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Update May 30, 2016

Bangkok Airways Launches New Non-Stop Service to Danang from Bangkok

Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways announces the launch of new direct flights to Danang in Vietnam.

Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited announceD its new service linking Bangkok and Danang, Vietnam. The airline will offer four flights a week (Monday, Wednesday Friday and Saturday) with a 138-seater Airbus A319 aircraft.
Mr. Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth, President of Bangkok Airways PCL said, "Bangkok Airways is pleased to offer this new service to Danang. We consider Danang as one of our strategic flying hubs in the South East Asia region. Danang is the third largest city and a major port in Vietnam. The city is situated on the Eastern Sea and is close to UNESCO World heritage sites including the old town of Hoi An and the imperial capital of Hue, making Danang a popular vacationing spot for tourists who are looking to explore the attractions of central Vietnam."
"We consider this to be another milestone for us as this will make Bangkok Airways the only scheduled airline to fly to Danang from Thailand.. We anticipate that the majority of our passengers will be businessmen and tourists from the two countries. Moreover, having a link to the central Vietnamese city of Danang will make it easier for our passengers traveling aboard our code-share-partner airlines from around the world to connect to Hoi An and Hue and the major gateways Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City."
"We are confident that with our strong reputation of offering a boutique flying experience for our passengers, Bangkok Airways will be the leading player in this market." Mr. Puttipong added.
For more information and reservation, please call Bangkok Airways Call Center at 1771 (24 hrs). Advance web check-in is also available for passengers of Bangkok Airways; interested passengers can simply visit for more details.
All passengers of Bangkok Airways can enjoy a boutique lounge at Suvarnabhumi where passengers can treat themselves to a multitude of free snacks and various choices of hot or cold drinks, free Wi-Fi Internet access. There's also a kid's corner located within the lounge area that will satisfy the needs of young children. For Bangkok Airways' business class - the Blue Ribbon Club or for any passengers with FlyerBonus Premier Membership can enjoy extra treats at the Blue Ribbon Club Lounge that offers more services such as hot meals, a personal shower room, a massage parlor, as well as a nice and quiet personal library room, which can also be used as a personal meeting room.
The outbound flight PG947 will depart Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 11.00hrs and arrive Danang International Airport at 12.35hrs. The inbound flight PG948 will depart Danang Airport at 13.35hrs and arrive Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) at 15.55hrs.

Health and local wisdom tourism promoted at new event

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The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office hosted an event to launch health tourism and develop tourism programs related to health and local wisdom in the province on May 25, 2016. The launch was held at the Local Lanna Museum on May 25 and presided over by Dr. Waranyu Chamnongprasartporn, Deputy Chief of the Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office.

The event was attended by the head of the Health Division, Polkaew Watcharachaisurapol who said that the Health Office had been assigned to launch the Lanna Wellness, towards an aging society with a budget supplied by the Upper North 1 Health Office.

Three communities are targeted in the program and include Siwasapa Chiang Mai in Muang Chiang Mai district, Ban Wat Chan community in Kalayanivadhana, San Kamphaeng Hot Springs in Mae On District, Chiang Mai,

The Office is working to promote and develop knowledge on local wisdom on health and Thai ways of life, healthy and local foods, healthy exercise and develop networks and linkage with other businesses.

The Wat Chan Community is developing programs on local cultures, herbs in communities, local handicrafts, and shows of Pakayor Karen villagers. The San Kamphaeng Hot Spring aims to promote health by using mineral waters from nature, and Lanna Thai massage for health services.

The health activities for Chiang Mai tourism were held from May 25-27, 2016. Tour companies, representatives from both public and private sectors and mass media attended the three day activities to promote health activities for tourism.

Update May 24, 2016

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to deliver keynote address at upcoming TTM Plus

The Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) will be the official venue for the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2016).

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, the former ASEAN Secretary General, will deliver the keynote address at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2016) on 8 June, 2016, at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC).
The speech, to be delivered at the Buyers-Sellers Forum, will be on the topic of “ASEAN Brand…Stronger Together”. Dr Surin, 66, was the 12th Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations between 1 January, 2008, – 31 December, 2012. A graduate of Thammasat and Harvard Universities, he was also a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand between 14 November, 1997 – 14 February, 2001.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “We are indeed honoured that Dr. Surin accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address. Dr Surin played a major role in creating the ASEAN community integration plan, and the tourism industry will benefit enormously from his thoughts on how to build a strong ASEAN brand.”

