The national airline of the United Arab Emirates, Etihad Airways, and the Tourism authority of Thailand signed this week an agreement for 1.25 million US dollars to help boost the tourism in Thailand.
According to the new agreement, the airline company of Abu Dhabi and the Tourism Authority of Thailand will make joint promotions of travel in Thailand. These promotions will be targeted at the priority markets such as the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, South Africa, Iran and Kuwait.
A target has been set by the Tourism Authority of Thailand to achieve 28 million visitors in 2015. These tourists represent an estimated 1.35 trillion Baht/ 41 billion US dollars. Etihad airways has been flying to Bangkok daily with the addition of this route going back to April 2004. After 2 years, in June 2006, a second flight per day was added, then another in April 2012, and the fourth daily service will come into operation in July 2015. On top of the ever increasing number of daily flights, there are flights to Phuket since October 2014, when it was added to the airlines Thai Network.
This brings the daily number of flights to five and with O’hare stating that: “Etihad Airways has a long and proud association with Thailand – in fact Bangkok was one of our first international routes. It continues to be one of the busiest in our network enjoying strong year-round demand, particularly from the UAE, GCC, Middle East, Africa and Europe.”
Thailand through the eyes of Etihad: