Tourism partnership

TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn, second left, and THAI President Sumeth Damrongchaitham, have launched joint-marketing campaigns. (The Tourism Authority of Thailand)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined hands with Thai Airways to boost tourism to Thailand on their coming 60th anniversary in 2020.

According to TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT and THAI share similar goals in attracting international travellers to Thailand and promoting domestic tourism to stimulate the local economy.

Under the 60th-anniversary collaboration, TAT will share with THAI marketing insights of its annual events, including the Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok, World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony, the Great Mekong Bike Ride, and international events including the Honda LPGA Thailand and PTT Thailand Grand Prix (MotoGP).

THAI can launch travel packages on these events and offer added value by combining with TAT's promotions such as the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale and THAI Pass Plus, allowing THAI or THAI Smile passengers to use their boarding pass to get discounts or souvenirs at participating stores.

Both parties will support campaigns and activities to reduce trash and single-use plastic while travelling in Thailand.

TAT expects that the tourism revenue next year will reach 3.71 trillion baht, up 10%. It will consist of 2.431 trillion baht from international tourists and 1.287 trillion baht from Thai tourists.


- T'Way Air, a South Korean low-cost airline, will launch its first direct flights between Chiang Mai and Seoul tomorrow.

The flight will be available daily. It will depart Incheon International Airport in Seoul at 7.25am and arrive at Chiang Mai International Airport at 11.30am. The outbound flight will depart Chiang Mai at 2.30pm and arrive in Seoul at 10.05pm. Travel time is about six hours.


New route makes it easier for South Koreans to visit Doi Suthep and other Chiang Mai attractions. (Photo: Apichit Jinakul)

- AirAsia will introduce direct flights between Chiang Rai and Hangzhou in Zhejiang province in China. The flight will be available four times a week, starting on Dec 1.

The flight will depart Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport at 5.50pm and arrive in Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport at 10.45pm. The return flight will leave Chiang Rai at 11.50pm and arrive in Hangzhou at 3.05am. Travel time is about four hours.

Meanwhile, the airline has joined hands with, a Czech online travel agency, to turn its website,, into a one-stop travel shop.

The site allows users to book tickets on more than 100 airlines, to destinations currently not served by AirAsia, including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and the Americas.



- Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort & Spa Krabi has been opened.

The property features 179 rooms and suites, ranging from a 39-81m² in room sizes. Other facilities are beachfront swimming pool, main swimming pool, kids' club, fitness centre, Spa Cenvaree, restaurants and bars.

Centara Ao Nang Beach Resort & Spa Krabi. (Centara Hotels & Resorts)

To celebrate the new property, the resort offers a 30% discount on every room type. The promotion is available until Nov 30 for stays before Dec 24.

The resort is about a 40-minute drive from Krabi International Airport.


- K Hotel has been rebranded to Hangout By KLY Phuket.

Located in Patong, Hangout By KLY offers 44 rooms with room space ranging from 22m²-31m², swimming pool, restaurant and bar. A co-working space will be introduced soon.


- Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen's Park launches its Bangkok's Best Perks promotion.

Guests booking at least three nights in a Deluxe Room will be offered exclusive access to the hotel's M Club Lounge on the 27th floor.

The lounge is usually reserved for guests staying in premium rooms or suites. In the lounge, guests can have an alternative venue for breakfast. It also provides non-alcoholic drinks and snacks throughout the day, plus an open bar, hors d'oeuvres and desserts during the evening. Other amenities are also available, including free local calls within Bangkok, complimentary clothes pressing and up to two hours' usage of meeting rooms in the club lounge.

Available until the end of next June, the promotion is priced at 3,999++ baht per night.


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