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Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha hails TAT for promoting environmental protection activities

Bangkok, 14 June 2018 - Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has hailed activities arranged by government agencies and private companies in the tourism sector promoting environmental conservation, stressing the government's commitment to reduce the environmental impact from tourism and related development.

According to recent news reports in local media, General Prayut also praised the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), citing examples on the Trat Dream Islands Run 2018, where runners helped collect garbage, and the World Ocean Day event in Phuket joined by some 60 entrepreneurs from Africa who also helped collect garbage on the beach. These examples were where TAT had successfully promoted the government's action and environmental policy worldwide.

Impactful government actions pushed by TAT include promotion for the use of environmentally friendly multi-use drinking containers, and the ban on single use plastic cups. This along with other recent initiatives by the Thai government, that were also well received, include:

'Thailand becomes first Asian country to join 'Upcycling the Oceans' clean-up effort', a global initiative by the Ecoalf Foundation to help clean the oceans of debris and transform the plastic debris into thread to make fabric. TAT's initial target areas under the 'Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand' include the East coast of Thailand (Ko Samet, Rayong); the Gulf of Thailand (Ko Tao, Surat Thani); and the Andaman Sea (Phuket).

'Smoking ban on Thai beaches to promote clean and safe environment for all': the smoking ban on some 24 popular Thai beaches across the country as part of Thailand's sustainable tourism plan efforts. The ban came into effect in November 2017.

'National parks and zoos to soon ban plastic bags and containers' whereby plastic and foam bags and containers will be banned from all of Thailand's national parks and every zoo in the country under a plan being prepared by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment as a step to reduce the estimated 45 quadrillion pieces of plastic thrown away every year in the country.

'Plan to cut marine waste by up to 50%': the Thai government's Department of Marine and Coastal Resources recently unveiled its plan to reduce marine waste by 50% by 2027. The initiative was launched to honour World Oceans Day under the 'Clean Our Ocean' theme.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said: "TAT is very committed to develop a further understanding of environmental mindfulness among Thai and foreign tourists and encourage all to join us in the development of Thailand's tourism to sustainability."

At the current Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2018, taking place this week from 13 to 15 June, TAT has placed emphasis on environmental sustainability, and encouraged delegate to help 'save the Earth' by using a TAT provided complimentary reusable water tumbler for beverages. The event directory is available in digital format only as the TTM+ 2018 shreds paper usage to reduce its environmental footprint on the world's resources. Finally, delegates are encouraged to bring their own beach bag to the event.
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Pattaya, Chon Buri, 14 June, 2018 - Delegates to the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2018 got a unique surprise when they were treated to a range of specialty gastronomic delights prepared by six celebrity chefs in Thailand.

The culinary fare charmed guests at the opening reception and made it an extraordinary event. It was followed by a VDO presentation on "Million Tastes of Thailand" and presentation of Certificates of Appreciation to the six celebrity chefs:

  1. Chef Thaninthorn Chantrawan from 'Chim by Siam Wisdom'

  2. Chef Luca Appino from 'Pizza Massilia'

  3. Chef Srirat Sripinyo from 'Sri Trat'

  4. Chef Napol Jantraget from '80/20'

  5. Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn from 'BAAN'

  6. Chef Phanuphan Manthananonth, Executive Chef and Vice President of the Chefs' Association of Pattaya City and the East Coast

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: "Although the focus theme of the TTM+2018 is a 'Million Shades of Romance', we felt it would be useful to surprise our guests and delight them with something extra special. It is not often receptions feature gastronomic creations by such exceptional personalities, and we were very pleased to work with them on this special occasion."

Along with the Chefs Association of Pattaya City and the East Coast and local Pattaya street-food vendors, the variety of Thai traditional food and beverage served at the reception included such delicacies as Khao Man Kai(boiled chicken with rice), Thot Man Kung (Thai shrimp cake), Phat Thai, Khanom Chin Kaeng Pu (crab green curry with rice noodles), Ho Mok (Thai curried fish), Hoi Cho (deep fried crab balls), Mu Yang (roast pig), Khao Soi (Northern crispy noodles), Sai Ua (Northern sausage), Khao Niao Ma Muang (sticky rice with mango), Khanom Krok (Thai sweet with a choice of different fillings), Khao Niao Sangkhaya (sticky rice with custard), Thai iced tea and Thai beer.

The reception was held at the Cartoon Network Amazone Chon Buri, one of a range of family-oriented theme parks that have opened recently on the Eastern Seaboard. It included special performances by KAAN, Live Band Show by Tee, The Voice, Spin the Fire Show, Dj Orawan and Ft Chai Saxophone Show.

The reception was attended by Mr. Ittipol Khunplome, Vice Tourism and Sports Minister attached to the Prime Minister, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of TAT, Mr. Wittaya Khunplome, Chief Executive of Chon Buri Provincial Administration Organisation, and Mr. Pakathorn Tienchai, Governor of Chon Buri province.

Mr. Itthipol, who was born and brought up in Pattaya, told delegates: "I have seen my home province change phenomenally over the decades. As a two-term Mayor of Pattaya, I can also claim to have contributed to that change from a small fishing village to Thailand's first beach resort for foreign visitors into a world famous resort city. There have been many ups and downs, but today I am proud to say that Pattaya and its surrounding regions are recognised worldwide as a family destination.

"We cater to tourists of all shades, providing a safe, relaxing, fun-filled stay, world-class hotels, wide variety of local and international restaurants, as well as shopping centres and markets featuring local OTOP handicrafts to global luxury labels, and more than 30 international standard golf courses," said Mr. Itthipol.

