In an effort to attract more tourists, Thai Airways International (THAI) is planning to serve more international destinations during the upcoming high season. One of the significant moves is resuming flights to Istanbul, Turkey, a crucial aviation gateway to Asia, Europe, and Africa. The service was previously discontinued in 1994.
On September 9, 2023, at 3:00 pm, the Koh Samui Municipality teamed up with the Street King group for an unforgettable event. Top officials, community representatives, and members of the public gathered at Pier 1 (Lomprayah) in front of Thon to witness a remarkable display of over 50 supercars.
In a distressing incident, a 53yearold Swiss man fell to his death from a parking building at Phuket International Airport on Friday night. The authorities suspect it to be a case of deliberate suicide, as it is the second such event in the past month.
Tourism operators have expressed their support for the prime minister’s promise to eradicate recreational cannabis usage within six months. They believe that the unregulated cannabis shops have caused more harm to tourism in the past year. Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin stated in an interview with Bloomberg that the government plans to rectify the cannabis policy within six months to ensure its use is limited to medical purposes. He also mentioned his personal disagreement with the recreational use of the plant.
Phuket’s tourism authorities are eagerly preparing to welcome an influx of tourists from China and Kazakhstan, thanks to a new visafree policy set to be implemented next week. This policy allows easier entry and 30day visafree stays for nationals of both countries and will be effective from Monday until February 29th.
Seven provinces in the Andaman region, including Phuket, Krabi, Phangnga, Ranong, Trang, and Satun, have proposed strengthening maritime assistance measures for tourists and cruise ships. The goal is to boost confidence in the safety of the region. Rear Admiral Chaiyanan Chumai, spokesman of the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre (ThaiMECC), shared this development after an annual ThaiMECC board meeting.
The Thai Government, led by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, has expressed support for the Airports of Thailand (AOT)’s plan to construct a second airport in Chiang Mai. The project aims to accommodate the growing number of visitors to the northern tourist province.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin of Thailand is scheduled to visit China from October 810, aiming to discuss ten key topics with the Chinese government to strengthen bilateral ties and enhance ThaiChinese tourism cooperation. The upcoming expiration of the ThaiChinese memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the loaning of Chinese ambassador pandas to Thailand has prompted this discussion.
Phuket’s tourism and property development sectors have urged Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin to consider the Andaman Wellness Economic Corridor (AWC) proposal, which aims to boost wellnessrelated investments and tourism in the Andaman provinces, including Phuket, Krabi, Phangnga, Ranong, Trang, and Satun. The AWC proposal was submitted during Prime Minister Srettha’s visit to Phuket and Phangnga in August 2023.
The local government of Surat Thani has allocated a budget of 60 million baht for the construction of a new pier in Chaiya district. The project will commence soon, as the design has already been approved by the Marine Department. The Surat Thani provincial administrative organization will be responsible for the construction and operation of the pier.