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Two legends, different worlds

Published July 10, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Two legends, different worlds

Jul 10. 2019
By The Nation

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Luxury five-star hotel Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is joining with classic premium camera brand Leica in launching a special Picture Perfect project with Leica room package from now until December 15.

The project gives guests the opportunity to explore the wonders of the Land of Smiles and gain unique insights into the art of photography.

Hotel guests will be taken by limousine to the Leica Galley Bangkok at Gaysorn Village for a personal viewing and tutorial with a specialist on photographic perspective, movement and composition before joining internationally renowned photographer, Kristian Dowling, manager and senior instructor of Leica Akademie, on a guided walking tour of the city’s colourful old town district.

For more than 140 years, travellers have stayed at the legendary Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. A haven of calm on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the hotel is timeless yet contemporary and the ultimate Bangkok address.

Leica too has a long history of focusing on distinction and innovation, offering a unique experience through its series of renowned cameras and lenses.

The package is valid until December 15 and is based on double occupancy and a minimum stay of two nights. A 14-day advance booking is required. It’s priced from Bt33,000-plus and includes luxurious accommodation, daily breakfast for two, One Leica Sofort instant film camera and an instant film double pack (20 exposures), private gallery tour at the Leica Gallery Bangkok in Gaysorn Village with an exhibition specialist, a two-hour walking photography tour with a Leica M camera and Leica Akademie manager and senior instructor, Kristian Dowling and limousine transfer to and from the walking tour.

Find out more at www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok.

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PM instructs govt agencies to speed up development of Phuket deep seaport

Published July 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30372609

PM instructs govt agencies to speed up development of Phuket deep seaport

Jul 09. 2019
By Salinee Prap
The Nation

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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha Monday instructed government agencies to speed up the development of Phuket deep seaport so that it could serve as a homeport for cruise liners. This is considered particularly urgent as the cruise industry is booming.

Prayut gave the instruction while on an inspection visit to the project site during his official trip to Phuket on Monday. He was briefed on the problems of the deep seaport and observed the on-going enhancement of the facilities.

Prayut was welcomed by Thiranan Sripong, the managing director of Phuket Deep Seaport Co Ltd which won the concession to operate the port.

The port was built by the Harbour Department in 1988 on a 105-rai plot belonging to the Treasury Department, which awarded a 30-year concession to the Phuket Deep Seaport Co Ltd. The harbour front was initially 360 metres wide with a 1.30-kilometre waterway leading from the open sea.

Since the Phuket Deep Seaport won the contract on April 30 last year, it has been expanding the port’s capacity by building a large carpark, a duty free shop and other shops and expanding the quay by an 60 additional metres as well as enhancing the depth of the waterway to allow cruise ships to dock at the port.

Thiranan told Prayut that the construction works were 24 per cent complete though about 40 per cent behind schedule due to the monsoon winds.

Thiranan said his firm wanted to seek government help to urgently enlarge the waterway and to expand the area for large cruise ships to turn and dock and well as building a wave barrier from Koh Tapao Yai to the port so that large cruise ships could dock at the port directly.

Thiranan said a lot of cruise ship firms wanted to extend their routes to Phuket but its deep seaport’s waterway is not deep enough the ships to dock. Currently, cruise ships have to anchor in the sea and use tenders to transport passengers to Phuket, making it inconvenient to tourists who had to wait around 45 minutes for their turn. Besides, transferring tourists to and from small boats could result in accidents, Thiranan added.

Thiranan added that to turn Phuket deep seaport into a homeport from cruise ships, the government must provide facilities for tourists to quickly clear customs and immigrations and provide cheap and reasonably priced transportation to tourist destinations on the island.

Thiranan said there are about 38 cruise ship companies in Asia operating some 80 ships, making about 7,200 trips to various locations in Asia per year, including 200 trips to Phuket. He noted that Bali in Indonesia and Long Bay in Vietnam are Phuket’s main rivals.

