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Hong Kong, 07 February, 2018 - Bangkok has been voted as the "Best City Destination in the Asia Pacific" for the third consecutive year by readers of DestinAsian magazine, a leading travel and lifestyle magazine. The cosmopolitan capital of Thailand was recognised "for its vibrant mixture of historic sites, contemporary style, cuisine and nightlife".



Mr. Ronald Liem (left), DestinAsian Publisher , and Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications

The award was conferred at the annual "DestinAsian Readers' Choice Awards" Ceremony in Hong Kong held today. It was accepted on behalf of the entire Thai travel and tourism industry by Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Tourism Authority of Thailand.

Mr. Tanes said, "We thank all the readers of DestinAsian magazine for their confidence. All of us in the Thai travel and tourism industry are very proud to be recognised thus. It is both an acknowledgement and reflection of our well-established dynamism, and a fitting reward for all those who work hard day in and day out to enhance our tourism products, services and value proposition."

He added, "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, all at great value for money. Over the next few years, you will see even more positive changes and improvements in what is known as the "City of Life."

Other Thai winners which received high ratings in the DestinAsian Readers' Choice Awards 2018 include:





CategoryWinner
Best AirlineThai Airways (3rd)
Best Low-Cost AirlineNok Air (5th)
Best First and Business ClassThai Airways (4th)
Best Economy ClassThai Airways (5th)
Best In-Flight EntertainmentThai Airways (4th)
Best Frequent Flier ProgrammeRoyal Orchid Plus, Thai Airways (3rd)
Best AirportSuvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok (5th)
Best CityChiang Mai (10th)
Best IslandPhuket (2nd), Ko Samui (4th), Krabi (9th)
Best Boutique HotelThe Siam, Bangkok (5th),

The Raweekanlaya Bangkok (8th)

Best Hotel SpaBanyan Tree Spa Phuket 2nd),

Anantara Spa, Anantara Hua Hin (4th),

Chiva-Som, Hua Hin (5th),

The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai (9th).

Best Hotel in ThailandMandarin Oriental, Bangkok (1st),

Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok (2nd),

Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel (3rd),

Banyan Tree Bangkok (4th),

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok (5th),

Banyan Tree Phuket (6th),

Anantara Hua Hin Resort and Spa (7th),

Four Seasons Resort Koh Samui (8th),

The St. Regis Bangkok (9th),

The Peninsula Bangkok (10th).



DestinAsian publisher Ronald Liem commented "We see the Readers' Choice Awards as a litmus test of how travel industry brands are doing in our home region. After rolling out a system of country-wide rankings in last year's edition, we have continued that approach, and it's wonderful to see finalists representing both major cities and more idyllic holiday destinations."

This year's poll was conducted between August and October 2017. The voting process involved naming a winner in each of 31 different categories including hotels and resorts, service residences, spas, airlines, airports, and destinations. Optional comments about the winners' standout attributes shed light on characteristics that readers deem the most important: friendliness of staff and services, convenient location, modern facilities, quality of dining options, comfort, and excellence in design.

The full results will appear in the February/March 2018 print issue of the magazine.

The DestinAsian Media Group began operations in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2001 and apart from DestinAsian itself, now publishes several lifestyle publications including DestinAsian Indonesia, Prestige Indonesia, and DA MAN.
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TAT launches 'Open to the New Shades' concept film

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2018/2/5 20:40:00 (160 reads)
Bangkok, 05 February, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a commercial film to illustrate its 2018 communication concept of 'Open to the New Shades'. The film is available for viewing on Amazing Thailand's YouTube Channel, or as presented here:



The concept film tells the stories of Thailand through the experiences of niche markets. The scripts present the amazing diversity of Thai tourism products and services under five sub-themes: Shades of Thai Gastronomy, Shades of Thai Arts and Crafts, Shades of Thai Culture, Shades of Thai Beach and Nature, and Shades of the Thai Way of Life.


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Bangkok, 05 February, 2018 - This year's popular Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF) held at Lumphini Park in Bangkok from 17 to 21 January was attended by 687,783 Thai and foreign visitors, up 8.64% over the 2017 event.

Designed to highlight key outstanding landmarks, cultural heritage, and the best products from the North, South, East, Central Region, and Northeast Thailand, the Festival allowed visitors a chance to immerse themselves in Thainess or the Thai way of life through watching and taking part in various activities available at the five uniquely-designed Thailand tourism villages.

This year, the Festival was visited by 651,188 Thais and 36,595 foreigners. They spent an estimated 390.5 million Baht, the vast majority of which (181 million Baht) was spent on food and beverage followed by crafts and products (154.71 million Baht).

The visitor survey conducted by TAT showed a satisfaction rate of 91.7% by Thai visitors and 98.2% by foreign visitors.

Amongst the 860 booths, the Top Ten Favourite Destinations were: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Surat Thani, Nan, Krabi, Kanchanaburi, Mae Hong Son, Trang and Satun.

Most visitors agreed that the TTF 2018 successfully showcased the boundless variety and diversity of travel and tourism products and services nationwide in one place.

Visitors were also pleased with the Thai traditional performances of each region, beautiful backdrops for taking photos and selfies, affordable products in the Pracharat Ruamjai zone, as well as the project to boost environmental awareness in the "lucky garbage" zone.

One very popular activity zone was "Follow in the King's Footsteps", a specific area dedicated to commemorating the life and times of Thailand's beloved late monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The Festival also included a concert performance by the well-known Thai saxophonist, Koh Mr. SaxMan and the Sound of Siam, and 20 musicians worldwide. Their repertoire featured a special 'Open to the New Shades' album of 13 songs that reflect the artists' impressions of the kingdom as a melting pot of history, culture and unique ways of life.

