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Phuket TAT director Sethaphan Buddhani, packing for India

Phuket TAT Chief Will Open New Office in India

Saturday, October 31, 2009
INDIA, India, India. Just to prove the sub-continent is definitely the target for Thai-brand resort expansion and tourism in 2010, Phuket's regional TAT director, Sethaphan Buddhani, is packing his bags for Mumbai.

There he will be opening the TAT's second office in India. The Mumbai branch will be responsible for Thailand's tourism marketing activities in Western and Southern India, as well as in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Khun Sethaphan, who was well-regarded and made plenty of friends on Phuket, promoted the island and the Andaman tirelessly through difficult times.

Indian arrivals at Suvarnabhumi Airport from January-September nudged up a little to total 405,334, with 530,000 expected for the entire year and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal all showing growth.

The TAT was the recipient of the 2009 Award for Excellence in the Indian Travel Industry as Best International Tourism Board in India when the Travel Agents Federation of India convened in Chiang Mai recently.

Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, director of the TAT New Delhi office said: ''The Mumbai opening represents a major milestone for Thai tourism in south Asia. It shows the region's and especially India's great importance as a source tourist market for Thailand and reflects Thailand's commitment to provide better and faster service to travel agents, airlines, tourist businesses, and all travelers.

''Simply put, it signifies a new and exciting chapter in tourism promotion of the kingdom in India and neighboring countries.''

Both TAT Mumbai and TAT New Delhi answer directly to TAT Head Office in Bangkok.

Thai-based hotel-resort businesses Anantara and Amari have both recently announced that India will be an important part of brand expansions.
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