Myanmar expects tourism boost as Bagan makes it to World Heritage list

Published July 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30372469

Myanmar expects tourism boost as Bagan makes it to World Heritage list

Jul 07. 2019
Courtesy Bagan in Our Hearts.
Some of Myanmar’s delegates at the ongoing 43rd session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Courtesy Bagan in Our Hearts. Some of Myanmar’s delegates at the ongoing 43rd session of the Unesco World Heritage Committee meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan.
By Khine Kyaw
The Nation
Yangon

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Myanmar’s efforts to attract more Western tourists could soon be realised after its ancient capital Bagan was inscribed as a World Heritage Site on Saturday evening, according to officials and delegates at the 43rd session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco)’s World Heritage Committee meeting, which is taking place in Baku of Azerbaijan.

Lying on a bend of the Ayeyarwady River in the central plains of Myanmar, Bagan is home to nearly 3,600 ancient monuments, featuring an exceptional range of Buddhist art and architecture. The site’s eight components include numerous temples, stupas, monasteries and places of pilgrimage, as well as archaeological remains, frescoes and sculptures. The property bears spectacular testimony to the peak of Bagan civilisation from the 11th to 13th centuries, according to Unesco.

Speaking from Baku, Ohnmar Myo, international coordinator at the Department of Archaeology and National Museum, told The Nation that Bagan was selected as a World Heritage Site under three selection criteria: bearing a unique testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilisation; being an outstanding example of architectural or technological ensemble in human history; and being an exceptional example of living Buddhist beliefs and tradition of merit-making.

“We feel extremely proud for this inscription, and are committed to working harder for the sustainability of Bagan, our genuine treasure,” she said.

Ambassador Kyaw Zeya, head of the Myanmar delegation, said Myanmar is now celebrating the joyous moment of the successful inscription of Bagan on the World Heritage list.

“It is a proud moment not just for us, but for all of you to be part of this inscription process,” he said.

“We will continue our efforts on the conservation and management of Bagan so that this treasure heritage will remain for thousands of years as a heritage of humanity.”

The official lauded the efforts and collaboration of many stakeholders — government officials, intellectuals, local and foreign experts, development partners, the private sector, volunteer groups including Bagan in Our Hearts, and local communities during the long journey of inscription process.

He also named some countries that played a key role in making Bagan inscribed on the list: China, Colombia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Switzerland.

Kyaw Zeya said the whole nation was delighted to witness Bagan as the second World Heritage Site in Myanmar. Three of Myanmar’s Pyu cities — Halin, Beikthano and Sri Ksetra — have been inscribed on the World Heritage list since June 2014.

“Bagan is a living heritage, having endured all forms of challenges for more than a thousand years,” he said.

Aye Nyein Thu, a representative of Myanmar Tourist Guides Association (MTGA), attending the Unesco meeting, told The Nation the inscription would help Myanmar reintegrate with the world.

“Until recently, some countries had negative views on Myanmar due to some news coverage on international media. We now get a chance to prove that Myanmar is really worth a visit,” she said.

“This inscription is truly a dream for us over the decades. Now, our dream has come true. But, it is just the very first step and we still have a long way to go.”

In a bid to explain to delegates from other nations about the real truth of the latest developments in Myanmar, MTGA chose her as the organisation’s representative to be present at the high-level meeting in Azerbaijan’s capital. With her proficiency in French and English, Aye Nyein Thu said she could help promote the country and had fruitful discussions with delegates from Islamic countries in the Middle East and Africa.

She said nearly 40 delegates from Myanmar are attending the meeting, and more than half of them are volunteers who cannot wait to see Bagan as a world heritage.

“Before the official announcement, we were worried about what some European countries, particularly Norway, Hungary and Spain, would comment on this nomination [for Bagan]. Today, we were fortunate enough to witness that all of them amicably agreed that Bagan deserved it,” she said.

“Here, we had a chance to learn about management plans from international experts, and ICOMOS [the International Council on Monuments and Sites] also provided 20-point recommendations to ensure sustainability of Bagan. Now, it is our responsibility to conserve this living cultural site.”

