Reporting live from the Thailand Travel Mart plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM plus GMS) 2010 Thais urged to go lower with pricing

DESPITE already-low package rates, Indian agents say that the Thai travel trade should do more for the destination to remain attractive to Indian travellers.

  10/09/2010 08:23

Fantasy Travels and Tours managing director Shailendra Kumar said Thai suppliers would need to keep their rates down as the stronger baht had hiked prices by 50 per cent for Indian visitors.

Although a package tour to Thailand's main competitors - Singapore and Malaysia - would normally cost about 10 to 15 per cent more, factors like a direct AirAsia Malaysia-Indian connection have brought down the price for a package tour to Malaysia.

Kumar suggested that the Tourism Authority of Thailand work with more agents in India and not just a handful of major players. "Being small or big agents, we are promoting Thailand all the same. Why only pick the bigger ones for co-promotions?"

Om Holidays managing director Deepak Rupani also urged the Thai travel trade to be more proactive in promoting to the Indian market, especially in smaller cities.

A three- to four-night tour package to Thailand, including return airfare and mid-range accommodation, currently costs between 20,000 rupees (US$429) and 25,000 rupees, according to Indian agents and tour operators.

(Sources: Sirima Eamtako, TTGAsia)



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