China, Malaysia cross 1 million arrivals mark in first half of 2012

China, Malaysia cross 1 million arrivals mark in first half of 2012

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China, Malaysia cross 1 million arrivals mark in first half of 2012

The Thai tourism industry continued its strong performance in the first six months of 2012, with total arrivals of 10,496,789, up 7.60% over the same period of 2011.

The most important contributor to this growth was arrivals from China which, for the first time, crossed the one million arrivals mark in the six-month period to record a total of 1,124,234, up by a robust 28.87% over January-June 2011.

Below is a summary of the overall figures for the period of January – June 2012, with the percentage change over the same period of 2011, tabulated on arrivals by nationality at all points of entry into Thailand:

East Asia recorded 5,486,941 arrivals (market share 52.27% of total arrivals). Europe 2,971,939 (market share 28.31%); The Americas 545,042 (5.19% share); South Asia 632,976 (6.03% share); Oceania 477,894 (4.55% share); Middle East 296,653 (2.83% share); and Africa 85,344 (0.81% share).

East Asia (+5.73%):
• Japan is the fourth largest source of visitor arrivals to Thailand with total of 630,058, up 11.47%.
• Korea is the fifth largest source of visitor arrivals with total of 540,523, up 4.88%.
• Arrivals from the neighbouring ASEAN countries also showed good growth, e.g., Vietnam (+24.96%), Brunei Darussalam (+20.15%), Cambodia (+12.32%), Myanmar (+12.30%), Laos (+9.16%), Indonesia (+4.40%), Singapore (+4.53%). Only the Philippines was down (-3.44%).


Europe (+11.12%):
• Russia remained ahead of the UK and Germany as the largest source market from Europe, with total arrivals of 634,312, up 12.21%.
• The UK and Germany ranked the second and third largest sources of visitor arrivals – 433,989 (+1.52%) and 357,472 (+9.71%), respectively.
• French visitor arrivals totalled 304,717 (+17.11%).
• Arrivals from the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden and Denmark grew by 17.59%, 16.45% and 14.84%, respectively.

The Americas (+10.58%):
• The US is the tenth top source-market of arrivals to Thailand with a total of 379,430 (+8.63%).
• Canadian visitors grew by 10.62% to 114,678.
• Brazilian visitors grew by 23.65% to 14,965.

South Asia (+5.83%):
• India is the biggest source of visitors in South Asia and the sixth largest source of total arrivals. Arrivals were up 6.32% to 504,634 arrivals.
• Pakistani visitor arrivals totalled 34,809 (-2.65%).
• Bangladeshi visitor arrivals totalled 33,494 (-0.20%).
• Visitors from Sri Lanka grew by 20.85% to 32,878.

Oceania (+9.45%):
• Arrivals from Australia and New Zealand were up 9.63% to 427,096 and 8.15% to 49,365, respectively.

Middle East (-0.15%):
• The UAE experienced a decline of -0.76%.
• Visitors from other Middle East markets (such as Iran) were down 7.08%.
• However, other Middle East source markets were up, especially Saudi Arabia (50.51%) and Kuwait (19.97%). Arrivals from Egypt were up by 22.49%.

Africa (+28.88%):
• The most important source market of South Africa was up 13.99% to 35,319.
• Other countries are also showing considerable promise with a total growth of 41.97% to 50,025.

For 2012, TAT has set a target of 20.5 million total international visitors. This is a conservative estimate but is certain to be exceeded if the international economic and geopolitical situation remains stable.

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel UK in sustainable business drive

Carlson Wagonlit Travel UK in sustainable business drive

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Carlson Wagonlit Travel UK in sustainable business drive

Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) UK has once again demonstrated its continued commitment to responsible business by not only retaining its category A rating with Achilles Verify, an accreditation which evaluates and monitors sustainable procurement in the energy industry, but improving its accreditation score to an average value of 96% across all categories.

CWT UK has received the certification, which reduces risk in the supply chain and supports buyer-supplier communities, since 2010. It was retained after rigorous evaluation of CWT UK’s quality, environmental and health and safety management systems, including training, operations, and equipment. This year’s scores are 12 per cent ahead of the industry average score for health and safety assessment, and 14 per cent ahead of the industry average score for environment.

Commenting on the results, Sandy Moring, senior director programme management and sustainability, CWT UK & Ireland, said: “The accreditation and the results that CWT has achieved demonstrate the continuous improvement of our already robust systems, and our dedication to sustainable business, as well as reassuring the energy services industry that CWT is the right fit for their business.”

CWT can help customers with their sustainability aims in a number of ways, including working with a Total Impact Report, which shows the total cost, CO2 and productivity savings by switching from domestic air to rail travel; a Green Hotel Index, which enables clients to choose a hotel based on its green credentials; management information reports that provide detailed information on the carbon output for each department, traveller, or route, and carbon statements to remind travellers of their individual outputs.

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Discover Your Australia online drama launched in China

Discover Your Australia online drama launched in China

Following the recent visit of Taiwanese pop singers and TV stars Show Lo and Rainie Yang Tourism Australia launched the Discover Your Australia online drama on in Beijing this month. The event attracted over 200 guests from media, industry, government stakeholders and airlines.

Australian Ambassador to China Frances Adamson welcomed guests and spoke of the 40th Bilateral Relationship between Australia and China. Tourism Australia Regional General Manager North Asia, Johnny Nee, also shared the promotional strategy of leveraging celebrity advocacy with a prominent online presence.

