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Marine tourism to reach B5.8bn

Posted on 31 March 2016 by admin

Thailands marine tourism may reach 5.8 billion baht in revenue this year, according to a study of Kasikorn Research Centre.

A marina in Pattaya.

Since the government has a policy to promote the country as the Asean marine hub and to attract more quality tourists this year, the Marine Department has loosened boat regulations to make it easier for yacht and superyacht owners to dock in Thai waters.

Last September, the department extended the anchorage period for foreign-flagged superyachts, which are more than 30m-long, from 30 days to a year. The owners of the superyachts can obtain permits to run businesses serving tourists in Thai waters.

According to Kasikorn Research Centre, the tourism business will benefit from the policy. It forecasts that the 5.8 billion baht business will be generated from two groups. One is domestic yachts, about 2,000 yachts in total. The group may spend about 3.2 billion baht while travelling, docking and for maintenance costs.

Another group is foreign yachts. The centre estimates that 2,625 yachts will cruise to the country this year. These foreign yachts may generate about 2.6 billion baht to the tourism industry. 

“Looking ahead, we should enhance our capacity to match that of Singapore, which has an outstanding reputation towards private investments in marinas and other facilities as well as for personnel development and dry docks for yacht maintenance,” stated the research.

Thailand’s strength, on the other hand, is in service quality that comes at lower costs. This can attract more yachting tourists and help Thailand to reach the target of becoming the marina hub of Asean in the near future.

Siem Reap, Asia’s top destination

Siem Reap ranks high as the top Asia destination, according to Traveller’s Choice Awards of TripAdvisor.

According to the online booking website, the award winners were selected based on the quantity of positive traveller feedback shared on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period from November 2014 to November 2015.

The second top destination in Asia was Hanoi, followed by Ubud, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Kathmandu, New Delhi, Taipei and Hoi An.

For the top 10 destinations of the world, its users gave the most positive reviews to London, followed by Istanbul, Marrakesh in Morocco, Paris, Siem Reap, Prague, Rome, Hanoi, New York and Ubud.

“The Travellers’ Choice Destination awards are amazing locales that are globally ranked based on travellers’ feedback and booking interest on TripAdvisor,” said TripAdvisor communications director for Asia Pacific Janice Lee Fang.

For travellers in Asia who are planning a holiday from June through to August, now is a great time to book a trip to one of these top-rated destinations when hotel prices are not yet at their peak, she said.

Photo contest call for entries

The Asean-China Tourism Photo Contest 2016 is organised by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the Asean-China Centre (ACC) and China National Travel magazine, a cultural travel magazine published monthly by the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The aim is to mark the 25th anniversary of Asean-China dialogue relations and to highlight developments in Asean-China tourism.

There will be two types of entries. First is “China Tourism Through Asean Lens” for Asean photographers and “Asean Tourism Through China Lens” for Chinese photographers.

Applicants can be a professional or amateur photographers. Pictures can be recorded by cameras or any digital imaging device including smart phones and camcorders.

Awards for each group are cash prizes at RMB 2,000 (10,800 baht) for the winner and RMB 1,000 (5,400 baht) for the first runner-up.

The last day for submitting photos will be May 16. Entries will be judged by a committee of prominent photographers from authoritative organisations such as the China Photographers Association.


Airlines update

Qatar Airways has announced to expand its service to Chiang Mai and Krabi in December this year.

The airline plans to fly four flights per week from Doha to Krabi and three flights per week to Chiang Mai. At present, the airline flies non-stop from Doha to Bangkok four daily flights and two daily flights to Phuket.

According to Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Yuthasak Supasorn, both Chiang Mai and Krabi are rapidly growing destinations. In addition, Krabi is regarded as an extension of Phuket for the beach resort market.

Last year, Krabi International Airport served 46 scheduled and non-scheduled airlines offering a total of 28,346 flights, up 28.52% from 2014. The total number of passengers increased 36.61% to 3,689,831 people in 2015.

Chiang Mai International Airport, on the other hand, served 27 scheduled airlines, which operated 62,626 domestic and international flights in 2015, up 26.06% over 2014. The total number of passengers rose 29.ȸ% to 8,069,918 passengers last year. The airport is expanding to serve 15 million passengers by 2022.


Hotels update

Bespoke Hospitality Management Asia has opened Away Chiang Mai-Hot Spring Resort.

The resort features 34 rooms and villas, an 80m-long swimming pool, a large jacuzzi which can accommodate up to 20 people, restaurant, cafe, water bars, Kids’ Club, fitness centre, meeting room and complementary use of bicycles and Wi-Fi. The resort is in Doi Saket district and about 30 minutes drive from Chiang Mai International airport.


Radisson Blu Plaza Resort Phuket Panwa Beach will be rebranded to Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort next month.

Owned by Panwa Beach Properties, the hotel will be managed by AccorHotels. Located in Makham Bay at the southeastern coast of Phuket, the resort offers 211 rooms including 29 villas, four food and beverage outlets, two swimming pools, spa, fitness centre, seven function and meeting rooms. The resort is about 45 minutes from Phuket International Airport.


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