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New Delhi, 22 November, 2018 - Thailand's capital city of Bangkok has won the top honour as the Best City - International category in the seventh edition of the India's Best Awards conferred by the leading publication Travel + Leisure India & South Asia at a ceremony on 12 November, 2018.

The award adds to a string of such accolades conferred on Thailand by readers of Travel + Leisure India & South Asia in the annual poll. Thailand was voted the Best Honeymoon Destination (International) in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018, and the Best Wedding Destination in 2011 and 2015, respectively.

Thailand's blissful and spectacular beaches, tropical climate, misty mountains, diverse and fascinating culture, hospitable people, exotic cuisine, and world-class luxury hotels and resorts attract visitors and keep bringing them back, so much that it features among the most popular tourist destinations in South East Asia.



Bangkok truly deserves the award for Best City - International category, says Mr. Isra Stapanaseth, Director TAT New Delhi Office (above photo, right). This year Amazing Thailand welcomed many top Bollywood stars at the 10th IIFA Awards in Bangkok. In addition, Bangkok was named this year's Number One city in the world by Mastercard's 2018 Global Destination Cities Index, the third consecutive year it has been ranked in the top spot.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said, "We thank all the readers of Travel + Leisure India for their confidence and votes for Thailand for many years. We are very proud to be recognised thus.

"Bangkok is known the world over for its superb attractions, outstanding cuisine and gastronomical delights, excellent hospitality, friendly people, exemplary service standards, exceptional shopping outlets. Over the next few years, you will see even more positive changes and improvements in what is known as the "City of Life".

India is one of Thailand top ten sources of visitors, and one of the clubs of countries that generate more than one million visitors a year. In January - September 2018, 1.17 million Indian visitors travelled to Thailand, up by 12% over the same period of 2017, generating an estimated 52.133 billion Baht in tourism revenue, up by 35%. TAT is projecting 1.5 million arrivals from India in 2018.

In 2016, 21.9 million Indians travelled abroad with that figure expected to more than double to about 50 million by 2020. The trip also cultivates Thailand's good image in India as a preferred destination among Indian travellers through first-hand experiences of the participating travel agents and media members.



Indian leisure travellers generally go shopping and sightseeing in Bangkok and Pattaya with an increasing number also heading to Phuket, Chiang Mai, Ko Samui, Chiang Rai, Krabi, Ayutthaya and Ko Chang (Trat). Recent years have also shown a marked rise in the number of Indian film-makers, MICE delegates, wedding parties and honeymooners.
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Phuket launches ground breaking 'No Foam No Plastic' initiative

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2018/11/21 13:40:00 (117 reads)
Bangkok, 21 November, 2018 - Phuket's public and private sectors recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a ground breaking 'No Foam No Plastic' initiative at the Phuket Sustainable Tourism Blueprint 2018 held on 9 November.

The MOU was signed by key private and public sector stakeholders on the island including Phuket Province and heads of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office, Phuket Tourism Council, Thai Hotels Association Southern Chapter, Phuket Industrial Council, Patong Hotels Association, Kata-Karon Hotels Association and the Phuket Chamber of Commerce.


Patong Beach, Phuket

TAT Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said, "This is an important step in the right direction in line with the Thai government's 'Thailand 4.0' sustainable tourism development goal. Hopefully, Phuket will be a positive case study that the whole country could follow.

"The importance of Phuket as one of Thailand's most high profile tourist destinations shouldn't be under estimated."


Sino-Portuguese Building, the old Building in Phuket Old Town, Phuket

TAT curates three concepts to promote 55 secondary cities

[ Tourism News ] Posted by root on 2018/11/21 11:40:00 (38 reads)
Bangkok, 21 November 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has curated three concepts for promoting the group of 55 secondary destinations to help develop and market their tourism economies and cultural assets in an environmentally-friendly way.

These 55 provinces, which get less than four million local and foreign tourists a year, are to get increasing prominence in TAT's future marketing campaigns.

TAT's research has identified the need to position these secondary 55 provinces within the "big picture" of Thailand's development. The plan is to create conceptual models that are specific to each secondary province; such as, a sports city in Buri Ram and a wellness city in Chiang Rai.


