Staycation replaces vacation in Scotland

first_imgScotland has received an encouraging eight percent increase in domestic visitor arrivals during the first three quarters of last year recent figures have revealed.While the Great Britain Tourism survey suggests a growth in the domestic market, an office for national statistics indicated a four percent decrease in international visitors during the same period, the BBC reported.Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing described the overall figures as “encouraging” and said more and more people are choosing to have their vacation at home otherwise known as “staycation” which is assisting Scotland’s tourism growth.”The staycation market is continuing to boost visitor numbers and average spend also rising. We will continue to invest in this market and the recently launched ‘Year of Creative Scotland’ will help generate even more opportunities to do so,” Mr Ewing said.Mr Ewing said the 18 percent increase in visitors from North America during this period is excellent and signals that this market is continuing to improve after a rough patch.”This is offset by an overall fall of 4 percent in the number of international visitors to Scotland but we have to remember that tough times in the eurozone will have an impact.”Looking ahead, Mr Ewing said the Scottish Government will work together with VisitScotland to make sure the industry was “in the best possible shape” to maximise any future opportunities including the Ryder Cup and the Commonwealth Games in 2014.Scottish Labour tourism spokesperson Rhoda Grant said although welcoming, the figures indicate an increase in staycations but a drop in overseas visitors and “Scotland needs both to increase if tourism is to thrive”.“Big events, like the Glasgow 2014 Games, offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase Scotland to the world the government must redouble its efforts to capitalise on events like this.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P IMAGE read more

Bangkok Airways inaugurates direct service

first_imgSource = Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited Bangkok Airways inaugurates direct serviceBangkok Airways inaugurates direct serviceRecently, Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited or Bangkok Airways led by Mr. Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya, Vice President – Sales and Ms. Chanthip Thongkanya, Vice President – Office of President attended the launch of its inaugural flight from Chiang Mai to Hanoi at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi with a warm welcome by related authorities in Vietnam on 25 March 2018Bangkok Airways pioneers as the first airline to implement the direct route between Chiang Mai-Hanoi. This new route becomes a diplomatic bridge between the two countries in terms of tourism, economics, cultures and society.Bangkok Airways operates daily flights with 70-seater ATR72-500/600 aircraft. The outbound flight PG995 will depart Chiang Mai at 09.55hrs and arrive Noi Bai International Airport at 12.00hrs. The inbound flight PG996 will depart Noi Bai International Airport at 12.45hrs and arrive Chiang Mai at 14.50hrs.Hanoi is the third destination in Vietnam adding to Bangkok Airways’ route network after a successful performance on Bangkok – Danang and Bangkok Phu Quoc flights launched earlier in May 2016 and October 2017 respectively.Promotional fare from Hanoi to Chiang Mai starts from USD 108.60 (one-way) and USD 192.40 (return) now until 30th June, 2018. For more information, passengers may visit or contact our representative office in Hanoi, call at +84 24 3934 7239 or email to [email protected] (from left to right)Ms. Poonsuk Teerawanichphol, Vice President – Management Accounting, Bangkok Airways Plc. (2nd from left)Ms. Chanthip Thongkanya, Vice President – Office of President, Bangkok Airways Plc. (3rd from left)Mrs. Napasorn KaKai, Director- Tourism Authority of Thailand, Ho Chi Minh Office (4th  from left)Mr. Varong Israsena Na Ayudhya, Vice President – Sales, Bangkok Airways Plc. (5th  from left)Mr. Nguyen The Vinh, Deputy Director – Operation Center, Noi Bai International Airport (5th  from right)Mr. Peter Wiesner, Advisor – Network Management, Bangkok Airways Plc. (4th  from right)Mr. Nguyen Dinh Duc, Deputy Director- Aviation Security Center, Noi Bai International Airport (3rd  from right)Mr. Nguyen Tien Duc- Deputy Manager- Business Department, Noi Bai International Airport (2nd from right)last_img read more