Thailand’s cruise industry has been boosted following the decision to base a prime international cruise ship in Laem Chabang.
Costa Cruises has commenced its first ever homeport season in Laem Chabang port. The 2,394-passenger Costa Victoria will operate cruises around the Gulf of Thailand until January 25.
Costa Victoria arrived in Bangkok on January 11, 2017 following a cruise from Singapore. Until January 25 the ship will offer a series of three four-night cruises around Gulf of Thailand, including calls in to Koh Samui, Thailand; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; and Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. It will then sail to China on a four-night voyage.
According to the company the move reflected its “commitment to build the cruise market in the region”.
Buhdy Bok, Costa’s president for Asia, said: “We believe in the long-term potential of Thailand as a sourcing and destination market.” Source: www.CruiseMapper.com
Meanwhile, Assistant Professor Dr Thon Thamrong-nawasawat, Deputy Dean of the Fisheries Department at Kasetsart University, spoke to Thailand Today about a campaign to save tourism areas from chronic indifference to the environment, and his efforts to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean. Full story at Pattaya Mail.