Hoteliers Brainstorming Ideas to Recovery Tourism and Hospitality Industry

The Tourism and Sports Ministry of Thailand has called for a meeting with the country’s leading hotel executives to seek recovery solutions as it is planning a two-year revival plan dubbed “Thailand Tourism Year“. Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, the tourism and sports minister, said the hospitality industry has been crippled by the pandemic. The ministry arranged a… Continue reading Hoteliers Brainstorming Ideas to Recovery Tourism and Hospitality Industry

Phuket, Thailand Applies to Reopen for Super Yachts

Thailand’s success in containing Covid-19 has come at a price: huge losses of income from foreign visitors. To lure overseas visitors and give the tourism industry a shot in the arm, the government introduced a special tourist visa (STV) scheme and recently approved a guideline for foreign tourists and crews of foreign super-yachts looking to… Continue reading Phuket, Thailand Applies to Reopen for Super Yachts

Fusing Medical Tourism with Telemedicine

While a relatively new service in Thailand, telemedicine has become a fast-growing sector, complimenting already established medical tourism and even exporting the expertise of Thai doctors overseas. Organisations such as Bumrungrad Hospital and Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (BDMS) are putting dozens of their doctors on call for telemedicine appointments for Thais and patients coming from… Continue reading Fusing Medical Tourism with Telemedicine

Airbnb and Sports: a Winning Combination

People who rent out properties on Airbnb have earned an estimated US$150 million from some of the biggest sporting events around the world, according to new data released by the accommodation sharing platform. Forty-four percent of Airbnb hosts surveyed globally say they have hosted guests travelling for a sporting event, the company said.

Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) Provisions Prompt TAT Inquiries

The Thailand’s ‘Special Tourist Visa‘ (STV) scheme is starting to gain momentum as overseas offices under the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) report high interest from tour agents. After the cabinet approved the STV scheme last week, all TAT offices in Europe received a number of calls and emails asking for more details about the… Continue reading Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) Provisions Prompt TAT Inquiries

Living the Life as an Expat in Thailand

For expats in Thailand, paradise can be full of pitfalls   Life in Thailand is a daily adventure for most expats, an obstacle course of delicious but fiery cuisine, locals’ laidback mai pen rai (never mind) attitude, and a language that can easily have you saying something very rude, very unintentionally.  In the words of one long-time expat:… Continue reading Living the Life as an Expat in Thailand

Building Safe Travel Bubbles

People will be eagerly following the expected launch of the world’s first travel bubble later this month, which will enable people who test negative for Covid-19 to travel between Hong Kong and Singapore on designated flights without having to go through quarantine. If successful, the initiative could help pave the way for reopening travel and… Continue reading Building Safe Travel Bubbles

Peloton, Pizza and Videogames Grow in ‘Stay at Home’ World

Consumers are redeploying their travel and entertainment budgets during the Covid-19 pandemic Consumers holed up during the coronavirus pandemic redirected their travel and entertainment dollars toward pizza, videogames, home-exercise equipment and luxury goods, according to several companies that provided business updates Thursday.

Wellness Hospital and Resort Project, Natai Medical Center & Resort in Phangnga

Property developer Cissa Group and V Plast Medical Group plan to spend 3.5 billion baht for a wellness hospital and resort development, Natai Medical Center & Resort, in Phangnga to tap individual investors. Autthanop Pandkamnerd, Cissa chief executive, said the global wellness economy has a tremendous market, valued at US$4.5 trillion. For medical tourism alone,… Continue reading Wellness Hospital and Resort Project, Natai Medical Center & Resort in Phangnga

Bangkok Serviced Apartments Generally Fared better than Hotels

Thailand’s hospitality industry has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and serviced apartments in Bangkok are no exception. However, a recent study by the property consultancy JLL shows serviced apartments have generally fared better than hotels in current and past times of distress. JLL expects the pandemic to boost the growing trend towards a… Continue reading Bangkok Serviced Apartments Generally Fared better than Hotels