Articles tagged “thailand”

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.

2 weeks 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

Thailand Tourism Gets a LGBTQ-Friendly Boost

Thailand Tourism Gets a LGBTQ-Friendly Boost

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

Thailand is advancing same-sex partnership legislation. And one of the nation’s biggest industries, tourism, is set to benefit.

3 months ago

Kingdom’s Retail Queen Lays Out Thai Tourism Truths That Others Only Whisper

Kingdom’s Retail Queen Lays Out Thai Tourism Truths That Others Only Whisper

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It takes a retail personality to air the dirty laundry of Thai tourism. No one will be offended; it’s all an open secret. Supaluck Umpujh, at least, is doing something about it, partnering with AEG to make Thailand a regional entertainment hub.

5 months ago

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Bangkok’s Prolonged Haze Could Cost Millions in Tourist Dollars

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Bangkok needs more than rainmakers to be treated seriously as the world’s top city destination, and to be a strong contender for medical tourists. Here’s what's choking the city and why it’s unhealthy for tourism.

5 months ago

Tropical Storm Disrupts Thailand’s Peak Tourism Season

Tropical Storm Disrupts Thailand’s Peak Tourism Season

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight , Bloomberg

Just as it is recovering from heavy drops in Chinese visitors, Thailand has to count more losses as a powerful storm barrels through the south, where its popular beaches at this time are usually filled with Europeans seeking sunny days.

6 months ago

How Accor Landed Its First Orient Express Hotel in Bangkok Bumping a Planned Marriott Edition

How Accor Landed Its First Orient Express Hotel in Bangkok Bumping a Planned Marriott Edition

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Christmas comes early for Accor, which announced its first Orient-Express Hotel in Bangkok, a 154-room property that was originally meant to be an Edition hotel. But there is still much for Accor to do as luxury players find the old new brand "confusing."

6 months ago

Thomas Cook China Launches New Strategy Amid Huge Chinese Tourist Declines in Thailand

Thomas Cook China Launches New Strategy Amid Huge Chinese Tourist Declines in Thailand

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Japan turned out to be the lifeboat for Thomas Cook China when Thailand turned disastrous, as the tour operator appears to be sailing away blithely with four new initiatives to scale up its China market.

7 months ago

Thailand’s Minor International Targets Indian Hotel Chain

Thailand’s Minor International Targets Indian Hotel Chain

Natnicha Chuwiruch and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

If this goes through, it'll be another addition to the expanding Minor Hotels portfolio.

7 months ago

Thailand Sees Rare Decline in Tourism Numbers

Thailand Sees Rare Decline in Tourism Numbers

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight and Suttinee Yuvejwattana, Bloomberg

Like a number of destinations around the world, Thailand is finding out just how economically impactful Chinese tourism can be.

7 months ago

Thai High-Speed Rail Project Attracts Billionaire Bidder

Thai High-Speed Rail Project Attracts Billionaire Bidder

Suttinee Yuvejwattana and Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Linking up international airports would be great news for Thailand's tourism industry but as always with these big infrastructure projects, it's about weighing up the costs and benefits.

7 months ago