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Bangkok, 1 August, 2017 - Fifty-six well-known women celebrities and bloggers from all around the world attended the Women's Journey Thailand 2017 Campaign launched to boost female visitors at a gala welcome reception at Nai Lert Heritage House in the heart of Bangkok.

Organised for the second year by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the event was presided over by H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, and joined by Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor. The month-long campaign is designed to attract international and local female travellers to visit Thailand and enhance the kingdom's positive image as one of Asia's most female friendly destinations.

H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul (centre, left), Minister of Tourism and Sports, and Mr. Yuthasak
Supasorn (centre, right), TAT Governor, joined by well-known celebrities and bloggers from all
around the world during the opening ceremony of the Women's Journey Thailand campaign 2017.

The global female celebrities and bloggers appointed representatives of "The Lady Celebrities to Thailand" and "The Lady Bloggers to Thailand" projects who are in Thailand for the launch are Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe 2015; So-Hyun Kim, a famous Korean actress; Tanya Sharma, an actress from India; two representatives of Nogizaga 46, a Japanese female idol group; Li Zhenying, Miss Universe China 2016; Anika Morjaria, a famous Indian moderator and presenter; Hadia Ghaleb, an Egyptian fashionista; Naeema Al Maqbali, an actress, moderator, and social media influencer; Oman; Ho Ngoc Ha, a singer, actress, and model, Vietnam; Vaniphone Phumexay, Miss Vientiane 2017; Ei Kywat Khaing, Miss Myanmar World 2017; Do My Linh, Miss Vietnam 2016; Esma Voloder, Miss World Australia 2017 and 4 runner-ups; Mary Ornborg, Editor in Chief, First Class Magazine, and Lottie Knutson, a Swedish journalist, photographer, and writer.

TAT has launched a special "Women's Journey Thailand" mobile app, which can be downloaded after registering for the access code. Registrants will get a "Welcoming Package" including such "goodies" as a free welcome drink by Coffee World, 7-days free Sim Card with WiFi by DTAC, and 300 Baht discount by Grab Taxi.

They will also get:
- 20% discount at King Power Duty-free Shops (except the airport branch)
- Special airfare for the domestic sector, starting from 1,290 Baht by Bangkok Airways
- Special car rental fee by Thai Rent A Car (499 Baht/day)
- 500 Baht discount voucher by the Siam Discovery Department Store (for women visitors)
- Free ice-cream cone by McDonalds Thailand (only during August 2017)

Thailand has recorded a significant rise in female visitors over the past few years.

Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Asia and South Pacific said, "Today women are significant decision makers and influential 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 launching many other activities as part of the campaign including the Lady Golf Challenge, Lady Celebrities to Thailand, Thailand through Her Eyes, Lady in Thai Fabrics, and Lady Bloggers.

TAT has also appointed Ms. Nattaya Boonchompaisarn, or Grace, the winner of The FACE Thailand Season 3, as an honorary representative to inspire female travelers all around the world to explore the variety of quality products and services the country has to offer for this segment.

TAT has classified the products and services for women travellers into seven categories: 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.

Full details regarding products, services and travel deals on the "Women's Journey Thailand" website, please click:

Download the special "Women's Journey Thailand" mobile app at App Store and Play Store

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Bangkok, 27 July, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting the Thailand Golf Travel Mart (TGTM) 2017 from 25-28 July in the stunning environs of Khao Yai in Nakhon Ratchasima. Once again, the event has seen golf tour operators and buyers from key international markets meet with suppliers and golf course owners from across Thailand.

Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2017 to promote kingdom as golfing hub
Mr. Tanes, Petsuwan (4th from right), TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) and Golf tourism operators from around the world came to Khao Yai to join the Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2017 and meet key industry buyers and sellers.

Mr. Tanes, Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) said, "Golf is big business in Thailand thanks to the amazing courses around the country that show off our attractive scenery while offering world-class amenities and famously friendly Thai caddies. This event has helped strengthen Thailand's position as a leading golf destination while attracting new golfers to play while enjoying the legendary Thai hospitality and unique local experiences."

The aim of the TGTM 2017 is to promote Thailand as a world-class and golf destination show how the kingdom's courses and tour operators are set up to cater to golf tourists. The event has also helped create new opportunities for Thai golf business operators allowing them to promote their services to vital foreign markets. It is hoped the TGTM will increase the numbers of golfers coming to Thailand to play golf and help raise revenue in all parts of the country.

More than 150 buyers from 32 countries signed up to attend the TGTM 2017 with the majority being from Asia (65 buyers) and the ASEAN region (48 buyers). These make up the largest golf markets due to the proximity of Thailand and the kingdom's excellent reputation for offering world-class golfing. In addition, 31 buyers came from Europe and three from the USA. A total of 95 local sellers representing Thai golf courses, tour operators, hotels and travel agents have also been attending to sell their services. Also, 48 members of the overseas media were invited to cover this event.