Speaking from Nay Pyi Taw, Arkar Kyaw, deputy director at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, told The Nation that Unesco has finally recognised the importance of Bagan, referring to Myanmar’s efforts to nominate Bagan for inclusion on the World Heritage list since 1996, which were plagued by controversies over some renovations.

“This inscription means Bagan, as a World Heritage, will be protected not only by our government but also by the whole world,” he said.

“With the financial and technical support of Unesco and international partners, we will concentrate on the conservation of our ancient monuments from now on.”

Arkar Kyaw foresees a promising future for Myanmar’s tourism industry as well as for local communities.

“This will lead to better socio-economic conditions for locals living in the Bagan archaeological zone and nearby villages, as there will be new jobs and opportunities for them,” he said.

He said the authorities would also make efforts to nominate Myauk-U in the conflict-torn Rakhine state for inclusion on the World Heritage list.

“This inscription encourages us to try harder to sustain our historical blessings. The more support we get from the international community, the more we come up with outstanding management plans for our invaluable heritage sites,” he said.

Thant Myint-U, a historian and founder of Yangon Heritage Trust (YHT), considered the inscription as a boost to the proper conservation of the sublimely beautiful and historically important site as well as a barrier for those who would prioritise tourist dollars above all.

According to YHT, the inscription could largely contribute to the management and conservation of Bagan’s invaluable heritage.

White paper reveals changing trends in hotel industry

Published July 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30372293

White paper reveals changing trends in hotel industry

Jul 04. 2019
By The Nation

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With hotels having contributed over 28 per cent of Thailand’s overall tourism expenditure in the first half of 2018, Amadeus and InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) launched a new white-paper on Thursday which reveals the latest trends in the Kingdom’s hospitality sector.

With information from more than 7,500 consumers and industry experts worldwide, Amadeus and IHG’s “Drivers of Change in Hospitality” white paper reveals three key trends:

The Beginning of the End for Room Types

Traditional room types have been around forever – single, double, twin, suite or family room. It’s a tried and tested format, beloved by hotels and understood by guests. However, research suggests that this will change dramatically as guests begin to swap desks for yoga mats, stream their own content through the in-room TV or ask for that room on the third story with the view they’ve always loved.

Hotels will need to adapt because 61 per cent of global travellers now want hotel rooms to be priced in a way that allows them to add on bespoke options. This will see guests picking and choosing individual components of their room, marking the end of traditional room types.

New selling models will also be required, allowing guests to book a room for a period of their choice instead of a traditional overnight stay.

Of the 12 markets surveyed, Thailand ranked the highest in the potential for room customisation, with 38 per cent of Thai travellers having already stayed in a personalised room and 45 per cent showing interest in doing so in the future.

“Personalisation is a major trend facing the travel industry. Consumers expect more personalised experiences, from the moment they begin searching to the moment they check out,” said Ahmed Youssef, EVP of corporate development and marketing in hospitality for Amadeus.

“However, with most of the data fragmented, the industry struggles with guest recognition and personalisation as these systems lack a complete overview.”

The Rise of Tech-Augmented Hospitality

Hotel guest experiences have and will continue to change in light of new technology.

Commenting on how artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented technology will change guest experiences, Leanne Harwood, managing director for Australasia and Japan, IHG, said: “With AI, guests can use voice commands to order room service, control curtains, set alarms, or even order additional towels. If a guest says ‘I want to work’, room lights will automatically adjust, the television will turn off and the curtain will be drawn. Recently we saw the likes of Amazon interject into the hospitality space with a hotel specific, ‘Alexa for Hospitality’. This means the technology will become more accessible and affordable for hoteliers and we could see AI and smart rooms become a standard across the hospitality industry.”

However, though smart rooms have the potential to become standard across the industry, findings show that the human touch is still valued. For instance, the study found that while 42 per cent of guests prefer to use automated services to book a taxi, 67 per cent prefer talking to hotel staff to make complaints. So, to provide better guest experiences, Thailand’s hotels must use technology to support human interaction, not replace it.

