The ASEAN chief has called on Thailand to consider initiating a
network at the sub-regional level for the money-making tourism industry in order
to help turn the country into the region’s economic hub.
ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said during a special lecture on
opportunities and threats for the Thai tourism industry that the number of
travelers to ASEAN grew 10 percent on-year in 2011 to 82 million, 45-50 percent
of which coming from within the region.
He also stated that Thailand is to speedily work on the sub-regional tourism
network to pull more travelers into the country before they travel to the third
In addition, Surin suggested that new products are also to be created, during
the times when the Eurozone debt crisis is slowing down European, US and
The ASEAN chief also said that Thailand should promptly improve land, water and
air transportation systems while considering an option to make Donmuang,
Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao airports active passages for travelers coming in and
leaving the country.
And with the convenient connection among all 3 airports, Surin is confident that
Thailand will become ASEAN’s aviation hub and achieve the 2-trillion-baht
tourism revenue target by 2015.
9/VietJetAir opens new route
VietJetAir will open a new flight route from HCM City to Nha Trang on August 3
to satisfy high holiday demands.
To mark the event, it will hold a special three-day promotion, starting
tomorrow. Passengers can buy air fares on-line at a discount price of VND19,000
(US90 cents). The discount fares will prevail through August, October, November
and December. Further information can be found at www.vietjetair.com
In April and May, the airline opened flight routes from HCM City to Da Nang and
from Ha Noi to Nha Trang.