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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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Security at Suvarnabhumi airport must be upgraded

THAI Air cuts fares in half

Wedding fair at the Amari Rincome

Chiang Mai to get TV and video over the Internet

Security at Suvarnabhumi airport must be upgraded

After inspecting Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport for 10 days, officials of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) have recommended that security should be upgraded.
Chaisak Angkasuwan, director-general of Thailand’s Aviation Department, said ICAO officials arrived in Thailand on June 17 and inspected security systems at Suvarnabhumi airport as well as at other airports in Thailand.
The ICAO officials recommended that the security systems provided at Suvarnabhumi airport is scattered and should be centralized. Airports of Thailand (AoT) officials must also be strict on checking identification cards of people entering or leaving the airport, according to Mr. Chaisak.
ICAO officials proposed that officials of the Aviation Department be empowered to both close areas inside any airport and suspend flights which they consider might cause danger to passengers, he said.
They also advised that the status of the Aviation Department be upgraded to function as the ‘Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand’ as an independent agency.
ICAO inspectors will report their findings to their headquarters in Montreal, Canada, within 20 days and will dispatch an official report to Thailand in the next 60 days. Thailand then has 90 days to submit questions, if any, and must prepare plans to improve the system within 120 days thereafter. TNA


THAI Air cuts fares in half

Thai Airways is discounting fares by nearly 50% on 11 domestic routes in an effort to compete with budget carriers.
Fares are valid until September 30th and one-way economy fares, excluding passenger service charges and other fees, range from 830 to 2,720 baht. Airport tax and other fees add an additional 1,000 per ticket.
Chiang Mai to Bangkok one way fare is 1,200 baht and Chiang Mai to Phuket is 2,720 baht.


Wedding fair at the Amari Rincome

The perfect fusion of love and elegance for your wedding is on show at the Wedding Fair, to be held at Amari Rincome Hotel in Chiang Mai on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd July 2007 from 10.00 – 20.00.
The grand event is a poolside cocktail party on the opening day from 18.00 – 20.00, with a spectacular wedding-themed fashion show!
Make your special day a fairy tale wedding with the help of Amari Rincome Hotel’s efficient team! Come and experience a world of weddings with a wide range of jewelry shops, wedding dress designers, wedding magazines, wedding studios and wedding organizers, all on display.
Be amazed by the wedding costume fashion show. Get a glimpse with a demonstration for make-up and hair design. Take your chance in the lucky draw. Get in the mood with an exclusive wedding cocktail party and make your love life even sweeter with an array of options for honeymoon packages and so much more.


Chiang Mai to get TV and video over the Internet

TT&T has begun to promote its Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) service in Chiang Mai. TT&T is the third operator to provide IPTV in Thailand after ADC, a TOT-AIS joint venture, and True Corp. TT&T’s IPTV service, delivered over xDSL lines, enables users to watch television and real-time video-on-demand while simultaneously making telephone calls and surfing the internet. The company plans to offer twelve free channels, including the six free TV channels plus locally developed news programs and documentaries, stock analysis and entertainment. It has invested 200 million baht to build the IPTV infrastructure and develop content. ‘We expect to have at least 20,000 subscribers by the end of next year, pitching to our existing 300,000 broadband customers mainly in the provinces,’ said Prasitchai Kritsanayunyong, senior vice-president for corporate finance. The company has also earmarked 1 billion baht for the introduction of ‘quadruple-play’ services (fixed line voice, broadband internet, TV and mobile WiMAX, pending license approvals).
The company did not provide the cost of the service which will become available in September. There are currently about 800,000 broadband Internet users in Thailand. CMM Reporters



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