Now in its 15th consecutive year, the TTM+ will be held between 8-10 June, 2016, in Chiang Mai, the first time outside Bangkok. The theme of TTM’s this year, “Smile with Us”, reflects friendship, enjoyment, happiness and hospitality. It is in line with the new logo of “Amazing Thailand”, which represents the most well-known characteristic of Thainess – The Smile.

Dr. Surin’s speech at the Buyer-Seller Forum will be followed by a second session that will focus on the topic of “OTA: An Inconvenient Truth” with presentations by Mr. Daryl Lee, Regional Vice President Sales and Marketing Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Mr. Graham Wilson, Asia Pacific Vice President Sales and Marketing, Accor Group. The session will be moderated by Mr. Joseph Wang, Chief Commercial Officer, Travel Daily.

The Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) will be the official venue for the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+ 2016).

TTM+ has reported the attendance of 345 sellers from Thailand and the GMS countries, and 290 buyers from 51 countries, as well as 150 media representatives. These numbers are expected to increase further after the last minute registrations, which typically occur often on the opening day of the show itself.

China has the largest contingent of buyers (43) followed by United Kingdom (27), the Australia (22), Italy (15), India (14), and South Africa (12). A group of smaller but higher quality buyers have also been invited from emerging markets; such as, Lithuania, Moldova and Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the sellers comprise hotels and resorts (265), tour operators and travel agents (24), entertainment (8), transportation (3), NTOs (4), Greater Mekong Subregion (14) and other travel services (27).

This year, for the first time, a Joint Press Conference will be organised on 9 June, 2016, under the theme concept of “CLMVT Link: Prosper Together”. It is intended to highlight the travel and tourism connectivity between Thailand and Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar and Vietnam.

The official programme will begin on June 8, 2016, with a welcome reception in the evening at CMECC under the theme of “Thai Lanna” (a unique historic culture of Northern Thailand). The Thai classical music and cultural show will be accompanied by performances from Cambodia and Myanmar.

On 9 June, 2016, a “Lanna Night” reception will be hosted by The Group of Strategy Management (Upper North 1 Provincial Cluster). The trade show will be held on 9-10 June at the CMECC.

To give buyers and sellers exposure to the emerging range of quality products and services in Northern Thailand, a specialist selection of 8 complimentary pre-tours have been organised on 7 June, 2016, to highlight the best of “Thai Lanna” as well as tours around the region.

The major sponsors of the TTM+ 2016 are Thai Airways International, Bangkok Airways, Pelican Hotel Solutions, King Power International and the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau.

In January-March 2016, Thailand’s visitor arrivals surged to a record 9.04 million, up by 15.45% over the same period of 2015, according to figures published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. China continues to grow as the top source of visitor arrivals with 2.63 million arrivals, up by 31.18% over the same period in 2015.

Visitors from East Asia and ASEAN totalled 5.8 million (+19.63%), Europe 2.09 million (+8.56%), the Americas 395,278 (+15.25%), South Asia 337,938 (+9.40%), Middle East 129,001 (+15.39%), and Africa 37,109 (+11.27%). (TAT)

Bangkok Airways announces codeshare with Austrian Airlines

Bangkok Airways is starting a codesharing agreement with Austrian Airlines, bringing their code share partners to twenty-one.

Bangkok Airways (PG) recently announced a new codeshare agreement with Austrian Airlines, Austria’s flag carrier (OS), increasing its code share partners to 21. The new partnership will seamlessly enable passengers of Austrian Airlines to connect with world-class tourist destinations in Thailand and Cambodia.

As a result, new destinations in Thailand and Cambodia can be directly booked via Austrian Airlines, and reached from Vienna via flights to Bangkok: In addition to the well-known vacation destinations of Phuket, Krabi and Ko Samui in the south of Thailand, passengers can fly to Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand and Trat located on the Gulf of Thailand. In Cambodia, the codeshare agreement with Bangkok Airways includes the destinations of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap. Austrian Airlines offers daily nonstop flight service to Bangkok.

