Hotels offering special
But get a Thai citizen to book it!
The general manager of Imperial Mae Ping Hotel, Vorapong
Muchaotai, told Chiangmai Mail that the Imperial Hotels Group has a
special promotion discount rate of 500 baht + + (room only) at the hotel.
Muchaotai, the general manager of Imperial Mae Ping Hotel in Chiang Mai.
The Association of Domestic Travel (ADT), Bangkok, has
promoted the "Special Price" project supported by the government’s
policy to help solve the economic problems in the tourism industry.
The hotel group was urged to discount the rates by the
ADT, and the deputy prime minister, Somkid Jatusripitak, since the tourism
industry is facing a depressed situation caused by the (unfounded) SARS
fears and the Iraq war.
The room only promotion will only run to May 15 this
year. The promotion is for Thai citizen hotel guests. The special discount
will be given to those who reserve a hotel room in one of 10 destinations at
Association of Thai Travel Agents (ATTA). People who book through ATTA have
to show the ATTA voucher at the check-in counter. Only 20 rooms weekdays and
10 at weekends will be put aside for this special deal.
The scheme covers 6 participating hotels including the Imperial Mae Ping
Hotel, Chiang Mai; the Imperial Tara Mae Hong Son Hotel, Mae Hong Son; the
Imperial Golden Triangle Resort, Chiang Rai; the Imperial Phuket Hill
Resort, Petchaboon; Eurasia Chiang Mai Hotel and the Imperial Chiang Mai
Resort, Chiang Mai.
TAT and Phuket tourist associations launch special package to tempt tourists
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation
with Phuket Tourist Business Association, Thai Hotels Association, Southern
Chapter and Bangkok Airways is launching three attractive packages for
visitors to Phuket. Valid from April 16-July 31, a three-day/two-night
package includes return airfare, two nights’ accommodation, airport
transfer and breakfast.
Prices range from 5,950, 6,550, 6,950 and 7,550 baht per
person, depending on the choice of hotel.
Travelers can buy optional tours with discounts under
Phuket City Tour and Phuket Fantasy programs, or June Bahtra cruise. For
bookings call Suan Sukhothai at 02-265-5805; NS Travel 02-246-5659; C&P
Travel 02-266-3901; and Bangkok Air Tour 02-255-8964-8.
Amari Watergate receives award from deputy prime minister
Prime Minister H.E. Korn Dabaransri recently presented an award to Pierre
Andre Pelletier, general manager of Amari Watergate Hotel for supporting the
Sporty Award 2003 event at the hotel.
Air-India curtails flights to Singapore
Flights reduced from 14 to 10
In view of low passenger demand on flights operated
between India and Singapore due to SARS, and the directive issued by the
Indian Pilots’ Guild (IPG) asking its members not to operate flights to
Singapore, Air India decided to effect changes in its flight schedules to
Air-India which currently operates 14 services a week to
Singapore from four Indian cities - Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad now
operate only 10 flights per week. This initiative was implemented on April
21. These flights will now operate from only two Indian cities, Mumbai and
Chennai. Flights from Hyderabad and Delhi are being temporarily suspended.
Flights to Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta - the two
destinations in South-east Asia, to which some of the Singapore flights are
extended in the normal schedule, will also be temporarily discontinued.
A spokesman of Air-India said, "The airline had to
effect these changes in the flight schedule keeping in view the availability
of executive pilots to operate the services to Singapore."
Executive pilots are also being deployed by Air-India for
operating flights to Hong Kong and Kuwait. In April, the India Pilots Guild
asked its members not to operate flights to Hong Kong, due to SARS, and to
Kuwait, because of the war in Iraq.
However, management has taken all effective measures
possible to ensure that the crew operating flights were not exposed to SARS
by eliminating the need for an overnight halt.
Flights to Kuwait have been operated safely throughout
the period of the Iraq war by Air-India and many other airlines, as the air
space has been regarded safe for civil aviation.
Thai families offered by 70% savings on domestic tour programs
Thai families are to be offered massive savings of up to
70 percent on domestic tour programs in a bid to boost domestic tourism in
the wake of losses in international tourism revenue due to fears over Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak conceded that
while SARS was affecting tourism across Asia, including Thailand, it had
also helped kick-start domestic tourism with fewer Thais traveling abroad.
"During this time when tourists are scared by SARS,
I have discussed with tour and travel companies measures to drive domestic
tourism while Thai schools are having vacations. We will also make
preparations to deal with international visitors once the SARS scare has
died down," Somkid said.
Somkid said that special promotions would focus on family
vacations, with savings of around 70 percent on travel and accommodation,
adding that he had also suggested that tour companies offer prizes for
families traveling within Thailand. At the same time, he urged tour
companies to look to tourism markets abroad, focusing on markets for which
tourism numbers remained high such as Japan and Scandinavia.
Playing down the impact of SARS on the tourism industry,
the deputy PM called on tour companies to refrain from laying off their
staff. He suggested that company executives sacrificed some of their
salaries for the sake of their companies.
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) president Kanok
Abhiradee said that the airline would organize integrated package tours with
special discounts for Thai families. He hinted, however, that discounts
might not be as high as 70 percent, as the companies concerned could not be
allowed to run tour programs at a loss. (TNA)
Travel companies fear for their survival over the next 6 months
Government assistance package of 3 billion baht may not be enough
The government has promised to help the beleaguered Thai
travel industry which has been hit hard by the SARS outbreak. To soften the
blow, an ‘emergency package’ credit line of three billion baht has been
pledged by the SME Development Bank.
Under the agreement the SME Development Bank would lend
between 500,000 baht and three million baht to each tourism-related company
requiring assistance. The loans must be repaid within two years and carry a
6% interest rate, which is just below market levels.
But tourism operators say this sum may not be sufficient
to carry them through the crisis. Industry leaders say the next 6 months
will be critical and without more help many companies will not survive. They
are asking that government extend its support by providing tax breaks and
other incentives, including a reduction or exemption from value added tax
Suparerk Soorangura, president of the Association of Thai
Travel Agents (ATTA) said, "In addition to loans for working capital we
also need to slash expenses. A reduction in VAT would help immensely. The
damage to the industry so far has been estimated at 40 billion baht, and
many of the more than 3,000 member companies in various associations could
The Tourism Authority of Thailand has forecast foreign
tourist arrivals to fall by about 25% in the second quarter due to the SARS
outbreak. Expected arrivals for the full year could drop to 10.56 million.
In response, Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Somkid
Jatusripitak has urged tour agencies to promote campaigns that include huge
discounts that would entice Thais to boost domestic travel. (TNA)