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Tourist numbers expected to slow

Published July 1, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Tourist numbers expected to slow

Breaking News July 01, 2019 09:28

By The Nation

The number of foreign tourists in the second half of this year will increase only 1.6 per cent or by 20.1 million when compared to the first half of this year, which saw a total 19.7 million of foreign visitor arrivals, according to research released by by Kasikorn Research Centre on Friday.

The research estimates the number of foreign tourists at between 39 million and 39.8 million at the end of this year, a rise of between two per cent and four per cent over 2018.

“Based on income in 2018, we estimate foreign tourists will spend up to Bt1.97 trillion this year, the research said.

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TOURISM Pact with MENA for rise in arrivals from region

Published June 28, 2019 by SoClaimon

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TOURISM  Pact with MENA for rise in arrivals from region

Tourism June 25, 2019 17:45

By The Nation

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Wego, the largest online travel marketplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has announced its partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand, to increase travel demand to the country from the MENA region.

Under this partnership, Wego will promote Thailand as a friendly, beautiful, cultural and historic destination encouraging the season and off-season bookings as well as repeat visits to the country.

Wego and Tourism Authority of Thailand will also generate destination awareness and promote tourism to Thailand focusing on the great experiences, events and all year-round activities. Travellers will get to try the local traditions and festivities and explore trending destinations in Thailand such as Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Samut Prakan, Chon Buri, Phuket, Songkhla, Suphan Buri and Bangkok.

The mix between beaches, food, nature and culture along with the diverse activities and the mesmerising island escapes that Thailand offers have put it among the top favourite global destinations for MENA travelers.

Mamoun Hmedan, Managing Director, MENA and India, Wego, said: “Last year, we saw over 5 million searches from MENA travellers on Wego to Thailand. The country continues to provide unique leisure and business offerings to travellers all year round. Our partnership with the Tourism Authority of Thailand further supports our strategy to partner with leading tourism boards around the globe and increase the number of bookings and searches to these destinations.”

Pichaya Sais, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Middle East office, said: “With the way people are booking holidays becoming more and more digitally-focused, it is important for us to ensure we are creating forward-thinking and digitally-advanced partnerships that make Thailand as easily accessible to visitors as possible. Last year, we welcomed over 550k visitors from the Middle East and we hope that this partnership with Wego will help us build on this.”

Strong growth in Chinese and Indian tourist arrivals

Published June 12, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Strong growth in Chinese and Indian tourist arrivals

Tourism June 11, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

THE EXPEDIA Group travel platform yesterday released its latest hotel demand trends for Thailand. Thai accommodation partners were enjoying steady growth according to Expedia Group’s data, which showed that overall inbound demand to the Kingdom had increased by 10 per cent year on year (YoY) over the past 12 months.

Based on the accommodation demand generated by brands using Expedia Group, the US remains the largest market for Thailand, with demand growing by 20 per cent YoY. China has become the second largest market to Thailand, surpassing Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea for the first time in the past two years. Alongside China’s strong performance, India also upped its game, moving up three ranks to gain a place in Thailand’s top 10 international market.

What’s noteworthy, said the release, is that Chinese and Indian travellers are showing a growing appetite for premium accommodation – more than 60 per cent of the bookings made by Chinese and 55 per cent of bookings made by Indians were in 4-star and 5-star hotels. This trend is in line with the Thai’s government focus to attract more high-end arrivals from China and India.

In terms of popular destinations, Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya, as some may expect, are the most visited cities among Chinese and Indian travellers. Hua Hin (110 per cent YoY), Koh Phi Phi (100 per cent YoY) and Koh Lipe (100 per cent YoY) were firmly established as rising markets with a triple-digit demand increase during the same period.

Recent research found that 80 per cent of international travellers, regardless of age, believe it would be helpful to book accommodations in one place. Coined with such a trend, Expedia Group’s data confirmed that the rising demand for a one-stop shopping experience has attributed to a 50 per cent YoY increase in international package bookings.

In particular, the data uncovered that Chinese travellers are the driving force behind the strong demand for packages into Thailand – almost one in three international package bookings were made by residents of China. That country is also the fastest-growing market for packages as demand skyrocketed by 200 per cent YoY.

India is trending in the same direction, with package demand up by 160 per cent YoY. Other markets tracking triple-digit growth in package demand include Ireland (130 per cent YoY), South Korea (120 per cent YoY) and Indonesia (100 per cent YoY).

Thai inbound hotel demand up 10%, boosted by high-end arrivals: Expedia

Published June 12, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Thai inbound hotel demand up 10%, boosted by high-end arrivals: Expedia

Tourism June 10, 2019 18:24

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The Nation

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Travel platform Expedia Group has released its latest hotel demand trends for Thailand, which show that Thai accommodation partners are enjoying steady growth, with overall inbound demand increasing by 10 per cent over the past 12 months.

