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The 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition is focused on TAT's Open to the New Shades communication concept, with entries welcome from 1 January 2018




Bangkok, 26 December, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) new communication concept of 'Open to the New Shades' is the focus of the eagerly awaited third edition of the TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand 2018 competition, for which blogs and photos can be submitted beginning 1 January 2018.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said: "Bloggers can share their experiences in Thailand with a real sense of passion and thus inspire their audiences to visit the kingdom. This is a trend we very much support, in the way it can show the world's travellers there is so much to see and do in 'Amazing Thailand' either for the first time or from a new perspective."

Bloggers entering the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition can find plenty of inspiration in the 'Open to the New Shades' concept, in preparing their submissions.

This could be in the area of Gastronomy, for example, in which Thailand serves up an endless array of experiences from delicious street food to fine-dining restaurants to cooking classes to intriguing food tours.

Arts and Crafts is another element of the new communication campaign, with local wisdom, fascinating festivals and world-class artisans to be found throughout Thailand.

In terms of Nature and Beaches, Thailand offers outstanding natural sites and stunning landscapes from the North to the South and West to East. The beaches of the South are renowned as being among the most beautiful in Asia.

Culture is another fascinating area in which bloggers are presented with endless opportunities to discover new perspectives of Thailand, whether in the area of religion, sports or the arts for example, or to build on memorable experiences enjoyed on earlier visits.

Way of Life is another element of the 'Open to the New Shades' campaign and one that abounds with unique Thai local experiences. Bloggers can build their competition entries around the warmth and hospitality of a farm tour or homestay they might take in Thailand, or their mind-boggling exploration of a bustling street market. The opportunities are many and widespread throughout the country.

Bloggers can submit their entries to the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition between 1 January and 15 February, 2018. The voting period is from 1 January to 15 March, 2018, with the winners' announcement to be made in the last week of March.

As in previous years, the winners will be treated to a return airfare and an all-expenses-paid trip in Thailand. This time around, the trip routing will be highlighting the 'Colours of the East', combining the capital Bangkok with the cultural charms and natural wonders of Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, and take place in May 2018.

More information on the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition, including rules and requirements for submitting entries, can be found at http://blog.tatnews.org/
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Bangkok, 21 December, 2017 - The number of Americans visiting Thailand annually hit the 1-million mark today, setting a new record for Thailand's No 1 source market from the Americas Region, where the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) operates two offices in New York and Los Angeles, USA.




Mr. Nathaniel Alexander Way, Thailand's 1 millionth American tourist for 2017, is a pharmaceutical scientist from Santa Babara, California. He arrived in Bangkok this late morning on EVA Air's Flight BR67 from Taipei, Taiwan. He travelled here on a 10-day honeymoon, with an itinerary focussing on nature and Thai local experiences in Bangkok, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi (Ao Nang) and Surat Thani (Khao Sok).

Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said, "This latest Thai tourism news is beyond reporting statistical numbers, but is a reflection of TAT's commitment and ongoing tireless effort to lift the 'Amazing Thailand' brand awareness in the USA market.

"The USA has been among Thailand's most important markets since the Kingdom began its tourism promotion. The welcoming of the 1 millionth American tourist for 2017, the first time ever for Thailand, marks a step forward for the Thai tourism industry in expanding the Americas market and in addition, the offering of endless Thai local experiences."







The TAT New York and Los Angeles Offices have been proactive in enhancing the awareness of Thailand as a 'preferred destination' for the Americans, especially honeymooners and luxury travellers. Among the activities have included the sponsorships for the filming of TV series, reality programmes and food shows in Thailand, including The Bachelor in 2013 and The Bachelorette in 2011. Another highlighted effort is a partnership with Virtuoso promoting the Kingdom as a honeymoon destination.

For 2018, TAT will continue its effort to spotlight Thailand as a honeymoon and luxury travel destination for American travellers, promoting luxury products, culture, beaches, Thai cuisine, soft adventures, local experience tours, Muay Thai lessons, and health and wellness trips, under the TAT's latest 'Open to the New Shades' communication concept.

As well as existing popular destinations of Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Ko Samui, new destinations to be promoted to American travellers are Sukhothai in the North; Ko Chang and Ko Kut in the East; Ko Lanta, Ko Yao Yai and Yao Noi, Ko Phangan, Chumphon and Ranong in the South, and ASEAN Connectivity trips linking the Northeast or Isan with Lao PDR. with Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani and Nong Khai as the border gateways.

