Articles tagged “thailand”

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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.

7 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.

7 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.

8 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."

8 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.

9 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.

9 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.

9 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.

10 months ago

Tourism For Good: How Chiang Mai Is Showing the Way

Tourism For Good: How Chiang Mai Is Showing the Way

Rebecca Stone, Skift

Tourism isn't perfect, but sometimes its mission can be. Four projects in northern Thailand are dedicated to creating more sustainable livelihoods for locals, preserving customs and traditions, and developing better conservation efforts for elephants. This is the good that tourism can do.

10 months ago

Thailand Reaches Out to Chinese Couples Free From the One-Child Policy

Thailand Reaches Out to Chinese Couples Free From the One-Child Policy

Michelle Jamrisko, Bloomberg

Wei Siang Yu, also known as Dr. Love of TV notoriety, and other providers in Thailand, are tapping into the existing medical tourism market, and hope they can spark incremental business now that China has abandoned its one-child policy. If there is a buck or a few yuan to be made, never doubt the readiness of businesses to exploit the opportunities.

10 months ago

Thailand Outranks the Rest of Asia in Spending by Visitors

Thailand Outranks the Rest of Asia in Spending by Visitors

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Some people, especially in Beijing, may think of mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macao as "China," which together has a larger total of visitor spending than Thailand. But this article's broader point is true regardless. Thailand's international visitor spending receipts are outsized relative to its cost for visitors.

11 months ago

Thailand Launches Charm Offensive to Reverse Chinese Visitor Decline

Thailand Launches Charm Offensive to Reverse Chinese Visitor Decline

Siraphob Thanthong-Knigh, Bloomberg

Thailand has had a contentious relationship with Chinese tourists in recent years, to say the least. Between a crackdown on cheap tours and a deadly boat accident, Thailand realizes it needs to do better at rolling out the welcome mat.

11 months ago