business booming in Thailand
Dog clothing in Thailand has grown into a booming
industry as dog lovers are willing to pull out their wallets to clothe their
Viriya Chansavangvong started her dog clothing business two years ago. She
said the business is doing well because many dog lovers like to dress up
their dogs, following human fashion trends or special occasions.
“Customers are so happy while shopping for clothes for their dogs. They
usually buy for special occasions. For example, on Valentine’s Day, they
hold their dogs, dressed up in a Valentine’s theme, and saying ‘Love’ to
their lovers,” said Viriya.
The dog clothing business originated in western countries to keep dogs warm
during winter. However, Viriya said Thai dog clothing also received a warm
welcome worldwide because of the fine cutting techniques, together with
lovely and comfortable designs, which Viriya noted to be the most difficult
part of the business.
Before launching the “new fashion arrivals”, Viriya always seeks help from
her beloved dogs, “Can do” and “Hoysum”, to be the fitting models and see
whether the clothes are properly designed for a dog’s movements.
Viriya said her clothes, designed for dogs with a maximum weight of two
kilogrammes, cost only around 170 – 290 baht. Her dog boutique also provides
dog shoes, which could help prevent possible scratches on furniture and
muddy paw prints.
The dog clothing business makes Viriya a monthly income of around two
million baht. She said it had increased one hundred percent from last year,
with Japan remaining the major dog clothes’ importer.
Viriya said the future of the Thai dog grooming business was still bright
due to there being only a few producers in the market. Still, the producers
need to keep creating new things to respond to the demands of dog lovers,
who seek to pamper their pets, she said. (TNA)
New smoking ban no
big deal, Thai hoteliers say
Thai hoteliers have downplayed the impact of the new ban on smoking in the
country’s bars, nightclubs and pubs.
Thailand’s Public Health Ministry is to launch the new regulation, banning
smoking in air-conditioned entertainment venues and Bangkok’s popular
Chatuchak outdoor weekend market in February. The fine for violators will be
2,000 baht (US$67) for individuals and 20,000 baht for the owners of
nightclubs, pubs and bars.
This new regulation is in addition to the ministry’s ban on smoking in
public areas such as government buildings, hospitals and train stations,
which was imposed four years ago.
Bangkok’s Siam @ Siam Design Hotel and Spa general manager, Mr. Sanya
Saengboon, said all the hotel’s f&b outlets were already smoke-free and
there were separate smoking areas for guests. “The impact from the new
smoking ban will be minimal. There have been no serious complaints about
this so far,” he said.
However, Holiday Inn Chiangmai general manager, Mr. Alan Watts, said that
while the new law might not hurt the hotel’s f&b outlets, it would create a
big impact for the standalone indoor entertainment venues. (TTG)
Oman Air to operate
Oman Air plans to increase the frequency of its direct Muscat-Bangkok
service from five flights per week to a daily flight in March.
The airline launched the service in November last year. It is using a
129-seat Boeing 737-800 on the route, and is planning to switch to a
256-seat B767-300 within the next few months.
Country manager for Thailand, Mr. Bennet Stephens, said the airline enjoyed
an average load factor of 70 per cent in the first two months of operations
and a full occupancy in the first two week of January. The popularity of the
flight prompted the airline to plan to increase the frequency, he said.
PATA Thailand appoints
The PATA Thailand Chapter new Executive
Committee for 2008-2009.
The PATA Thailand Chapter, which represents over 100 international
tourism-related organizations in Thailand, has appointed its new executive
committee for 2008/2009.
The executive committee was appointed at the chapter’s annual general
meeting on January 16. Mr. Luzi Matzig, Group CEO of Bangkok-based tour
operator Asian Trails was appointed Chairman.
The committee’s focus will be to deliver education and skill training
workshops for members and to offer tourism policy advice to the Ministry of
Tourism and Sport and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The committee will
also address ways to give members practical knowledge to help them comply
with environmental requirements. An increasing number of overseas tourism
companies now insist that Thailand’s tourism operators must have
environmental policies and procedures in place before doing business with
The chapter has therefore appointed Mr. Vincent Tabuteau of East West Siam
to head a new environment committee. It will be tasked with providing
practical pro-environment procedures for member organizations to implement.
Mr. Matzig said: “The committee comprises very experienced hoteliers, travel
agents, and experts in training, the environment, e-commerce and tourism
support services. Together we will work to boost Thailand’s competitive
position in international tourism.”
The committee also comprises senior executives from THAI Airways
International and the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
The Chapter has pledged its support for PATA head office, which will
organize the PATA CEO Challenge “Confronting Climate Change”. The two-day
event, aimed at CEOs will take place in Bangkok April 29-30 and is being
hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.