ZIPAIR started selling in-flight seat upgrades
From Friday, December 9, 2022, ZIPAIR has started a sales that allows you to upgrade your seat from a standard seat to a full-flat seat on board.
Upgrades can be purchased through their in-flight self-order system, subject to availability of fully-flat seats.
Please note that upgrades can only be purchased onboard, and cannot be purchased from reservation websites or airport check-in counters.
Sales start date: Wednesday, December 9, 2022
Eligible routes/upgrade fees:
Tokyo (Narita) = Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi): 40,000 yen
Tokyo (Narita) = Singapore: 40,000 yen
Tokyo (Narita) = Honolulu: 50,000 yen
Tokyo (Narita) = Los Angeles: 70,000 yen
Tokyo (Narita) = San Jose: 70,000 yen
For details, please refer to the official website of ZIPAIR.
Car license plate auction in Thailand, The highest bidder was 45.09 million baht
Thailand's Department of Land Transport auctioned 301 car license plates on December 10 and 11, 2022 for a total of 179 million baht revenue. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Traffic Safety Fund.
The highest bidder was 9KK9999 Bangkok, which sold for 45.09 million baht after 202 bids.
Thailand reached 10 million total foreign tourists in 2022
The Thai tourism industry has been on a difficult path due to the pandemic. In July 2021, they started a sandbox scheme in Phuket to accept foreign tourists without quarantine for the first time after pandemic started. In areas other than Phuket, from November 1, 2021, foreign travelers who have completed vaccination was allowed to enter without quarantine under the Test & Go scheme. There was a time when the Test & Go scheme was temporarily suspended, but Thailand's immigration restrictions and behavior restrictions were gradually lifted, and on October 1, 2022, immigration restrictions were completely abolished. Along with these deregulations, the number of foreign tourists entering Thailand has increased steadily.
Under such circumstances, the Thai government aims to revive the Thai tourism industry and has set a goal of accepting 10 million foreign tourists to Thailand within 2022.
On December 10, 2022, this 10 million goal was finally achieved. To mark the achievement of this goal, the Amazing Thailand 10 Million Celebrations were held at major airports and border crossings across Thailand.
Celebrations were held at seven major international and regional airports in Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi and Don Muang), Phuket, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Utapao and Samui, and two border crossings in Songkhla (Sadao) and Nong Khai. .
At the celebration held at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the ceremony.
Speaking at the ceremony, Prime Minister Prayut said, "On behalf of the Thai Government, the Thai people and Thai entrepreneurs in the travel and tourism industry, I wish to extend a warmest welcome to all visitor arrivals. I hope you will take this opportunity to experience Thailand in many aspects including charming tradition and culture, beautiful nature, and delightful food. The Thai people is ready to be a good host to all travellers who are the guests of Thailand.”
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn, who also attended the ceremony, said, "The target of 10 million arrivals in 2022 has been met, as was promised to the Thai government. It is a milestone achievement that reflects the successful restoring of Thailand’s tourism industry, an achievement which has come about from the concerted efforts of all stakeholders in the public and private sectors.”
This achievement of 10 million visitors by the end of the year is a clear sign of visitors' confidence in Thailand as a preferred tourist destination and one of the world's most popular vacation spots.
In 2022, Thailand's total visitor numbers will exceed 10 million and international tourism revenue will exceed 500 billion baht. The target for 2023 is 20 million foreign tourists and 1.5 trillion baht in international tourism revenue. This represents 80% of pre-pandemic international tourism revenue in 2019.
November is the best season for tourism in Thailand, and a large number of foreign tourists are expected to visit Thailand during the year-end and New Year holidays.
Thai Alcoholic Beverage Business Association (TABBA) calls for 4am closing time for entertainment venues during holidays
The Alcoholic Beverage Business Association of Thailand (TABBA) has requested the Thai Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to ensure that entertainment venues in nine tourist zones in Thailand close at 4am during the holiday period.
Currently, in Thailand, most prefectures allow the sale of alcohol in entertainment venues until 2am (or 1am in some prefectures). To attract more foreign tourists to Thailand, TABBA proposed to the authorities that alcohol sales at entertainment venues to be extended until 4 a.m. only during the holiday period in nine tourist destinations with large numbers of foreign tourists. They also suggested that while alcohol sales are currently limited to 1:00 am in some prefectures, alcohol sales should be allowed until 2:00 am throughout Thailand.
The nine tourist zones requested by TABBA are as follows:
・Bangkok (Khao San Road, Soi Phat Phong and Soi Thaniya on Silom Road, Ratchadaphisek Road, Soi Cowboy and Soi Nana on Sukhumvit Road)
・Phuket Soi Bangla
・Chaweng Beach, Rin Beach, Koh Samui, Koh Phangan in Surat Thani
・Pattaya Walking Street
・Khao Lak of Phang Nga
・Had Yai and Sadao districts of Songkhla
・Krabi Ao Nang
・Hua Hin in Prachuab Khiri Khan
They are proposing to implement a trial extension to 4am during the Christmas and New Year holidays in these nine tourist zones.
Whether or not it will be extended depends on the results of discussions at the Thai government meeting on December 20, 2022.
Currently, the number of foreign tourists entering Thailand is steadily increasing every month, and the Thai tourism industry, which has been damaged by the pandemic, is gradually recovering. However, since Chinese tourists, who once accounted for a large proportion of the total number of foreign tourists, have yet to visit Thailand, the tourism industry is still in the midst of a difficult road to recovery. In order to attract more foreign tourists to Thailand, it is necessary to implement various measures as much as possible.
Thai VietJet Air launches Kansai-Chiang Mai route
Thai Vietjet Air, a low-cost airline, announced they will start a new direct flight between Osaka (Kansai International Airport) and Chiang Mai from January 31, 2023. Tickets are already on sale on their official website.
The aircraft used is Airbus A321-200.
The flight schedule is as follows.
Kansai ⇔ Chiang Mai (From January 31, 2022)
VZ823 KIX 08:00 CNX 12:35 Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
VZ822 CNX23:00 KIX06:00(+1) Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday
Vietjet Air requires the purchase of checked baggage service for international flights, with an additional charge of 790 baht for checked baggage up to 15kg and 1,050 baht for up to 20kg. In addition, the seat selection fee varies depending on the seat location, and the seat selection fee ranges from 100 to 450 baht.
For details and reservations, please check the official website of VietJet Air.