote Pattaya. The Passion Pattaya booth highlighted the festivities, water sport adventures, sightseeing, shopping, dining and other recreations that can be enjoyed in the city resort.
A number of Pattaya and Chonburi hotel managers joined the campaign spearheaded by THA Eastern Chapter president Chatchawal Supachayanont and vice-presidents Bundarik Kusolvitya and Alisa Phantusak.
“This is the first time for the THA Eastern Chapter to have its own exhibition stand in ITB and we believe this will further raise the image of Pattaya on the global stage of traveling,” said Chatchawal Supachayanont.
He added that the campaign was also a good initiative for small hotels to create a network and establish new customer contacts. “More important than the opportunity of increased volume of business through this campaign are the new insights gained on the market trends and innovations in the global travel industry,” Chatchawal noted.
ITB Berlin set new records this year with a 15 percent increase in trade visitors and a total attendance of 177,154. A total of 10,923 companies from 184 countries and territories presented their tourism attractions on a display area measuring some 160,000 square metres, ranging from service providers such as hotels and airlines to tour operators, and individual countries and regions.


BCCT Tourism Committee holds first meeting

The inaugural meeting of the British Chamber of Commerce of Thailand’s Travel and Tourism committee recently took place at the Pacific City Club to outline the group’s objectives. Pictured at the meeting are Mr. Trevor Allen, Committee Chairman (3rd from right) with Committee members (L-R): Andrew Wood, Tom Bishop, Marc Hagelauer, Julianne Rogers, Florian Preuss and John Watson.


Macau Government Tourist Office signs MOU with Thailand’s Convention and Exhibition Bureau

Director of MGTO Joäo Manuel Costa Antunes and Director General of TCEB Kajit Habanananda sign the MOU at the Thai-Macau Business Relations Seminar, held April 9 at the Shangri-la hotel in Bangkok.

Bangkok, April 13 - Under the witness of H.E. the Chief Executive of the Macau Special Administrative Region, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) to develop and strengthen mutual cooperation in business tourism.
Director of MGTO Joäo Manuel Costa Antunes and Director General of TCEB Kajit Habanananda signed the MOU at the opening ceremony of the Thai-Macau Business Relations Seminar, held April 9 at the Shangri-la in Bangkok.
The MOU states that the two parties will exchange delegations to share information and experience in the fields of business tourism development and management, business tourism promotion and human resources development in business tourism.
“Signing this MOU with our partner, the Macau Government Tourist Office (MGTO) is a most positive development,” said Mr. Habanananda. “The role of TCEB is to help Thailand’s business tourism sector grow and we strongly believe that the best way to achieve our goals is to have good partners in strategic locations around the world, and to help each other in our respective efforts to attract more meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions business. We are particularly excited for this newly forged alliance with Macau and eager to learn from their experts and to share our experiences and knowledge with them. This is a clear example of a win-win situation.”
Thailand became the 10th largest source market for Macau in 2006. Macau welcomed almost 90,000 Thai visitors in 2006, a growth of 54.5 per cent over the previous year. The first two months of 2007 saw a remarkable growth of 64.9%, with 14,839 arrivals from Thailand.


Cambodia OKs integrated resort project

A Malaysian company has been given the go ahead from Cambodian authorities to develop an integrated resort similar to Singapore’s Sentosa Island.
Ang Tom Nam Company is to develop an almost carbon copy of Singapore’s development plans in Cambodia’s Koh Ta Kiev Island, which has long been famous as a destination for snorkeling and scuba diving.
“The island offers a huge potential for development,” said a spokesman for the Malaysian developers, who are looking at the region’s rapid development of no frills carriers as an impetus to turn the island into a resort destination in the Southeast Asian region.
Cambodian authorities granted the Malaysian company a 99-year lease on 1,000 hectares of land for the integrated resort, which would include a golf course, hotel accommodation and casino.
The company was favored to develop the resort situated just off Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s largest port, due to their presence in Cambodian for the last five years. “They have been doing business in Cambodia for some time,” an official said. \
Currently, the island is “so underdeveloped there are even no jetty services.” To get there entails hiring a fishing boat. (eTN)


Thai Airasia to fly to Nakhon Si Thammarat, acquires aircraft, adds flights

Thai AirAsia will start daily flights between Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat from May 15, making the Southern city the airline’s 10th domestic destination.
The opening of the new route comes as Thai AirAsia welcomes its 12th aircraft. Tickets for flights on the new route are now available on all of the airline’s sales channels.
With the new addition to its fleet, the airline is also increasing its flight frequencies to Phuket, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. Flights between Bangkok and Phuket will increase to six times daily, flights between Bangkok and Chiang Mai to five times daily, and flights between Bangkok and Chiang Rai to four times daily.
Thai AirAsia’s 10 domestic destinations now include Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Phuket, Surat Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Udon Thani. Its international destinations are Xiamen, Macau, Phnom Penh, Yangon, Hanoi, Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi, Penang and Singapore.
Thai AirAsia is acquiring 40 brand new Airbus A320 aircraft, the first of which will be received in October 2007.


MICE ready to roar in Pattaya

From left: Kajit Habanananda, TCEB director-general, Mom Rajawongse Disnadda Diskul, chairman of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, and Mayor Niran Wattanasartsathorn at the TCEB committee members’ lunch with government and private organization representatives of Pattaya City.

From left: Pratheep Malhotra, managing director of Pattaya Mail Publishing Co., Ltd; Ingo Rauber, general manager and director of operations for Pinnacle Jomtien Resort & Spa; and Panga Vathanakul, managing director of Royal Cliff Beach Resort Pattaya; with (in foreground) Deputy Mayor Verawat Khakhay.

Narisa Nitikarn
Mom Rajawongse Disnadda Diskul, chairman of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau, presided over a meeting for TCEB committee members at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort on April 10, with a five-year plan for stimulating the lucrative MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) sector of the tourism industry.

TCEB deputy director, Nipat Ditheepen gave additional details at the meeting.
The meeting also reviewed the past four years of business, with TCEB deputy director Nipat Ditheepen saying that several weak points had been revealed during the review sessions, including red tape that limited operations for the private sector.
Nipat said that the importance of MICE could not be stressed too highly. Not only did this involve bringing high-profile events to Thailand, but also research has proven that delegates traveling here on this type of business typically spend between three and four times the amount that ordinary tourists spend.
A learning center has been opened, named the MICE Academy, in conjunction with specialists UFI of Germany. This center has been in service for six months, and has students from several countries around the world, including China and Russia.
There is also a MICE Information Center, which acts as a national center for offering all kinds of information necessary to planners and organizers.
“Promoting Thailand as a venue to private organizations is a very good investment, which results in increasing the country’s reputation and income from tourists,” said Mom Rajawongse. “This method uses less capital than attempts to bring new tourists to Thailand.”
Panga Vathanakul, managing director of the Royal Cliff Beach Resort, joined the TCEB committee members for lunch at PEACH, the resort’s own stand-alone meetings center. She said that in recent months there have been several large-scale events involving the international travel and hospitality industry at PEACH, including the 67th Skๅl International Congress, which had gained excellent comments from the delegates.
Panga said that although Pattaya now has first-class meetings facilities, the city still lacks a major organization to back these events here. She asked for the cooperation of the TCEB in bidding for and organizing more international MICE events in Pattaya. Mom Rajawongse agreed, saying that the TCEB is already working on this matter.
June next year will see the 2008 Lions Clubs International Convention held in Bangkok, an event that is anticipated to bring 30,000 Lions Clubs members from around the world, during which time a Lions District Governors-Elect Seminar will be held at PEACH in Pattaya.



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