TAT tourism app now available in Chinese

TAT tourism app now available in Chinese

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has introduced the WeChat Visit Thailand app in Chinese.

“The app gives Chinese tourists a preferred communication tool they trust in their native Mandarin dialect,” said TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn.

The current trend of individual Chinese travellers shows that tourists prefer to find information online by using apps in their language. WeChat is a Chinese social media app that has 889 million active users.

With WeChat Visit Thailand app, Chinese tourists can ask for tourist information and assistance 24 hours by chatting with TAT’s help desk, he said.

In addition, its call centre 1672 service also has Chinese speaking agents to offer tourist information.

According to TAT, Chinese tourists were the largest group of international visitors in 2016, contributing 430 billion baht in revenue from 8.8 million Chinese visitors. The number is expected to increase this year to 9 million visitors who will generate about 480 billion baht in revenue, up 8% and representing 26.6% of the overall tourism revenue.

Airlines update

Thai AirAsia has introduced “AirAsia Red Carpet” service to offer privileges to its low-cost travellers.

The new service offers its passengers an exclusive check-in counter, preflight food and beverages at its lounge and priority boarding and baggage claim.

The service can be selected through the “Manage My Booking” feature on the AirAsia website. Prices start at 800 baht for domestic flights and 1,000 baht for international and Fly Thru flights.

The service is available for AirAsia and AirAsia X passengers on all flights from Don Mueang Airport. Domestic passengers will have an access to The Coral Executive Lounge and international passengers can use the service at the King Power Lounge.

The service is also available at Phuket airport, Chiang Mai airport for international flights only and Udon Thani airport.

Visit www.airasia.com.

To celebrate its 57th Anniversary, Thai Airways has launched “TG Real Fan” contest on its Facebook page.

Participants must give correct answers to its questions within a given time. Lucky winners will win Samsung Galaxy Note8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, and 55 products of Thai Airways.

The online quiz will be available until Sept 27. The winners will be announced on its Facebook page on Sept 30.

Visit facebook.com/ThaiAirways.

Hotels update

The Phuket Hotels Association will launch a beach clean up activity on Sept 16.

Called “Hearts With Hands, Keep Phuket Clean”, the event will start from 8am-11am and will open for anyone to help clean up all beaches in the resort island.

The event is supported by the Phuket governor, the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Phuket Office, local hotels and their staff.

Visit facebook/PhuketHotelsAssociation.

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa will join hands with its Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation to host the 13th Mai Khao Turtle Fun Run across the Sea and Mini Marathon 2017 on Oct 8.

The event will help raise fund for the foundation whose aim is to protect ecosystems for sea turtles that lay their eggs along Mai Khao beach and the surrounding areas.

The race has three options; a 2.5km family run, a 5.3km run and a 10.2km mini marathon.

Online registration is available until Sept 20. Walk-in registration is offered at The Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation during Sept 21-30.

Visit www.maikhaomarineturtlefoundation.org.

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