Bangkok Airways’ President, Mr. Puttipong Prasartthong-Osoth said, “This new codeshare agreement with Austrian Airlines is yet another important milestone and an exciting development in the continued growth of Bangkok Airways. It allows us to give customers of Austrian Airlines convenient and seamless access to Thailand and Cambodia’s popular destinations through this partnership.”

“Moreover, Austrian Airlines customers traveling on Bangkok Airways will enjoy the boutique airline’s unparalleled services lounge access and in-flight meal. “ Mr. Puttipong added.

For more information on Bangkok Airways, including its destinations and services, please visit or contact airline’s Call Centre at 1771 (24 hours)

Update May 23, 2016

Local customs highlighted in cultural tourism in Om Koi

Elephants plough the fields in traditional ceremony

Elephants plough the fields in a traditional Karen ceremony performed in Ban Nakien in Om Koi.

President of the Provincial Administration Organization Boonlert Buranupakorn hits the gong to mark the opening of the cultural event in Om Koi.

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Ban Nakien in Om Koi is taking advantage of government efforts to promote local sustainable cultural tourism by joining with the Chiang Mai Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) to promote local customs.
The Chiang Mai Provincial Organization organized the project to promote tourism with a demonstration of local customs including elephant ploughing at Ban Nakien School in Nakien Sub-district in Om Koi on May 18, 2016. President of the PAO Boonlertu Buranupakorn was on hand for the grand opening ceremony of the project which aism to conserve and promote local culture and rehabilitate nature on a sustainable level by developing tourist attracts and market the area.
Ban Nakien is widely known for its traditional ploughing ritual using elephants, a system that has been in place for many years by the ethic Karen farmers use of elephants to plough the fields on the arrival of the rainy season.

The Nakien Sub-district Adminintrative Organization (SAO) in cooperation with Chiang Mai PAO, Om Koi District, Centre for Om Koi Resolution of Security Affairs, teachers of Yod Doi Samakki 7 Network Group, Schools, Royal Project Expansion to reduce poppy planting in Ban Peepannua, Ban Nakien Highland Agricultural Development Station, Baan Utum Subdistrict Health Promotion Hospital, Baan Nakien Sub district and District Headmen Club, and Members of Nakien SAO held this event including various activities like the ceremony of ploughing with the elephant, exhibition of living in the highlands, traditional weaving, OTOP products exhibition, performances by housewives club and students presenting Karen traditions such as Karen Wresting, and Thai Boxing Competition.

Update May 4, 2016

Durian lovers take note!

Chantaburi Fruitpital festival this month

The Chanthaburi Provincial Administration in cooperation with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Rayong Office is organizing the Chanthaburi Fruitpital Fair 2016 – the largest annual fruit festival in Thailand’s Eastern Region. The event is scheduled from 21-29 May, 2016 at the Chanthaburi Provincial Administration Organisation Center.
Chanthaburi province is best recognized for its orchards and fruit plantations. Fruits grown here include rambutan, mangosteen, durian, and salacca among many others. To welcome the fruit season and promote the province as Thailand’s leading agricultural destination, the province has organised the fruit fair every year to attract visitors.

Highlights of Chanthaburi Fruitpital Fair 2016 include opportunities to shop for a wide variety of fresh fruit as well as processed fruit products, learn about innovation and new technologies in fruit plantations, see the demonstration of fruit processing, enjoy the fruit farm tour that allows visitors to pick up fruits from their trees and taste the fruits fresh from farm, and enjoy creative sculptures made from various kinds of fruits.

Anyone visiting Chanthaburi Fruitpital Fair should also take time to explore the province’s numerous attractions including secluded beaches such as Laem Sing beach, Chao Lao beach, Khung Krabain beach. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to drive along Chalerm Burapha Chonlathit scenic road on the way to Khung Wiman beach, you will find yourself on the winding coastal road which is known as one of the most picturesque road in the Eastern region.

Contact TAT Rayong Office at Tel: +66 (0) 3865 5420-1, +66 (0) 3866 4585 or Email: [email protected] for more information. (TAT)

Chinese tourists to Night Safari continue to rise

Thai visitors still the main visitors

Visitors can get up close with animals in Zone 1 of the Savanna Safari Zone at the Chiang Mai Night Safari.

