TRAVEL GAZETTE – Thailand plans to attract more tourists from Europe and the Middle East during the current low season.
Tanesuan Petsuwan, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, confirmed on Monday that the agency will launch tourism campaigns in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Stockholm and Moscow in bid to draw more visitors to Thailand especially during low season which lasts from May until October.
Thai Airway International will lower the prices of its air tickets from those European cities to Bangkok as part of the low-season tourism campaign, the TAT director said.
A few major Middle Eastern airlines, including Etihad, Emirates and Qatar, will also join the low-season campaign, he said.
In particular, Qatar Airways will open four weekly flights from Doha to Krabi, a southern coastal province of Thailand, and three weekly flights from Doha to Chiang Mai.
Besides, travelers from the neighboring Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos will be recommended to fly directly from their respective countries to Pattaya via U-tapao airport.
That will add to the increased number of Chinese tourists who may be shuttled by air to U-tapao daily, given Pattaya, about 40 km north of the airport, as their favorite seaside destination.
Other popular spots among the Chinese visitors include Chiang Mai in northern Thailand as well as Koh Samui island, Krabi and Phuket in southern Thailand.