New Online Resource for Visitors
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to set up a web-based digital information centre for visitors, according to a recent report in the Bangkok Post.
The new online platform, which is scheduled to launch before the end of the year, will include detailed information on booking services, trip planning, calendars of events, digital tour guides and in-depth guides to favourite tourist landmarks. The service aims to help visitors who are overwhelmed by the sheer array of attractions and activities available in Thailand.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is also planning to set up a free Wi-Fi service for visitors in popular tourist spots, demonstrating its commitment to offer the high connectivity standards expected by discerning tech-savvy travellers.
The new online information platform is a joint initiative between the country’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry and the Tourism and Sports Ministry. “We aim for our platform to provide more useful information to encourage tourists to stay longer and spend more money in Thailand,” said Uttama Savanayana, ICT Minister.
Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Tourism and Sports Minister, added that tourists currently spend an average of THB5,000 (US$140) per day, staying for an average of 9.5 days in the Kingdom. With easy access to information online, he said tourists would be able to see all the options available to them and may well be tempted into visiting more tourist hotspots, taking part in even more activities.
The ministers discussed the roll out of the new online platform, the first phase of which is expected to launch by the end of 2016. The information included would cover 20 Thai provinces, including eight popular tourist destinations and 12 of the top spots to visit on holiday. Details regarding 3,000 hotels and other resorts would also be covered by the new resource. “We expect to see 100,000 transactions worth THB300 million (US$5.8 million) on the platform in the first year of operation,” said Uttama.
Free Wi-Fi access is becoming standard in Thailand’s tourism sector across many accommodation choices, but particularly in the country’s private villas. Many of the most luxurious rental villas are located on popular islands like Koh Samui and Phuket, and feature a range of hi-tech gadgets to help visitors enjoy their stay. Wi-Fi access is becoming an essential tool for many travellers, either for work or leisure purposes. With increasing sources of information online, tourists have the best of Thailand at their fingertips and can therefore plan vacation itineraries that suit their personal requirements.
updates by Wayne Hue