16 TOURISM BUSINESS
THE PHUKET NEWS, FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2011
Indians shoot documentary Elisha Kriis, a popular Mumbai-based actress, model and TV show presenter is to host a documentary about Thailand, aimed at the Indian travel market. The documentary, currently being shot, will be aired on the Indian Sky TV channel. Phuket will be highlighted for its beaches, its welcoming culture and its outdoor activities, such as jet skiing off Patong Beach and the bungee jump in Kathu. Ms Kriis said she was impressed with Thailand, and with Phuket’s beauty. “Indian people will absolutely love Thailand,” she said. “When they see the film, they will get the idea where they should go [for a holiday]. “I found Phuket has Elisha Kriis and the team of film makers shot scenes for good options for shopa documentary at Patong Beach. ping and leisure,” she said.
Mumbai-based actress, model and TV show presenter Elisha Kriis about to go on a jetski in Patong. Jet skiing is presented as one of the best things to do in Phuket.
“People here have nice smiles that make me feel warm.” The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is backing the programme with a remarkably small budget. “We allocated about B200,000 to bring a team
of film makers from India,” said Bancha Chunprapanusorn, the TAT’s Assistant Marketing Director for Asian and the South Pacific. “It’s a good deal; it’s a good PR for Thailand tourism, and we don’t need to spend much money.
“The television channel will also get good ratings from the beautiful images of Thailand that will appear in the film.” He added that the number of Indian tourists coming to Thailand has grown fast in recent years.
Tourist Strategic Airlines looks for partners flights take off Four new sightseeing trips operating out of Phuket hope to lure high-end tourists high in the sky. Skyview Thailand, a tourism business, has been operating plane flights out of Phuket International Airport and Krabi International Airport since February. From Phuket airport, tourists can fly over Phuket circle, James Bond Island, Krabi and Phi Phi islands. From Krabi airport, flying routes to Phi Phi islands are offered. Flights are targeted toward high-end tourists, and prices vary depending on the route. Company director Visessak Pratoomratana has a passion for flying and is a nature lover. He says the company’s trips will give people the chance to see the Andaman landscape from a bird’s eye view. Skyview Thailand has been operating since 2002, mainly as a company which trains commercial pilots in Thailand and Asia. Tourists will travel in a private aircraft Cessna 172 and Diamond DA42 which have two seats, or the Piper Seneca ll aircraft with 3-4 seats. In the future routes to see the Trang Sea, Similan and Surin islands will be offered. www.thephuketnews.com
Rapidly expanding Strategic Airlines is in advanced codeshare talks as it plans to extend its global network to more international destinations. The ambitious carrier is seeking partnerships to use Phuket, from where it already flies to Australia, as a base to offer onward destinations. Strategic is planning similar alliances to enable it to reach mainland US cities. It is widely expected to begin flights to Hawaii later this year after applying for capacity from the International Air Services Commission (IASC). But the carrier admitted the “bigger picture” was sewing up deals with airlines to reach the mainland “at some point in time”. But expansion from Phuket appears to be Strategic’s first goal, with chief commercial officer Damien Vasta revealing
Strategic Airlines wants to use Phuket as a base for expansion into the wider international market, and is already in advanced codeshare talks. to Travel Today that talks are “quite well advanced”. “Phuket is considered something of a hub port for South East Asia, so we are talking with partner airlines
about how we may offer through services into other parts of Asia and Europe,” he said. “Talks are quite well advanced and I would probably
expect to announce something in the next couple of months about who we’ll be working with.” Discussions are also taking place with carriers over
potentially placing Strategic’s code on flights into cities on the US mainland. “We will look to formalise partnerships that will allow us to fly from one point to the many attractive destinations that Australians love in the US,” Vasta said. “There is a range of options we are considering.” He said interline, codeshare and alliances were all in the mix. While Strategic will remain focused on the point to point leisure market, the “next phase of our development” was also at front of mind, he said. With the limited fleet it currently operates, building business to onward destinations through partnerships was an “inevitability”, Vasta said. Strategic is expected to reveal its first US destination in around six weeks.
ANA revenue up – airline back in the black The ANA Group of Japan has reported consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ended March, 2011. Traffic growth and the expansion of services from Haneda airport in Tokyo contributed to an increase in both revenues and a return to profits during the year. Operating revenues at ¥1,357.6 billion (B504 billion) were up by 10.5 per cent on the previous year while
operating income recovered to ¥67.8 billion (B24 billion) (compared with a loss of ¥54.2 billion (B20 billion). Recurring profit was ¥37.0 billion (B14,000 billion) compared with a loss of ¥86.3 billion (B31 billion) and net income for the period was ¥23.3 billion (B8.5 billion) compared with a loss of ¥57.3 billion (B21 billion). The dividend per share will be 2 yen.
Shinichiro Ito, President & CEO of ANA, said: “2010 was a year of business growth and improved operational performance by enhancing competitiveness and improving cost structure. We expanded our international business during the fiscal year with the addition of new services and increased capacity. At the same time we maintained a tight control on costs in line with the plan
set out in ANA’s FY2010-11 Group Corporate Strategy. As a result, our air transport business achieved an increase in revenue and improved profitability compared with the previous year when ANA’s performance was affected by the global recession. “Looking forward, however, future prospects for the Japanese economy are unpredictable given substantially
higher oil prices, the uncertain outlook for global business, fluctuations in exchange rates and the impact of the March 11 earthquake. Although our Sendai operation was suspended after the earthquake, ANA played an important role in helping support recovery efforts by operating relief flights to Fukushima and Yamagata, and providing transport of relief supplies and relief workers.”