Sector targets much better connections with Asia

A bird’s-eye view of Hua Hin beach in Prachuap Khiri Khan province. (Picture by KRIT PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKORN)

Hotel operators in Hua Hin and Cha-am have actually prompted the federal government to accelerate a revamp of the existing airport to establish much better links to Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, China and India.

The concept was drifted to reinforce tourist competitiveness in the location and assist in airline companies, specifically spending plan providers wanting to include direct flights from significant cities in Southeast Asia, China and South Asia to the Hua Hin airport.

” If the Hua Hin airport gets broadened and promoted as a worldwide airport, more travelers will pertain to the location,” stated Udom Srimahachota, vice-president of the Thai Hotels Association (THA) Western chapter.

The Hua Hin airport is owned and run by the Civil Air Travel Department with a brief runway that can accommodate just little airplane. The airport is bring in a variety of personal jets to serve an increasing quantity of upmarket resorts close by.

” The department revealed earlier strategies to broaden the airport, however no action strategies were made,” Mr Udom stated.

Kan Air runs routine flights in between Chiang Mai and Hua Hin. Nok Air has actually currently stopped services on its Hua Hin-Bangkok path due to the fact that of an absence of guests.

Mr Udom, who runs Baan Talay Dao Resort in Hua Hin, stated significant spending plan airline companies have actually revealed interest in including the twin resort towns to their location lineup, however they choose to run worldwide paths instead of domestic flights.

Tourist in Hua Hin and Cha-am has actually been increasing over the previous years after a tsunami struck the Andaman coast and Phuket island in 2004. The deadly tidal bores led lots of beach fans to move to other locations consisting of Hua Hin and Cha-am. Over a years of bomb attacks and unpredictability in the deep South likewise guided more travelers to the cities.

Hua Hin is called a household location for Thai travelers, a health location for folks from Myanmar and a wedding event and honeymoon area for the Indian and Middle Eastern markets.

Mr Udom stated the federal government has actually devoted a great deal of cash to establishing the U-tapao airport in Rayong province to enhance tourist in Pattaya and assist in more company visitors to commercial estates and the freshly promoted Eastern Economic Passage.

” The expense of taking a trip to Hua Hin and Cha-am is 30% lower than other locations like Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui,” he stated. “Travelers must more than happy with the rates, however the issue exists is no direct connection from their houses.”

The typical hotel tenancy rate in Hua Hin and Cha-am is anticipated to remain at 50% this month, below 55-60% in the very same month in 2015. The tenancy rate for the coming high season this year is predicted at 60-70%, compared to 70-80% in the previous peak season. The significant aspect for the decrease is the financial downturn in your home and abroad.

There are some 25,000 hotel spaces in Hua Hin and Cha-am, though just 15,000-17,000 spaces are with signed up hotels.

Christian Wurm, basic supervisor of Hyatt Regency Hua Hin and the Barai, stated a worldwide airport in Hua Hin would provide a significant increase to the regional economy, varying from hotels, dining establishments and golf courses to tourism-related activities.

” Travelers from Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea will discover their journey time to Hua Hin is cut in half with a brand-new airport,” he stated.

Mr Wurm stated hotels in Hua Hin have actually seen strong need from independent travelers from Europe for the upcoming high season, specifically from Scandinavia and Germany.

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