Etihad Airways briefs agents on new fares
Agents from both Pattaya
and Rayong were briefed on the new services offered by Etihad Airways.
Etihad Airways held a seminar on June 30 at the Amari Hotel and Resort
for fifty of its agents in Pattaya and Rayong to advise them of new
discounts and services available to Etihad passengers, and to also brief
them on the new security regulations.
Florian Preuss, Etihad’s manager for Thailand and the Mekong Region, and
Etihad sales manager Chaiyavut Chomsakorn conducted the presentation.
Chaiyavut said that over the period September 16 to December 31,
airfares would be reduced by 11.5 percent for all classes of travel.
Etihad is also offering promotional fares for students traveling to
Europe, with tickets priced at only 17,555 baht for the under-25s.
There are also new rules issued by the airline for carrying liquids,
aerosols and gels in carry-on baggage, which now have to be in 100ml
containers and placed in a single, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Larger
containers that are half full are not allowed. Each traveler can carry
only one clear plastic bag. There are exceptions for baby formula
liquids and medications.
Duty-free purchases are only allowed if they can be delivered directly
to the aircraft, and a receipt from the duty free shop has to be
Nok Air reveals blueprint for regional growth
Nok Air plans to unveil its second international route by the end of the year
with the launch of a Bangkok-Hanoi service.
The no-frills carrier’s marketing vice-president, Mr. Pinyot Pibulsongkram,
said: “If everything goes according to plan, the Bangkok-Hanoi service will be
up and running in late October or early November.”
Nok Air launched its first international service between Bangkok and Bangalore
on June 1. The carrier also plans to introduce new domestic routes by the end of
the year, including Bangkok-Chiang Rai and Bangkok-Surat Thani. The route
expansion plan hinges on the arrival of new aircraft.
Nok Air hopes to take delivery of four new Boeing 737-400 aircraft before the
year is out, bringing its total fleet to 10. (TTG)
Embattled Thailand looks to 2008 and new market segments
James Arean (eTN Asia)
It’s back to the future for Thailand. With a lousy 2007 in terms of tourist
arrivals and revenue, its tourism chiefs are hoping that 2008 will usher good
tidings and tourists.
With only half of this year gone however, it is rather odd that Thailand’s
tourism chiefs are talking about next year’s tourism performance and promising
that 2008 will deliver more tourists and more tourism revenue.
Usually such announcements are done towards the end of the year, after taking
into account the current year’s performance.
Perhaps it’s just to deflect attention from the troubles the Kingdom is
experiencing this year which have impacted tourist arrivals.
For the record, the government said it expects 15.5 million tourists next year,
who will bring in 600 billion baht (US$19 billion) in revenue - a rosy 10
percent rise over this year’s targets. The Tourism Authority of Thailand intends
to spend 1.2 billion baht on next year’s marketing program, up from this year’s
1.07 billion baht.
Earlier in the year, the TAT said it was slashing the 2008 tourist arrivals
target from 20 million to 16 million. Travelers were genuinely keeping away so
the TAT’s policy shift to pursue “quality travelers” instead of the mass market
seemed to shift the attention away from the real reason behind the dwindling
The political uncertainties and continuing security issues in the south have
wreaked havoc on international arrivals this year. The Asians are either staying
away or making fewer trips to Thailand.
To circumvent that, the TAT’s plans next year include marketing activities
targeting visitors from 21 countries including Japan, China, India, and European
During the first week of July, the TAT staged a road show in Japan, speaking to
500 Japanese travel operators and tour agencies. The number of Japanese visitors
in the first five months of this year fell almost 5 percent compared to last
year. Japan is Thailand’s second biggest tourism source market, with 1.4 million
tourists visiting last year.
The TAT is also pursuing new market segments, including wedding couples,
especially from India, the double-income-no-kids (Dink) market and the gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transvestite group.
“These are the new market segments that will drive Thailand’s tourism business
next year. These groups are always higher spenders than normal tourists,” the
TAT’s deputy governor for international markets, Jutaporn Reungronasa, was
While it’s good to plan ahead, with an election to be held towards the end of
the year, it might be better to keep forecasts for next year until after the
election results are known. After all, who knows who might be handling the
tourism portfolio post-election?
Amari announces launch
of luxury Nova Suites
Pattaya’s luxurious Amari Nova Suites are set to
open at the end of this year.
Amari Hotels and Resorts have launched their brand new luxurious serviced
apartments, Amari Nova Suites, to be opened in Pattaya in November this
Nestled in the midst of Pattaya city centre and managed by Mr. Marco Seiler,
the 5-star Amari Nova Suites will provided top quality serviced apartments
for both long and short stay guests.
This upscale development will boast 76 exclusive suites, including studio,
one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom options, ranging from 46 sq.m to
190 sq.m. All units will have fully-equipped kitchens, 42" flat screen TVs
and balconies, and will be extremely spacious, bright and stylish. Adding to
the luxury of the project will be a rooftop swimming pool with Jacuzzi,
private fitness room, parking for up to 40 cars and 24-hour security.
Amari Nova Suites will also provide outstanding services and facilities,
such as mini-bars, grocery service, babysitting, daily-cleaning service,
business services and Internet access. For a unique dining experience, the
hotel will offer an innovative bar and restaurant facility in the shape of
the (‘minus 5’) -5 Ice Bar and Supper Club.
The Amari Nova Suites are set to raise the bar of accommodation in Pattaya
once more, and will provide the ultimate in comfort and luxury for both the
discerning business guests and leisure travellers.