Travelers in Yaowarat. Picture: SEKSAN ROJJANAMETAKUN

Bangkok has the 5th biggest tourist earnings in the Asia-Pacific area, according to a report by the World Travel & & Tourist Council (WTTC).

The Asia Pacific City Travel & & Tourist Effect report takes a look at the contribution of travel and tourist to city economies and task production. The research study covers 65 cities, 21 of which remain in Asia-Pacific.

It discovered that Shanghai is the city with the biggest travel and tourist gdp (GDP) contribution worldwide, at US$ 30.2 billion.

Strong development has actually been sustained by the Chinese domestic market and facilities financial investment such as the 2010 World Exposition. Shanghai represents 11% of China’s general travel and tourist GDP contribution.

Second biggest city in regards to yearly tourist GDP contribution is Beijing (953 billion baht), followed by Tokyo (671 billion baht), Shenzhen (625 billion baht), Bangkok (605 billion baht), Guangzhou (508 billion baht), Hong Kong (485 billion baht), Singapore (412 billion baht), Macau (405 billion baht) and Chongqing (316 billion baht).

The WTTC likewise anticipated that Chongqing will see the fastest tourist boost in 2026 with 14% development annually. 2nd on the list will be Guangzhou (13.1%), followed by Shanghai (12.8%), Beijing (12%), Chengdu (11.2%), Manila (10.9%), Delhi (10.8%), Shenzhen (10.7%), Kuala Lumpur (10.1%) and Jakarta (10%).

The report likewise discovered that 8 cities contributing more than 25% of their nation’s travel & & tourist economy are Auckland, Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Seoul and Sydney.

Check Out www.wttc.org.


Singapore has actually ended up being the very first nation worldwide where its passport holders can check out 159 nations either visa-free or by getting a visa on arrival.

Paraguay eliminated visa requirements for Singaporeans, making Singapore’s passport the world’s most effective, according to the Passport Index of Arton Capital, a worldwide advisory company for house and citizenship options.

According to the business, the index ranks nationwide passports of 199 nations and areas by cross-border gain access to. It uses a “visa-free rating” determining from the variety of nations a passport holder can check out visa-free or with visa on arrival. It likewise takes the Human being Advancement Index of the United Nations Advancement Program into account.

In the past, the leading 10 most effective passports worldwide were mainly European, with Germany having the lead for the previous 2 years. Because early 2017, the top position was shown Singapore, which was progressively increasing.

The Thai passport is ranked in 54th position where 72 nations provide visa totally free and visa on arrival for Thai passport holders.

At the bottom of the ranking is Afghanistan, followed by Pakistan, Iraq, Syria and Somalia.

See passportindex.org.


Singapore Airlines and Etihad Airways have actually presented Apple Pay as a choice of mobile payment. Guests can firmly spend for their tickets, travel insurance coverage, excess luggage and other purchases by utilizing mobile apps.

With Apple Pay, the debit or charge card information of travelers are not saved on the mobile phone nor on Apple servers. Rather, a special gadget account number is appointed, secured and saved in the safe and secure aspect of the mobile phone. Each deal is authorised with a one-time distinct vibrant security code.

In addition, Singapore Airlines likewise presented Android Spend for Android phone users.

For Android Pay, the card information and billing addresses of travelers are currently saved in their Android Pay accounts. Guests do not require to fill the payment details while utilizing the mobile payment approach.

Qatar Airways will introduce direct flights to Penang in Malaysia on Feb 6 next year.

The airline company will fly 3 times each week to the island with Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane, including 22 seats in Service Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.

The flight will leave from Doha at 2.30 am and will show up in Penang at 2.30 pm (regional time). The return flight will leave from Penang at 8.30 pm and will land in Doha at 11.20 pm. The travel time has to do with 7 hours.

See qatarairways.com.


Well Hotels & & Resorts has actually signed an agreement with Chon Buri-based Restriction Sabai Rim Taley Business to handle 2 hotels in Pattaya.

Costa Well Resort Pattaya is a brand-new home situated on Na Jomtien 56 in Sattahip District. It includes 110 spaces with options of a studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and two-bedroom duplex types. Other centers are fulfilling spaces, a ballroom, dining establishments, 2 roof salted pool and on-site health club.

The hotel was soft-launched previously this year with 46 outside Jacuzzi spaces and suites. It prepares to totally open all the space types by the end of this year.

Costa Town Well Swimming Pool Vacation Home Pattaya, on the other hand, is relabelled from Costa Town Pattaya. Found on Jomtien 9, the shop resort uses 9 vacation homes and a dining establishment.

See costavillagepattaya.com.

Avani Sundown Coast Samui Resort & & Villas will be open in September next year.

Found on Taling Ngam Beach, the resort will include 39 spaces, 19 swimming pool vacation homes, a dining establishment, 2 pool, swimming pool bar, physical fitness centre, health club, conference and occasion centers. The resort has to do with 40-minutes drive from Samui International Airport.

See minorhotels.com/en/avani/samui.

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