Indian Tourists to Thailand is on the increase

By Sun Narin

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in New Dehli says that the number of Indian tourists in Thailand is up to 552300, increasing 36.21 percent in the first half of 2011 comparing to last year.

Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, the director of TAT New Delhi Office, says that the excellent strength of the Indian economy is the major reason leading to the increase of tourists in Thailand, following the increased accessibility between the two countries.

“Indian people have more disposable income to travel. This is why there is a demand for international travel and now there are a lot of interesting places in Thailand that the tourists can enjoy for their holiday,” he said.

Recently, Bangkok Airways is likely to start running six flights a week between Mumbai and Bangkok to boost Indian tourists flow to Thailand. More airlines are flying to Thailand than ever before. The imminent launch of IndiGo flights from New Delhi to Thailand will be on 8 September 2011. There will be direct flights from Phuket to Kolkata in the mid-2012, he adds.

Kolkata has seen the remarkable increasing tourists to Thailand and 45 percent of passengers flying from Kolkata to Thailand came to Phuket. According to the Royal Thai Consulate General in Kolkata, the number of Indian tourists in the first half of 2011 is up to 26200 increasing 71.6 percent comparing to last year (18750).

Mr. Panupat Chavananikul, the consul in Kolkata said that: “Consulate in Kolkata is always working together to boost up the number of Indian tourists from time to time. Kolkata itself, we do have a function called “Destination Thailand” that will be held annually to promote Thailand tourism.
Last year, there were around 791,185 Indian tourists to Thailand. Most travelers from India to Thailand go for tourism. The percentage is around 60% for leisure and 40% for business, according to TNT.

“Thailand will expect the number will increase to 1052000 in 2012,” he says.

In July 2011, during the visit of the governor of Trang Province in Kolkata, he suggested Indian tourists to visit underwater wedding in Trang Province in southern Thailand. The underwater wedding is generally for western couples seeking a novel way to exchange vows.

Thailand covers the tropical island paradise of Ko Samui in the Gulf of Thailand which is attractive to everyone, magnificent beaches of Chaweng and Lamai, the
Big Buddha Beach, Wat Phra Yai, Laem So pagoda, Grandmother and Grandfather
Rocks, and Hin Lat Waterfall.

Thailand is keen to work with tourism authorities in India to ensure flight connectivity, lower airfares and cheaper hotels to make India and Thailand among the most preferred destinations.

Nearly 60,000 Thai visited India last year, of which 80 per cent were Buddhist pilgrims.


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MUMBAI: If your holidays have been only about Coorg and Jaisalmer so far, now’s the time to apply for a passport. The low-cost revolution that drastically brought down airfares on the domestic sector a few years ago is now set to play out on routes to west Asia and south-east Asia. Leading the pack are IndiGo and Spice Jet.

IndiGo will launch flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Dubai and Bangkok in September and to Muscat and Singapore in October. Spice Jet, which currently flies to Colombo and Kathmandu, will be launching flights to other destinations like west Asia and south-east Asia later this year.

The only low-cost carrier which connects Mumbai to south-east Asia is AirAsia, with its flights to Kuala Lumpur. For west-bound flights, Air India Express and Air Arabia offer low-cost connections to west Asia from Mumbai. With attractive launch fares and great deals on offer, even those who had no intention of travelling to these destinations are biting the bait, says Vijay Kesavan, CEO of ticket-booking site akbartravelsonline.

“IndiGo’s return tickets from Mumbai or Delhi to Muscat or Singapore, which were priced at Rs 10,000, have sold out,” he says. The competition has lowered fares on the Mumbai-Muscat route – this week, the cheapest one-way air ticket for August 30 was Rs 6,900 (taxes included), offered by Oman Air. IndiGo’s fares for October are in the range of Rs 6,400, which beats Air Arabia’s Mumbai-Sharjah-Muscat fare of Rs 7,800.

The October fare to Singapore on IndiGo is Rs 8,500.


Thailand to shed 'sex tourism' tag soon

Jarnson said the Thai food and dance festival in Goa, in association with the Vivanta by Taj hotels and resorts, was just such an attempt to project Thailand as a place steeped in culture, which is quite similar to the culture of the Indian sub-continent and tradition and a rich and diverse culinary palette.

