Friday, May 28, 2010

AirAsia offers ‘free seats’ on select international destinations to boost tourism in Thailand

According to a report in, as an initiative to recover tourism in Thailand, AirAsia is offering ‘free seats’ wherein passengers will have to pay taxes and other fees from its international destinations to its Bangkok hub for online bookings starting from tomorrow till June 1, 2010, for travel period from June 7-August 31, 2010.

The international destinations included in the promotion are Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Penang), Myanmar (Rangoon), Cambodia (Phnom Penh), Singapore, Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi), China (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Macau, Hong Kong), Taiwan (Taipei) and Indonesia (Bali, Jakarta).

Additionally AirAsia, through its travel holiday division, is also offering guests travelling into Bangkok free night offers for hotel stays in Bangkok, including free transfers and free half-day city tours.

Tony Fernandes, CEO, AirAsia Group said that the airline will aggressively market Bangkok, as well as its other Thai destinations with low fares and attractive promotions. “We’re giving our 110 per cent to help Thailand’s tourism bounce back,” added Fernandes.

Bijleveld Tassapon, CEO, Thai AirAsia added, “We’re working hard with the Tourism Authority of Thailand to reposition Bangkok as a major tourist attraction. We’re confident that the travel and tourism industry will get better from here.”

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