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Thailand hotels reach 20-year high

Hotels pass 73 per cent occupancy in 2015, as buyers say it's little wonder why

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Thailand hotels had their best year in more than two decades in 2015, with overall occupancy surpassing 73 per cent.

Hotel bookings compiled by research institute STR Global found the country finished the year with an overall occupancy of 73.4 per cent, an increase of 13.6 per cent from 2014.

December was a particularly strong month for hoteliers, with occupancy reaching 77.4 per cent, the highest levels since 1995.

Edward Moss, managing partner of Manchester-based Maykit Events, said Thailand’s hospitality and the eagerness of its convention bureaux and local suppliers made it an easy choice for corporate groups.

“It’s one of the far eastern destinations that is so easy to reach, not just from London but also regions, in particular Birmingham and Manchester,” he said.

“Then, when you get there, they’re the absolute friendliest of people and the ease with which it is to get from A to B is remarkable. There is no lack of communication between yourself and the DMC or venue, they’re so easy to get on with and quite happy to help. For small operators like myself, they’re especially helpful which I found superb; I haven’t had that before.

"Overall I can see why it's popular.”

Moss took a small group of 11 legal professionals in May last year, and said he regularly included Thailand in pitches to clients - best geared towards incentives.  

He added: “I always thought it was a little bit far, but it’s one of a small number of destinations that you can travel to on coach class quite comfortably, especially if you go with Singapore Airlines.”

Key hotel arrivals include InterContinental Group’s plans to open its Hotel Indigo brand in Phuket, following its Bangkok launch in 2015.

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