Fine Arts Department unveils plans for Royal Crematorium

The Fine Arts Department has plotted out the construction of the Royal Crematorium being built for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, noting it employed symbolism in the pyre’s design.

Fine Arts Department Director General Anant Choochote has let on that notable progress has been made in planning the Royal Crematorium of His Majesty the late King as well as in preparing royal chariots and other vehicles for the funeral procession.

The department has unveiled a plan for the Royal Crematorium showing a square structure 60 meters wide, 60 meters long and 50.49 meters high. The construct will depict angels and mythical animals and incorporates symbolism and other traditional Thai beliefs in its decoration.

The pathway to the crematorium will be a reflection on the works of His Majesty the late King and the area will be decorated with flora from royal projects especially selected for their significance to the reign of King Rama IX.

A press tour of the work has been scheduled for February 9.

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Suvarnabhumi adds more services for passengers during Chinese New Year

The Suvarnabhumi Airport has arranged activities to welcome passengers during the Chinese New Year. The number of passengers at the airport is expected to be higher than 180,000 people each day throughout the festival.

Deputy General Manager of Suvanabhumi Airport Chadanisa Chumnanvej said the airport’s staff wear Chinese clothes and give souvenirs to passengers for good luck in the Chinese New Year from now until 5 February 2017. The airport also ensured that there were sufficient taxis. limousines, and vans to accommodate the increasing passengers, said Mrs. Chadanisa.

The number of passengers during the Chinese New year will likely total 2.5 million people.

The airport has prepared parking spaces for more than 8,000 cars and shuttle buses to transport passengers between the parking lot and terminals. The shuttle buses operate every 15 minutes.

The deputy director suggested that passengers should arrive at the airport at least two hours before their domestic flights and three hours before international flights. For more information, please contact the AOT Contact Center at 1722 for 24 hours.


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Thailand looks to promote ASEAN yacht-based tourism

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports (MOTS) has proposed the promotion of yacht-based tourism in the ASEAN region during an ASEAN Tourism Forum.

MOTS Permanent-Secretary Pongpanu Svetarundra, who attended ATF 2017 at Singapore on 16-20 January 2017, said Thailand proposed the promotion of the yacht-based tourism within the ASEAN region in addition to cruise packages as well as the inclusive, sustainable infrastructural development to accommodate all types of people under the so-called Tourism for All concept.

Thailand also proposed the cooperation in investment sector between public and and private sectors in ASEAN with the help from international organizations while affirming the country’s readiness to co-host events under guidelines of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).

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Thai Airways launches new promo to facilitate mourners

National carrier Thai Airways International PCL has resolved to waive its rescheduling and rerouting fees, while organizing a special fare to accommodate Thais in distant provinces wishing to fly to Bangkok and pay their respects to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Grand Palace.

President of Thai Airways Jarumporn Chotikasathien revealed that in tribute to the Late King, Thai Airways International issued several policies for its passengers. Rescheduling and rerouting fees will be waived for passengers that booked flights to or from Bangkok before October 15th for travel between October 14th to November 14th. However, any taxes and fare differences will be charged accordingly.

Furthermore, the company also launched a special fare for domestic travel, starting at 1,090 baht, with business class at 3,090 baht per trip. The ticket is now available for purchase through the airline’s website or sales office at 02-356-1111. The fare is on offer until December 31st this year.


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Ministry of Tourism and Sports announces free bus services to assist general public’s travels during HM’s funeral

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports, in collaboration with the private and public sectors, has announced four shuttle bus service routes to service the general public’s travels, to pay their respects to His Majesty the King during 17-24 October.

Minister of Tourism and Sports Mrs. Korbkarn Wattanawarankul has announced free bus services to aid the public’s travels during 17-24 October.

The Thai Transportation Operators Association, The Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Royal Thai Police will be overseeing the free bus services.

All four routes, starting from the National Stadium, Victory Monument (Rajavithi Hospital), Wongwian Yai BTS Station, and the Bangkok Bus Terminal in Talingchan, will allow passengers to disembark at Sanam Luang.

Bus services during 17-24 October will be operating during 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with new buses servicing the public every hour.

Authorities have prepared the area in front of the National Stadium to broadcast His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s funeral procession for the general public residing in the central parts of Bangkok or those who cannot travel to pay their respects at the Grand Palace.

For convenience, the general can use the BTS train services and disembark at the Nation Stadium BTS station.


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All provinces to hold daily religious activities for King

The Ministry of the Interior has instructed all provinces to hold religious services in tribute to the late Monarch, to enable Thai people in the capital city and in remote areas to bid farewell to HM the King together.

Provincial governors are to consult with local spiritual leaders to organize memorial services in line with the religions in individual areas. In areas where the activities draw large crowds, the public and private sectors should jointly provide the participants with essential services such as drinking water, mobile restrooms and first-aid units.

Government offices and private companies may arrange memorial altars in places they deem appropriate or hold exhibitions of the royal projects in dedication to HM the King. Authorities must also strictly impose a ban on any activities which may involve gambling throughout the 30 day period, starting from 14th October.


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Recommendations regarding Mourning Period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand is now in an official period of mourning following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

In this regard, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like all visitors to Thailand to continue with their travel plans as normal. Furthermore, kindly be advised of the following:

• Many Thai people will be wearing black or white clothing as a sign of mourning. This is not required of visitors but if possible, they should wear sombre and respectful clothing when in public.

• Visitors should refrain from conducting any inappropriate or disrespectful behaviour.

