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Friday, 10 January, 2020, 19 : 44 PM [IST]

Connecting people in secondary cities of India with secondary cities in Thailand is key for growth: TAT Deputy Governor

TAT will play the role of facilitator between airlines and airports to improve access and capacities
Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhaya, Deputy Governor – Asia &South Pacific, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that it is time TAT carried the promotions to Tier II and III cities in India where lies the huge pent up demand for overseas travel and connected them with the secondary cities in Thailand beyond Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya, to experience unspoilt nature, culture and heritage of the country. 

 Here in Delhi to participate in SATTE 2020, Chattan said that there are number of unexplored places which can be accessed by a day trip from the key cities where nature, culture and history and heritage are its best. He spoke about destinations like Kanchanaburi on the Western part, Khao Yai on the North Eastern part and destinations on the Gulf of Thailand like Ko Samui, etc. which are relatively unexplored by Indian travellers.

 Chattan said that the Tourism Authority gives highest priority in enabling the travel and tour operators with right and reliable content and information about the shopping centres, food and entertainment venues, etc. at destinations considering Indian travellers love shopping and food and entertainment. 

 He said that the destinations are always evolving and new attractions are getting added to key destinations in the country. Phuket will have new theme park; new big shows are getting introduced to Pattaya. With more sub-way lines opening, access to attractions will be easy and seamless in Bangkok, he said. 

 When asked about the air capacity, which remains more or less stagnant, Chattan said that the Tourism Authority is now playing the role of a facilitator between the airlines and the airports to explore opportunities of opening routes, adding capacities, etc. “Earlier, airlines didn’t know whom to talk to. Now we are playing the role of a facilitator,” he said.

Chattan said that Thailand had record Indian visitations last year at 1.9 million and they expect the growth to be “robust” in 2020. He said that the free VoA scheme has been proved successful and the government might take a stand on the extension at an appropriate time.
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