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Thai airlines, bank and tourism body form alliance to boost travel

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Sumeth Damrongchaitham (first left), THAI President, Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, Payong Srivanich, Krungthai Bank President Charita Leelayuth, THAI Smile Acting President . Photo supplied

Thai airlines, bank and tourism body form alliance to boost travel

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has linked up with two Thai airways and a local bank to propel the domestic travel industry.

The tourism body expects domestic travel to 55 secondary destinations to grow by five per cent to 60.33 million trips between January and September this year.

The increase in travel will generate 165 billion Baht (about $5 billion) during the period or up nine per cent, according to TAT.

The partnership of TAT with Thai Airways International (THAI), Thai Smile Airways and Krungthai Bank – is expected to boost domestic travel to the secondary destinations.

“This impressive alliance will launch new ‘Local Link’ tours with a dedicated e-payment gateway in the last quarter of 2018 to promote Thailand’s emerging destinations,” said TAT in a statement.

Currently, the top five secondary cities are Buri Ram, Phatthalung, Mae Hong Son, Pattani and Ratchaburi.

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