TAT is hosting the 2018 USTOA Out of Country Meeting in Thailand from 18 to 27 March, in Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. In addition, it is stepping up cooperation with the strategic airline partner - EVA Air - to introduce several tourism offers to the Americas market.
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Bangkok, 15 December, 2017 - The Thai tourism industry hit a new record with the arrival of the 33 millionth visitor, and still counting. It is now well on its way to exceed the projected targets of 34 million arrivals and 1.81 trillion Baht (US$ 50 billion) in tourism revenue earnings in the full year.

Ms. Julie Nathalie A. Ceyssens, the 33 millionth tourist, also dubbed 'Thailand's Luckiest Visitor', was greeted at Suvarnabhumi Airport with a warm welcoming ceremony by senior executives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and other private sector industry representatives.



Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, presented a 'Thailand's Luckiest Visitor' shirt to Ms. Julie Nathalie A. Ceyssens, the 33 millionth tourist to Thailand


Ms. Ceyssens arrived in Bangkok this early morning at 05.55 Hrs., with Thai Airways International's Flight TG935 from Brussels, Belgium. This is the first time that has visited Thailand, and will be spending 15 days with her boyfriend, enjoying Thai local experiences in Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Ko Chang.

She received two economy-class return tickets from her original destination to Thailand, a voucher for a five-night stay at accommodation in Thailand as well as the "Thailand's Luckiest Visitor" certificate from TAT.


Ms. Ceyssens and her boyfriend were overjoyed upon hearing the great news from Mr. Yuthasak (right)


The "Thailand's Luckiest Visitor" activity was launched in June 2015 to recognise and reward the breaking record visitor to the country. With strong support from the public and private sectors, the campaign has attracted considerable international attention and enhanced the value of the Thai tourism brand image.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "We are thankful to Ms. Ceyssens for making Thailand her Preferred Destination. It is thanks to her friendship and support, and to millions of other visitors, that the Thai tourism industry continues to go from strength to strength. I would also like to acknowledge and applaud the dedication and commitment of the Royal Thai Government, the private sector and, most important, all those who work in this great industry.

"This has been an exceptionally good year for us. We are very pleased to see continuing interest from airlines to launch new routes to various points in Thailand, entrepreneurs starting new tourism businesses and young people continuing to find job opportunities. All this is happening alongside efforts to ensure sustainability and preservation of the socio-cultural and environmental product."


Ms. Ceyssens and her boyfriend were welcomed by offcials from Suvarnabhumi Airport Immigration Checkpoint, Immigration Division 2, led by Pol. Lt. Col. Panjawan Rimpadee, Inspector of
Arrival Immigration Sub-Division




Ms. Ceyssens and her boyfriend were also welcomed by offcials from Airports of Thailand, led by Mrs. Anocha Plinsut, Vice President, Special Affairs and Community Relations Department

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Thailand celebrates first Qatar Airways flight to Chiang Mai

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2017/12/13 10:00:00 (192 reads)
Bangkok, 13 December, 2017 - Thailand celebrated the start of Qatar Airways' latest direct non-stop service from Doha to Chiang Mai, bringing significant new sources of traffic by allowing visitors from Europe, the Middle East and Africa to connect to the Northern Thai city via the airline's hub in Qatar. The welcome ceremony was presided over by H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports.


In photo: H.E. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive (4th from left); H.E. Mr.
Jassem Saif A. Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transportation, The State of Qatar (5th from left); H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports (5th from right); Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (4th from right); Pawin Chamniprasat, Governor of Chiang mai (3rd from right);
and Squadron Leader Monthanik Rakngam, General Manager of Chiang Mai International Airport (2nd from right), at the ceremony to welcome Qatar Airways' first flight to Chiang Mai
from Doha


Qatar Airways will operate four flights per week on the Doha-Chiang Mai route with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which features 24 seats in Business Class and 236 seats in Economy Class. The seasonal service will operate from December 2017 until May 2018, and resume once again for the Winter 2018 season in October 2018.

H.E. Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, said "We are excited to be adding historic Chiang Mai as our fourth destination in Thailand to our extensive global route network."