Based on demand generated by Expedia Group’s extensive portfolio of travel brands, the US remains the largest market to Thailand, with demand growing by 20 per cent year on year.

China is the second-largest market to Thailand, surpassing Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea for the first time in two years.

Alongside China’s strong performance, India also upped its game, moving up three ranks to gain a place in Thai’s top 10 international markets.

Noteworthy is that Chinese and Indian travellers show growing appetite for premium accommodation, with more than 60 per cent of the bookings made by Chinese and 55 per cent of those made by Indians being in 4-star and 5-star hotels, Expedia said.

This trend is in line with the Thai’s government focus to attract more high-end arrivals from China and India.

In terms of popular destinations, Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya, unsurprisingly, are the most visited cities among Chinese and Indian travellers.

Hua Hin (110-per-cent growth year on year), Koh Phi Phi (100-per-cent growth) and Koh Lipe (100-per-cent growth) emerge as the rising markets with triple-digit demand increases during the same period.

Expedia data uncovered that Chinese travellers are the driving force behind strong 50-per-cent demand growth for packages into Thailand.

Almost one in three international package bookings were made by Chinese.

China is also the fastest-growing market for packages, as demand skyrocketed by 200 per cent year on year.

India is trending in the same direction, with package demand up by 160 per cent.

Other markets tracking triple-digit growth in package demand include Ireland (130 per cent), South Korea (120 per cent) and Indonesia (100 per cent).

TCEB Drive for longer stay, higher spending of event delegates

Published June 6, 2019 by SoClaimon

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TCEB Drive for longer stay, higher spending of event delegates

Tourism June 04, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)/Business has launched “MICE Thailand Signature” campaign offering exclusive privileges and special discounts to MICE travellers coming to Thailand.

With such incentives, the campaign encourages participants to maximise spending, extend their stay, or combine their business with selected upscale leisure, activities and experiences available at 262 establishments in the country, from now until December 31, 2019.

Nichapa Yoswee, TCEB’s Senior Vice President/Business said the campaign is based on TCEB’s new “Redefine Your Business Events” branding through partnerships with the private sector to highlight the diversity of the country’s activities and attractions that can redefine their business experiences.

“TCEB / Business created the campaign to capitalise on Thailand’s world-renowned hospitality, activities and rich culture. Thus, the 262 service providers joining the campaign represent such businesses as culinary, cafes, hotel, wellness and spa, shopping, show and entertainment, Muay Thai workshop and cooking classes,” added Nichapa.

Participating service providers include Ratchaprasong Square Trade Association (RSTA), Siam Synergy Trade Association, ICONSIAM, King Power Mahanakhon, Siam Takashimaya, Mega Bangna, Avani Riverside Bangkok, Anantara Riverside Bangkok, Radisson Blu Plaza Bangkok & Hotel, Oasis Spa, Divana Spa, Harnn, Karmakamet Diner, PAUL depuis 1889, ABC Cooking Studio, and Siam Niramit, to name just a few.

Traveloka allows multi-city bookings in one transaction

Published May 19, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Traveloka allows multi-city bookings in one transaction

Tourism May 17, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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Traveloka, a leading technology company that provides online travel and lifestyle products for domestic and international destinations, has officially announced its newest flight feature innovation, Multi-city.

The new service allows users to book flight tickets to several destinations in one transaction.

With the Multi-city flight feature, users can easily add two additional destinations from and to several international destinations, such as Japan, South Korea, Australia, China, Europe and the United Kingdom.

Growth in outbound travel is predicted to continue.

According to Mastercard Future of Outbound Travel in Asia Pacific (2016 to 2021) data, Thailand is expected to record annual outbound travel growth of 4.8 per cent during this period with the number of tourists expected to exceed 9.1 million people in 2021.

CBRE sees strong tourism growth

Published April 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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CBRE sees strong tourism growth

Tourism April 25, 2019 11:54

By The Nation

CBRE, a leading international property consultant, said in a press release on Thursday that the Thai tourism market is as resilient as ever.

Earlier this year, the Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) announced it is expecting more than 40 million tourists to Thailand this year, up from the record-breaking 38.3 million in 2018.

According to the latest numbers released by MOTS, the first two months of 2019 showed a 2.5 per cent Y-o-Y growth in international tourist arrivals at 7.3 million, compared to 7.1 million the previous year.

In the first two months of 2019, the total number of Chinese tourist arrivals decreased slightly by 2.2 per cent Y-o-Y from 2.17 million in 2018 to 2.12 million. Chinese tourist arrivals in February, the month in which the Chinese New Year was celebrated this year, decreased by 12.3 per cent Y-o-Y.

