Bangkok, 17 November 2016 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is supporting Thai Airways International (TG) in inaugurating the first direct TG Frankfurt-Phuket route by hosting a familiarisation trip. The trip will be for 20 travel agents, tour operators and 7 members of the media who were among the first passengers to fly on the new route TG-926, which departed from Frankfurt on 16 November, 2016. The fam trip will take place from 17 to 23 November and will give journalists and tour operators a taste of Phuket and the surrounding areas.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “This new TG route shows how popular the island of Phuket is as a holiday destination for long-haul visitors and confirms that confidence in Thailand is high among European travellers. There is so much to visit in Phuket and in nearby provinces. Supporting the campaign “Discover Amazing Stories in Amazing Thailand”, we want this fam trip to show case some of the unique Thai activities people can enjoy here, not to mention the welcoming hospitality to be found on the Pearl of the Andaman.”
They will visit the lovely region of Khao Lak in Phang-nga province and explore the old town of Takua Pa with its Chinese business and markets. The fam trip will also make a real connection with the local people by experiencing community-based tourism at Tha Din Daeng in Phang-nga and learn about how the local fishermen live and work. There will also be a trip to the Coastal Fisheries Research and Development Centre in Thai Muang district where turtles will be released into the sea.
Besides, they are going to explore four islands of Krabi by long-tail boat and experience community-based tourism in Ko Yao by visiting rice and coconut farms; learn about rubber tapping, and see displays of local craftsmen. The fam trip has been designed to give a taste of the luxury experiences in and around Phuket as well as eco-friendly and community based activities, all of which are increasingly popular with European tourists.
The Frankfurt-Phuket route will offer three flights a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays on a Boeing 777 flight to the island meaning travellers can fly direct to their holiday destination without having to make connections in Bangkok. This will help boost tourism in Phuket and enhance its reputation as the perfect place to seek the winter sun. Last year, we welcomed 760,604 German visitors to Thailand, up by 6.34 percent, generating tourism revenue to the country around 47 billion Baht or 1.4 billion USD. During January to August of 2016, Thailand has welcomed 536,422 German visitors, up by 10.18 percent over the same period of last year.