Daily Archives: April 10, 2019

Thailand’s Airports Expecting At Least 3m Travellers For Songkran

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They’ll be people flocking to many a pool villa in Phuket and across Thailand for the Songkran Festival during the second week of April, and the country’s 6 major airports are already expecting at least 3 million travellers.

President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn, Airports of Thailand, revealed their expected forecast for the number of arrivals for the seven-day period of Songkran, saying that they’re expecting around 3.2 million travellers, which would be a 12.3% increase from the same time period from the preceding year.

The AoT is expecting that Suvarnabhumi would be the busiest of the six, with estimated arrivals sitting at 1.37 million over the length of Songkran. There’s appeal to the many a pool villa in Phuket, however, as they’re still expecting about 458,000 travellers, which is still fairly busy. Don Mueang, meanwhile, is expecting 970,000 travellers.

Even with the smog problem that Chiang Mai is dealing with, the airport is still expecting about 246,000 travellers. Meanwhile, Hat Yai expects 87,000 travellers, while Chiang Rai’s northernmost airport is expecting 80,000.

AoT PLC. operates all six of the aforementioned airports. The other state-run airports, meanwhile, are operated by the Airports Department of the Transport Ministry.

These numbers were extrapolated from the number of travellers that have booked their flights via these airports.

AoT didn’t give specifics on when the air travellers would be going into the airports. The Songkran annual holiday will be running from the 13th to the 17th of April in 2019. The festival draws in travellers from across the world who’re looking enjoy a traditional Thai new year, while the locals either return to their hometowns or their villages, or go on vacation, either in somewhere in Thailand, or someplace outside the country.

Pres. Nitinai stated that there hasn’t been any cancellations for flights to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai for the incoming holiday even with the toxic air plaguing the northern Thai regions. That being said, he admits that tourists might opt, at the last minute, to bypass or ignore the two northern cities in favour of other popular destinations, should the heavy smog continue to smother the region during the Songkran holiday season.

Bangkok Welcomes Hello Kitty Carnival For A Limited Time

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If you happen to be visiting Thailand soon, there is a big chance that you might happen to experience the Hello Kitty carnival. Tourists and locals staying at a 4 star hotel in Bangkok until the end of May will be able to see Hello Kitty and her adorable friends as they visit the capital city for a limited time only. This is the first time that a pop-up carnival dedicated to the Sanrio characters will be visiting Thailand. Guests will have the chance the join in games, take photos with the characters and enjoy a number of attractions that are designed specifically for the die-hard fans of the legendary character.

The carnival which is called Hello Kitty Go Around originally came from Hong Kong. It was opened in the middle of the previous month and is located inside one of the popular shopping centres in Bangkok, the Donki Mall Thonglor.

Sanrio is one of the most popular companies in Japan which coincidentally owns the brand Hello Kitty. It has given the rights for AHM Entertainment, a local event company in the country, to operate the carnival. The carnival will be accessible to the public at the said venue until the end of the month of May. After which, the management will be announcing its permanent venue.

During the news conference for the opening of the carnival, Yuko Tsuji who is the director of Sanrio said that Hello Kitty is known to be one of the most loved characters by the Thais for the past four decades. The management of the carnival expects to welcome around 150,000 visitors with majority of them Hello Kitty fans between the age of 30 and 40 years old along with family guests.

Adults entering the carnival will have to pay 350 baht while children need to pay 280 baht each. There is no need to despair for those staying fans at a 4 star hotel in Bangkok after May because Don Quijote, a discount retailer from Japan, has already announced the opening of a dedicated Hello Kitty photo studio and restaurant inside the mall before the year ends.