• Tourist attractions will be open as usual with the exception of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and the Grand Palace, as they will be the venue of the Royal Funeral Rites.

• The Government has asked for the cooperation from the entertainment venues; such as, bars and nightclubs to consider the opening of their business operations during this time. The decision will be made by the individual owners.

• Most of the traditional and cultural events will be taking place as usual, although the celebrations may be changed for appropriateness as a mark of respect, or the events may be dedicated to the memory of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

• All transport, banks, hospitals and other public services will be operating as usual.

• The related authorities have stepped up safety and security measures for all Thais and visitors to facilitate their travelling around the country.

• For any enquiries, please contact our TAT domestic offices or Tel.: 1672.

TAT would like to thank all visitors for their understanding and supporting Thailand during this period of time.


Tourism Authority of Thailand
14 October 2016 at 16.00 hrs.

Spending in Bangkok for Vegetarian Festival estimated to increase 7.2 percent on-year

Kasikorn Research Center (K Research) has estimated Bangkok will see over 4.5 billion baht in circulation this vegetarian festival, up 7.2 percent on-year due to health trends.

Foreseeing spending at an average rate of 300 baht per day per person during the annual vegetarian festival taking place next month, K Research is confident more than 4.5 billion baht will be spent in Bangkok during the celebration. The projection factors in increased prices of vegetarian foods, which kicked up the daily average expenditure from 270 baht per day per person last year. It also notes greater health awareness has attracted more consumers to the vegetarian festival.

Bangkok residents are expected to continue to purchase their vegetarian food ready-made at restaurants but some newer channels are also gaining traction, such as dishes sold in convenience stores and super markets as well as on-line orders. K Research pointed out the shifting trend should pose a new business opportunity for operators.


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Thai Smile spreads wings to four cities in India


THAI SMILE Airways is creating another milestone, as the only scheduled airline from Thailand to fly to the Indian cities of Gaya, Varanasi, Jaipur and Lucknow.

The routes will become operational over the next 10 weeks, starting with Bangkok to Gaya and Varanasi from October 1, followed by Bangkok-Jaipur from November 15, and Bangkok-Lucknow from December 1.

“These flights will bridge the demand from both Indians and Thais who have been looking for seamless connections for religion, work and leisure purposes in Thailand and India, and in onward destinations,” Woranate Laprabang, acting chief executive officer of the airline – a fully owned subsidiary of national carrier Thai Airways – said yesterday.

“We consider these connecting flights as part of our strategic destinations in India.

Thai Smile Airways is undertaking an ambitious growth programme to develop its network and ensure international connectivity. Moreover, we are committed to ensuring that our passengers have greater choice and opportunity to discover new destinations by flying with Thai Smile Airways.

“With our strong reputation in offering a full-service experience for our passengers, we confidently believe that we shall be one of the leading players in this market in the near future,” he said.

The routes will be operated with A320 aircraft, which will offer a choice of 12 Premium Economy Class seats and 154 in Economy Class, and a host of features for passengers, such as in-flight entertainment and specially designed Indian cuisine and beverages.

In addition, Thai Smile has chosen The Bird Group as its general sales agent for the Indian market, with immediate effect.

The Bird Group will handle the airline’s sales development, bookings and ticketing services within India, as well as conduct direct marketing and service support to Indian travel agents.

Gaurav Bhatia, executive director of Bird Travels, described Thai Smile as a young and vibrant airline and subsidiary of Thai Airways, which is a well-known brand in India among travellers.

At present, Thai Smile Airways operates domestic routes from 10 destinations – Chiang Mai, Phuket, Khon Kaen, Chiang Rai, Hat Yai, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani, Surat Thani, Narathiwat and Krabi – and international flights from Bangkok to Yangon, Siem Reap, Penang, Changsha and Chongqing.

Bangkok edges out London as world’s top travel destination: Mastercard


The Thai capital of Bangkok has beaten London to be crowned the world’s most popular travel destination this year, according to an annual ranking by global payments and technology company Mastercard released on Thursday.

Tourism has been one of the rare bright spots for Thailand, Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy, which has grappled with weak consumer confidence and exports after a 2014 coup the military said was aimed at ending months of political unrest.

Last month’s wave of bomb blasts in southern Thailand, which police have blamed on Muslim separatists, appears to have had a limited impact on tourism.

Bangkok, also known as the ‘city of angels’, topped the 2016 listing of 132 cities, beating London, Paris and Dubai to become the city most visited by international travelers in the Mastercard Index of Global Destination Cities.

“It isn’t a flash in the pan. Bangkok is in a strong position to be the top destination city for a long time,” Yuwa Hedrick-Wong, Mastercard chief economist, told Reuters.

“There’s the value for money, especially for visitors coming from high-income countries.”

Thailand expects to welcome a record 33 million visitors this year, thanks to a jump in the number of Chinese tourists.

Sprawling Bangkok is projected to receive 21.47 million international visitors in 2016, just ahead of second-ranked London, with 19.88 million visitors.

“The pollution makes it a less than ideal city to stay long term, but the food is second to none,” James Donnelly, 31, a tourist from Britain who was visiting the city on his way to Vietnam, told Reuters.

Elsewhere in Asia, the Japanese city of Osaka has shown the strongest growth in international visitors over the past seven years, attracting tourists from neighboring countries, particularly China and South Korea, said Mastercard.

The British capital topped the 2015 ranking of global destinations, but Mastercard did not say why some of its shine had rubbed off for travelers this year. The two cities have topped the ranking for most of its history.

(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Pairat Temphairojana; Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Clarence Fernandez)


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