Articles tagged “thailand”

Thailand Aviation Industry Gets Thumbs Up After Three-Year Downgrade

Thailand Aviation Industry Gets Thumbs Up After Three-Year Downgrade

Associated Press

This is a boost of confidence in Thailand's aviation sector, but the country still faces a myriad of problems with managing growth and cracking down on sex tourism.

2 weeks ago

Chinese Holiday Travelers Avoid South Korea and Make Thailand Leading Destination

Chinese Holiday Travelers Avoid South Korea and Make Thailand Leading Destination

Yoolim Lee and Keith Zhai, Bloomberg

We might shy away from talking about universal trends, but the Ctrip survey found that purchases of "experiences" was more popular than buying consumer goods. Sound familiar?

3 weeks ago

Thai Investors Are Cautiously Optimistic About New Mall Aimed at Chinese Tourists

Thai Investors Are Cautiously Optimistic About New Mall Aimed at Chinese Tourists

Anuchit Nguyen, Bloomberg

Thailand's tourism officials have had a love-hate relationship with Chinese travelers in recent years and they mainly have their sights set on marketing the country to the wealthiest segment of that market.

2 months ago

Thailand Switches Tourism Strategy to Drive Longer Stays and More Spending

Thailand Switches Tourism Strategy to Drive Longer Stays and More Spending

Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Thailand's Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul is in the vanguard among the world's tourism ministers for shunning targets for visitor numbers and switching to a focus on boosting daily spending and length of stay. An end to tourism stunts (like plastic surgery contests) will be welcome, too.

3 months ago

Thailand Invests $6 Billion at Top Airports to Boost Capacity

Thailand Invests $6 Billion at Top Airports to Boost Capacity

Sunil Jagtiani, Bloomberg

Thailand's airport expansion plans are designed to ensure that infrastructure keeps pace with capacity. Its controversial military government will help determine how much demand travelers have for Thai destinations and how this new capacity will factor in.

4 months ago

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Messaging App Line to Open Digital Theme Park in Thailand

Kankanit Wiriyasajja and Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

If you build it they will come — and text. Is Line Village Bangkok a next-generation theme park? We'll see.

4 months ago

Bangkok’s Famed Street Food Will Now Be Scarce When Tourists Visit the City

Bangkok’s Famed Street Food Will Now Be Scarce When Tourists Visit the City

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

The military junta wants to take the soul out of Bangkok by ridding the city of street-food vendors. Do they know they are shooting themselves in the foot tourism-wise?

6 months ago

Former Thailand Tourism Boss Sentenced to 50 Years in Bribery Scandal

Former Thailand Tourism Boss Sentenced to 50 Years in Bribery Scandal

Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press

Tourism organizations are getting extra scrutiny these days — see Visit Florida's battle for survival — but this story serves as a reminder that corruption is always a risk when public money flows. Still, a 50-year sentence seems to far outweigh the crime.

7 months ago

Thailand Government Plans to Build a Coal Plant Near Popular Tourist Beaches

Thailand Government Plans to Build a Coal Plant Near Popular Tourist Beaches

Dake Kang, Associated Press

Thailand need only look at its neighbor, China, to see the type of environmental impact that coal production can have. That it's willing to put a plant near one of the country's most popular and iconic tourist destinations is a very questionable decision.

8 months ago

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Thailand Welcomed a Record 32 Million Overseas Tourists in 2016

Associated Press

Thailand has defied predictions of a drop in tourism after the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 2016 plunged the nation into a year of mourning and political uncertainty. The country is also becoming a case study of how destinations are getting smarter about solving overtourism, one of the megatrends Skift is tracking in 2017.

9 months ago

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Thailand’s 2017 Tourism Growth Looks Dim After Cheap Chinese Tour Crackdown

Suttinee Yuvejwattana, Bloomberg

Cracking down on overtourism by Chinese tourists is a smart move by the Thai government but dealing with the short-term blowback from that will be a challenge for the country heading into 2017.

9 months ago

Thailand’s Crackdown on Cheap Chinese Tours Cuts Lunar New Year Holiday Numbers

Thailand’s Crackdown on Cheap Chinese Tours Cuts Lunar New Year Holiday Numbers

Pairat Temphairojana, Reuters

There's a level of responsibility and long-range thinking to this overtourism crackdown that we haven't seen from the Thai authorities before.

9 months ago