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Bangkok, 16 May, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is arranging a one-day tourism seminar, to be held concurrently with the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2017 which will take place from 14-16 June in Chiang Mai. The forum, scheduled on 16 June, is being organised with the objective of strengthening the competitiveness of the Thai tourism industry.




Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "This seminar forms part of the TAT Academy's mission to help enhance Thai tourism personnel and market competitiveness as well as to attract a new workforce for this growing industry. Sessions are carefully planned to ensure useful learning and knowledge sharing opportunities from senior tourism officials and experienced hospitality professionals. At the end of this one-day event, we hope participants will learn new perspectives in the field of tourism and travel in the digital era within the Royal Thai Government's Thailand 4.0 smart-economy framework."

The seminar will take place at the same venue at the TTM+ 2017, which is at the Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC), from 08.00-16.30 Hrs. It is expected to attract at least 500 participants comprising three groups - tourism and hospitality personnel, academic professionals, and college and university students from Northern Thailand.

The morning sessions will include a keynote address by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, on Thailand's Tourism 4.0, followed by a special presentation by Mr. Tirasan Sajatsapas, Advisor to Thailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports, on Digital Marketing.

The afternoon sessions are specially arranged for each of the three groups of participants.

The tourism and hospitality personnel will have the chance to learn top tips on hospitality sales and marketing from two of Thailand's experts in the field: Ms. Prachoom Tantiprasertsuk, Dusit International's Vice President of Sales, and Mr. Supodcha Swetiyaram, Gassan Legacy Golf Club's Director of Sales and Marketing.

Meanwhile, the academic professionals will get the chance to broaden their knowledge on destination marketing from Mrs. Sujitra Jongchansitto, TAT Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, on how Thailand successfully entices Thais to travel domestically, and from Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, on 'The Link' partnership marketing project.

Wrapping up the day for both groups will be a presentation by Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, on TAT's latest innovative and creative tourism products for local experiences.

For college and university students, they will be able to learn about some of the many employment opportunities that are available in the field of travel and tourism. These include the cruise business by Mr. Wattana Choksuvanich, Managing Director of EAS Maritime Agencies (Thailand); hotel business by Mr. Danny K. Sukomol, Deputy Managing Director of Santhiya Resort and Spa; and the MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions) industry by Ms. Nichapa Yoswee of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).

In addition, participants will get the chance to learn more about marketing information and market research done by the TAT Intelligence Centre from 2002 to present. The TAT Academy will also have a booth displaying its works and projects.

Mr. Charun Ohnmee, TAT's Advisor and the project manager commented, "This seminar is designed to provide new perspectives in tourism academic for our audiences. It will be very productive for those who are in the tourism industry."


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Bangkok, 15 May, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today officially launched its second TAT Newsroom Blogger contest under the theme "Uniquely Local, Uniquely Thai" which is open to bloggers from around the world to share their unique Thai local experiences online for the chance to win a trip to explore Bangkok and the Northeastern Region, or Isan, in Thailand.




Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "We're very excited by this blogger contest, as it gives avid bloggers from around the world the chance to share their ideas about what makes Thailand unique. Wherever they travel, tourists make connections with the Thai people, help to celebrate our festivals and vibrant culture, and enjoy tailor made experiences. Now, in this competition, bloggers can weave these experiences into exciting Thailand travel articles or videos that will inspire and entertain their followers while showing the world Thailand has so much to offer."

The TAT Newsroom Blogger 2017 contest is open to international bloggers with active online blogs or a social media presence (personal blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) and a substantial number of followers. To enter Blogger Thailand 2017, bloggers are required to write a blog of up to 350 words accompanied by up to five pictures, or upload a video blog of between 30 and 90 seconds, that tells about their "Uniquely Local, Unique Thai" experiences.

Entries must be submitted via www.tatnewrooms.org from 15 May to 15 June, 2017, and once approved and uploaded can be shared with online followers using the key hash tag BloggerThailand17, followed by another hash tag that indicates the category for their entry: ThaiPeople; ThaiPlaces; or ThaiExperiences.
The six most outstanding entries will win free trip to Thailand inclusive of return airfare and a five-day/four-night itinerary to explore Bangkok and the Northeastern Region or Isan, which was recently named by CNN as one of the top 17 places to visit this year.

To further inspire bloggers, TAT Newsroom Blogger 2017 contest is collecting the work of well-known food, culture and travel bloggers as motivation for those who dream of becoming a Thailand travel writer. These guest posts include some stories shared by the winners of the TAT Newsroom Blogger 2016.

Mr. Yuthasak said, "Thailand offers a huge variety of unique experiences and we expect some great entries in this year's campaign from people who've been inspired by the kingdom. TAT is looking forward to reading what comes in and introducing the winners to the wonders of Isan."

Contact Information
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Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
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As well as state-of-the-art venues, professionalism and planning expertise, much of the success of the recent World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit in Bangkok came down to the Thai touch and unique local Thai experiences offered to all delegates at this high-profile global event.