To help with this, the study details how technology can be used to empower staff to deliver unprecedented levels of service. For example, the deployment of real-time translation earphones and smart glasses could ensure that concierges easily interact with guests in their native tongue.

Achieving Cult Status at Scale

The kind of status usually reserved for luxury hotels will be available for all, if they can build a loyal following of fans who feel an emotional connection. In the competition for guest loyalty, hotels need to identify how to offer value by delivering memorable, shareable and unique experiences, which 73 per cent of global travellers say these aspects are most important for a vacation.

To do this, hotels must have a holistic understanding of each guest, from their temperament and hobbies to their at-the-moment needs, and offer a host of special and unexpected surprises. In fact, 70 per cent of global travellers want hotels to provide more advice and tips about things to do that are off-the-beaten track, with only 20 per cent saying they get ideas from their hotel.

Guest relations need to be underpinned by data-driven technology. Data allows hotels to anticipate the best way to make each guest feel valued, whether it is through unexpected perks, experiences or rewards.

Without strong back-end systems able to crunch through multiple datasets, deliver information where it is needed and simplify the implementation of new models, it is clear that hospitality providers will struggle to meet the future requirements of guests.

Superheroes, supervillains set to land in Singapore

Published July 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30372174

Superheroes, supervillains set to land in Singapore

Jul 03. 2019

By The Nation

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Fans of Marvel and DC comics will get a chance to rub shoulders with their favourite superheroes and supervillians, not to mention popular game characters, as Singapore Comic Con returns to Marina Bay Sands Expo Halls on December 7 to 8.

With a stellar line-up, including illustrators and toy designers from DC Comics, fans will also get a chance to meet New York Times’ best-selling artist Jock – known for his artwork in graphic novels 2000AD, Wolverine and the award-winning Batman: The Black Mirror series – and comic artist Greg Capullo, who is known for his work on Spawn and X-Force.

Also participating in the two-day extravaganza will be pop surrealist Tara McPherson, who creates art pieces that explore the realms of otherworldly beings born from the complexities of the human psyche.

Gaming geeks will gather at the GGXP to greet professional gaming influencers as well as experience AR and VR in gaming and watch the finals of the PVP Community Leagues featuring Bang Bang and DOTA 2. Amateur gamers will also stand a chance to win some attractive prizes.

SGCC’s Tabletop experience with Gamersaurus Rex will explore mini tablescapes and battlefields laden with terrain features where players can enact wars using beautiful handpainted models.

Other games to be featured include Warhammer 40,000 and a Song of Ice and Fire. Gamers new to role-playing adventures will have a chance to learn the art of tabletop warfare during the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing sessions.

Fans can also check out the limited edition T-shirts designed by artists like Tara McPherson, Peach MoMoKo and Muffinsaurs and going for S$29 (Bt655) apiece online and onsite.

Tickets can be bought from singaporecomiccon.com.

Travelling in style: a private suite for your flight

Published July 9, 2019 by SoClaimon

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https://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30372183

Travelling in style: a private suite for your flight

Jul 03. 2019
By The Nation

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Business class passengers boarding Qatar Airways’ flights out of Bangkok from July 15 can enjoy the airline’s award-winning Qsuite seats.

The new configuration was launched in 2017 and has set a new standard in luxury travel for business class passengers. Qsuite features a double bed and private cabins for up to four people with privacy panels that stow away, allowing passengers in adjoining seats to create their own private room.

Adjustable panels and moveable TV monitors on the centre four seats allow colleagues, friends or families travelling together to transform their space into a private suite, allowing them to work, dine and socialise together. These new features provide a customisable travel experience that enables passengers to create an environment that suits their own unique needs.

“We are thrilled to bring Qsuite – a product that has revolutionised luxury travel by bringing a First Class experience to Business Class – to our customers travelling from Thailand. They are highly discerning passengers seeking comfort, quality and innovation, and we know Qsuite will exceed their expectations,” said Qatar Airways senior vice president of Asia Pacific, Marwan Koleilat.

