TRAVEL & TOURISM
New airline between
Bangkok and Japan
Phra Promwachirayan Prasit Suddhibandhu
(centre), presided over the aircraft anointing ceremony for Asia Atlantic
Airlines’ Boeing 767-300ER aircraft. Asia Atlantic Airlines President Bobby
Haque (second from left) and Baiyoke Group Chairman Panlert Baiyoke (second
from right) were also present at the ceremony held at the auspicious time of
2:00 p.m. on August 7th at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
Asia Atlantic Airlines is a legacy carrier service in a joint venture
between Japan‘s H.I.S. Group and Thailand’s Baiyoke Group. The airline will
commence operations with flights from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to
Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka (Kansai) utilising two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft.
Asia Atlantic Airlines plans to expand its network to include China, South
Korea, Guam and Hawaii as further aircraft are delivered.
“With our years of experience of leisure tours in Asia, we offer convenience
not only for tour operators but also guests, who will enjoy the highest
standards of safety and service comparable with legacy carriers,” said Bobby
Haque, President of Asia Atlantic Airlines.
Asia Atlantic Airlines will begin operations with two Boeing 767-300ER
aircraft to Tokyo and Osaka through Suvarnabhumi Airport, later expanding to
offer routes throughout the region as further aircraft are delivered. (PR)
Andrew J. Wood
Medical Tourism is a $US 40 billion market that’s expanding 25 percent a
year, according to the guidebook Patients Beyond Borders.
U.S. patients can save 65-90 percent by seeking treatment in Thailand ranging
from a coronary artery bypass to rhinoplasty and sex reassignment surgery. The
average cost of a hip replacement in Thailand, which has emerged as a “thrift”
destination for orthopaedic and cardiac surgery, is one-fourth of that in the
Thailand earned 31.12 billion baht ($US 995 million) last year, according to the
Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Singapore and India are also major destinations for international patients.
Vishal Bali, group chief executive officer of Fortis Healthcare, a leading chain
of hospitals in India, commenting on Thailand’s success said, “Medical tourism
became a priority for Thailand who have taken the opportunity to support this
trend at the highest levels, because they felt there was an economic upside in
Air Bagan celebrates 66% increase in passengers
Air Bagan held an agent appreciation party at the
Shangri La after posting a 66% increase in passengers since 2010.
Burmese airline Air Bagan held a customer appreciation party on August
15, 2013 at the Shangri La Hotel Chiang Mai to thank agents and to award the
best sellers supporting the Chiang Mai – Yangon route that opened in 2010.
The event was joined by official dealers, Sao Thanda Noi Deputy Managing
Director Air Bagan Limited and Suranat Taweesap Managing Director of PB Travel
Sao Thanda Noi Deputy Managing Director Air Bagan Limited said that number of
tourists from direct flights route Chiang Mai-Yangon had increased 66% after
Burma opened the country, also noting that hotel rates had risen by 10% due to
limited supply. However, more accommodation is under construction by investors
in the country. The airline currently operates two flights a week between Chiang
Mai and Yangon on Thursday and Sunday but they will add a Chiang
Mai-Mandalay-Yangon oncee a week on Tuesdays.
Air Bagan is cooperating with Nok Air to offer a special package incuding flight
tickets from Chiang Mai to Yangon by Air Bagan and return from Mawlamyine to
Chiang Mai through Mae Sot with Nok Air, the route will start on September 1,
2013 with price of about 20,000 baht.
Consumer complaints to be received at stores around the country
The Consumer Protection Division has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with 4 major department stores and convenience stores to provide
forms for consumers to use to submit complaints to the Office. The MoU was
signed with Tesco Lotus and covers 1,300 branches, 150 branches of Big C Super
Center, 150 branches of Jiffy Shop and Fashion Island Shopping Mall. Consumers
can obtain a complaint form and envelope from the convenience stores and the
department stores and return via mail without any charge.
Wiroon Pantawee, Chief of Chiang Mai Office of the Consumer Protection Board
said that the board had received complaints from consumers about poor products
of souvenir shop in some provinces and asked people to contact the Chiang Mai
Office of the Consumer Protection Board Tel. 0-5311-2707-8, Fax. 0-5311-2707 or
Office of the Consumer Protection Board Tel. 1166, www.ocpb.go.th to report
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