The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined hands with Line Thailand to launch the "My Shop" programme allowing those in the hospitality industry to offer their services through the app.

Line is the most popular messaging app in the Kingdom. It has about 46 million Thai users.

The new service will allow hotels, resorts, restaurants, tour agents, car rental providers, community-based tourism operators, spa providers, One Tambon One Product (Otop) shop owners and souvenir shops to open virtual stores for Line users.

The service allows them to put up to 5,000 items on their e-store. They can also manage inventory, offer discounts, chat with customers and provide various choices of payment and delivery services.

Those who are interested in My Shop must have a Line Official Account or open one before applying for the service. There is no fee for registration, which runs until June 15.

Visit today.line.me/th/article/YN18XN and lin.ee/2xiPLLe8h/nslu/TAT/SNS.

E-festival for travel agents

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (Pata) will launch the "Dream To Travel Festival", a one-month online event from June 22 to July 17.

The e-festival will provide a platform for the travel trade community to gain new insights, meet experts and peers, and showcase their products from all over the Asia Pacific region, according to Pata CEO Dr Mario Hardy.

"We want to adapt the idea of networking in a fun and engaging manner through live experiences and virtual hangouts. This is the perfect opportunity for our industry to come together and work towards a more responsible and stronger travel and tourism industry," he said.

The event will comprise three key elements including forums; Digital Showroom and Community Hub; and Live Experiences, Virtual Hangouts & Giveaways. Access to the Dream To Travel Festival is free.

Visit dreamtotravel.pata.org.

AIRLINES UPDATE

– Bangkok Airways offers special fares from Bangkok to three destinations in the North.

The service departs from Suvarnabhumi International Airport. One-way ticket fares start from 1,500 baht to Chiang Mai, 1,600 baht to Lampang and 1,700 baht to Sukhothai. All prices exclude taxes and fees.

The promotion will last until the end of this month. Travelling period is valid from now until March 31 next year.

The airline also offers extra baggage allowance from 20kg to 40kg from now until Oct 31.

Visit bangkokair.com.

– Emirates has launched an Activities for Kids section on its website.

It features a 16-page Fly with Me Animals colouring book that parents can download and print out for their kids, downloadable postcards, video clips and the Fly with Me Animals activity magazines which are also available to download.

Visit emirates.com/english/family/fun-for-kids/activities-for-kids.

HOTEL DEALS & UPDATE

– Chiva-Som in Hua Hin will reopen its doors on June 12.

The property has introduced Chiva-Som Privilege Wellness vouchers offering guests up to a 15% discount for a minimum purchase of 50,000 baht. The vouchers are available for purchase until July 31 and are valid for stays until Dec 31 next year.

Visit chivasom.com.

– Cape Nidhra Hotel in Hua Hin will reopen from July 1.

The property launches a series of packages that are available until June 15 for a stay until Dec 23.

First is the Revitalising Package (4,300 baht net) including a night stay at a Sky Pool suite, breakfast for two, late check-out (subject to availability) and available Sunday-Friday. The Rejuvenating Package (13,500 baht net) includes a two-night stay at a Sky Pool Suite with full board for two, afternoon tea and one-hour spa treatment for two.

The Simply Luxury Package is priced at 30,000 baht net. The promotion includes a night stay at the Nidhrarom Suite with breakfast for two plus an offer of buy-one-get-another-one for free.

All packages are available Sunday-Friday.

Visit capenidhra.com.

– Holiday Inn Bangkok Silom offers a Holiday Escape Room voucher.

The package is priced at 1,999 baht net. It includes a night stay with breakfast for two, free stay for kids, and 50% discount on food & beverage.

The hotel will give away one complimentary room voucher when guests purchase five vouchers. The promotion is available until Dec 31 for stays until June 30 next year.

Visit holidayinn.com/silom.

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