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Fisherman accused of murdering Swedish woman

Thai police have captured the man they say is responsible for the brutal murder of a Swedish tourist on the beach of Phuket on Sunday night. Authorities identified the man as Akradej Pianjay, 32, a fisherman who had moored his boat around Chatchai pier on the day of the murder. He has confessed to the crime and told authorities that he acted alone.

Murder rocks peaceful island of Phuket

Chiang Mai, Thailand (eTN) - A massive manhunt on Thailand's holiday island of Phuket is going on following the murder of a Swedish female. Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat has reportedly arrived in Phuket to inspect Mai Khao beach where a Swedish female tourist was murdered on Sunday night.

Thai police say Swedish tourist was murdered while walking along a...

BANGKOK, Thailand: Police investigating the murder of a Swedish tourist in Thailand said Sunday the woman was taking a walk on the beach when she was attacked and stabbed in the neck. The woman, identified as 27-year-old Hanna Charlotta Backlund, was found dead Saturday on the island of Phuket, one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations.

Villagers turn to fishing for tourist dollar

After being struck by the devastating tsunami in December 2004, which wrecked traditional fishery industries in Tha Din Daeng village in Phang Nga's Thai Mueng district, many residents have turned to tourism to survive. They are providing tours to foreigners who want to experience their way of life and learn about their traditions.

TAT hopes to attract 600,000 wealthy Indian tourists this year

The Tourism Authority of Thailand has set a target to increase the number of Indian visitors to 600,000 this year from 500,000 in 2007 by focusing on attracting people in major cities that have high purchasing power.

Foreign carriers shun Chiang Mai as tourist demand declines

Chiang Mai International Airport is becoming less frequented by international carriers, frustrating its ambitious bid to become an air hub in northern Thailand and the Mekong region. The airport suffered a setback recently when Hong Kong Express Airways terminated its scheduled services to the city while Tiger Airways has significantly slashed its flights numbers.

Studio apologizes for airline soap opera

BANGKOK, Thailand — The makers of a racy Thai soap opera about airline crews apologized Tuesday for offending real-life flight attendants, who had complained that its scenes of sexual hijinx sullied their reputations.

Thai Airline to buy Airbus jets

BANGKOK, Thailand — Thailand's Bangkok Airways Ltd. has signed a deal to buy up to six Airbus A350-XWB aircraft for about $720 million as part of its plans to become a long-haul operator, a media report said Friday.

Millennium opens in Phuket.

Millennium Resort Patong - Phuket Hotel has opened for business in the heart of famous Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand’s leading resort town. The new star is the latest property to join the growing global portfolio of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels plc (M&C).

Shangri La Hotel Chiang Mai now open

Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai is now officially open as the Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts group’s second hotel in Thailand, a renowned luxurious five-star hotel group.

Thailand election result: Good news for tourism?

BANGKOK, Thailand (eTN) - Almost 70 percent of eligible voters turned out to exercise their rights in the country’s first general election following the September 19, 2006 military coup that ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

Earthquakes, torrential rains, landslides greet Southeast Asian year-end festivities

Just as the West greets the year-end holiday season with snowflakes and gale winds, Southeast Asia is becoming used to greeting the year end with reminders of the 2004 year-end deadly tsunami that killed an estimated 180,000 people across the region.

Safety remains a concern

(TVLW) - Visitor safety is one of the most serious challenges facing the Thai tourism industry, said Apichart Sankary, president of the Association of Thai Travel Agents. Statistics show that around half of all visitors are repeat travellers, a fact that points to the country's attractiveness as a tourist destination.

Two tales of Thailand and its neighbors

BANGKOK, Thailand (eTN) - As a major gateway, Thailand looks to improve its access to its neighbours. We look at two recent examples of policy favoring the country as a gateway to the rest of Southeast Asia.

Cambodia and Thailand sign single tourist visa deal

PHNOM PENH (TVLW) - Thailand and Cambodia agreed on Monday to allow foreign tourists to enter on a single visa. "This means a tourist can get a visa either for Thailand or Cambodia and can visit the two nations," Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said after signing the agreement with visiting Thai counterpart Nitya Pibulsonggram.

Thailand courting Chinese tourists after 12% drop-off

(TVLW) - Thailand hopes to welcome about 1.3 million Chinese tourists next year, about a 10% increase from one million visitors estimated in 2007, the Tourism Authority of Thailand in Beijing reports.
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