EVA Air and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Jan. 5, 2017, agreeing to work together to promote tourism and boost numbers of visitors from Taiwan, the United States and Canada.
“We are delighted to be working with TAT,” said Golden Kou, EVA Air Spokesman. “This MOU marks a significant cooperation between EVA and TAT to promote Thailand as a destination for short-haul travelers from Taiwan and those flying long-haul from North America.”
EVA and TAT Directors from Asia and North America markets will work together to develop joint marketing programs.
“This MOU helps us target tourists from the Americas, one of our most important and fastest-growing markets,” said Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor. “EVA is a vital link between North America and Asia for us as there are currently no nonstop flights from the United States or Canada to Thailand. By working with EVA on tourism initiatives, we can get the word out about Thailand’s many attractions and increase visitor numbers even more in 2017 and beyond.”
EVA operates 80 nonstop flights a week between North America and Taiwan. It serves Chicago four times a week, Houston once a day, Los Angeles three times a day, New York twice a day, San Francisco 14 times a week, Seattle 10 times a week, Toronto five times a week and Vancouver five times a week.
With just one easy stop in Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport, passengers can connect on to Bangkok aboard any of EVA’s 26 weekly flights. EVA recently increased frequency on the Taipei-Bangkok route from 17 flights a week to 26 to meet demand from long-haul passengers. Of the total number of passengers booking EVA’s Taipei-Bangkok flights, approximately 50 percent are from North America and Europe.
Thailand attracted 827,110 tourists from the US in 2015, an increase of 12.61 percent over the previous year. Of that total, 50.44 percent came from the West Coast and 49.56 from the East Coast. Together, they spent an average of US $146.63 per day and stayed 13.38 days in Thailand.
From January through November 2016, 1,236,694 tourists visited Thailand from the Americas, a 13.36 percent rise over 2015. Of these growing numbers of travelers, 859,838 came from the US, up 12.32 percent over the previous year, and 216,768 from Canada, a 7.31 percent climb over the same 2015 period.
TAT plans to open a new office in Canada to serve Canadian tourists traveling to Thailand.