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The Chiang Mai Night Safari announced business results recently, reporting that although the numbers of Chinese visitors have continued to grow, Thai visitors are still the majority at 50 percent of all visitors. Chinese tourists come a close second at 49 percent. The Night Safari hopes to boost visitor numbers from ASEAN in the coming year.

The Chiang Mai Night Safari has proved to be popular with Chinese visitors who now make up 49 percent of all visitors to the facility.

The Pingkahakorn Development Agency (Public Organization), which runs the Chiang Mai Night Safari, said profits last year grew to 264 million baht and this year profit growth is expected to reach 5 – 10 percent.

The Night Safari will increase and improve signage in Thai, Chinese and English and has been conducting roadshows in the major cities of China and ASEAN this year.

Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, the Director of the Office of Chiang Mai Night Safari said the night zoo opened its operations in 2006 and has seen increasing growth in tourist numbers since 2012, in large part due to the growing numbers of Chinese tourists. The Night Safari has added more Chinese speaking guides along with new signage to help Chinese tourists to the facility.

The opening of the AEC has seen more visitors from ASEAN regions including Malaysia and Vietnam traveling to the area for study trips and tours due to the roadshows increasing awareness of the tourist attraction.

The Chiang Mai Night Safari saw a turnover of 32 million baht in 2010 and has seen that jump to 264 million baht in 2015. The Night Safari intends to improve services for tourists and visitors as the numbers continue to grow as well as provide more cultural performances and hopes to acquire more animals for the enclosures in the largest Night Safari in the world.

Dr. Sarawut reported that the Chiang Mai Night Safari has worked hard to be environmentally sensitive and meet high standards of service. The facility has twice won the Thailand Tourism Industry award and most recently won the 10th Kinnaree Annual Outstanding Award 2015 for Educational Tourist Facility. The previous award was in 2013.

Currently, Chiang Mai Night Safari Night Safari is the world's largest night zoo area on the land of 819 rai, two times larger than the Night Safari in Singapore. The Night Safari maintains rare species and animals from around the world in healthy surroundings, Dr. Sarawut said. He added that the Night Safari currently has 138 species and 1,700 animals. The facility is open from 11am to 10pm daily and activities include a Day Safari from 3pm to 4:30pm and the Night Safari from 6:30pm to 10pm. The train leaves every 30 minutes for the Day Safari and every hour for the Night Safari. Both tours go to the Savanna Safari Zone where visitors can get up close with giraffes, zebras and kangaroos. The second zone is the predator zone where tourists can view big cats like the white tiger, lions and other predators like the spotted hyena.

Update May 2, 2016

Golfers congregate in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai hosts Asia Golf Tourism Convention 2016

Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Acting Director of Pinkanakorn Development Agency and Peter Walton, Chief Executive of the IAGTO opened the Asia Golf Tourism Convention this week.

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Chiang Mai hosted golfing tourism businesses for the Asia Golf Tourism Convention 2016 from April 25 -26, 2016 at the International Convention Center. Over 700 people took part in the business matching that saw buyers, sellers, and businesspeople from 45 countries at the Convention.

Over 700 participants from 45 countries joined the event to match buyers and sellers from the golfing world.

The event was held with the support of the Pinkanakorn Development Agency (Public Organization) in cooperation with Chiang Mai Province, Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organization, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chiang Mai Office Tourism and Sports, and International Association of Golf Tour Operations (IAGTO) Dr. Sarawut Srisakun, Acting Director of Pinkanakorn Development Agency, Puthipong Sirimart, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, and Peter Walton, Chief Executive of the IAGTO presided over the opening ceremony and addressed the attendees. After the event attendees were invited to visit golf courses and take advantage of free trial offers.

The promotion of golfing tourism in Chiang Mai is expected to result in increasing economic growth for Chiang Mai and nearby provinces. Chiang Mai is considered a major target for golf tourists and the infrastructure is in place to make Chiang Mai a world class golf destination.

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]

Bangkok Airways Launches New Non-Stop Service to Danang from Bangkok

Health and local wisdom tourism promoted at new event

Dr. Surin Pitsuwan to deliver keynote address at upcoming TTM Plus

Bangkok Airways announces codeshare with Austrian Airlines

Local customs highlighted in cultural tourism in Om Koi

Durian lovers take note!

Chinese tourists to Night Safari continue to rise

Golfers congregate in Chiang Mai