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TRAVEL & TOURISM
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

I-TIM in Europe

One-Two-Go promotes Access Card

Kasikorn: Chiang Mai tourism recovers fast

I-TIM in Europe

I-TIM

10 second year I-TIM students have been selected for six month salaried internships in The Netherlands and Belgium. The will depart in January 2006.

The students are Ms. Alisa Uengtrakul from Chanthaburi, her first year internship was at the Tide Resort Chonburi; Ms. Varamas Khadsaik from Nakorn Ratchasima, her first year internship was at the Conrad Hotel, Bangkok; Ms. Sutheenuch Mingsamon from Bangkok, her first year internship was at the Grand Hyatt Erawan; Ms. Nontawat Chaifu from Lampang, her first year internship was at the Four Seasons, Chiang Mai; Ms. Piyaporn Chamchuey from Sukhothai she also interned at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai; Ms. Pairin Daengprasert from Phuket, her first year internship was at the Hilton Phuket Arcadia; Ms. Kamonpun Yongyoen from Phrae, her first year internship was at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit; Ms. Wanyakorn Saetuang from Samut Prakarn, her first year internship was at the Metroploitan Hotel, Bangkok; Ms. Thanyarut Theerarat from Satun, in her first year she interned at the Grand Hyatt Erawan and Mr. Chadil Charoenpanich from Minburi, his first year internship was at the Raddison Hotel.

The opportunities afforded to these students will stand then in good stead for the rest of their lives, in the hospitality industry.


One-Two-Go promotes Access Card

eTTR

One-Two-Go is promoting two types of prepaid cards called Access Card for passengers to travel without tickets and earn up to 12 percent discount from now until 31 December.

Passengers can choose either to buy a Golden Access card for a purchase of six prepaid seats with 8 percent discount or a Platinum Access card for a purchase of 12 prepaid seats with 12 percent discount.

Cardholders must choose one zone out of the two traveling routes.

Zone One is for all routes which are currently priced at B. 1,600 per seat. The eligible routes currently include Bangkok-Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai-Bangkok, Bangkok-Phuket and Phuket-Bangkok. Golden cards cost B. 8,850 and Platinum cards B. 16,960.

Zone Two is for all routes which are currently priced at Bt 1,850 per seat. The eligible routes currently include Bangkok-Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai-Bangkok, Bangkok-Hat Yai, Hat Yai-Bangkok, Bangkok-Surat Thani and Surat Thani-Bangkok. Golden cards cost B. 10,230 and platinum cards B. 19,600.

The individual card is valid for the registered cardholder and family members who use the same family name (citizen ID cards must be presented). The Business Corporate card is valid for
all employees in the company (busi-ness emplo-yee’s cards must be presented). For more information, www. fly12go.com.


Kasikorn: Chiang Mai tourism recovers fast

eTTR

The pandas at Chiang Mai Zoo became a highlight in 2003.

Kasikorn Research Center says Chiang Mai’s tourism is recovering due to number of positive factors. Around 3.9 million tourists have traveled there in 2004, an increase of 14.7 percent over 2003. Income from tourism has increased 17.7 percent to Bt 45,067 million.

For 2005, Chiang Mai tourism has been expanding as many factors are now favorable. In addition, the tsunami at the end of 2004 and the unrest in the southern provinces diverted tourists to the northern region. Chiang Mai benefited
the most.

Some positive factors:

Convenience of travel connections to Chiang Mai offered by low-cost airlines since 2003. Important Chiang Mai festivals such as Songkran and the Yi Peng Lantern Festival are better known and draw more tourists each year. Expanding investments in four to five star hotels in Chiang Mai attract high-end tourists, both Thais and foreigners. Expanded airline business helps the city’s status as an aviation hub.

Events market grows.

New tourist attractions particularly the pandas at Chiang Mai Zoo, which has been a highlight since 2003. Attraction of Lanna style spas, with their unique Chiang Mai identity.

With the current trend, Kasikorn forecasts that Chiang Mai tourism in 2005 will continue to have a satisfactory growth trend. It is projected that for the entire year of 2005, the number of tourists visiting Chiang Mai will increase by 12 percent to 4.36 million. More than 50 percent will be Thai tourists, growing by 10 percent, while foreign tourists, coming mostly from Europe and the US, will grow around 15 percent.

The spending of tourists to Chiang Mai in 2005 is projected to generate tourism income of some B. 53 billion, increasing by 18 percent over 2004. The largest single portion of that spending, or about 32 percent, around B. 17 billion, will go on souvenirs, which are mostly OTOP merchandise of Chiang Mai. 22 percent, with the value of B. 11.5 billion, will go for
accommodations at hotels, resorts and guesthouses, with more than 220 venues all over Chiang Mai and almost 15,000 rooms. The annual average occupancy rate has increased from 50.5 percent in 2004 to 55 percent in 2005.



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