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The Thailand Specialists Continue Promotion in Scandinavia






Despite a very tough period in business since the tsunami struck on the Andaman coast, the Phuket-based Thailandspecialisten, run by two Swedes, is optimistic about the future. They continue promoting Thailand as a tourist destination with confidence.      Its Managing Director Pelle Johansson reports in March from the Swedish International Travel & Tourism Trade Fair (TUR…

Tourists from the north of Sweden can fly charter directly to Thailand in 2006






The demand among Swedes for trips to Thailand is back with full force. Proof for that is when the Swedish charter tour company Fritidsresor recently launched trips for the next winter season from the town Luleå, in the north of Sweden, to Phuket.      The demand was so strong that the tour operator adds three more…

Increased opportunities to travel directly between Sweden and Thailand/Malaysia






The Swedish Civil Aviation Authority, LFV, informs of more travel opportunities between Sweden and Southeast Asia. Both Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines will increase their traffic to Stockholm-Arlanda airport.      After only a few months since its start Malaysia Airlines will upgrade the Kuala Lumpur-Stockholm-New York route on March 27, to three weekly flights and change…

Norwegian government invites tsunami victims’ families to Thailand






According to the newspaper Aftenposten, hundreds of family members of those Norwegians killed in the tsunami that hit South Asia in December have accepted the government’s invitation to travel to Phuket for a week either in May or in October.      The government has extended the invitation to survivors of the 64 Norwegians confirmed dead so…

Finnish Fashion Mixed with Thai Hill Tribe Style






Finnish designer Marianne Javinen working at the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai, however, has been fortunate to achieve just that. Regrettably, though, she never got to meet the late Princess Mother (the present Thai King’s mother), who started this noteworthy project. But of course the present Thai royalties have visited several times, sometimes…

Thailandspecialisten – online travel agency with a difference






     Anders Palm and Pelle Johansson from Sweden saw this trend coming and established early on their company “Thailandspecialisten” specialising serving their clients via the Internet. Today they can consider themselves market leaders regarding booking of hotels for Swedish tourists, and are living proof that, by hard work and a strong will you can build up…

Boating boom about to take off in Phuket






There are strong indications of and belief among the vital players that Thailand – and Phuket specifically – has now started its growth and development towards becoming a world class marine destination.      With Phuket’s second international boat show PIMEX 2004, coinciding with the 18th Phuket King’s Cup Regatta in December, the new US$150 million Royal…

Telenor addresses Norwegian royalties: “We are here for long-term”






“This is actually one of the most advanced competitive markets in the world in my view,” said co-CEO of the mobile phone operator DTAC, Sigve Brekke.      “We are happy to be here and here for long term. We want to develop this market further,” was the message from Telenor’s Chief Executive Officer Jon F Baksaas…

The best routine to have is no routine at all: Sam-Erik Ruttmann






Managing and training nearly 350 Thai locals how to achieve a five-star level; experiencing the ‘Thai way’ of things; hosting cocktail parties for Koreans, Japanese, or guests from Kazakhstan; visiting travel trade shows to do marketing; as well as running an elephant foundation are everyday duties for Sam-Erik. And sometimes he gets pop stars as…

A Finnish touch on Thai handicraft






But a Finnish woman has been lucky enough achieving just that, designer Marianne Javinen working at the Doi Tung Delepment Project in Chiang Rai. Regrettably though she however never got to meet the Princess Mother (the present Thai King’s mother), who started this noteworthy project, even though Marianne was so close to actually seeing Her…