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Thailand Tourism – Tourists Coming, just Not to Bangkok

By on Jan 16, 2014 in Property News

Thailand Tourism - Tourists Coming, just Not to BangkokInternational travellers are not yet shunning Thailand in great numbers but rather bypassing Bangkok, the centre of political tensions, and heading directly to other local destinations.

Aviation and travel executives say the numbers of foreign tourists transiting at Bangkok’s two airports  Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang  to popular destinations such as Phuket,Koh Samui, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are rising amid intensifying political unrest in the capital.

Suvarnabhumi general manager Rawewan Netrakavesna yesterday confirmed the number of international passengers transiting through the main gateway airport to such destinations is growing.

Meanwhile, international arrivals at other airports such as Phuket and Chiang Mai are surging, driven by flyers bypassing Bangkok or travelling on direct flights to those destinations, she told the Bangkok Post .James Ramage, the managing director of sales and marketing at Diethelm Travel Group, a Bangkok-based tour operator,yesterday confirmed Bangkok arrivals are down.

Many tourists are skipping the capital and heading directly to other destinations or delaying their visits to see how the political situation develops.

The chief executives of Thai AirAsia (TAA) and Nok Air, Thailand’s two major low-cost carriers, said they are seeing a similar pattern.

“Many of our international passengers who would normally spend time in Bangkok before connecting to other Thai destinations from TAA’s Don Mueang base are not coming into Bangkok but rather transiting to other destinations,” said TAA chief executive Tassapon Bijleveld.

He said TAA’s passenger volume has shown signs of contraction due mainly to Bangkok’s worsening political situation.

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Source | Bangkok Post 15 January 2014

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