TO DISCUSS YOUR PROJECT OR LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SERVICES:

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Thai Airways Fare Increases Hurt Phuket Tourism

Category: Tourism, Posted:03 May 2010 | 06:00 am

April Fools' Day this year came as a harsh surprise for the islands tourism sector as national flag carrier Thai Airways International hiked fares on the Bangkok to Phuket sector by 46%. Back of mounting losses on fuel increases and corporate earnings that airline action could not have come at a worse time.
While substantial financial losses look to by realized from the recent European volcano debacle and impact from the continued political actions in Bangkok; hotels and service providers are now appealing to the airline to cut pricing.
Perhaps the biggest impact of the increase has been in regular travelers now looking to the LCC's (low cost carriers) such as AirAsia, Nok Air (though this is a Thai Airways subsidiary), One-Two-Go and even boutique airline Bangkok Airways as alternatives.
Despite its well regarded loyalty program Royal Orchid Plus and affiliation to Star Alliance being key drivers, pricing parity has not widened to the point of travelers pushing to other carriers. As we have seen in the hotel sector on the fallout from the economic crises consumers are increasingly cost resistant and look for the best deal.

Other News

Read more

Project Rattan Focused On Restoring Thai Craft

Category: Tourism, Posted:20 Sep 2020 | 08:52 am If you find yourself in Bangkok from now until the end of December, you should take some time and visit Australian designer Patrick Keane’s Project Rattan exhibition at River City. Project Rattan is an exhibition of furniture design featuring Thai craftsmanship and aimed at restoring local artisans to create international level products. The exhibit is […]
Read more

Condo Hotels and TPO’s Hitting Bangkok

Category: Hotels, Posted:20 Sep 2020 | 08:47 am Bangkok’s hospitality market is set rapid growth in the emergence of condo hotels and third party management operators (TPO’s). The trend is best seen with the recent launch of The Wyndham Queen Convention Centre Hotel and Residences in Bangkok operated by Kew Green Management Company Thailand. Kew Green has seven properties in the pipeline in […]
Read more

The Hotel Business Plan – Why It Must Die (and soon)

Category: Opinion, Posted:18 Sep 2020 | 17:26 pm As I madly type away on the keyboard of my MacBook Pro, thousands of dumbstruck hoteliers across the world are slaving away in a blurring succession of days and nights in the mindless pursuit of completing an ignominious document known as The Hotel Business Plan. It’s Friday and I’m over-caffeinated, so hang on tight. Wait, […]