Earlier this month, Qatar Airways won a PAX International Readership award for Best Cabin Interior Passenger Experience in recognition of the unparalleled in-flight experience offered on Qsuite.

Qatar Airways currently operates more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA) to more than 160 destinations worldwide. The airline has launched an array of new destinations recently, including Gothenburg Sweden; Mombasa, Kenya and Da Nang, Vietnam. A number of new destinations are planned this year, Malta among them.

Expedia survey: Half use mobile when going mobile

Published July 8, 2019 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationthailand.com/travel/30372477

Expedia survey: Half use mobile when going mobile

Jul 07. 2019
By The Nation

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A global study by Expedia Group of airplane and hotel etiquette has identified the top five Asia-Pacific countries where more than half of travel bookings are made on mobile devices.

It found that one in three hotel room nights in the world is also booked via mobile.

Expedia Thailand recently released the results of the 2019 study conducted on behalf of Expedia by Northstar Research Partners, indicating that travellers are increasingly making their plans and bookings on their mobile devices.

Nowhere in Asia-Pacific is this more common than in India, Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

From a total of 600 Thai respondents who had taken an average of either 11 personal or 10 business flight per year, 67 per cent said they were “extremely likely” to book their flight tickets on a mobile device, 18 per cent said “somewhat likely” and 15 per cent “least likely” or “not likely”.

When it comes to hotel bookings, 70 per cent of respondents said they were likely to book using a mobile device, 18 per cent somewhat likely and 12 per cent least or not likely.

According to a new market research study by AppsFlyer, a mobile attribution company, mobile users in the region will account for half of global app installs by 2020, which is three times more than in any other region.

Growth is forecast to gradually decrease as the market matures, but will be sustained by substantial increments in media costs and mobile use, as well as the overall number of paid campaigns, apps available and mobile users.

“Our travellers are looking for speed, travel choices and mobile savings when they plan and book for travel,” said Lavinia Rajaram of Brand Expedia.

Expedia’s tips for booking trips include booking flights three weeks in advance, waiting until the weekend to book flights to unlock fare savings, and booking on a Sunday to enjoy savings of up to 20 per cent (Friday is the most expensive day of the week to book).

Friday is the best day of the week to travel, with savings of close to 5 per cent, while Sunday is the most expensive.

Find more such tips at https://travelblog.expedia.co.th.

Walks on the wild side

Published July 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Walks on the wild side

Jul 06. 2019
By The Nation

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With more disposable income at their disposal, Thais are venturing further abroad for their holidays, with Kenya becoming a favourite destination to admire the magnificent scenery and equally magnificent wildlife.

Finch Hattons Luxury Tented Camp in Tsavo National Park is catering to these visitors who want to walk on the wild side but without giving up the good life.

Located in Tsavo West National Park, Kenya’s oldest and largest National Park, the camp is set around natural fresh water springs within 35 acres of pure untouched wilderness and surrounded by Mt Kilimanjaro and the magnificent Chyulu Hills that is home to more than 12,000 animal species.

Originally opened in 1993, it underwent a complete restoration and reopened in 2015. Named the “Best New Safari Camp” by Architectural Digest that same year, it won the accolade of Africa’s Leading Tented Safari Camp’ at the World Travel Awards in 2016.

The camp has 17 luxury suites offering sweeping views of the surrounding landscape, as well as total privacy for guests. The tents’ open-plan design invites the cool breeze to drift in over the nearby natural springs, and brings with it the sounds and scents of the African bush. The result is a one-on-one experience with Africa; this is the bush in all of its immediate and unapologetic beauty.

The interior design is reminiscent of the golden days of African safaris. The suites feature indoor and outdoor showers, copper bathtubs, creamy white linen, gentle lighting, beautiful hardwood writing tables, intricate chandeliers, ornately carved chests, vintage carpets, and all the conveniences you would expect of a first-class offering.