H.E. General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand delivered opening remarks at 2017 WTTC Global Summit in Bangkok


An international event on a very Thai stage
The world's biggest travel event, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit was held for the first time ever in Southeast Asia and was hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

The event saw more than 800 delegates from 58 countries including world leaders, ministers, and tourism industry leaders and professionals visit Bangkok from 26-27 April, 2017, for meetings and discussions about the future of the industry. Enhancing, and no doubt ensuring the event's huge success, was the touch of Thainess provided at the event, the gala dinner and the memorable trips arranged by TAT.

As TAT is currently promoting unique local Thai experiences, delegates were treated to a range of Thai activities and traditional entertainment. At the welcome Gala Dinner on 26 April, there were performances of Thai dancing and music, Muay Thai displays, Thai snacks and drinks, and a showcase of local arts and crafts. TAT also gave delegates and their partners the chance to experience Thailand's glorious history and traditional ways of life in Bangkok and in the provinces.

The warm hospitality and heart-felt welcome of the Thai people were conducive to creating a friendly atmosphere that ensured the WTTC summit was conducted in a spirit of international cooperation. This is always a bonus in global summits and shows why the kingdom is the best stage for international events.


The welcome gala showcased some of the unique Thai local experiences


Why Bangkok was the perfect venue
Bangkok has been voted as one of the world's top tourism destinations for several years and in 2016 was the gateway for most of the nearly 32 million tourists who visited Thailand. So the city was the natural choice for an international event like this WTTC Global Summit.
Thailand has so much to offer tourists from an amazing history, wonderful cuisine, beautiful beaches and welcoming people. And Bangkok, with its famously luxurious hotels, first-class meeting and conference venues, and track record of hosting international events makes it highly attractive to event organisers. The bustling city also offers a wealth of entertainment and shopping for meeting delegates and their partners to enjoy when the Summit ended.
A challenging event which ran as smooth as Thai silk
With so many high-ranking government officials, international diplomats and world leaders coming to Bangkok for the 2017 WTTC Global summit, organisation, security and schedules had to be prepared months in advance. This was to ensure they were not only world-class, but tried and tested so the event went seamlessly and successfully. And this all had to be carried out while Bangkok and its citizens went about their normal business.

The expertise and professionalism shown by Thailand's experienced meeting planners and integration of the public and private sector ensured that delegates were impressed. Among them were Mr. David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the UK; Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, as well as ministers and high-ranking officials in the tourism and related fields from 13 nations, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, the USA, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. Not to mention Mr. Gerald Lawless, WTTC Chairman; Mr. David Scowsill, WTTC President & CEO, and leaders of many of the world's largest tourism enterprises.
A world of opportunities to come
Praise from delegates for the 2017 WTTC Global Summit should ensure that Thailand remains one of the first choices for organisers of high-profile international meetings and events. The success of the 2017 Summit also showed Thailand can deliver highly memorable events and can ensure security, entertainment and a taste of Thai luxury for both delegates and organisers.
TAT expects the high international profile of the WTTC Global Summit will mean that Thailand will have an enhanced appeal to any other events organisers who are looking to host events that come with a unique touch of Thainess.
The below gallery shows the 2017 WTTC Global Summit delegates enjoyed a post-event tour of Bangkok.




































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Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
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Bangkok, 9 May, 2017 - More than 200 spots covering the best of Thailand and the Mekong Region are included in a range of pre- and post-event tours to be offered to buyers and media attending the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2017 in Chiang Mai between 14-16 June, 2017.
From the Royal Projects set up by the Thai Royal Family to wean northern hill tribes off opium to the 1st Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge to an amazing range of restaurants, temples, attractions, palaces and museums, delegates will enjoy the best of Thailand as well as parts of neighbouring Myanmar and Lao PDR.


Chiang Mai


While most of the tours will cover Northern Thailand, the selection has also been broadened to include the coastal resorts of Pattaya, Chumphon and Ranong. A choice of six complimentary pre-tours will be organised on 13 June, before the TTM+ begins, and seven post-tours ranging in duration from three to six nights starting after the event on 17 June, 2017.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor said, "The TTM+ is our signature travel event and it is important that we use it to showcase the best of Thailand, especially North Thailand and its growing linkages with the neighbouring countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion.

"This is the second consecutive year that we are holding the TTM+ in Chiang Mai, and the response has been exceptionally good. We are confident that the spectacular range of tourism products, facilities and attractions will appeal to the buyers and media, and help enhance the appeal of North Thailand and the Mekong countries."

Here is the full list of tours:

Six complimentary half day pre-tours on 13 June, 2017:

1)Follow the King's Footsteps ; Exploring Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon, trek through vegetable plantations in valleys, and learn how hill tribes can live their life in harmony with nature.

2) Chiang Mai Night Food Tour; Hop on Chiang Mai's local bus to search for local delicacies available after dark.