To ensure the best exposure for sellers and give them the chance to meet a wide array of buyers, the TGTM 2017 hosted a pre-scheduled appointment matching programme and speed-dating. There was also a media briefing to update visiting local and international golf journalists with the latest news of Thailand's golf courses and services, as well as associated tourist attractions. It also pointed out other activities can be combined with a golfing holiday; such as, Golf and Gourmet due to Thailand's reputation for its gastronomy.

The Thailand Golf Paradise seminar, on 25 July, hosted by TAT and the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT), was joined by Thai and foreign experts to share their valuable experiences in the golf industry including 'Wake Up Call for the Golf Industry' by Mr. Mark Siegel; 'Best Practice: Olympic 2016' by Mr. Neil Clevery; 'Understand Your Course' by Dr. Micah Woods, and 'Sustainable Golf in Thailand' by Mr. Pirapon Namart. The session had about 135 people attending.

In addition, around 50 participants attended the focus group on 26 July. The meeting between TAT and golf courses in Khao Yai and its vicinity highlighted on seeking joint promotions for the golf segment. Also, the session, joined by TAT executives, TAT overseas office directors, and marketing representatives, provided some advice on marketing strategies on how to strengthen the golf courses' competitiveness in order to promote the country as the world's golfing hub. Following the session, participants were able to discuss various related issues with the TAT overseas offices.

Many Thai golf courses and destinations have achieved international recognition and the resort towns of Pattaya and Hua Hin were voted as the Golf Destination of the Year for Asia and Australasia by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) in 2012 and 2014. Chiang Mai was voted the Golf Destination of the Year Asia and Australasia 2017 by 220 golf tour operators worldwide. In addition, in early 2017, Thailand launched the first ever Thailand and Japan Golf Festival to encourage more players from Japan to visit Thailand for golf.
Another highlight of the TGTM 2017 is a networking golf tournament for all participants, taking place on 28 July at the Bonanza Golf Club; The Rancho Charnvee Golf Country Club, and the Mountain Creek Golf Resort. This is to give everyone the chance to discover some of the up-and-coming golf courses and facilities in the region of Khao Yai.
"The TGTM 2017 is a great opportunity for Thailand's golf industry to show the world why Thailand is such an amazing golfing nation. But it also represents the chance to promote other attractions in Amazing Thailand; such as, our rich heritage, spirit of hospitality and unique culture," Mr. Tanes concluded.

For more information about the Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2017, please visit

Mr. Tanes, Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas)

Ms. Jittima Sukpalin, TAT Executive Director of the Americas Region

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Bangkok, 25 July 2017 - In a move to create more visibility and awareness of the desirability of Thailand as a preferred tourist destination in Eastern Europe and to promote self-drive holidays in the kingdom, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced its first-ever participation at the Hungarian Formula 1 to be held from 28th to 30th July, 2017.

The "The Amazing Thailand Pit Stop" was popular with Formula 1 lovers when it appeared at the Japanese Grand Prix in 2016

Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT's Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said, "This will be our fourth venture into the F1 community of fans, as TAT has already been associated with the Monaco, Australian and Japanese races. We are happy to announce our participation inside the exclusive confines of the Hungarian F1 Village and show off the charms of the kingdom."

"With the Hungarian F1, we want to deliver something unique and memorable. We have managed to track down a Thai icon - a Tuk-Tuk - that was driven from Bangkok to Prague in the Czech Republic by an adventurous young man Martin Mechura. So Martin and his tuk-tuk, will be the star attraction at the Amazing Thailand Pit Stop marquee."

The theme for the Amazing Thailand Pit Stop Hungarian Grand Prix is all about the opportunities that a driving holiday in Thailand offers the more adventurous traveller.

"As much as Thailand has a world-class airline, train and bus networks that reaches into every corner of the Kingdom, we're encouraging visitors to consider 'self-drive' holidays that enable our guests to stop along the way and take in the local culture, food and the natural Thai hospitality that is pervasive throughout Thailand," said Mr. Chattan.

Mr. Martin Mechura, who purchased and drove the Tuk-tuk around Thailand before deciding on a whim to drive it all the way home to Prague, said "I came to Thailand to explore more off-the-beaten track destinations, and this Tuk-tuk allowed me to do just that.

"Everywhere I went, I was met with smiles and laughter that a 'farang' (foreigner) was driving a traditional Thai 'taxi'. I drove thousands of kilometers throughout Thailand and bar a few mechanical issues, it was one of those bucket-list moments in time - and it was surreal that even in the deserts of India or the back roads of Romania, people asked me if I had come from Thailand - she is that recognised as a symbol of Thailand".

Mrs. Wiyada Srirangkul, Director of TAT Prague Office, stated that "the Eastern European market is becoming more affluent, adventurous and there's a wanderlust that Thailand is tapping into. So, given the Hungarian F1 attracts visitors from Hungary, the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, and Austria, it's a natural marketing venue for us."

