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Bangkok ranked in Top Ten list of global cities for dining and shopping in MasterCard Index 2018

MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index has published a survey on the dining and shopping (GDCI: Indulgences) spending patterns of tourists in various cities around the world. Bangkok was ranked third on the list of the Top Global Cities for Dining and sixth on the list of Top Global Cities for Shopping.
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Thailand Tourism Awards 2019 open for submissions

[ What's New In Thailand ] Posted by admin on 2019/1/14 16:00:00 (26 reads)

Thailand Tourism Awards 2019 open for submissions

Submission for the 12th Thailand Tourism Awards, the country's most prestigious awards that recognises the Thai travel industry's best and brightest, opens from 1 February to 30 April, 2019.
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Bangkok, 28 December 2018 - The award-winning Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony celebrates its 23rd consecutive year of Neptune-like nuptials under the Andaman Sea, while raising awareness about preserving Trang's natural beauty by promoting coral reef conservation in Southern Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has successfully positioned the Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony as one of Thailand's top international events, driven in part by the annual attention from the media and influencers promoting both Trang and Thailand.



TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said: "Trang's coral reef conservation project in 1995 inspired a scuba-diving couple to marry under the Andaman Sea. It was memorable enough for the Trang Chamber of Commerce to initiate the annual Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony every February.

"The first one took place in 1997 with a global invitation sent out offering scuba-diving couples the unique opportunity to get married under the sea."

Since then the Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony has captured the imagination of the world. In 2000, it was declared the largest underwater wedding ceremony by the Guinness Book of Records. In 2007, the Thai government named it one of the country's national identity projects, then in 2013, the event received a Thailand Tourism Award.

This year, a total of 20 couples from Thailand and overseas are expected to attend a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dive deep and tie the knot.

The 23rd Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony is scheduled from 12 to 14 February, 2019, with an action-packed calendar of events.

The event starts the morning of 12 February when all registered couples join a welcome ceremony at the Thumrin Thana Hotel before joining a traditional Thai wedding parade with local high school marching bands from the hotel to the Trang Clock Tower.





The big day arrives on 13 February when all couples travel to Pak Meng Pier for a boat transfer to the Emerald Cave for the 'Underwater Wedding registration' and the 'Rot Sai Sang' ritual to complete the marriage. This is done in front of the Emerald Cave at the depth of eight metres followed by a photo session.





In the afternoon, there is an evening wedding reception at Pak Meng Beach where the married couples receive their official marriage certificate.

On 14 February, all head out to Wat Khao Mai Kaeo to ring the bell and gong for happiness and prosperity. Lastly, the newlyweds visit two of Trang's oldest shrines, the Tam Gong Yai Shrine and the Governor's Residence before flying home.

Couples must present the following documents upon application to be eligible for the event. A copy of their ID card or passport, copy of their house registration (for Thais only), and copy of a scuba license and dive log book.

All participants need to provide their own masks, wetsuits, and fins.

The wedding certificate received is merely a certificate of participation in the Trang Underwater Wedding Celebration 2019 and is not legally binding.
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Thailand records 7.5% growth in visitor arrivals

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2018/12/25 15:30:00 (24 reads)

Tha Kha Floating Market, Samut Songkhram

Bangkok, 25 December, 2018 - The Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced the tourism figures for January-November 2018. Thailand received 34,431,489 international visitors, up by 7.53% over the same period of last year, generating an estimated 1.8 billion Baht in tourism revenue, up by 9.79%.

The highlight of the results was the fact that seven countries (China, Malaysia, South Korea, Lao PDR., Japan, India, and Russia) have already generated more than one million visitor arrivals, and three more countries (USA, Vietnam and Singapore) were set to follow suit when the full year 2018 results were tabulated.



Commenting on the performance, TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, "We are overjoyed to have this result in the last quarter of 2018. The 35 million visitor target is now set to be met. It is a tribute to the cooperation and creativity of the entire Thai travel and tourism industry to ensure that it remains our primary sector for job creation, distribution of income nationwide, and contribution to cultural, heritage and environmental preservation.

Summary of the key results in January-November 2018:
Overview: All regions grew well except the Middle East and Oceania. Visitors from East Asia totalled 23.62 million (+9.21%), Europe 5.91 million (+4.03%), the Americas 1.41 million (+3.70%), South Asia 1.77 million (+11.32%), Oceania 838,713 (-1.40%), the Middle East 683,420 (-6.24%), and Africa 174,565 (+9.63%).

East Asia: East Asian visitor arrivals comprised the biggest market share of all visitors. A total of 23.62 million or 68% were from East Asian countries. Apart from China (9.69 million), the other top sources of arrivals were Malaysia (3.56 million), South Korea (1.62 million), Lao PDR. (1.59 million) and Japan (1.50 million).

