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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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Bangkok Air offering new flights to Mumbai and Dhaka

Lanna Exotic

 

Bangkok Air offering new flights to Mumbai and Dhaka

Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, Bangkok Airways’ President announced the launch of the airline’s Bangkok-Mumbai and Bangkok-Dhaka route in Bangkok recently.

Ms. Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, Vice President, Sales commented, “To celebrate the launch of the new routes we will offer a promotion for roundtrip airfare for Bangkok-Mumbai and Bangkok-
Dhaka, both at a starting fare of 5,590 baht to travel within 31 March for Mumbai and 30 April
for Dhaka.”

Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, Bangkok Airways President said, “The country’s performance in tourism is now on the right track and is improving to where we should see around 5-8% in terms of economic growth. Bangkok Airways is expecting a productive year with some 27% business expansion with total revenue of 10.5 billion baht plus a 19% increase over the 2.6 million passengers achieved in 2010. This reflects Thailand position as Asia’s most popular destination. We will also benefit from the growth of the neighbouring countries since Thailand is widely used by tourists a gateway and stopover for other SEA countries. Serving ‘new exotic routes’ exemplified by the opening of Bangkok-Mumbai on 02 March and Bangkok-Dhaka on 27 March is part of our 2011 expansion strategy. We are confident of achieving a 60% overall load factor for both routes. Mumbai and Dhaka are large-financial centres with some 700,000 Indian nationals flying to Thailand in 2010 and over 60,000 passengers from Dhaka. A 15-20% increase on these numbers is expected this year. The fare will be competitive and services in ‘Asia’s boutique Airline’ style will be as provided on all Bangkok Airways routes. Bangkok Airways will provide 6 flights/week by Airbus A319 to Mumbai with 12 business class seats and 108 economy seats and 7 flights/week to Dhaka by Airbus A320 with 162 economy seats.
Bangkok Air also plans to increase Bangkok – Chiang Mai flights as it has proven a high demand route.

 

Lanna Exotic

Chiang Mai spas new identity

Front row (from left) Mr. Pinsu Sithasin (Viman Spa), Mr. Parisa Somsak ( Cheeva Spa), Ms Jirapun Sugunasil (Chiida Spa), M.L. Panadda Diskul (Chiang Mai Governor ), Ms. Thisana Prapansiri (The Dheva Spa), Ms. Suthirak Suthisoonthorn (Chiang Mai Spa Mantra), Ms Anida Donavanik (President of Thai Lanna Spa Association), Ms Panjit Pisawong (Office of Commercial Affairs), Mr. Boonrueng Thriruengworawat ( Department of Health Service Support) Back row (from left) Mr. Jeerasuk Donavanik (Lanna Come Spa), Ms. Darunee Daengtongdee (Nakara Spa), Ms. Naphat Peerataworn (Chiida Spa) and Mr. Toby Allen (The Oasis Spa).

The new identity was officially launched at a gala event presided over by the Governor of Chiang Mai, M.L. Panadda Diskul, and attended by representatives from the Chiang Mai Provincial Office of Public Health, Chiang Mai University, members of the Thai Lanna Spa Association, and others.

Although the trademark is new, it refers to the ancient, refined traditions of the Lanna Kingdom of Northern Thailand. This cultural heritage lives on today in its distinctive art and architectural design, time-proven medicinal herbs, music that caresses the soul, and therapeutic massage techniques exclusive to Chiang Mai. When the best of this ancient culture is infused with cutting-edge therapeutic innovations, the result is Lanna Exotic!

The celebration that launched this new identity featured performances of classical Lanna music and traditional dances that illustrated the complete sensory experience only available at Thai Lanna Spas. This recent event was held at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi courtyard where more than 300 participants and representatives of local and international media gathered to announce that Chiang Mai is the primary destination for health and wellness in South East Asia. (PR)
 



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