"Thailand continues to grow in popularity with holiday-makers seeking to explore and relax in this beautiful country. The new route we have launched today reflects the increasing demand from our customers across our network for more high-quality leisure destinations, especially in the Far East."

Chiang Mai is Thailand's second largest city and the economic engine of Northern Thailand. It is also one of the Kingdom's must-visit destinations, and has received several awards and accolades, including the third best city in Travel + Leisure's World's Top 15 Cities for 2017, and ranked 12th in TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards' Top 25 Destinations in Asia.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: "Blessed with a wonderful climate, rich local cultural and natural heritage, and numerous Royal Projects, Chiang Mai is a testament to the TAT's latest marketing concept of 'Open to the New Shades' where first-time and repeat visitors can discover new perspectives in existing Thai attractions.

"Chiang Mai continues to benefit from convenient air access with a multitude of international and domestic flights, and the start of Qatar Airways' direct service from Doha marks a new era of connectivity between Chiang Mai and the Middle East as well as more than 150 destinations in the airline's global network."

From Doha, Qatar Airways currently operates 35 times a week to Bangkok, 14 times a week to Phuket, and a daily flight to Krabi. From 28 January, next year, the airline will add its fifth Thai destination, Pattaya, with flights between Doha and U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport.

Editor's note: high-resolution images are available upon request via prdiv3@tat.or.th














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Bangkok, 08 December, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a new "Experience Thailand and More" pocketbook, focusing on four key experiences that enhance its ASEAN Connectivity initiative with new destination combinations.




Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (above picture), TAT Governor, said: "This year, ASEAN celebrates the 50th anniversary since its founding. This, coupled with the integration of the ASEAN Economic Community, inspired TAT to expand our ongoing initiatives to promote ASEAN as a single destination with Thailand as the region's primary aviation and tourism hub.

"The launch of the four 'Experience Thailand and More' recommended travel routes that connect cities in ASEAN is also in line with TAT's latest marketing concept of ''Open to the New Shades', which highlights how visitors can discover new perspectives in existing Thai attractions, or indulge in experiences in new tourist attractions in the Kingdom and beyond."

These 'Experience Thailand and More' routes include:

'A Journey to ASEAN Ancient Kingdom', which connects the ancient cities of Chiang Rai, Lamphun and Chiang Mai in Thailand with Mandalay and Bagan in Myanmar while promoting Northern Thailand as the hub of the historic trails in the North of ASEAN;

'ASEAN Peranakan and Nature Trail, which links the Andaman coastal cities of Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun in Thailand with Langkawi and Penang in Malaysia whilst highlighting Phuket's distinctive Peranakan culture and distinctive gastronomic scene;

'Mekong Active Adventure Trail' that combines Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand's Northeast (Isan) with Si Phan Don in Lao PDR., and Stung Treng and Kratie in Cambodia. The trail showcases Buri Ram as the sports city and is ideal for travellers who love combining sports with adventure travel experiences;

'ASEAN World-Class Culinary and Heritage Cities' highlights culinary travel experiences in major and unique cities including Bangkok, Samut Songkhram and Ayutthaya in Thailand, Kuala Lumpur and Malacca in Malaysia, and Singapore. The route focuses on food culture, local cuisine, world-class restaurants and top things to do in the featured cities with Bangkok as the world's gastronomic hub.

The "Experience Thailand and MORE" pocketbook is available upon request via the TAT's Services Promotion Division.

In 2018, TAT will host the ASEAN Tourism Forum from 22-26 January in Chiang Mai. Among the post-tours are also included a number of ASEAN Connectivity itineraries, further strengthening TAT's commitment to promote ASEAN as a single destination.




In Photo: Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (middle), TAT Governor, headed the panel discussions on experiencing Thailand and more with experts in different fields, including Dr. Kosol Tang-Uthai (2nd from left), President of the Phuket Peranakan Association, speaking on cultural tourism; Mr. Chaichanok Chidchob (3rd from left), Vice President of Buriram United Football Club, speaking on sport tourism; and Mr. Lapon Sornpradit (2nd from right), travel professional from Grand Booking (Thailand), speaking on history and tourism. Joining them at the press conference on 8 December 2017 included Miss Thapanee Kiatphaibool (far left), TAT's Office of the Governor Executive Director; and Mr. Nithee Seeprae (far right), TAT Director of product promotion department.
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