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TAT and City of Sendai extend Joint Tourism Cooperation

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the City of Sendai recently signed a second Letter of Intent renewing continued cooperation between the two parties involved in terms of mutual tourism promotion.

TAT signed the first Letter of Intent for joint tourism promotion with the city on 31 August, 2006. Since then, the two parties have engaged in a series of activities held both in Thailand and Sendai. The letter covered a three-year term and before it expired, the two sides agreed to renew the terms of the cooperation. The new letter will be effective until 31 March, 2012.

ďOn behalf of TAT, Iím delighted and honoured to make another important visit to Sendai and sign this Letter of Intent. This proves that our cooperation for the last two years has been successful and fruitful, and therefore I have no hesitation in renewing our cooperation through the signing of this new Letter of Intent,Ē said Mrs. Phornsiri Manoharn, Governor of TAT

Sendai is a prominent city of Miyagi Prefecture and considered the administrative, economic and educational centre of Japanís northeast.

For outbound tourism from Thailand, the City of Sendai has been promoting local culture, products and tourism during the annual ďSendai Tohoku Japan FairĒ at the Isetan Department Store in Bangkok every year.

To commemorate the 120th Anniversary of Thai-Japanese Diplomatic Relations, Sendai joined the international boat competition in Ayutthaya in September 2007. The city also focused on promoting information about the city and the whole northeast region of Japan through Thai media.

Sendai has a total population of 1,029,576 while the entire northeastern population is 9.47 million, or 7.4% of Japanís population. Around 1.2 million Japanese visitors travel to Thailand annually (1,248,700 visitors in 2007 with an average length of stay for 7.54 days). For the first 7 months of 2008, Thailand received 734,388 Japanese visiting Thailand which is an increase of 3 % over the same period of 2007, most of which come from big cities like Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya. TAT aims to attract more visitors from Sendai. Currently, Thailand welcomes 16,000 and 37,500 visitors from Sendai and Miyagi Prefecture, respectively.

The main problem remains the direct flight service. The Sendai City administration wants to encourage airlines to operate direct flights between Sendai and Bangkok with negotiations currently ongoing with Thai Airways International and TAT. So far, there is no regular direct service operating between the two cities. Most travellers have to go to Tokyo, Nagoya or Osaka to connect to a flight to Thailand.

Meanwhile, THAI will operate two charter flights during the New Year festival from Sendai on 30 December, 2008, and 3 January, 2009.

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