Thai AirAsia adds routes to China, Cambodia and Vietnam in 2005
Thai AirAsia is going to launch five new flight routes to
China, Cambodia and Vietnam in 2005.
Chonlatanon (4th left, 3rd row), executive chairman of the Thai AirAsia,
Tassapon Bijleveld (5th left, 3rd row) chief executive officer of Thai Air
Asia, with 11 lucky guests and staff at the press conference held in
The five routes include three in China including
Bangkok-Xiamen, Bangkok–Kunming, Bangkok-Guang Xao, Bangkok-Phnom Phen and
After carrying more than one million customers, Thai AirAsia awarded 11
lucky persons with Siemens mobile phones who were winners of the Thai
AirAsia activities held as part of the one million flyers celebration.
Chiang Mai sets a target of 4.2 million tourists for 2005
Meeting suggests monks
should be tourist attractions!
Chiang Mai Tourism Promotion and Development Board has
set a new target of 4.2 million tourist arrivals for 2005 following a
meeting of the board held at Chiang Mai City Hall.
23 organizations such as police, Tourism Authority of
Thailand, Northern Region 1, tourist police, Thai Hotel Association,
Northern Chapter and local administration organizations participated in the
meeting to discuss the direction of the 2005 tourism.
In 2004, arrivals were 3.8 million, and the new targets
represent a 10 percent increase which it is hoped will result in a similar
increase in revenue.
Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Thongchai Wongrianthong said
that from the Lanna cluster strategies, the main focus for Chiang Mai is the
tourism industries because Chiang Mai is the transportation center and has
many important tourist attractions.
At the meeting, the participants discussed 2005’s
tourism strategies, tourist security, tourist attraction development and
Lanna culture development and conservation.
It was suggested that monks should be asked to beg for
alms in the morning throughout the inner city moat areas to promote the
traditional image. Chiang Mai City has also to be tidy at all seasons to
Pol. Lt. Col. Nutthawut Pokikanchanawat, Chiang Mai
tourist police inspector, said that during last New Year festival, the
police regularly patrolled and cooperated with the highway police to check
alcohol levels of drivers at 32 checkpoints throughout the province to
A group of tourist police also helped tourists with
complaints of overcharged goods and services. Any tourists with complaints
can contact Chiang Mai Tourist Police at 053 278 559, 053 278 798, or 053
278 564 24 hours a day.
Diethelm Travel Asia launches crisis web link
To provide clients, customers and anxious relatives with
the latest information on the situation in Southern Thailand following the
December 26 earthquake, Diethelm Travel Asia (DTA) has set up a special link
on its website, making available emergency contact numbers, news and live
updates on resorts in Phuket, Khao Lak and other stricken areas.
People looking for more information can click on a tab
that reads, “Tidal Wave Update” at the top of the Diethelm homepage
(www.diethelmtravel.com) and a link will take them to the latest information
available with previous releases posted below.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone caught up
in these unprecedented events - we hope that the information provided on our
website will go some way to helping people deal with the constantly shifting
circumstances in the affected areas,” said John Watson, chief executive
officer, Diethelm Travel Asia. Watson added that while the tsunami had
struck many areas of the Indian Ocean rim, it should be noted that most of
Asia had not been affected by the tidal surges. For example, hotels and
resorts in the Gulf of Siam, such as Koh Samui, Hua Hin and Pattaya had
suffered no repercussions.
“This is a major humanitarian tragedy, but as far as
tourism is concerned the effects will not be as severe as SARS which was
endemic throughout Asia’s tourism industry. To get through this crisis we
must help each other and work together - solidarity is the key,” said
Diethelm Travel offered its services to rival tour
operator Asian Trails after learning that its office at the Holiday Inn on
Patong Beach, Phuket had been struck by the tsunami.