APEC public holidays bring 20 billion baht into circulation
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently released a
report saying that the government’s scheme to encourage domestic tourism
during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Meetings 2003, coupled
with a rise in international visitor arrivals, generated tourism revenue of
over 20 billion baht.
The TAT report said that the APEC meetings, covered by
over 2,000 Thai and foreign journalists, served to boost Thailand’s
reputation as an international conference organizer, while also generating
global confidence in Thailand’s security arrangements.
At the same time, pictures of the Royal Barge Procession
laid on for the APEC leaders, broadcast on television screens across the
world, helped generate foreign interest and Thai pride in the kingdom’s
unique artistic and cultural heritage.
The growth in visitor arrivals from 1-20 October was
comparable to that for the same period last year, with 381,094 visitors
arriving at Don Muang Airport.
In addition, the TAT praised the government’s scheme to
encourage domestic tourism during the APEC season by declaring a week-long
public holidays for government and state enterprise workers, noting that a
huge number of Bangkok residents had traveled upcountry from 17-23 October.
The most popular provinces for domestic tourism during
the APEC season were Chonburi, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Petchaburi, Prachuab
Khiri Khan, Rayong, Chiang Mai and Phuket. (TNA)
First subway for
Bangkok uplifted by air
The Freight Co Ltd., a Bangkok based freight forwarding
company specializing in international freight and logistics was entrusted
with the customs clearance and delivery of the first complete subway train
for the new Bangkok Subway due to open later next year. The subway train,
consisting of 3 coaches, was flown from Austria to Thailand on 3 chartered
the last of 3 subway coaches.
The first coach was uplifted in Vienna on October 9 and
the last coach arrived on October 15 for the official welcoming ceremony at
Bangkok Don Muang Air Force Base. Arrival time of the last coach was
scheduled to match the official reception chaired by Deputy P.M. Visanu
Krau-ngam and Transport Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit. The project was
successfully completed on schedule with the delivery of all 3 coaches to
Siemens AG during the night of October 15.
The complex structure of the project required a lot of
preparation and coordination between several government agencies and private
companies involved including Royal Thai Air Force, Airports of Thailand,
Thai Airports Ground Services, Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand,
Bangkok Metro Co Ltd, Siemens and various others.
The Freight Co Ltd previously already handled Bangkok’s first Mass
Rapid Transit System (Bangkok Skytrain) for Siemens on a turnkey basis.
Krabi flights ready for take-off
Bangkok Airways launched non-stop flights to Krabi from
Bangkok and Samui on October 26. The Bangkok-Krabi twice-daily service will
use a Boeing 717 configured with 125 seats. The Samui-Krabi service now
operates once a day using a new 70-seat ATR72-500.
Bangkok Airways vice-president marketing, Peter Wiesner,
said the flights had been introduced to meet demand from locals and
international travelers. “Krabi is a similar product to Samui and we
believe they attract a similar type of visitor. I think our experience of
the Samui market will stand us in good stead with these two new services,”
The round-trip fare Bangkok-Krabi will be 5,120 baht
(US$128), matching the price of Thai Airways International who also operates
the same route. (TTG Asia)
70 million baht gives swing to
Bangkok’s International Jazz Festival
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is joining hands
with the private sector to pour 70 million baht into hosting Thailand’s
2nd International Jazz Festival this December, as part of an overall policy
of transforming Thailand into a regional center for music.
Announcing the launch of the festival, Tourism and Sports
Minister Sontaya Khunpluem expressed confidence that the event would attract
30,000 Thai and foreign visitors each day, a total of 150,000 across the
The festival will be held on 12-14 December in Dusit
Palace, before moving to Bang Saen Beach in Chonburi Province in 19-20
TAT spokesperson Phonganant Sanphanich said that the
festival would be split into two sections.
The first will showcase performances by leading Thai and
international jazz musicians, including performances of music composed by
His Majesty the King, a keen jazz musician.
International artists will include famous names from the
United States, the UK, Mexico and Japan, including T-Square, Larry Carton,
Joe Sample, Lee Ritenour, Spyro Gyra, Tuck & Patti, Angelita Li, Irvin
Hombres, Andy Wolf & The Riverboats, the Kenny Clainborne Band and
The second part will consist of a jazz opera - Chao Phaen
Din (Owner of the Land) - the first jazz opera ever to be performed in