Thai Airways cuts Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son flights
Only two flights daily till September
Thai Airways International has temporarily suspended
three return Chiang Mai - Mae Hong Son flights because of the low season and
insufficient passengers to make the route financially viable.
Tewan Damronghad, the Mae Hong Son station manager of
THAI said that the numbers of passengers traveling from Chiang Mai to Mae
Hong Son was currently very low, which he attributed to the usual low season
dip but also as a flow-on from the SARS scare.
To bring the route back to being profitable, THAI has
cancelled three outbound and three inbound flights between Chiang Mai and
Mae Hong Son. Flights cancelled are TG 190, 192, and 194 and the return
flights from Mae Hong Son; TG 191, 192, 195. They are suspended from now
until August 31 this year.
Despite the cuts, travelers will not be left in the air,
as there will be two regular daily flights from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son
at 11 a.m. and 4.10 p.m. and one daily flight from Mae Hong Son to Chiang
Mai departing at 12.05 p.m.
Thailand to entice French tourism
Niramol Pliencharoon, director of the Bureau of Tourism
Service Development has said that following the joint scheme put forward by
his office and the Ministry of Tourism and Sport, Thailand will cooperate
with France and neighboring countries such as Laos and Cambodia in tourism
development. The scheme will also promote Chiang Mai as a hub of Asian
tourism and link the local home-stay market to the equivalent standard with
According to the director-general Sasithara
Pichaichannarong of the Office of Tourism Development, they will have to
survey tourism sites in cooperation with their French counterparts. Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has already agreed to create new awareness of
France as a tourist destination in a reciprocal tourism agreement. “In
September, the Ministers from France, Cambodia, and Laos will select tourism
personnel to promote Chiang Mai as the hub of Asia,” said Niramol.
The Tourism Development Office is proceeding to classify
home-stays and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports will give certification to
the sites that pass the accommodation standards. The Bureau of Tourism
Service Development director said that the Ministry is planning to push
Nan’s world heritage significance as well.
The Tourism Development Office has the mission to develop
tourism sites to an international standard, instead of the Tourism Authority
of Thailand (TAT) which handled this previously, but from now on will be
responsible for tourism marketing and promotion.
“The Seas are Life” campaign aims
at marine resource preservation
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and the
World Wildlife Fund (Thailand) jointly launched a public awareness campaign
on the importance of sea preservation called “The Seas are Life”.
The campaign encourages members of the public and local
fishermen to care more about environmental problems, ecological balance and
marine resource preservation.
NRE Minister Prapat Panyachatraksa said that at present
the marine resources are deteriorating from various factors. “Coastal
development mismanagement, coastal encroachment for tourism purposes and
over-fishing are among the major causes of the deterioration. We must join
hands to preserve the seas otherwise our marine resources will vanish,”
said the minister.
Coastal and Wetlands Resources Conservation Project, WWF
(Thailand) was assigned to oversee the campaign.
Prapat pointed out that that environmentally-friendly
tourism is encouraged and could play a much bigger role in the tourist
industry if the seas are properly protected. “But lifeless seas will not
draw tourists,” he said. (TNA)
Accor to launch advertising promotion
To support positive signs of travel picking up, Accor
Asia-Pacific will launch a major advertising promotion the end of June to
drive business back to destinations affected by the SARS outbreak.
From June 27 to September 30, Accor is offering
impressive discounts at its hotels in all major capital cities and main
resort destinations around Asia. Promotions with airline partners Cathay
Pacific and Thai Airways International will award guests with double miles
when staying at Accor hotels. Another promotion targeting Visa cardholders
with take place in August and September to expand the offer. (TGG Asia)
First wireless Internet access
at Don Muang Airport
Thailand is to get its first wireless Internet access
service when Millcom Systems launches a cutting edge new service for
passengers at Bangkok’s Don Muang International Airport this month.
Rattana Meetem, executive director of Millcom Systems,
said that the service would provide businesspeople and tourists with fast,
reliable Internet access to surf the Web or check their email.
“We are installing the equipment near exit doors of the
domestic and international terminals, as well as in duty free shops. We are
calling this wireless Internet service ‘W Land Net’,” he said.
All passengers will need to access the service is a
notebook computer with a Wi-Fi 802.11 b card, and a W Land Net card that can
be purchased from various shops within the airport for 250 baht for an
The service represents a deal forged between the Airports
Authority of Thailand, Millcom Systems, and Far Eastern Net and Wireless
Link. Rattana said that in the near future the service would be expanded to
cover leading hotels, and that the W Land Net card would also be valid in a
number of other countries. (TNA)