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Baan Dam of the late national artist Thawan Duchanee. (Photo: Yothin Yoojongdee)

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will host the “Expat Travel Deal 2020” event in Bangkok to offer promotions on travel packages and services for expat residents.

TAT aims to encourage expats to travel more in order to boost domestic tourism.

The event will highlight deals from airlines, hotels, resorts, restaurants, spas, golf courses in the North, Central, South, East and Northeast. There will be demonstrations of local arts and crafts as well as tourism talks. Topics include “Travelling In Thailand During The Covid Era” and “The New Era Of Elephant Care Tourism”.

Expat attendees need to present their passports to receive special offers at the fair.

The event will take place from Sept 11-13 from 10am to 10pm at the Quartier Gallery, EmQuartier shopping mall.

New art destination

Chiang Rai will invest 15 million baht to further promote the province as an art destination.

According to Chiang Rai governor Prachon Pratsakul, the province is home to more than 300 artists and about 60 have opened their houses to welcome visitors during the past few years. Among them was the famous Baan Dam of the late Thawan Duchanee.

The province will work with Art Bridge Chiang Rai centre to produce art pieces for display in public places. The project will be completed by next year.


AIRLINES UPDATE

– Thai Airways will operate chartered flights from six countries to Phuket to help boost tourism.

It plans to fly passengers from Denmark, Germany, England, Korea, Japan and Hong Kong to the resort island at least twice a month on each route.

The airline plans to launch the flights in November before expanding the service to welcome tourists from China.

Visit thaiairways.com.

– ThaiSmile will launch two daily flights between Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat, starting on Sept 10.

The outbound flights will depart Suvarnabhumi airport at 7am and 5pm. The inbound flights will depart Nakhon Si Thammarat at 8.55am and 6.25pm. The travel time is one hour and 25 minutes.

It will fly with Airbus A320 which can accommodate up to 168 passengers.

The service will be an alternative to flights operated by Thai VietJet from Suvarnabhumi airport.


HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE

– Shangri-La Hotel has introduced the “Shangri-La Staycation” package.

Available until Dec 24, the offer includes 24 hours stay meaning guests can check-in anytime and keep the room for 24 hours, daily breakfast for two, 500 food and beverage credits during the stay and a 30-minute shoulder and neck massage or foot massage by the pool for one person per stay. Two kids under 12 years old dine and stay for free, with complimentary Kids’ Club access on the weekend.

Room rates start from 3,900 baht net per room per night for a Deluxe Room.

Visit shangri-la.com or call 02-236-7777.

– Accor has offered up to 40% discount on room rates across its 68 participating hotels and resorts.

The group operates 87 hotels in the Kingdom under the Sofitel, SO, MGallery, Mövenpick, Swissôtel, Pullman, Grand Mercure, Mercure, Novotel ibis and ibis Styles brands.

Accor Plus Members will be eligible for an additional 10% off package prices.

The promotion will run until Sept 15 for stay until Dec 15.

Visit all.accor.com.

– Travelodge Hotels Asia and MasterCard are offering a “Pay Now, Travel Later” to offer a third night for free when booking two consecutive nights at Travelodge Sukhumvit 11 in Bangkok and Travelodge Pattaya.

Room rates start from 940 baht a night in Pattaya and 1,999 baht per night in Bangkok.

The offer is available for MasterCard holders until Dec 31 for stays until the end of June 2021.

Visit travelodgehotels.asia.


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