Articles tagged “thailand”

Minor Vs. Marriott Lawsuit in Thailand Shows Risks of Chain Consolidation

Minor Vs. Marriott Lawsuit in Thailand Shows Risks of Chain Consolidation

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Global chains and hotel owners will watch this case closely as it addresses the contentious issue of whether brand consolidation affects the ability of chains to drive business to a hotel.

1 week ago

Hong Kong’s Instability Is a Boon for Bangkok

Hong Kong’s Instability Is a Boon for Bangkok

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

The ongoing political instability in Hong Kong was bound to have ripple effects across the region. So far, Bangkok is emerging as one clear beneficiary.

4 weeks ago

Asia’s Elusive Chase for So-Called Quality Tourism

Asia’s Elusive Chase for So-Called Quality Tourism

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Quality tourism is a term that has been bandied about by Southeast Asian destinations. It’s high time they stop and give real thought to it.

2 months ago

Thailand Tourism Body Needs More Than Marketing Prowess as It Turns 60

Thailand Tourism Body Needs More Than Marketing Prowess as It Turns 60

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It’s one of the most astute destination marketers around, but the Tourism Authority of Thailand is facing a different test of skills as it turns 60 years old next year. Will it be as artful in developing “responsible tourism” for the kingdom?

2 months ago

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Most countries are still prejudiced against the Indian passport. That's a shame. Indian travelers are a legitimate, growing source for the global tourism industry. Thailand understands that; Australia not yet. Maybe it'll take a cricket match to change that.

2 months ago

Go-Jek Snags Undisclosed Funding From Thailand’s Largest Bank

Go-Jek Snags Undisclosed Funding From Thailand’s Largest Bank

Anuchit Nguyen and Yoolim Lee, Bloomberg

Southeast Asian banks are investing in the region's biggest ridehailing rivals, Go-Jek and Grab, to hitch a ride on their expansion into financial services. These unicorns have moved beyond ridehailing, with payments being a hotly-contested battleground.

2 months ago

Thailand Sees Rise of Indian Tourists as China Market Wanes

Thailand Sees Rise of Indian Tourists as China Market Wanes

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

The sun always shines for Thailand. If one source of arrivals weakens, it always has another market to count on. Currently, it's India, which is rescuing Thai tourism from a softened China.

2 months ago

Thailand Wants Travelers to Visit New Places: Will Tour Operators Get On Board?

Thailand Wants Travelers to Visit New Places: Will Tour Operators Get On Board?

Chris Ryall, Skift

Tourism Authority of Thailand executives are keen to spread the tourism wealth to its emerging destinations. Encouraging tour operators to offer programs beyond the popular destinations is a noble goal, but are the tour operators listening?

3 months ago

Can Thailand Handle 65 Million Tourists by 2029?

Can Thailand Handle 65 Million Tourists by 2029?

Natnicha Chuwiruch, Bloomberg

This looks like an overtourism disaster in the making. Thailand could get 65 million visitors — the size of UK’s population — by 2029. It can hardly cope now, with issues including pollution, environmental degradation, and lack of proper planning in development. Shudder.

3 months ago

Will Vietnam Overtake Thailand as Asian Playground for Russians?

Will Vietnam Overtake Thailand as Asian Playground for Russians?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Europe is the top growing source for Asia-Pacific, and it’s not because of growth from Asia’s traditional European markets such as the United Kingdom. It’s because of a huge spike in Russian arrivals. And Vietnam benefits.

4 months ago

Thailand Suffers an Unusual Fall in Arrivals and Visitor Spending

Thailand Suffers an Unusual Fall in Arrivals and Visitor Spending

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

A 0.7 percent drop in arrivals for most destinations is no big deal. But for Thailand, which has been enjoying month-after-month and year-over-year increases in visitor numbers, that’s sobering. Moreover, tourist spending dropped at a higher rate of 1.3 percent.

5 months ago

Asia’s Persistent Pollution Problems Weigh on Tourism Opportunities

Asia’s Persistent Pollution Problems Weigh on Tourism Opportunities

Raini Hamdi, Skift

If China can make good progress to reduce pollution levels, why can't other Asian countries do it? Makes us sick — pun intended — just thinking about it.

5 months ago