The ASEAN countries in total generated over 9.17 million arrivals, with growth by Malaysia (+15.52%), the Philippines (+12.63%), Indonesia (+11.52%), Vietnam (+10.18%), Cambodia (+4.59%), Lao PDR. (+4.48%), Singapore (+3.73%), and Myanmar (+0.68%). Only Brunei showed a decline (-3.89%).


Muk Island is located in Hat Chao Mai National Marine Park, Trang

Europe: European visitors were up 4.03% to 5.91 million. Russia retained its status as the largest source market from Europe with arrivals of 1.26 million, up 10.33%. The United Kingdom was the second highest source market with a total of 877,502, followed by Germany 789,150, up 4.46%, and France 677,579, up 1.46%.

Visitor markets also grew from East Europe (+9.22%), Austria (+12.08%), the Netherlands (+6.41%), Italy (+6.17%), Denmark (+4.25%), Finland (+2.22%), Belgium (+1.84%), and Spain (+1.32%).

The Americas: Arrivals from the Americas grew by 3.70% to 1.41 million. The main market, the USA, increased by 6.37% to 993,631. Arrivals from Canada were up 7.18% to 245,227.


Thi Lo Cho Waterfall or Namtok Saifon is located in Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary, Tak

South Asia: Arrivals from South Asia grew by a strong 11.32% to 1.77 million. India topped the list with arrivals up by 12.03% to 1.42 million. Other countries also showed good growth; such as, Nepal (+27.63%), Bangladesh (+8.21%), Sri Lanka (+2.81%), and Pakistan (+2.70%).

Oceania: Arrivals from Oceania declined by 1.40% to 838,713 visitors. Australian visitors declined by 1.61% to 728,720. Arrivals from New Zealand declined by 0.23% to 106,378.

Middle East: Arrivals from the UAE declined by 7.16% to 117,162. Arrivals from Saudi Arabia declined by 18.99% to 26,075. However, some markets like Kuwait (+2.74%) reported good results.

Africa: Arrivals from Africa grew by 9.63% to 174,565, mainly due to arrivals from South Africa (86,509).
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Bangkok, 21 December 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) achieves yet another arrival milestone in December fuelled by its "Dear Singaporean, Thanks a Million" campaign that produced two consecutive years of over one million tourist arrivals from Singapore.

A high profile airport welcome ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Asia and the South Pacific Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya plus representatives from the Airports of Thailand, Thai Airways International (THAI), and other public and private tourism related organisations.

Thai Tourism and Sports Minister Weersak, said: "Through the generous support of key tourism-related stakeholders, the promotion for Singaporeans received an overwhelming response that allowed us to achieve this milestone for two years running."



Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Asia and the South Pacific said, "The TAT Singapore Office perfectly executed its 'Dear Singaporean, Thanks a Million' campaign from 1 August to 30 November, 2018, rolling out a countrywide cross platform promotional activity through outdoor billboards, bus wraps, cinemas, radio channels and online media.

"In addition, from 20 to 23 December, 2018, the TAT Singapore Office is hosting 12 media members and social media influencers from Singapore to witness the milestone and experience first-hand new attractions and dine at Michelin-starred restaurants in Thailand."


Ms. Angela Kwek Sui Hoon, the millionth visitor from Singapore in 2018, in a welcome group photo with H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, Tourism and Sports Minister (3rd from right); Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Asia and the South Pacific (right); and Mr. Kajorndet Apichartrakul, Director of TAT Singapore Office (2nd from left)

All were on hand to see Ms. Angela Kwek Sui Hoon feted as the one millionth Singaporean visitor to Thailand of 2018 as she arrived at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport with THAI's flight TG414 on 21 December at 17.15 Hrs. For the milestone, she received:

From THAI: return airfare for two on the Singapore-Bangkok-Chiang Mai route, along with fast track services.

From King Power: a 100,000 Baht duty-free shopping voucher, two night's accommodation at Pullman King Power Bangkok, and a family pass to the King Power Mahanakhon SkyWalk.

From Siam Piwat: a Siam Gift shopping card and VIZ privilege card entitled at Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery and ICON Siam as well as vouchers for a dining and cooking workshop at Sook Siam Market.

From TAT: a five-day/four-night "Thanks a Million" tour package inclusive of accommodation, transfers and guide for the lucky tourist and one companion on the Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai route to promote travel between key and secondary cities in Thailand.

Singapore's current population of 3.5 million produced 1.02 million Singaporean arrivals to Thailand in 2017. The average length of stay was 5.4 days with average expenditure estimated at 35,000 Baht per person per trip.

For 2019, TAT plans to promote the charms of Northern Thailand, highlighting the secondary cities of Chiang Rai, Lampang and Lamphun, which are all easily accessible on direct Singapore to Chiang Mai flights.
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