3) Spirit of Lanna Craftsmanship; Witness the true spirit of craftsmanship in Chiang Mai's teak carving communities at Ban Kiw Lae Noi, Ban Thawai handicraft road and Ban Thip Mani's stunning museum.

4) Care for Elephants; Get to know one of the loveliest creatures on Earth and how to take care of retired elephants at their retirement home. Leave for the Thai Elephant Care Centre.

5) Welcome to the Thai Kitchen; Learn to choose ingredients, cook and enjoy authentic Thai dishes in a great atmosphere of Thai countryside. Visit the Asia Scenic Thai Cooking School which is situated right amidst rice paddies.

6) Life in the Slow Lane; Get a glimpse of easy life, organic living and art through an indigo dyeing workshop in a Mon community, Meena rice-based restaurant.
Seven post-tours starting on 17 June:


Nong Khai






Lampang






Ubon Ratchathani





1) Back to Nature and UNESCO Destinations; Chiang Mai - Bangkok - Ubon Ratchathani - Pakse - Ubon Ratchathani - Bangkok / (6 days, 5 nights) 500 USD/person.
2) Discover the Serenity of Chiang Rai; Chiang Mai - Chiang Rai - Bangkok / (5 days, 4 nights) 300 USD/person.
3) Family Fun; Si Chang Island - Pattaya / (4 days, 3 nights) 250 USD/person.
4) The Charm of Two Coasts in Thailand; Chumphon - Ranong (5 days, 4 nights) 350 USD/person.


Ranong




Chumphon


5) The Old Capitals of Two Countries (Thailand-Myanmar); Chiang Mai - Lampang - Sukhothai - Bangkok - Yangon - Bago - Thanlyin -Yangon -Bangkok / (6 days, 5 nights) 500 USD/person.


Sri Chum Temple in Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai




Mahathat Temple is located in Ayutthaya Historical Park, Ayutthaya



6) The Story of Rice; Nakhon Pathom - Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya / (4 days, 3 nights) 250 USD/person.
7) The Variety of Isan; Chiang Mai - Udon Thani - Nong Khai- Khon Kaen - Bangkok / (5 days, 4 nights) 350 USD/person.


Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
Instagram: TAT Newsroom


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Bangkok, 8 May, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is bringing back the Women's Journey Thailand campaign with all the highlights and offers to entice women travellers from around the world to enjoy a huge range of activities, special deals, discounts and privileges in Thailand throughout the month of August. According to the latest statistics of international arrivals to the kingdom, the growth of female travellers has risen significantly over the past few years.

Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Asia and the South Pacific said, "Today women are significant decision makers and powerful with high-spending power. With a full range of products and services that can serve women's needs, Thailand can definitely be the ideal destination. The Women's Journey Thailand campaign will showcase how women travellers can enjoy these products and services at very attractive prices when they visit Thailand in August."

TAT is bringing back several activities launched as part of the inaugural Women's Journey Thailand campaign, including the Lady Golf Challenge, Lady Celebrities to Thailand, Thailand through Her Eyes, Lady in Thai Fabrics, and Lady Bloggers. These activities are to enhance Thailand's positive image as one of Asia's most female friendly destinations.


Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak (left), TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Asia and the
South Pacific, and Ms. Natthaya Boonchompaisarn at the press conference to announce the launch
of the Women's Journey Thailand 2017 campaign


Another interesting highlight for this year's campaign is the appointment of Ms. Natthaya Boonchompaisarn, or Grace, the winner of The FACE Thailand season 3 as an honorable representative to inspire the lady travelers all around the world to explore varieties of quality products and services the country has to offer for this segment.

TAT is collaborating with various tourism-related businesses throughout the country, and has classified the products and services for women travellers into seven types. These include accommodation (hotels and resorts); health, beauty and spa services; shopping malls, dining and restaurants; recreation and entertainment; such as, theme parks; lifestyle activities; such as, handicraft workshops and fitness, and transportation services; such as, airlines and car rentals.




All the products and services as well as special privileges will be featured in the "Women's Journey Thailand" mobile application and the mini website womensjourney , which will be officially available in June.

Also featured in the campaign's mobile app or registered at the shops is a welcome privilege package for female travellers, which entitles a free SIM card with a data package from Dtac, a complimentary drink from Coffee World, and a discount up to 300 Baht from Grab Taxi. Additionally, female VISA cardholders will be offered a dining voucher from The Cook- Amarin Plaza, a shopping voucher Club 21 with the amount of 5,000 Baht at the Emporium along with complimentary gifts from participating department stores on Sukhumvit Road, all in Bangkok, as well as enjoy discounts at stores in 20 provinces across the country. Moreover, those with a VISA premium card will receive a complimentary spa and signature dish for rewards claim in advance.

Meanwhile, the Airports of Thailand and the Immigration Bureau will provide special 'pink lanes' for women travellers who visit Thailand in August.


Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
Instagram: TAT Newsroom


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