Looking back at 2018, there was a 23.8 per cent M-o-M jump in Chinese tourist arrivals from 0.97 million in January to 1.20 million in February. This year, it was a 1.5 per cent M-o-M decrease in the same market.

Other key feeder markets like Malaysia, India, Korea, and Japan showed double-digit growth in the first two months, with India having the highest figure at 20.1 per cent Y-o-Y.

Even though the combined number of tourists from these four feeder markets was smaller than that of the Chinese market alone, this positive trend could help lessen the impact from the loss of Chinese tourists. The challenge remains for Thailand to win back this biggest feeder market now that the most significant holiday for Chinese people has passed.

Bangkok still attracts tourists from around the world. The number of international tourist arrivals to Bangkok in the first two months of 2019 as reported by MOTS was 4.68 million, a 3 per cent Y-o-Y growth.

The development of a third runway in Suvarnabhumi International Airport, which was approved by the government on 17th April this year, will strengthen Bangkok’s capacity to handle larger numbers of tourists in the future.

“In the first quarter of 2019, Rosewood Bangkok, a 159-key luxury hotel next to Phloen Chit BTS station, opened its doors to the public. This was one of Bangkok’s most highly-anticipated luxury hotel openings together with Capella Bangkok and Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River, both of which will open later this year, underpinning renewed interest in the riverside area and capitalizing on recent developments outside of the hotel sector,” said Atakawee Choosang, Head of Capital Markets – CBRE Hotels in Thailand.

CBRE believes that Bangkok will continue to be one of the top tourist destinations in the world with new luxury hotel openings, improved infrastructure, and attractions that appeal to a wide range of tourists.

Every Thai to get Bt1,500 as govt tries to boost domestic tourism

Published April 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Every Thai to get Bt1,500 as govt tries to boost domestic tourism

Tourism April 23, 2019 01:00

By The Nation

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The Finance Ministry is launching a new stimulus package to boost the country’s domestic tourism by giving Thais Bt1,500 per person to spend when they travel to 55 provinces under a promotion campaign, a source from the ministry said.

Under the campaign, Thais aged 18 and over can register for the programme. The government will then deposit Bt1,500 into their accounts through the e-payment system. They can use the funds to make e-payments to the shops that have joined the project.

“We are collaborating with the Tourism and Sport Ministry and Krung Thai Bank for the campaign and have set a budget of up to Bt15 billion. We will now propose the programme to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak to consider and to the Cabinet as soon as possible. We aim to launch the campaign before July this year,” a source from the Finance Ministry said.

The ministry expects up to 10 million Thais to register, he added.

Anusorn Tamajai, dean of Rangsit University’s Economics Faculty, said he agreed with the government’s plan to boost the economy.

The drought has severely affected the welfare of people living in rural areas, he said.

Moreover, the overall economy was also adversely affected by the contraction in exports.

Exports in March dropped 4.88 per cent year on year and exports in the first three months of this year were down 1.64 per cent due to the global slowdown and impact from the trade tensions between the United States and China.

The Finance Ministry was worried that economic growth would weaken to 3 per cent in the first and second quarters.

Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong had said previously that the government would inject about Bt20 billion into the economy and offer incentives to boost domestic tourism and extra cash to low-income earners who hold state welfare cards.

Push for sustainable travel to save the planet

Published April 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Organic farming and hand-picking of tea leaves are becoming popular activities in agro-tourism.
Organic farming and hand-picking of tea leaves are becoming popular activities in agro-tourism.

Push for sustainable travel to save the planet

Tourism April 23, 2019 01:00

By THE NATION

AS THE world marked Earth Day yesterday (April 22), digital travel platform Booking.com released findings from its annual sustainable travel report. Research reveals that almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of travellers believe that people need to act now and make sustainable travel choices to save the planet for future generations.

While results were relatively consistent across ages, almost three-quarters (74 per cent) of 46-55 year olds believe most strongly that this is needed, followed by millennials at 71 per cent.

The views expressed by travellers across the world are timely, considering the special report that the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued in 2018. The report warned that the world has just over a decade to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, beyond which the risk of floods, droughts and extreme heat will significantly worsen.

Eco-mmodation

Consistent with overall intentions to make more sustainable travel choices, sustainable stays are growing in popularity, with almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of global travellers intending to stay at least once in an “eco-friendly” or “green” accommodation when looking at the year ahead. This is the fourth consecutive year that Booking.com research has seen this figure trend up, from 62 per cent in 2016 to 65 per cent in 2017, and 68 per cent in 2018. Additionally, 70 per cent of global travellers say they would be more likely to book an accommodation knowing it was eco-friendly, whether they were looking for a sustainable stay or not.