Guests enjoyed videos featuring the online drama and Australian destination experiences. Celebrities Show Lo and Rainie Yang also shared their unforgettable feelings and Australia travel stories.

Two out of five episodes of the drama have been shown in China at and in Hong Kong So far between the two sites there have been over 5 million views.

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Australian Tourism Directions Conference 2012

Australian Tourism Directions Conference 2012

Leaders of Australia’s tourism and business sectors have again been invited to address tourism’s peak industry forum in Canberra later this year.

The annual Australian Tourism Directions Conference, the third in the series, will be held at Parliament House on November 1, following the Tourism & Transport Forum’s Summit and annual dinner the night before.

Directions allows industry stakeholders to hear reports on national and international research and assess information that can be used to help implement the Tourism 2020 strategy.

Last year 20 speakers addressed the all-day meeting including The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Tourism and Geoff Dixon, Chairman of Tourism Australia and David Scowsill, President & CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council. More information about the 2011 conference, including videos and presentations, is available at

Following the conference, Tourism Australia also undertakes free-of-charge, half-day  industry briefings in each State and Territory that update stakeholders on markets, Tourism Australia’s activities and national tourism strategy.

Operators attending these events can also obtain practical advice on the opportunities that arise from partnering with Tourism Australia.

The briefings are scheduled for Adelaide, Sydney, Hobart, the Gold Coast, Cairns and Perth in November. Further briefings will be held in Melbourne and Darwin in February 2013.

Once all dates are confirmed, they will be published on Tourism Australia’s corporate site,

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Global Tourism Economy Forum (September 9-11, 2012)

Posted: Wed 11 Jul, 2012 12:09 PM

Global Tourism Economy Forum (September 9-11, 2012)

New development to the Forum Programme, the Central Government leader of China will be officiating the Forum Opening ceremony, and the Minister for Economic and Employment of Portugal and Minister of Tourism Malaysia have confirmed to be keynote speakers of the Forum. We are also in the process of inviting the Tourism Ministers or equivalent government officials from countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, South Africa to present at the Forum.

In addition, as a special PATA offer to all PATA delegates, we are extending a 50% discount on the registration fee (regularly priced at USD650; PATA delegates only pays USD325).  Delegates can register at our forum website and enter code: PATA to enjoy the offer.

This is a remarkable opportunity to meet top leaders of tourism/hospitality groups from around the world, as well as officials from some of the fastest expanding provinces from China.

The registration fee already includes all items listed below valued at over USD700!

*     Welcome Reception/Dinner

*      All Lunches

*      “House of Dancing Water” Entertainment Show

*      Gala Dinner

*      City Tour

*      Farewell Dinner

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Khiri Travel Opens Phuket Office

Posted: Mon 9 Jul, 2012 5:14 PM

Khiri Travel Opens Phuket Office

Khiri Travel has opened an office in Phuket. The move marks a new commitment to innovative tours in southern Thailand by Khiri, which since 1994 has been strong in offering ground-breaking itineraries and travel options in Bangkok, northern Thailand and the Greater Mekong countries of Indochina.

Mr Marc Ruffet, 28, a Swiss national, has been appointed as Branch Manager to run the Khiri Phuket office, which opened in June in central Phuket near the Heroines’ Monument.


  Khiri will also offer popular southern Thailand experiences such as yacht charters, sea canoeing, Phi Phi Island trips and creative itineraries to the north of Phuket in the Khao Lak beach resort area and Khao Sok forest park.

Khiri Travel Phuket office can be contacted at 59/7 Phuket Thani Village, Thepkrasattri Road, Srisoontorn, Talang, Phuket 83110, Thailand. Tel: (+66) [0] 76 617 753.

About the Khiri Travel Group 
Khiri Travel, established in 1994, is an independent destination management company with its own regional network. It has eight offices in Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia. The company’s detailed knowledge shows in its innovative itineraries, precise operations and in its commitment to responsible travel throughout the Indochina region. Visit

Contact the Khiri Travel Group
Corporate Office
252/13 Ngamwongwan Soi 3
Nonthaburi 11000 (Greater Bangkok) Thailand
Tel: (+66) [0] 2953 5398
Fax: (+66) [0] 2957 5717

Media queries:

Ken Scott

ScottAsia Communications


Mobile: (+66) 86 397 8814


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Special Offer for Dusit Thani Maldives

Posted: Wed 18 Jul, 2012 9:50 AM

Special Offer for Dusit Thani Maldives

Special Offer for Dusit Thani Maldives for the below Markets:

– Korea/ China/ Singapore/ Taiwan/ Thailand/ India/ Middle East

Validity Period: 1 August – 31 October

Stay 4 Pay 3

20% discount on contracted rates from August – October

Lagoon Villa and Ocean villa bookings receive Complimentary HB upgrade

Terms and Conditions

1. Booking period: 15 July – 25 October 2012

2. This special offer is not combinable with any other except honeymoon offer

3. Complementary half-board will apply for free night for guests staying in Lagoon and Ocean Villas

4. A third person supplement of USD 146 will apply for additional person over the age of twelve sharing a room

5. Rates are inclusive of 6% GST and subject to Bed tax

6. Please quote booking code”So0026”at the time of reservation

7. All other terms and conditions will remain as per contract

should you require further assistance, please feel free to contact :

Yvette Canama (Ms)

Sales & Booking Consultant

Tel: +960 332 9889 Fax: + (960) 331 2832



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