Thailand using all its resources to attract Indian visitors

Published on : Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Bangkok Airways jointly introduced a new campaign named ‘Fly me to Thailand’, this month. This promotional campaign will offer privileges, gift cards, discounts and many more special deals for tourists coming from countries like Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) as well as Malaysia, Singapore and India.


To quote Klissada Ratanapruk, TAT Executive Director, ASEAN South Asia and South Pacific Region, “Thailand is entering this year’s high season from October onwards, so it is an opportune time to offer special privileges for tourists from our neighbouring ASEAN countries as well as from our long-standing, short-haul friend, India. The special offers from operators of tourism products and services across the country will also help enhance the awareness of the amazing variety of Thai travel experiences.”


Under the campaign – ‘Fly me to Thailand’, every group booking of three travelers from the CLMV, Malaysia, Singapore and India on Bangkok Airways can get a chance to grab a gift card valued at 800 baht (1,800 rupees or USD 26) from Central Group, the largest retailer of Thailand. Also, travellers can get various discounts, special deals and privileges at 63 tourism establishments including hotels, resorts, spas, amusement parks, adventure parks, water parks, museums, restaurants and aesthetic clinics.


Thailand is one of the preferred foreign tourist destinations for Indians and its getting even more popular with each passing month. The prime attractions are the striking and immaculate coastlines, vibrant nightlife, sumptuous food, direct flight connections with numerous Indian cities and most importantly its good value-for-money. Accommodation is also relatively inexpensive, and Thais are famously hospitable hosts earning Thailandthe nickname “Land of Smiles”.


As per Thai tourism statistics, Indian tourists spent almost 70 billion baht (USD 2.2 billion) in 2018 in comparison to just 37 billion baht in 2014. In the first seven months of this year, they have already spent 46 billion baht and on target to reach 79 billion baht, 13 per cent higher compared with last year. 58 per cent of Indians are repeat visitors and the average length of stay is 7.5 days.


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