However, when it comes to recognising a sustainable place to stay, almost three-quarters (72 per cent) reported that they were not aware of the existence of eco-labels for vacation accommodations, while well over a third (37 per cent) affirmed that an international standard for identifying eco-friendly accommodation would help encourage them to travel more sustainably. Some 62 per cent would feel better about staying in an accommodation if they knew it had an eco-label.

 

Sustainable struggles

Despite the best of intentions, it’s not all plain sailing for would-be green travellers. The report also exposes the common barriers travellers face when making sustainable travel choices: 37 per cent of global respondents agreed that they do not know how to make my travel more sustainable, while 34 per cent agreed that although they do see options to travel more sustainably, other options tend to appeal more. About 36 per cent of the global respondents also said that they cannot afford the extra cost of sustainable travel, and 34 per cent agreed that their agenda constrains them in the sustainable choices they can make. Also, 34 per cent of global respondents agreed that sustainable travel destinations appealed to them less than other destinations, while 50 per cent said that they understand what they can do to travel more sustainably.

Travel companies have an important role to play here in the eyes of travellers: 71 per cent of respondents think that travel companies should offer consumers more sustainable travel choices. On the other hand, almost half (46 per cent) of global travellers acknowledge that they find it harder to make sustainable choices while on vacation than in everyday life. Almost a third (31 per cent) admitted their vacation is a special time during which they do not want to think about sustainability.

 

Aspirations to action

Research results also indicated that travellers would be more encouraged to travel sustainably if there were economic incentives offered, such as tax breaks, when choosing eco-friendly options (46 per cent). This is closely followed by online booking sites offering a sustainable or eco-friendly filter option (45 per cent).

When it comes to in-destination experiences, over half (52 per cent) of global travellers said they now alter behaviours to be more sustainable while travelling, such as walking, riding a bike or hiking whenever possible. Plus, 68 per cent would like the money they spend on travel to go back into the local community. Likewise, almost three-quarters (72 per cent) were seeking authentic experiences that are representative of the local culture, while two in five (41 per cent) request that travel companies offer tips on how to be more sustainable while travelling. As well, 56 per cent of respondents said that if there was an option to offset the carbon footprint on their vacation accommodation, they would do it.

“This is the fourth consecutive year that Booking.com has commissioned its sustainable travel report and it’s heartening to see the sustainable travel motivations and intentions amongst travellers, though it’s clear that complex challenges continue to exist when it comes to fully realising these,” said Pepijn Rijvers, senior vice president and head of accommodation at Booking.com.

“As a global travel leader, we are continuously looking at ways we can innovate across our platform, from accommodation to experiences and transport, testing different ways to best surface information and support customers in their sustainable travel choices, as well as providing support and investment to foster innovation in the sustainable tourism space through our Booking Booster, Cares Fund and Cares Lab start-up programmes.

It’s important that all those in the travel ecosystem, from established companies to startups, destinations, accommodation, transport and attraction providers as well as travellers themselves, come together, as it’s only through collaboration that meaningful change will continue to gain momentum.”

Guest reviews carry more weight that brand value: Expedia

Published April 27, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Guest reviews carry more weight that brand value: Expedia

Tourism April 22, 2019 12:46

By The Nation

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Price and guest ratings carry more weight than brand value as key attributes to hotel property selection, according to a new study conducted by travel platform Expedia Group and Unabashed Research, showing that independent hotels can more effectively compete today against their branded counterparts.

Abhijit Pal, head of research of Expedia Group, said that the consumer searching for a budget accommodation will look for the best value within their constraints, while someone with more disposable income may prefer a luxury option and be willing to pay more per night, but not more than they have to.

Guest ratings have a strong influence on consumer selection, with a 72-per-cent chance that any consumer will value guest ratings higher than hotel brand, according to the study. In fact, consumers are willing to pay more for higher guest reviews, and considerably more so than for more premium brands. Participants overall were willing to pay more for a hotel with higher guest ratings: 24-per-cent more for a 3.9-rated hotel versus a 3.4 rated hotel, and 35-per-cent more for a 4.4-rated hotel versus a 3.9-rated hotel.

Although the study was based on US travellers, these insights are crucial for Thai hoteliers as the US is the number one feeder market for Thailand according to Expedia Group data. US travellers are also amongst one of the high-value travellers as they spend 15-per-cent more on accommodation than the average international traveller,

“The research results are telling. As guest ratings carry more weight than brand when it comes to making a booking, hoteliers, especially independent ones who don’t have huge budgets for marketing, should focus on providing best services to guests during their stay so as to gather more positive reviews. This ultimately help hoteliers increase conversion and drive revenue,” said Pimpawee Nopakitgumjorn, director of market management at Expedia Group.

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