Tsavo is home to 500 different species of birds and 260 of which have been spotted in the camp. Guests can observe hippos, crocodiles, terrapins and baboons from their tent or many viewing decks . Move a little beyond the camp and you’re likely to see Tsavo’s famous red elephants, as well as lions, leopards, buffalos, hartebeest, zebra, giraffe, oryx, bushbuck, waterbuck and lesser kudu.

During the day, guests can enjoy several activities like game drives, bush walks, full-day hikes and outings to the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Mzima Springs, Chyulu Hills, Amboseli National Park and Lake Jipe. A cultural visit to the Maasai town of Iltilal can also be arranged, where you can learn the traditions of the Maasai people first-hand.

The camp also offers the special 7 Nights Flying Package with Mahali Mzuri that includes a variety of cuisine and fun activities such as Game Drives – Day & Night, Star gazing terrace, Bush Walks & Crater Climbs, Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary, Bush Breakfast, Sundowner and Young Explorer Club.

Find out more at FinchHattons.com.

Pick a destination, win a prize

Published July 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Pick a destination, win a prize

Jul 05. 2019
By The Nation

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THAI Smile turns 7 this year and is celebrating by inviting customers to join in the search for the favorite routes with Smile Destination among 10 domestic and 17 international routes and have the chance to win 1 of the “7 Wonders”, with two seats being handed out as rewards.

From now until next Wednesday (July 10), interested individuals should just click the “like” button on the Facebook fan page: THAI Smile Airways, and share the activity post by setting it to public. Capture the screenshot to get the destination that you want and post it in the comment. Write down your reason why it’s your Smile Destination?” and tag your Wonder Friend who you want to travel with at hashtag #THAISmile #7Wonders.

The result will be announced on July 18 on Fan Page: THAI Smile Airways.

The 7 winners whose wishes win the heart of the judges will receive 2 free seats each. The rules must be followed to the letter and the decision of judges will be deemed final. Terms and conditions apply. The winners must pay the airport tax before traveling.

THAI Smile has also joined forces with S&P to provide a special dessert menu to fete that 7th anniversary on the theme “Smile in Wonderland tea party” from Sunday (July 7) to July 13. The special menu is available on all flights except WE011, WE051, WE177, WE419 /420, WE426, and WE609, or until the desserts run out.

THAI offering 15 flights to Medina for annual Hajj pilgrimage

Published July 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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http://www.nationmultimedia.com/travel/30372399

THAI offering 15 flights to Medina for annual Hajj pilgrimage

Jul 06. 2019
By The Nation

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Thai Airways (THAI) has launched 15 special round-trip flights to Saudi Arabia for the yearly Hajj pilgrimage.

Flights to Medina will depart from Narathiwat, Suvarnabhumi and Krabi airports and can accommodate at least 4,325 pilgrims.

The airline has allocated nine flights to depart from Narathiwat, two from Krabi and four from Suvarnabhumi airports. The aircraft will be Airbus A330-300.

“THAI has been arranging flights for Hajj since 2005 in line with a Cabinet decision for the Transport Ministry to arrange annual Hajj transfers. The pilgrimage is organised by subcommittee under the Hajj Committee of Thailand, overseen by the Interior Ministry, which coordinates with the governments of Thailand and Saudi Arabia,” THAI president Sumeth Damrongchaitham said.

He added that the airline continues to place emphasis on passenger comfort and convenience, safety standards and on-time departures. Plus, inflight meals will all be prepared in strict adherence to Islamic dietary requirements, he added.

Departures will take place from July 4 to 8 and from July 22 to 24, while return flights will leave Jeddah airport from August 17 to 31.

Hajj pilgrims interested in flying THAI can obtain more information from the Hajj Organising Association of Southern Thailand or from the THAI sales office in Bangkok’s Larn Luang area by calling (02) 288 7367. Passengers can also call THAI in Hat Yai at (074) 233 433 or Krabi (075) 701 559 from 8am to 5pm on Monday-Friday except public holidays.

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