Make Chiangmai Mail | your Homepage | Bookmark

Chiangmai 's First English Language Newspaper

Pattaya Blatt | Pattaya Mail | Pattaya Mail TV

 
 
TRAVEL & TOURISM
 

Suvarnabhumi prepares for Bangkok shutdown

Suvarnabhumi airport authorities stated that the number of tourist arrivals has already shrunk by 40 percent due to political protests.

Airport director Rawewan Netrakavesna said the political impasse has eroded the tourism market’s confidence as the number of Chinese, Hong Kong and Singaporean visitors dropped by 40 percent.

Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Hong Kong Airlines have recently decided to reduce flights to Bangkok from the middle of this month to avoid the political conflict. Singapore Airlines in particular has cancelled all flights to Bangkok during January 14 to February 25.

The airport is also bracing for the People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s (PDRC) threatened shutdown of Bangkok next week as it is holding meetings with the Association of Thai Travel Agents (Atta) and the Airline Operators Committee.

The airport may ask Atta to group its passengers in small numbers and take them to check in at the Makkasan Airport Rail Link station to speed up the process. (NNT)


Weakening baht will boost Thailand’s exports according to FTI

The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) says the weakening baht will boost the country’s exports, while hinting that the Bank of Thailand (BoT) should maintain the baht at the rate of 31-32 baht against the US dollar.

According to the FTI, the depreciation of the Thai baht against the greenback opened up trade opportunities for exporters, especially those in the agricultural sector, who would greatly benefit from the currency exchange.

The current exchange rate of the Thai currency averages 31-32 baht per one US dollar, which offers competitive pricing for Thai exported goods. On the other hand, the weakening baht will likely pose a threat to Thailand’s import sector, causing the prices of imported goods to go higher.

The FTI however pointed out that the current exchange rate would benefit the country in the long run, while calling on the Bank of Thailand to closely monitor and maintain the value of the baht at the current rate.


Chiang Mai eyes opening new tourism routes linking 4 countries

The Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association has unveiled a plan to map out new tourism routes which will connect Northern Thailand with Laos, China and Myanmar and help boost local trade and tourism.

Chiang Mai Tourism Business Association President Sarawut Saetiao said the association had been holding discussions with the local private sector and government units about the launching of new transnational tourism routes in the region. The routes will link eight northern Thailand provinces with Northern Laos, Southern China and Myanmar. Local trade, tourism and investment are expected to prosper as a result.

During the New Year holiday, Chiang Mai province has seen notable increases in the numbers of Thai and Chinese visitors, with the tourism revenue for the period expected to grow 10%.

As for the national goal to achieve an annual tourism income of 2.2 trillion baht in the year 2015, the association is confident that Chiang Mai and other provinces in the North will be able to contribute up to 80 billion baht of that amount. (NNT)


Thailand Food Forward prepares entrepreneurs for international standards

Thailand Food Forward was held on the first floor of Central Festival Chiang Mai to gather food entrepreneurs to increase their potential to compete on a world class level. Thailand Food Forward offers seminars and workshops to restaurateurs and food entrepreneurs. Chao Yaowpan na Chiang Mai presided over the opening ceremony of the event, he was joined by the Director of the National Food Institute Petch Chinabutr and Pornthip Uttakitpaisarn, the Sales Promotion Manager of Central Festival Chiang Mai.


Bangkok Airways offers self check-in kiosks in Suvarnabhumi

Bangkok Airways recently introduced new check-in procedure through common-use self-service Kiosks (CUSS) at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. The new kiosk facility located at Suvarnabhumi International Airport includes a dedicated self-service area with common-use self-service (CUSS) kiosks. Passengers who use the self-service kiosks can check-in for their flight from 24 hours up to 50 minutes prior to departure time and print their boarding pass, before proceeding to a designated baggage drop area. For more information, please visit www.bangkokair.com


Hmong New Year celebrations in Mae Rim offer tourists a look into hill-tribe culture

The Hmong New Year was celebrated January 4, 2013 at Ban Buak Chan in Mae Rim.

Nopniwat Krailerg
Members of the Hmong hill-tribes held their New Year celebrations at Ban Buak Chan in Pong Yang Sub-district of Mae Rim District on January 4, 2014. President of the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization presided over the opening ceremony of the festival.

Drawing a large crowd of visitors and tourists, the annual event is a major one in the Hmong calendar and includes such activities as dancing, singing and traditional games. A highlight of the festival was the traditional Hmong go-cart races which saw President of the PAO Boonlert and Olympic gold medalist and Somjit Jongjohor join in the races.

Noj Peg Chaug or the Hmong New Year is traditionally celebrated in December or January every year, celebrating the end of the harvest season and is a period when lovers will court through song and games. The New Year is held to give thanks to ancestors and spirits , celebrate the past year’s accomplishments and welcome in the New Year.

President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn had great fun taking part in the traditional go-cart races.


Thai Airways denies rumors of bankruptcy

Thai Airways executives deny rumors spreading on social media that they are about to declare bankruptcy (Photo courtesy of Terence Ong, Wikimedia Commons)

National Carrier Thai Airways International has denied rumors spreading on social media that is about to be insolvent.
According to Thai Airways, it is fully capable of servicing its debts and it is impossible for the carrier to be anywhere near insolvency as rumored. The airlines has never missed its payment date since it was founded.
THAI also stated that it has set aside the funds for its debt payment, while maintaining the company’s fluidity despite last year’s spending on its fleet upgrades. The firm has 315.9 billion baht worth of assets and 183.5 billion baht worth of interest-bearing loans at the end of the third quarter of last year.
The company pointed out that it once faced a similar predicament in 2008, when it incurred a 14.9 billion baht loss; despite the circumstances, the company was able to service its debt on time.
Thai Airways also reaffirms its stable financial status, ensuring its employees and the public that it has solid spending plans with flexible strategies and that it is nowhere near being bankrupt. (NNT)


 
HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Suvarnabhumi prepares for Bangkok shutdown

Weakening baht will boost Thailand’s exports according to FTI

Chiang Mai eyes opening new tourism routes linking 4 countries

Thailand Food Forward prepares entrepreneurs for international standards

Bangkok Airways offers self check-in kiosks in Suvarnabhumi

Hmong New Year celebrations in Mae Rim offer tourists a look into hill-tribe culture

Thai Airways denies rumors of bankruptcy