Articles tagged “thailand”

Sputtering Thai Economy Spells Further Trouble for Virus-Hit Tourism Sector

Sputtering Thai Economy Spells Further Trouble for Virus-Hit Tourism Sector

Kitiphong Thaichareon and Orathai Sriring, Reuters

Even if the sector is often hailed as a bright spot for the economy, the combined blow of a slowdown and the coronavirus will surely knock the winds out of Thailand tourism this year.

1 day ago

Thailand’s Lebua Hotels Plans Public Listing to Fund New Concepts and Overseas Expansion

Thailand’s Lebua Hotels Plans Public Listing to Fund New Concepts and Overseas Expansion

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Deepak Ohri positioned a brand on a global scale with just one hotel. The CEO of Lebua Hotels & Resorts thinks the time has come to grow the network. But each Lebua will be different. No doubt a common trait is that each will be audacious.

2 months ago

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The Making of a Meetings and Events Destination: Why Thailand’s Future Looks Bright

The Making of a Meetings and Events Destination: Why Thailand’s Future Looks Bright

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau + Skift

Thailand is becoming one of Asia's premier business events destinations as efforts to improve its cities meetings and events infrastructure begin to pay off.

2 months ago

Surging Baht Drives Thailand’s Push for More First-Time Visitors

Surging Baht Drives Thailand’s Push for More First-Time Visitors

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

How expensive or cheap a country is still dictates a big part of the travel planning process. So for Thailand a lot depends on the performance of the baht.

2 months ago

Stricter Guidelines on Elephant Tourism Put Thai Travel Agents in Quandary

Stricter Guidelines on Elephant Tourism Put Thai Travel Agents in Quandary

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The Association of British Travel Agents is recommending something that does not exist yet. Only a handful of 250 elephant camps in Thailand are observation-only, with many still offering rides and bathing with elephants. What’s an inbound travel agency to do? Where should the elephants go if everyone follows this suggestion, well-meaning as it is? The debate continues.

2 months ago

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The Future of Food Tourism in Thailand

The Future of Food Tourism in Thailand

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau + Skift

Food tourism has taken over the world, and few destinations are as primed to capitalize on the trend as Thailand. Tour operators, hotels, and others in the travel sector are rapidly enhancing the ways in which visitors experience the country’s culinary offerings — and meeting planners are taking note.

3 months ago

A Drop in European Visitors to Thailand Is a Wake-Up Call

A Drop in European Visitors to Thailand Is a Wake-Up Call

Raini Hamdi, Skift

While it focuses on arresting a drop in Chinese arrivals, Thailand should spend equal or more time assessing why European arrivals are declining. It's the higher spending market. The reasons are different, and it's time for Thailand to look internally rather than blame external factors like Brexit, the baht, and a trade war for Europe's shrinkage.

3 months ago

Popular Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts: It’s Not Just About the Higher Baht

Popular Thai Beaches Pricier Than European Resorts: It’s Not Just About the Higher Baht

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It’s easy to blame the baht as the butt of the problem for a decline in European arrivals to Thailand. The issues, however, are wider and deeper than just currency appreciation.

3 months ago

Peninsula Parent’s Thailand Dispute Shows Perils of Owner-Chain Relations

Peninsula Parent’s Thailand Dispute Shows Perils of Owner-Chain Relations

Raini Hamdi, Skift

This is a high-profile case that pits a powerful Thai family against a reputable global luxury hotel brand. It also spotlights the reality that this won’t be the last of owner-and-chain disputes, especially not when times are getting harder.

4 months ago

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As Tourists Flock to Thailand, the Country’s Meetings and Events Sector Will Benefit

As Tourists Flock to Thailand, the Country’s Meetings and Events Sector Will Benefit

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau + Skift

As meeting planners worldwide look for unique venues and programming that will wow attendees, Thailand is stepping up its meetings and incentives efforts. Big investments in infrastructure, hotels, venues, and transportation networks — not to mention top-flight food and gorgeous beaches — are already paying multi-million dollar dividends.

5 months ago

A Stronger Baht Worries the Thai Tourism Industry

A Stronger Baht Worries the Thai Tourism Industry

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

Thailand's private sector frets about the baht being so strong, deterring tourism recovery. That's happened before but Thai tourism grew and grew. No need to be frightened.

5 months ago

Thailand’s Faltering Economy Gets a Boost From Chinese Tourists

Thailand’s Faltering Economy Gets a Boost From Chinese Tourists

Siraphob Thanthong-Knight, Bloomberg

It's been tough going for Thailand's tourism economy of late. But with an increase in Chinese travelers, it may be benefitting from nearby Hong Kong's misfortune.

5 months ago