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THA bullish about last quarter

Dusit hotel welcomes Chinese travel students

THA bullish about last quarter

The Thai hotels Association (THA) is optimistic that the tourism industry will pick up in the last quarter of 2008, which will help to offset the slow growth in inbound tourism during the first half of 2008.
THA president, Prakit Chinamourpong, said Bangkok’s political uncertainties and soaring fuel prices had caused a slow growth in the number of visitor arrivals from Thailand’s key longhaul markets - Europe, the US and Australia.
As a result, Prakit said hotels in Bangkok and key destinations had recorded a poor growth in average occupancy in the first half of this year. The average occupancy in five-star hotels in Bangkok from January to June was 69.36 per cent, a 1.02 per cent growth over the same period last year.
In June alone, key beach destinations such as Pattaya and Phuket reported poor average occupancy of 47.19 per cent (a drop from 2007’s 47.21 per cent) and 50 per cent (a drop from 2007’s 55 per cent), respectively. Meanwhile, Hua Hin suffered a deeper plunge of 10 per cent, bringing the average occupancy down to between 35 to 40 per cent.
However, Prakit was optimistic aggressive promotions by Thai hotels aimed particularly at the Asian markets would help boost the number of arrivals during the high season. (TTG)

Dusit hotel welcomes Chinese travel students

Photo shows students from Burapha University after completing their hotel job observation at Dusit Thani Pattaya on Monday, July 21. They were exchange students from China majoring in Tourism and Hotel Management. They are seen here with (left) Thanatorn Phongsiri, HR manager and (right) Waran Chalermrittichai, Director of Administration, Dusit Thani Pattaya.

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