An increase in flights to Thailand from India could boost the number of tourists taking trips to the region over the next 12 months.

An increase in flights to Thailand from India could boost the number of tourists taking trips to the region over the next 12 months.

According to the director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, around 900,000 Indian tourists will visit Thailand in 2011 because of new flights, the creation of new Thai resorts and relaxed visa controls.

“Nearly 800,000 Indian tourists visited Thailand in 2010. We expect 15-20 per cent increase this year,” Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya told IANS.

He added that three airlines are planning to increase flights to Thailand from India in 2011 – IndiGo, Bangkok Airways and Philippine Airlines.

“Bangkok Airways is going to start flight to Mumbai from next month. IndiGo will start sometime later this year,” said Mr Ayudhya.

Philippine Airlines is expected to start flights to New Delhi and Bangkok via Manila next month as well as offering additional services from Manila to Sydney and Melbourne.

Written by Ruth Norris.

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