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Thailand revs up Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2017/10/16 11:50:00 (79 reads)




BANGKOK, 16 October, 2017 - Thailand is revving up to full throttle as it prepares to host the prestigious Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017 from 17 to 19 November, at U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport located on the Royal Thai Navy Base in Sattahip, Chon Buri province.

The Air Race 1 is considered as one of the fastest, most thrilling motorsports in the world and is sure to excite all who attend this high-octane aerial event.

According to H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, the fantastic success of last year's test event in Thailand proved once again that the kingdom is Asia's most reliable sports event host.

"Thailand is passionate about sport, especially motorsport.The Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017 presents a unique opportunity to showcase our multifaceted tourism, as we are very keen to welcome international Air Race 1 fans to the Kingdom," she added.

Last year, Thailand became the first country in the Asia-Pacific to successfully host a pylon air race during a test event in preparation for the full World Cup of Air Racing this year.

The sport is growing dramatically year on year and is the only international air race that allows aeroplanes to race at the same time.

The Air Race 1 is the international level of the sport known for 100 years as formula one air racing. It is true air racing in which eight aeroplanes race competitively against each other at speeds up to 450 kilometres per hour trying to finish first after eight laps around a tight five-kilometre circuit just 10 metres off the ground.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said: "Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand 2017 will enhance Thailand's position as a must-visit destination for international travellers.

"We are always striving for new ways to attract visitors, and this event helps us distinguish Thailand as an ever-changing innovator and leading global tourist destination."

The event is pulling in the creme de la creme of international air racing. Among them, the top five pilots who will be maxing out their aeroplanes include:

  • Des Hart from Scotland flying with the 'Sleeper' team in a 'Stock Cassutt IIIM' aeroplane;
  • Justin Phillipson from the United States flying with the 'No Strings Attached' team in a 'Shoestring' aeroplane;
  • Scott Holmes from Canada flying with the 'Outlaw' team in a '1993 Cassutt Racer' aeroplane;
  • Trevor Jarvis from the United Kingdom flying for the 'Sonic Zoom' team in a 'Cassutt' aeroplane;
  • Steve Temple from the United States flying for team 'Quadnickel' in a Cassutt IIIM aeroplane.

This elite international pylon air race marks the 50th anniversary of ASEAN's founding, and is part of the 10-day International Fleet Review 2017 to be held from 13 to 22 November in Pattaya City and Chon Buri's Sattahip District.
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BANGKOK, 16 October, 2017 - Thailand is imposing a smoking ban on some 20 popular beaches across the country as part of the country's sustainable tourism plan efforts. The ban comes into effect in November 2017.


Patong Beach, Phuket


These beaches are in the provinces of Phuket (Patong); Surat Thani (Bo Phut on Ko Samui); Krabi (Phra Ae and Khlong Dao on Ko Lanta); Chon Buri (Bang Saen and Pattaya as well as Tam Pang on Ko Si Chang); Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Khao Takiap); Phetchaburi (Cha-am); Phang-nga (Ko Khai Nok and Ko Khai Nai on Ko Yao); Songkhla (Chalatas); Pattani (Tha Wa Sukri); Rayong (Mae Phim); Chanthaburi (Laem Sing), and Chumphon (Sai Ri).

Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, "These beaches are among the most beautiful in Southeast Asia, and the aim is to keep them that way."

Many tourists include a visit to one or more beaches as part of their holiday in Bangkok and wider Thailand, and these beaches offer the opportunity to enjoy some unique Thai local experiences.

"People who do smoke need not worry, as they will still be accommodated. The new smoking ban on Thai beaches is aimed at maintaining a clean and safe environment for everyone and to help with Thailand's positive image as a wonderful tourist destination," Mr. Yuthasak added.

While the smoking ban covers the beaches themselves, officials say there will be designated smoking areas provided inland with refuse containers for the disposal of cigarette butts.

Cigarette butts, apparently, are the main reason behind the new smoking ban on Thai beaches. More precisely, the disposal of butts, or even more precisely, the disposal of butts in the proper way.

Thailand's Department of Marine And Coastal Resources says it has had to retrieve tens of thousands of butts from the sands of beaches, with this accounting for a large amount of all rubbish collected. A department official said up to 138,000 butts had been collected from just one particular beach - a 2.5 km stretch of Phuket's popular Patong Beach.

Come November, the new smoking ban on Thai beaches that has been making Thai tourism news recently will carry a fine of up to 100,000 Baht or a year in prison. Far better, it will be, to head to the designated smoking areas for a cigarette.

Officials say the ban initially being implemented on the 20 or so beaches could be expanded to all beaches in Thailand, if it is successful in tackling the waste problem. Meanwhile, under consideration is a similar measure against smoking on tourist boats.

Thailand became a party to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control on 27 February, 2005. Since then, the country has become one of the world's forerunners in the fight to ban smoking from public places.
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BANGKOK, 12 October, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) identified four model communities under the 'Follow the King's Wisdom for Sustainable Tourism' project in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.


Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, and Mr. Martin Hart-Hansen, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative,
presided over the opening ceremony of the "Follow the King's Wisdom for Sustainable Tourism" exhibition. Held in
Bangkok, from 4 to 8 October, 2017, the exhibition highlighted the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's contribution to
his principles as well as the tourism routes and products from the model communities.


Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "The project formed part of TAT's marketing plan under the 'Local Experience' concept. It aims at adding value to tourist's itineraries by offering local experiences in these communities' living under the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's philosophy of Sufficiency Economy."

The four model communities are Bang Pong Huai Lan, Chiang Mai; Chanthaboon Riverside Community, Chanthaburi; Ban Nong San, Sakon Nakhon and the communities around Nong Yai Royal Development Project, Chumphon. These communities were selected based on their implementation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's philosophy of combining natural, cultural and learning activities on a community tourism route.

Bang Pong Huai Lan in Chiang Mai offers visitors an oral history of how the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's wisdom turned arid farms into fertile land; learn traditional weaving; rice basket weaving; hear community folk tales while enjoying local Khi Maeo dessert and herbal water. The village can accommodate six home-stays for up to 30 people.

At Chanthaboon Riverside Community, visitors can learn of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's wisdom on flood prevention and water reservation at Pakdee Rampai Canal Royal Project. Community history is on display at 'House 69' (community's learning centre) while a gem market visit offers chance to polish gems at 'House 119'. Not to be missed: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and stay at the 12-room Baan Luang Rajamaitri Historic Inn.

There are three home-stays at Ban Nong San, where visits begin at the Phu Phan Royal Development Study Center to learn the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's philosophy of Sufficiency Economy. Then tour village on local Isan 'Itak' vehicle. On route, learn integrated agriculture concepts; create indigo cloth at the Indigo Cloth Conservation Group. Must visit: Nam Pung Dam that generates electricity, prevents flood and irrigates agriculture in Sakon Nakhon and Nakhon Phanom.

Many communities around Nong Yai Royal Development Project in Chumphon benefit from flood prevention initiatives under the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Agriculture Learning Center which covers over 200 acres of paddy and vegetable fields, fruit and other orchards. Learn how Nipa Palm grow in brackish water and make palm sugar, support mangrove reforestation or stay at Ban Mai Chai Khlong Homestay.

More details at www.tourismthailand.org/kingwisdom (in Thai only)
Or call the TAT Contact Centre 1672
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Nok Air launches new flight between Mae Sot and Yangon

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2017/10/9 11:00:00 (101 reads)
Bangkok, 09 October, 2017 - Nok Air is launching a new international direct flight between Mae Sot and Yangon, starting from 29 October. The airline began accepting reservations on the route from 19 September.

From October to December, this year, Nok Air will operate three return flights per week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

From January to February, next year, the frequency will be increased to four return flights per week, with an extra flight on Thursday.

From March 2018 onwards, there will be a new return flight every Saturday, bringing the frequency on the Mae Sot - Yangon route to five flights per week.

Nok Air will operate on the route using its new Bombardier Q400 aircraft with 86 seats.






Mae Sot is Thailand's westernmost district, located about 86 kilometres from the city of Tak. Facing Myanmar on the opposite bank of the Moei river, Mae Sot is a major trading spot for jade and gems and for general shopping for Burmese clothing, decorative items, original Burmese blankets and slippers, and so on.



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Thailand hosted ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Youth Summit 2017

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2017/10/6 11:20:00 (72 reads)
Bangkok, 6 October, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports recently hosted the ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Youth Summit 2017, from 18 to 24 September in Bangkok.




The event was attended by 46 delegates, including tourism youth and officials from the National Tourism Organisations of ASEAN member states as well as Japan. The participants continued their activities in the Philippines, from 25-30 September, 2017.

The ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Youth Summit 2017 was co-hosted by Thailand and the Philippines with the aim to promote a network of tourism youth in the region. The event was held under the theme 'ASEAN Plus Three Youth for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism Development' in line with the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan for 2016-2025 and to mark the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in 2017.

Dr. Walailak Noypayak, TAT Executive Director for ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Region said, "TAT recognises the importance of developing a sustainable and well-integrated tourism industry, for which close cooperation with all concerned is required. This tourism youth initiative is a great tool to build love and understanding, and can lead to balanced sustainable tourism development both for Thailand and the region."

In Bangkok, delegates of the ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Youth Summit 2017 attended a meeting on 21 September at the Berkeley Hotel Pratunam. They were also hosted to several activities that focused on unique Thai local experiences during the seven-day trip.

This included the 'Bangkok Hidden Treasure Hunt' at Nang Loeng Market, where delegates had the chance to try their hand at many local experiences including a Lakhon Chatri, lesson, one of the oldest forms of Thai music and dance arts. They also learned how to make Thai iced-tea, a traditional dessert and one of Thailand's all-time favourite dishes, Som Tam.




"Delegates were keen to learn about unique Thai local experiences, and enthusiastically shared their experiences with their friends and followers on Instagram. The interaction among delegates plus the community people helps build a better understanding of the Thai culture and local way of life," said Dr. Walailak.

Following the completion of the 13-day trip in Thailand and the Philippines, a group of youth will be selected to attend the ASEAN Plus Three Youth for Competitive and Sustainable Tourism Development project in Japan, from 15 to 19 October, 2017.

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