Car Racing at Buriram International Circuit (BRIC), Buri Ram

The research has shown that there are more than 4,000 tourist attractions and over 8,000 accommodation units in the secondary destinations as of 2018. This creates enormous opportunities to help each of them look unique and interesting.

The promotion is in line with the government's policy to promote and strengthen the tourism sector with inspiring attractions, strengthen the foundations of tourism, and make it a major source of progress in the secondary destinations nationwide.

A survey of the TAT Intelligence Centre (TATIC) about travel trends showed that in the first half of 2018, the 55 secondary destinations hosted 2,288,164 foreign visitors. The top five source markets were Lao PDr. (513,046), China (235,573), United Kingdom (110,942), Germany (103,912), and France (84,380).

Lao PDR. was number one because it shares a land border with one of Thailand's Northeastern city destinations, Nong Khai.


A U-shaped skywalk at Pha Tak Suea Temple, Nong Khai

The most visited secondary destinations (hosting over 100,000 tourists) are Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Chiang Rai and Mae Hong Son. The cities receiving between 55,001-100,000 tourists are Ubon Ratchathani, Mukdahan and Satun.

The three tourism promotion concepts for the secondary destinations identified by TAT are:

1. Local Experience: Provide visitors with an in-depth experience; such as, community-based tourism, lifestyle, wisdom, local identity and distinction of each area.

2. Future Challenge: Secondary cities have enormous potential to expand their economies and boost the income of the local people if the tourism industry is developed in a sustainable and well-planned manner.

3. Connecting Destinations: Connecting Thailand's big cities with smaller cities and also connecting them with neighbouring countries. There are 29 destinations adjacent to the primary cities, 22 airports in these destinations, and 10 destinations with immigration checkpoints.

The key point of promoting the secondary destinations is to have them serve as connecting points to other places, including the neighbouring countries, with smooth and seamless connectivity via the primary cities.


Phrathat Doi Kong Mu Temple, Mae Hong Son

In October 2018, TAT launched domestic activities to invite tourists to "Visit a Secondary City: Must Try, Must Love and Must Care" by focusing on promoting low-carbon tourism in the secondary destinations as well as promoting and creating awareness of eco-friendly tourism.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT, said, "This activity is designed to better distribute tourism income and visitation from the primary to secondary cities, boost exposure of Thai culture and traditions, and enhance community sustainability."

The primary demographic segment is the Generation Y group, young people born between 1980-2000 who are technology-savvy, and have the time and money to travel for both educational and experiential reasons, and understand the importance of environmental conservation.

Mr. Yuthasak added, "Tourism is now very important to Thailand's economy as a source of jobs and income across various sectors, including small and medium sized enterprises. At the same time, over tourism can have an impact on the natural environment and climate.

"That is why TAT organised the "Visit a Secondary City; Must Try, Must Love, Must Care" campaign to generate low-carbon tourism in secondary cities. This promotes and create awareness of the natural conservation and ecosystems in the tourist sites, so that the younger generation can benefit from the sustainable use.

"Secondary cities are beautiful, full of culture and interesting activities. If we facilitate low-carbon tourism to these places, everyone can get involved in environmental conservation, reducing greenhouse gases and enhancing the value and uniqueness of each tourist attraction."


A Fisherman in Thale Bua Dang or Red Lotus Sea at Nong Han Lake, Udon Thani
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Bangkok, 20 November, 2018 - Over 25,000 runners from all around the world are set to return for the second edition of the "Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2019 presented by Toyota", which is scheduled for Sunday, 3 February, 2019.



Launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Thailand Tri-League in cooperation with strategic partners in the public and private sector, the inaugural "Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2018 presented by Toyota" was held successfully on 4 February, this year.

Mrs. Suchitra Jongchansittho, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, said the latest edition of the Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2019 is set to become the top event of its kind by year three.

"Organising world-class marathons in any capital city is challenge. However, with proper resourcefulness, Thailand stands to grow in stature on the global marathon map. For TAT holding any world-class marathon in Bangkok is a must to showcase the country's accommodation, transport and safety advantage," she added.

With over 25,000 runners, including 5,000 from around the world, TAT expects that the Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2019 event will help generate an estimated over 500 million Baht in tourism-related revenue for Thailand's sustainable economic growth.



The Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2019 presented by Toyota lets runners of all abilities choose from four different race distances: Marathon (42.195 km.), Half-marathon (21.1 km.), 10 km. and Fun Run (3.5 km.), as well as a wheelchair division (10 km.)

On Sunday, 3 February, 2019 marathon runners will start their race from Rajamangala Stadium, while half-marathon and 10 km. participants, including the wheelchair racers, will begin their day near the Loha Prasat of Wat Ratchanatdaram. Family runners are to start in front of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives.

The event showcases its unique city-centric layout that takes runners, depending on their race distances, past some of Bangkok's historical landmarks; such as, the Victory Monument, Equestrian Statue of King Rama V the Great, and Rama VIII Bridge before heading to the same finish line at Democracy Monument. There will be Thai cultural food for runners at the finish line, an expo featuring 70 outlets of sporting items, and varieties of merchandise goods and entertainment activities.

For more information and registration, please visit: amazingthailandmarathon2019.com
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Bangkok, 15 November, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with Michelin, has announced the second Michelin Guide in Thailand edition that continues to celebrate the kingdom's dynamic culinary evolution. The new Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019 is an expanded edition, featuring not only the capital, but also the surrounding cities as well as two Southern provinces.



The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019 offers culinary information in Bangkok, Phuket, Phang Nga as well as Bangkok's surrounding provinces - Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Pathom, Samut Sakhon, and Samut Prakan. In this edition, 217 dining and 67 lodging establishments are featured - with a total of four two-star restaurants, of which one is a new addition, and 23 one-star establishments, of which 10 are new additions.


TAT Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supaporn


TAT Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supaporn


Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: "Bangkok and its surrounding provinces are long-known as a melting pot of Thai culinary culture, but Phuket and Phang Nga are offering as plenty as fantastic gastronomic experiences. Thailand is indeed a world-class dining destination, and TAT is very pleased that Michelin has recognised this and has been helping to enhance the awareness among travellers from around the world."


The two-star restaurants

Of the 23 one-star establishments in this latest edition, Le Du and Gaa are the only two restaurants that progress from the 'Plate' - a designation given to restaurants for a good meal with fresh ingredients and capable preparation - to earn one star, while eight are new entries.

Among these new entries, five are located in Central Bangkok: Canvas, a restaurant where art meets food and every dish looks like a masterpiece, driven by premium local produce and a variety of techniques; Methavalai Sorndaeng, where the food has kept loyal customers coming back for more than 60 years, with its blast of flavours and refined complexity; R-Haan, a restaurant offering authentic Thai dishes, both regional and Royal Thai cuisine, using ingredients from all over the country; Saawan, where a set 10-course authentic Thai cuisine menu is the only option, using locally-sourced seasonal ingredients to craft creative and well-executed dishes that provide a truly special journey through Thai flavours, culture and art, and Sorn, a restaurant with a focus on long lost recipes and the art of Southern Thai cuisine, using ingredients sustainably sourced from a trusted network of farmers and fishermen, as well as refined and sophisticated cooking techniques.


The one-star restaurants

While the other two one-star restaurants are located within Bangkok's vicinity: Ruean Panya (in Samut Sakhon province), a family-run restaurant recognised as a hidden gem with an amazing combination of food and art, where the owner chef's attention to detail and the complexity of flavours make every dish worth the wait, and Suan Thip (in Nonthaburi province), a restaurant amidst a lush garden of trees and small ponds, where its refined cuisine is inspired by royal recipes. There is one restaurant in Phuket awarded one star: PRU, a sophisticated restaurant, tucked inside a luxury resort, offering delicate and neatly presented dishes created using many ingredients sourced from its own 96-hectare organic farm - even the butter is made in-house with milk sourced from Krabi.

In addition, three restaurants previously with one star - namely Elements, Nahm, and Saneh Jaan - have retained their awards, despite having new chefs at the helm.

The complete selection of the MICHELIN Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019 will be available in a bilingual digital edition (Thai and English) on the website www.guide.michelin.com from 14 November 2018 onwards; and a print version, available at leading bookstores for 650 Baht from 16 November 2018.

The 2019 selection at a glance:
4 two-star restaurants (1 new)
23 one-star restaurants (10 new)
72 Bib Gourmand restaurants (42 new)
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