Visitors enjoyed food from Bangkok's 50 districts as well as regional dishes, a daily traditional or contemporary performance on the main stage and the "Discover Thailand" daily parade.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the TAT, said, "Because this festival was also widely covered by the Thai media, we are optimistic that the publicity generated will boost travel to provincial Thailand, in line with our strategy to promote the rural areas, better balance visitor flows and distribute tourism income nationwide.

"I would like to thank all the visitors for coming, and the many people at all levels who worked so hard to make this festival a success."
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Wedding Bells: Thailand to Host Amour Asia Pacific 2018

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2018/2/1 9:50:00 (256 reads)
Show will boost Kingdom's reputation as world-class honeymoon destination

Bangkok, 01 February, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today announced that Thailand will host the first ever Amour Asia Pacific 2018, a luxury travel trade event that will cement the Kingdom's reputation as the destination of choice for lovers and honeymooners from around the world. To be held from 14-17 February, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Queen's Park, Amour Asia Pacific 2018 will help spur continued growth of the elite romance travel market.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said "TAT is proud to support the Amour Asia Pacific 2018. We are confident it will help to underscore Thailand's reputation as a world-class romance and honeymoon destination, building on the success of the Destination Wedding Planner Congress 2017, which we also hosted. As a leader in this sector, we will continue to increase our competitive advantage in the romance and honeymoon market by innovating to deliver the latest products and services that couples value, while providing opportunities for Thai operators to meet with sellers from across the globe through platforms; such as, the Amour Asia Pacific 2018."

Thailand's renowned reputation as a leading host for honeymoons and weddings helped the Kingdom attract 1.1 million international romance travellers in 2016, representing 3.37 percent of all international visitors, and generating 1.65 billion USD to the Thai economy (or approximately 1,500 USD per visitor, per trip).

Mr. Richard Barnes, CEO of Worldwide Events said "Thailand is truly at the heart of romance and honeymoon travel in Asia, so we are pleased to be able to showcase the plethora of products and services on offer for today's discerning luxury romance traveler. The sector has seen tremendous growth, which has led to a demand for experience-based products that cater to a diverse range of interests; all of which will be on show at the Amour Asia Pacific 2018."

The Amour Asia Pacific 2018 is a luxury travel trade event specifically designed for the elite romance travel market, including honeymoon curators, destination wedding planners and romance travel designers. Organised by Big Worldwide Limited, a leading international tourism promoter behind major events; such as, M&I Forums in 2016 (including Europe, the emerging markets, and the Americas), PRIVATE Luxury Forums in 2016 (the Americas and Europe), and the Amour Europe Forum 2016.

The Amour Asia Pacific 2018 will welcome 77 high-quality buyers including both Romance Travel Buyers and Destination Wedding Planners. The show will also feature 84 exhibitors, ranging from hotel and accommodation providers to destination management companies from across the Asia Pacific including 15 from Thailand including Destination Asia, The Siam Bangkok, Conrad Koh Samui, Rayavadee Krabi, Keemala Phuket, Amanpuri Phuket, Trisara Phuket, Belmond Napasai Koh Samui, Four Seasons Resorts Thailand, St Regis Bangkok, Marriott Marquis, Splendid Asia Holidays, Nikki Beach Koh Samui, Anantara Group, and Como Point Yamu.

As a co-host, TAT will ensure that Thailand's gracious hospitality is extended to every delegate, from providing seamless on-ground transportation, to engaging networking activities, and an exclusive gala dinner and after party at the Nai Lert Park Heritage Home. As a TAT partner, Thailand Elite (Thailand Privilege Card) will welcome delegates on arrival, provide fast-track immigration services, and offer access to a Welcome Lounge.

To enrich the delegates' experience and offer them a glimpse in to the various shades of Thai heritage and culture, TAT is also hosting pre- and post-tour activities. Pre-tour activities include a Thai Boxing Class - The Legend Thai Boxing, a Thai Cooking Class at the Blue Elephant Cooking School, a Bangkok Food Tour - Historic Bang Rak Food Tasting and Culture Tour, a tour of Khlong Bang Luang (Royal Barge Museum + Baan Silapin), and a tour of Rattanakosin Island. Ensuring guests will leave Thailand with memories to last a lifetime, TAT's post-tour trips are to the island paradises of Krabi and Ko Samui, two of Thailand's key wedding and honeymoon destinations.

Amour Asia Pacific 2018 will be held from 14-17 February, 2018, at the Marriott Marquis Queen's Park. For more information, visit http://www.amourforums.com/suppliers/2018/asia-pacific.shtml

Displayed photo credit: Rayavadee Krabi

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Bangkok, 31 January, 2018 - H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurant, Thailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports, today visited a new exhibition currently on display at the Bangkok National Museum to celebrate 130 years of Thai-Japanese diplomatic relations.

"The History of Japanese Art: Life and Faith' is the first-ever art exhibition in Thailand that showcases a collection of antiques and artworks from all eras of Japan, from the pre-historic Jomon period to the historic Edo period.

The exhibition features a total of 130 antiques and artworks, including three rare objects that are also listed as national treasures and 25 cultural heritages.




The exhibition is aimed at promoting Japanese culture in Thailand, as well as to helping to strengthen the bond between Thailand and Japan even further.

During the visit, H.E. Mr. Weerasak also inspected facilities for people with disabilities to ensure that universal access to all visitors.












"The History of Japanese Art: Life and Faith' is being held at the Bangkok National Museum from now until 18 February.
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