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10,000 free seats to Bangkok

Thursday May 27, 2010, By CHRISTINA TAN

Low-cost carrier AirAsia is giving away 10,000 free seats to Bangkok as part of its efforts to help revive the Thai capital’s travel and tourism industry.

The promotion will be launched on Wesak Day on May 28, for travel between June 7 and Aug 31.

Customers can choose to fly to Bangkok from Asean countries and China.

AirAsia group chief executive officer Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes said AirAsia would aggressively market Bangkok as well as its other Thai destinations with low fares and attractive promotions.

“AirAsia is an Asean airline and we feel duty-bound to support the various communities of the region, including Thailand.

“The Asean region is our home and we are putting 110% effort into helping Thailand bounce back,” he said during a media visit to Thailand yesterday.

The visit was part of the campaign to attract tourists back to Thailand after the Thai army dispersed anti-government protesters who shut down the centre of Bangkok.

The conflict left 88 dead and 1,800 injured and deeply scarred Bangkok’s thriving tourism industry.

Fernandes said six million people flew to Bangkok with AirAsia last year and 2.5 million used the carrier to the same city for the first five months of this year.

Besides free seats, 50 hotels in Bangkok were offering a free night stay with minimum of two nights’ stay and a half day free city tour.

In Petaling Jaya, an AirAsia public relations spokesman said all 3,000 free hotel rooms were snapped up in little over 12 hours after AirAsiaGo.com launched its one-day promotion to give out free hotel rooms in conjunction with its re-launch.

The spokesman said there were more than 1.2 million page views and more than 105,000 unique visitors at the online travel portal as of 11am yesterday morning.

The spokesman confirmed that by 4.30pm yesterday, all the free hotel rooms had been snapped up by eager travellers.

The rooms had been up for grabs since midnight.

This article is a verbatim copy of the original article from The Star.

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