As the latest round of anti-government protests in Thailand enters the third day the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) have been quick to quell unrest among travellers. However, the Foreign Office has warned British visitors to use “extreme caution” when on the streets of capital Bangkok.
The ten members of the Association of the South-eastern Asian Nations will officially launch their new consumer destination marketing campaign at ITB Berlin this week. The campaign – entitled South-east Asia: Feel the warmth - is designed to travellers to plan trips, estimate costs, check availability and book through a unique map-based trip planner.
Industry-wide discounting by Phuket hotels cost the industry on the island US$300 million in room revenue in 2009, according to the Phuket Hotel Market Update report compiled by Thailand consultancy C9 Hotelworks.