The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said this week that it has launched a collection of new ‘Single Journey’ tours around Thailand specifically designed for single travelers.
The tours are in collaboration with Thai Smile Airways, an online travel and lifestyle platform Drive Digital, and the dating application Tinder.
According to the press release, TAT is preparing nine tour routes around Thailand, including Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai, Lop Buri – Saraburi, Si Sa Ket – Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani – Loei, Chumphon – Surat Thani, Phuket, Ayutthaya, and Bangkok.
There are three pilot tours for single travellers to launch the collection, as follows:
- On December 20, 2020: the first trip is free-of-charge, with space available for up to 100 single Thai travelers. The trip will be organized together with Grand Pearl Cruise along the Chao Phraya River taking in nine temples to pay homage to Buddha and ask for blessings.
- On January 9, 2021: with seats for 50 single Thais at 222 Baht per person. This is being organized with Love Andaman and involves a beachside party concert at Ko Kai in Phuket.
- On January 23, 2021: for up to 50 single Thais and priced at 555 Baht per person, and is an exclusive train tour in cooperation with the State Railway of Thailand to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri with a meal at the Dam included.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, the TAT Governor said that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed travel behavior to think outside the box and “The ‘Single Travel Route’ targets solo travelers who prefer to travel alone to various destinations in Thailand.”
An analyst at MayBank Kim Eng expects Thai tourism to see a slow recovery starting from the second half of 2021, with the lead of domestic travel and when the pandemic can be contained.
“The uptrend in domestic travel will continue in 2021 as travelers avoid long-haul flights, especially as the vaccine is unlikely to be available widely at the beginning of the year,” said Yuwanee Prommaporn, a MayBank Kim Eng analyst.
This is consistent with Airports of Thailand (AOT)’s forecast of further recovery in domestic passengers in FY21, whereas for international passengers, it still expects a decline, Yuwanee added.
For AOT, the analyst noted that, in 2021, the number of domestic passengers should be very resilient and grow 30 per cent year-on-year whereas international passengers should still register a deep decline to a mere 2.3 million from 37.5 million in 2020.
As of 10.59 a.m. on Tuesday, AOT shares trade at 65.50 baht per share, up 1.16 per cent, with a transaction value of 570.79 million baht.