Published on : Monday, January 1, 2018
A host of measures like a tourism roadshow, on the sidelines of the five-nation Asean car rally in January, the mutual tourist transfers and a meet between Thai and Assam tour operators – to be sponsored by the Assam Tourism Development Corporation – will overlay the way for an increase in tourist arrivals and departures. A three-day Northeast India Festival will be held for the first time in Bangkok from May 3.
These steps were agreed on when the Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi, represented by its director Isra Stapanaseth and information officer Deepak Arora, met Assam Tourism Development Corporation officials and tour operators of the city on Sunday to facilitate tourism between Assam and Thailand.
More than a million tourists from India visited Thailand between January and September this year. Thailand is positioning itself as a favored destination for Indian tourists and has followed this up by introducing direct flights to Bangkok from tier 2 and tier 3 cities like Chandigarh, Jaipur and Bhubaneswar through Thai Airways.
There are number of international flights from the metropolitan cities has also been increased and low-cost carriers like Indigo are starting flights between the two countries.
Thailand is promoting its art and crafts, culture and activities like snorkeling, diving and golfing to draw more tourists.
There are new routes to connect the other hot tourism destinations like Pattaya, Phuket, Kochang island, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai with Bangkok have been introduced.
Thailand is also expanding a special interest market by placing itself as an ideal destination for weddings, golf, honeymoon and family holidays with a well-developed health and wellness sector.
The new tourist attractions like Show DC, Dinosaur Planet and Frost Ice City have been set up. There are special events, including an Asean Tourism Forum at Chiang Mai from January 31 to February 2, a Wedding Mart and Luxury Roadshow at New Delhi and Mumbai in April, a tourism road show in Kolkata and Jaipur in June will be held to showcase Thailand in India.