In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has joined forces with Suvarnabhumi Airport, Phuket International Airport and the Immigration Bureau to ensure that any loving couples visiting the kingdom to enjoy nuptials and honeymoons will be fast tracked through the immigration process during the month of February. The initiative was first launched in 2013.
TAT Governor, Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, “Thailand, with its natural beauty, warm weather and long welcoming beaches, has always been a romantic destination and popular with honeymooners and couples looking for a memorable getaway together. And over the years, we have been happy to welcome newly-weds coming to spend their first precious days as man and wife here in the kingdom. To make the experience more memorable this year, we’ll be ensuring that all couples enjoy a swift, smooth and warm arrival during February, the official month of love.”
Throughout February, from 05.00-24.00 hrs, all couples travelling together – newlyweds, honeymooners and loving partners – are invited to register their arrival, so as to be eligible for special souvenirs and privileges, one of which is use of the Airports’ Premium Lane, which offers a fast-track immigration service. In addition, their names will be entered into a lucky draw, so that they get the chance to win some amazing prizes including accommodation, spa treatments, and vouchers to enjoy some of the kingdom’s famous fine dining.
Registered couples can use the two special registration counters at Suvarnabhumi Airport: one is located at the East Concorde (which receives passengers from Gates A, B, C and D) while the second is situated at the West Concorde (which receives passengers from Gates E, F and G); both are located at the end of the moving walkways.
At Phuket International Airport, couples will find the romantic registration counter in the main Passenger Hall (connected to the aerobridge). This can also be easily found by travellers arriving from the bus gate.
Couples celebrating their love this February will always have a reminder of their Thai nuptials as TAT is setting up special photo booths at the registration counters to ensure that the newlyweds and honeymooners can take home an extra-special memento of their trip.
Thailand has long been one of the world’s most popular honeymoon destinations, offering a range of romantic accommodation to suit newly-weds from luxurious suites to pool villas as well as honeymoon packages and spa treatments for couples. It is possible to get married here and enjoy uniquely Thai experiences; such as, the ride on the back of an elephant or underwater weddings among the coral and fish.
This annual initiative to fast-track couples is merely the latest in a range of measures aimed at enhancing Thailand’s romantic appeal.
*All images are of the activity arranged at Suvarnabhumi Airport during February 2014.*