Arguably called the sex tourism capital of the world, Thailand is now deliberately using the family tourism label to shed the sex destination tag, a Thai diplomat said here Friday.
Speaking to the media on the sidelines of an event organised in Panaji to promote Thailand as a tourism destination, Tomwit Jarnson, the Thai consul general in Mumbai, said family tourism would eventually edge Thailand away from the slur of ‘sex tourism’ in the years to come.

“We are trying to project Thailand as a family tourism destination. We are slowly changing the perception of Thailand to the rest of the world,” Jarnson said.

Jarnson said the Thai food and dance festival in Goa, in association with the Vivanta by Taj hotels and resorts, was just such an attempt to project Thailand as a place steeped in culture, which is quite similar to the culture of the Indian sub-continent and tradition and a rich and diverse culinary palette.

“Destination Thailand is an annual event organised by us which helps us reach out to the people of India through our food, music and dance. We are very happy to have the festival in Goa this year where the people of this city will experience the unique characteristics and rich cultural heritage which our country has to offer,” he said.

“We are slowly developing facilities in Thailand which will attract family tourism. We have a lot of Indian families who travel to Thailand,” Jarnson said.

He further said that the Thailand tourism authorities were trying to project Phuket – which, along with Bangkok and Pattaya, is regarded as the prime sex tourism area in Thailand – as a family tourism destination.

Although banned by law, prostitution is common place in the tourism districts of Thailand, which nearly 14 million tourists visit annually — a large chunk of these are single males or male groups of tourists seeking sex or sex-oriented fun.

A recent World Health Organisation (WHO) report has pegged the number of female prostitutes in the country at 2 lakh.


The MasterCard Worldwide  Index of Global  Destination Cities 2011 has ranked Bangkok world’s 3rd  Global  Destination City with an estimation of 11.5 million visitors to  the  capital city of Thailand this year. London tops the list at 20.1  million  visitors followed by Paris with 18.1 million tourists.

As for the highest spending rate, London still tops the chart with   tourists spending over 786 billion THB, followed by New York at 609   billion THB, Paris 438 Billion THB, Bangkok 432 billion THB and   Frankfurt 420 billion THB.

The index calculation was  based on the information provided by OAG  Global which monitors the  number of passengers from each airline while  their spending was taken  from UN Trade in Service. There are altogether  132 cities around the world surveyed.

The highest number of visitors to Bangkok comes from Singapore (869,000  people), Hong Kong (822,000), Tokyo (711,000) Seoul (503,000) and London  (456,000) respectively.


The total flight duration from Mumbai, India to Bangkok, Thailand is 3 hours, 45 minutes.

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TAT India and Thai AirAsia promote Thailand as Indian wedding destination

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) New Delhi and Mumbai offices, in collaboration with Thai Air Asia, recently conducted a 6-day study tour to Thailand for 11 wedding planners/organisers from various parts of India. The wedding planners were invited to Bangkok, Hua Hin and Phuket to inspect and experience some hotel properties first-hand. The hotels showcased their range of offerings with regards to cuisine, traditional Indian decoration, themes and flower arrangements for weddings and other celebrations

According to a company release, the wedding segment from India has been consistently on the rise in Thailand, along with other celebrations such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduation parties & family reunions due to its popularity as a value for money destination and its close proximity to India which make flight options conducive.

Sethphan Buddhani, Director of TAT, Mumbai said “We showcased properties in various cities of Thailand and have promised consistent support to the wedding planners. This year, Tourism Authority of Thailand will sponsor couples who plan get married in Thailand in the form of incentives. This promotion will be taking place from September 2011 onwards for the first 50 couples on a first-come-first-serve basis.”

Speaking about the trip, Vishv Vijae, Regal Weddings said, “I got a fair idea about the properties and the logistics to hold a wedding at Thailand.” Candice Pereira – Creative Head, Marry Me added, “It was very informative and will no doubt help us sell Thailand more confidently as a wedding destination,” while Swati Pandya Sood, Fashion Consultant – Wedding Planner and Decorator, Bollywood Secrets opined, “It was one of the best tailor-made and well-sorted educational trips conducted by TAT. I found the concept of hosting a wedding in a spa resort extremely unique, and something that would lure Indians into hosting weddings in Thailand.”

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