Thailand Lures Retail Visitors
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has teamed up with budget airline giant Air Asia to offer a special promotion to customers during the region’s green season. The new campaign aims to stimulate travel to Thailand by providing regional visitors with privileges as part of a “Thailand Shopping Paradise with Air Asia” scheme.
The promotion is part of a series of Thailand focused events that will be held in various countries in Asia, including Vietnam, Myanmar and China, the first of which took place in Ho Chi Minh City’s Crescent Mall in early June.
“The co-operation between TAT and Air Asia, as well as leading department stores and other partners, will result in a high value travel and shopping experience in Thailand,” said Wiboon Nimitrawnich, a TAT spokesperson.
Data published by the Thai Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City shows that Vietnam is one of several nations now sending the greatest number of visitors to Thailand. At the Crescent Mall event, Air Asia was offering one-way tickets from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok for discounted prices as low as VND211,000 (US$9.46). The budget airline operates three daily flights to Bangkok and customers were also offered a 20 percent discount on any of Thailand’s domestic routes, including those to Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai for the period from June 4 – September 30.
“Air Asia has also partnered with various products, entertainment and tourism services in order to bring fantastic Thai products to the Vietnamese with special discounts and privileges,” said Pornpun Ratanapitakkul, Indochina marketing officer manager of Air Asia.
Many of Thailand’s luxury private villas also offer special promotions during the green season. These stunning properties are scattered across the Kingdom with the majority are concentrated in tourist hotspots like Phuket and Koh Samui. Many of the villas come with their own pools, direct beach access and expansive grounds. The larger properties are therefore a popular option for visitors travelling in larger groups, and can work out to be better value for money than booking a series of rooms in a hotel.
The green season period in Thailand is wetter than other times of year, but temperatures are still warm and the majority of the rainfall occurs during the evening s so it’s still possible for visitors to enjoy time on the beach or by the pool.