Ho­tel op­tions emerge

Travel Bulletin - - THAILAND -

an­nual tourist ar­rivals to Thai­land nudge 24 mil­lion, a range of new ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions are com­ing online in city cen­tres and pro­vin­cial hubs. The 224-room Novo­tel Phuket Karon Beach Re­sort and Spa opened its doors in Oc­to­ber last year com­plete with a kids club, round the clock room ser­vice, three swimming pools, a sports bar and in-house spa. Ci­tadines Grand Cen­tral Sri Racha in Pat­taya also wel­comed its first guests in Jan­uary. With 135 stu­dios and one to two bed­room fully ser­viced apart­ments, rooms cater for short and long term stays, with free wire­less in­ter­net also in­cluded. Novo­tel Bangkok Ploen­chit Sukhumvit is another long time favourite among Aus­tralian trav­ellers, si­t­u­ated on Bangkok’s main shop­ping and en­ter­tain­ment artery, Sukhumvit Road. The ho­tel has 370 rooms and suites, with ex­ec­u­tive rooms and suites able to ac­cess the ex­cel­lent ex­ec­u­tive lounge. There is free wifi in all rooms and public ar­eas. A whop­ping 30 prop­er­ties opened their doors in 2014 in­clud­ing Le Meri­dien Su­varn­ab­humi Bangkok Golf Re­sort & Spa, Ibis Krabi on the south­ern tip of Thai­land’s An­daman coast­line and the 4.5 star Hol­i­day Inn Pat­taya.

How can travel agents get up to speed on their Thai­land prod­uct knowl­edge?

Agents can ac­cess use­ful in­for­ma­tion on the Tourism Au­thor­ity of Thai­land (TAT) web­site, the Hug Thai­land Face­book page, and brochures on var­i­ous des­ti­na­tions in Thai­land which can be ob­tained from TAT Syd­ney.

www.tourismthai­land.org.au www.face­book.com/hugth­ai­land www.thai­land.net.au/train­ing

Where is the best place to start for Thai­land novices?

A great way to learn more about the des­ti­na­tion is to study a map of Thai­land and iden­tify the top des­ti­na­tions of each re­gion. Start with well known des­ti­na­tions such as Bangkok, Chi­ang Mai, Phuket and Krabi and fig­ure out where each des­ti­na­tion is ge­o­graph­i­cally. Then move on to re­search­ing the key ac­tiv­i­ties and fes­ti­vals at each des­ti­na­tion.

Any rec­om­men­da­tions for des­ti­na­tions that cover all bases for trav­ellers?

Phuket, Trang and Krabi and other neigh­bour­ing prov­inces in south­ern Thai­land of­fer al­most ev­ery­thing in Thai­land that one can ask for. In these prov­inces your clients can dive un­der pris­tine wa­ter one day and go rock climb­ing or visit a tem­ple the next. Af­ter a long day of ex­plor­ing, trav­ellers can also en­joy great seafood or lo­cal cui­sine.

What kind of train­ing is avail­able for Aus­tralian agents want­ing to sell Thai­land, and how can they sign up?

TAT Syd­ney will be launch­ing a new look agent online train­ing plat­form later this month. Keep your eyes on the travel news web­site, TAT e-news­let­ter and your in­box for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on how to sign up and the re­wards avail­able.

And fi­nally, how can agents join famils to Thai­land?

The Thai­land agent mega famil is com­ing up in Septem­ber 2015. Agents will be se­lected upon the com­ple­tion of online agent train­ing. More in­for­ma­tion will be re­leased when the famil itin­er­ary has been fi­nalised.

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