View Full Version : Thai Airways Offers Aim at Tour Revival

Kanok Karn
26th November 2011, 10:03
Thai Airways is leading a regional campaign to lure visitors to Thailand, after floods devastated its tourism industry.

The Hong Kong regional office is 1st among leading cities in Asia to offer discounted travel packages from 1-15 December, 2011 with Hong Thai Travel Services.

It is timed to coincide with the possible lifting of the government's red travel alert on travel to Thailand .

"The airline's headquarters has requested regional promotion campaigns to be launched this month - including Taipei, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xianmen and Kunming," Thai Airways general manager (Hong Kong and Macau) said .

Thai Airways passenger numbers fell by 40 % between October and November, compared to the same period last year.

Nonthakorn said the red travel alert "has driven sales loss."

She added: "Business has been going downhill as 2 daily flights from Hong Kong to Bangkok have been canceled."

The public relations manager of Tourism Authority of Thailand (Hong Kong), said there has been a drop of 7 percent, or 100,000 tourists from different parts of the world to Thailand. The number includes 40,000 from Hong Kong.

"As a matter of fact, all main tourist spots are dry and definitely safe to visit, except that remote areas are slightly flooded but tourists will hardly step into those zones," Nonthakorn added.

The situation is stable at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport, as well as popular tourist destinations including Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui.

"Hong Kong plays an important role to boost our tourism industry. Visitors travel to Thailand repeatedly to enjoy good quality food and bargain shopping." Nonthakorn said.

She expects all flights to be 80 percent full after the launch, and is positive about sales during Christmas and the Lunar New Year.

The new promotion campaign, "Thailand, Fly Again," offers a discount of "3 people at a price of 2 " - a quota of 50 tours for 800 people, along with budget self- guided tours. Two adults may spend five days in Pattaya and Bangkok each for less than HK$2,000 and take a companion along for free.

"Before the launch, we will ensure hygiene standards are satisfactory and adequate control measures are in place," said Jason Wong Chun-tak, director and general manager of Hong Thai.

Jackie Wong See-sum, managing director of Hong Thai, will also travel with the first tour to Bangkok a week today.

In addition, free travel insurance will be offered to Bangkok customers next month.