Etihad Airways, one of the largest airlines in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for forming a long-term strategic partnership to develop and promote quality tourism experiences in the Kingdom of Thailand for travellers from the Gulf regions.
Under the new agreement, the Abu Dhabi-based airline and TAT will put into effect a range of joint promotions to mutually increase tourism and visibility for Thailand through the Etihad Airways global network. The promotions will focus on niche tourism markets such as sports tourism, luxury tourism as well as health and wellness.
Thailand is now open to welcoming fully vaccinated foreign visitors from the approved 63 countries including UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Kuwait to enter the Kingdom without quarantine requirements from 1 November 2021. The next year 2022 will mark a new chapter for Thailand as it will be the year of “Visit Thailand 2022”.
Tourism plays a pivotal role in Thailand’s national economic and social development. In 2019, Thailand welcomed more than 39 million visitors from overseas, including 702,000 visitors from the Middle East with more than 130,000 Emirati, maintaining the importance of UAE as the number one tourism source market from the gulf region.