Thailand Builds on Relations with Japan

Thailand Builds on Relations with Japan

Thailand is strengthening its long-standing Japanese relations with the introduction of new flights between the two countries and new cooperation agreements between airports.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently announced a cooperation agreement between the Airports of Thailand (AOT) and New Kansai International Airport Company Limited (NKIAC) regarding tourist destinations and the exchange of traveller information.

As part of the agreement,  NKIAC, which operates Kansai and Osaka International Airports, will promote various Thai attractions to Japanese tourists. Likewise, Don Mueang, Phuket and Chiang Mai International Airports will promote tourist attractions in Japan’s Kansai region.

According to Sugree Sithivanich, deputy governor for marketing communications of TAT, the new agreement will attract the attention of Japanese tourists by highlighting unique aspects of Thai culture including Thai boxing, Thai dancing and Thai cooking.

In order to facilitate travel between the two countries, budget long-haul carrier Thai AirAsia X has announced plans to launch a direct flight between Sapporo and Bangkok. According to Nadda Buranasiri, the airline’s chief executive, the new flight path will be launched on May 1.

In addition, Thai AirAsia X also plans to increase the number of flights between Bangkok and Tokyo to two per day, and flights between Bangkok and Osaka will also become more frequent with one per day instead of five per week. To kick start its new route, the airline offered 10,000 discounted seats costing THB3,990 (US$122) each to passengers who booked before 15th February.

Thailand’s special relationship with Japan has also been honoured with the launch of a new exhibition in Ayutthaya on the site of an ancient Japanese village. The exhibition has been established so visitors can learn more about the important role Japanese people played as part of the ancient court of Ayutthaya.

“The new permanent exhibition, which adopts a multimedia approach, is a project initiated by the Thai-Japanese Association to commemorate the auspicious occasion of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s 60th birthday that falls on 2 April, 2015,” said Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of TAT and President of the Thai-Japanese Association. “The exhibition will present and re-iterate the fact that Thailand and Japan have long been maintaining a cordial relationship that goes back as far as 600 years."