"The Amazing Thailand Pit Stop has always been a crowd pleaser wherever we take the concept," said Mr. Chattan, "and this year with the Tuk-tuk, it will be a photographic and conversation focal-point for the 160,000 fans of F1 in attendance."
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Bangkok, 21 July, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that CNN Travel readers list seven Thai dishes among World's 50 Best Foods on its Facebook poll. The list is a reformatted and republished version of the original article published in 2011.

Tom Yum Kung (Shrimp Spicy Soup)

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "We're thankful for all the votes - a testament to the already solid reputation of the Amazing Thai Taste, which is part of our foodie tourism initiative to motivate tourists and foodies to embark on a culinary journey to taste signature Thai dishes in renowned venues across Thailand as the way to explore Thainess through food."

The latest CNN Travel World's 50 Best Foods list was compiled based on the votes of 35,000 readers via a Facebook poll. The seven Thai dishes in the list are Tom Yum Kung in fourth place, Phat Thai (fifth), Som Tam Papaya Salad (sixth), Massaman Curry (10th), Green Curry (19th), Chicken Fried Rice (24th) and Mu Nam Tok or spicy minced pork salad (36th).

According to CNN Travel writer, Tim Cheung, the original World's 50 Best Foods article, which was released in 2011 "stimulate some impassioned debate about the conspicuous lack of French dishes and the merits of ketchup over mayonnaise" and so the online publication "threw it open to a vote on a Facebook poll."

Mr. Yuthasak said, "With seven Thai dishes voted into this influential list shows how Thai Cuisine is increasingly perceived as a world-class culinary experience and Thailand a great destination for foodie tourism.

TAT plays a large role in promoting Thai Cuisine through several initiatives, including launching the Amazing Thai Taste campaign in 2016, publishing several publications about Thai dishes and ingredients and the best places to find them, and sponsoring a large number of food based events around the world.

This year, TAT has entered into a partnership with Michelin Travel Partner to publish a as well Michelin Guide Bangkok as with Gault & Millau to publish a bilingual Thailand guidebook in the Gault & Millau Belux 2018 edition. In May 2018, Thailand will host the UNWTO Conference on Gastronomy Tourism.

Thai Green Curry with Chicken and Plain Naan

Pad Thai

Som Tum with Khai Khem

Gaeng Massaman Gai (Chicken Massaman Curry)

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Thailand welcomes new Turkish Airlines flights to Phuket

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2017/7/20 11:10:00 (25 reads)
Phuket, 20 July, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to welcome the launch of new Turkish Airlines flights to Phuket in Southern Thailand. Phuket, one of the world's best known beach destinations with a number of award-winning beaches voted for by tourists, will host the airline's four direct flights per week from Istanbul.

Mrs. Pataraporn Sithivanich, TAT Executive Director for Europe, Africa and the Middle East Region said, "This new Istanbul-Phuket service is part of the collaboration between TAT and Turkish Airlines to meet the growing demand for travel to Thailand from holiday-makers from Turkey, Europe and Latin America. In addition, 2018 marks 60 years of Thai-Turkish relations, and TAT is planning to organise cultural and tourism activities in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Thailand."

Turkish Airlines inaugurated its Istanbul-Phuket route on 17 July with the first flight carrying 210 passengers, including 20 members of the media from Turkey. The journalists and writers also got the chance to visit important attractions in Phuket and nearby provinces, including Phuket Old Town, Wat Chalong, Siam Niramit Phuket and James Bond Island.

The airline plans to increase the frequency of the Istanbul-Phuket route from four times per week to a daily flight in the upcoming winter season, to cater to the higher demand for Thailand. Phuket is Turkish Airlines' 300th destination. The airline began a direct Istanbul-Bangkok service in 1989 and now operates 14 flights per week.

Mrs. Pataraporn said, "Since 2012, Turkish nationals entering Thailand have been able to apply for a visa-on-arrival and this has led to many more people discovering Amazing Thailand. We know this new Turkish Airlines' direct Istanbul-Phuket will ensure that more visitors enjoy the delights and unique culture of the southern region of Thailand."

Turkey is one of Thailand's important emerging tourist markets. In 2016, Thailand welcomed 74,568 visitors from Turkey, representing an increase of 17.97 per cent over 2015. This year, from January - May, there were 35,605 Turkish travellers to Thailand, up 2.66 per cent year-on-year.

The majority of Turkish travellers visit Thailand for a holiday, especially during November-January. Top Thai destinations among Turkish tourists are beaches and islands; such as, Pattaya and Phuket.
In photo: Mrs. Pataraporn Sithivanich (4th from left), TAT Executive Director for Europe, Africa and Middle East Region; H.E. Mrs. Evren Da?delen Akg?n (3rd from left), Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Thailand; and Mr. Bilal Ek?i (5th from left), Deputy Chairman and CEO of the Turkish Airlines as well as representatives from leading Thai and Turkish tourism organisations at the press conference to annouce the launch of Turkish Airlines' new Istanbul-Phuket flight on 17 July, 2017.
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