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Thailand’s tourism authority outlines marketing strategy for ‘travel bubble’ with India

Thailand’s tourism authority outlines marketing strategy for ‘travel bubble’ with India
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Bangkok, Thailand – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has outlined its new marketing strategy in line with its ‘air travel bubble’ agreement with India, a major step forward in the planned recovery of what is one of Thailand’s important visitor source markets.

TAT is focusing on further building the Indian market with a particular emphasis on special interest groups with high spending; such as, weddings and honeymoons, golf, millennials, and digital nomads. Among the activities include familiarisation trips and business events.

To kickstart the marketing strategy, a fam trip for Indian travel agents and media is in Thailand from 15-22 February, 2022, to gain first-hand experience on tourism products and services on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai and Bangkok-Ko Samui travel routes, as well as discuss business with local suppliers in a trade meet event.

Tanes Petsuwan, deputy governor for international marketing for Asia and the South Pacific at TAT, said, “Thailand was a very popular destination for Indian travellers before the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is every indication this appeal will continue. Significantly, the proposed Thai-Indian Air Travel Bubble arrangement will help enhance the image of Thailand as the preferred destination for Indians wanting to travel abroad.”

TAT will also head up the Thailand presence at India’s largest tourism promotion event – South Asia Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE) 2022 – scheduled for 18-20 May, in New Delhi. It will also arrange a product presentation event to provide travel agents from key cities in the South and West of India.

Following the materialisation of the ‘Thai-Indian Air Travel Bubble’ arrangement and the reopening of commercial flights between the two countries, TAT will join hands with airlines to co-organise networking sessions in key cities in the North of India, including New Delhi and Kolkata to further promote Thailand’s latest tourism products and services.

Petsuwan added, “With the TEST and GO entry scheme having been resumed from 1 February, 2022, under which fully vaccinated travellers from any country can apply for a Thailand Pass, while the COVID-19 situation in India is vastly improving resulting in relaxed restrictions for international arrivals including returning Indians, TAT will actively target high quality Indian tourists to return to Thailand.”

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