Mr. Yuthasak, TAT Governor, said: "After two years of holding the TTM+ in the Northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai, we thought it was time to shift the focus to the Eastern Seaboard region where many new tourism developments are taking place.

"Delegates will be able to see how the beautiful beaches, diversity of amenities and accommodation and ability to host large events can be combined to make Pattaya and the entire Eastern Seaboard an outstanding destination for leisure, romance, business, adventure travel, ecotourism and conventions."

The TTM+ continues on 14 June with tabletop networking and business sessions between the buyers and sellers, as well as media briefings. It will end on 15 June.

*For a photo gallery of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2018 in Pattaya, click here.
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Pattaya, Chon Buri, 13 June, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has unveiled a roster of "5-D reasons" why Thailand is the perfect destination for romance, weddings and honeymoons.

In a media briefing on the opening day of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2018, Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for the Marketing Communications, identified these 5-D reasons as follows:

  1. Destinations Extraordinaire: A wide choice of breathtaking locations that are perfect as the setting of the couples' most important day;

  2. Diverse Choices: Tailor-made wedding themes for couples by professional wedding planners; from a beach wedding, a luxury yacht wedding, Under the Blue Sea Wedding, to extravagant Indian style;

  3. Dream Hideaways: Couples can find a desirable place to stay together from a serene homestay to a deluxe villa;

  4. Delectable Tastes: Ranging from five-star hotels to Michelin recommended restaurants, or street food; and

  5. Distinct Hospitality: The essence of Thai romance celebration lies in 'Thainess' and heart-warming hospitality that shape the couple's experiences like nowhere else.

Mr. Tanes said numerous marketing and promotional activities are planned to reinforce Thailand's image as a global wedding and honeymoon destination. In the future strategy, TAT will categorise the romance markets into three main target segments:

  1. Pre-wedding market: China has come up as the potential source market, as Chinese couples are normally fond of shooting photos and prefer visiting Thailand.

  2. Wedding markets: These include short-haul markets; such as, India, Hong Kong and Australia. India contributes a huge share for this segment.

  3. Honeymoon markets: This covers long-haul markets from America and Europe. Due to the long flight to Thailand, a honeymoon will be more attractive to this group. Nearby markets like Indonesia, Malaysia and South Korea are also potential targets.

TAT has also identified potential romantic destinations including main destinations and emerging ones. Most of them are beach destinations, but each place is uniquely charming. In addition to Pattaya, the host city of the TTM+2018, these include Phuket, Ko Samui, Krabi, Chiang Mai, Trang, Trat, Hua Hin-Pran Buri, and Chiang Rai.

Mr. Tanes said, "When it comes to romance, people often think about two colours: pink and red. But, love is more than two colours. When you are in Thailand, there are a million shades of romance that enamor you. It might be either the crystal-clear blue of the sea, the greenery of the tropical forest, or the glowing sunset on the beach that counts."

He said the selection of Pattaya as the host of the TTM+2018 was also designed to enhance its status as a high-end destination and a romantic venue for couples.

Mr. Tanes added, "The Ocean Marina, where we now are, is a fine example of how the resort and its surrounding areas have reinvented themselves to cater for the upscale market."

In 2018, TAT expects to see a growth of 5 percent for the wedding and honeymoon segment. Moreover, the goal is to promote Thailand to be among the top five world-class destinations for newlyweds and honeymooners, and it seems that things are happening with regard to this aim.

Mr. Tanes also noted Thailand hosted the 4th Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2017 in Phuket , an event held for the first time in Asia. Moreover, Thailand was unanimously voted to be the venue for the Amour Asia Pacific 2018 by its luxury buyers.

*For a photo gallery of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2018 in Pattaya,click here.
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Tak, 13 June, 2018 -The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Tak province, Tak's Chamber of Commerce and related public and private organisations recently staged the "Eat, Shop and Chill at Mae Sot" event from 8 to 10 June at Robinson Lifestyle Centre, Mae Sot, Tak.

The "Eat, Shop and Chill at Mae Sot" was held as part of the TAT's Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018, which is taking place from 1 June - 31 August in Bangkok, Tak's Mae Sot district, Buri Ram's Mueang district, and Udon Thani's Mueang district.

The opening ceremony of the "Eat, Shop and Chill at Mae Sot" was held on 8 June and was presided over by Tak Deputy
Governor Mr. Chutidet Meechan and Mrs. Sujittra Jongchansittho, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and
Business, with Mr. TayZa Htut Hlaing Htway, Minister of Ethnic Affairs of Myanmar, and Mr. Khun Myo Tint, Minister of Pao
Ethnics as the guests of honour from Myanmar

The "Eat, Shop and Chill at Mae Sot" event presented 50 booths comprising community products, shops, restaurants and travel services. Among those presented were Gem Centre of Asia, SA Products, beauty products from Mae-Kasa Mineral Water, fresh fruits from Prathom Petch Plantation, Luem Pua rice from Kow Sai Jai community enterprises and On Mars restaurant of Thai celebrity DJ Aoy.

The three-day event also featured performances from Thai artists, including 'Most' Witsarut Himmarat, Rose Quartz band and 'Ritz' Ruangrit Siripanich, as well as cultural performances, DIY (do-it-yourself) activities and CIY (cook-it-yourself) with Finny the Chef. In addition, visitors who purchased up to 300 Baht received a coupon for a chance to win tickets from Thai AirAsia, and souvenirs from TAT and Robinson department store.

Mr. Chutidet MeeChan, Tak Deputy Governor, said Mae Sot is a Special Economic Zone with active trading activities between Thailand and Myanmar and last year's Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise promotions in the city was well received by tourists and the locals. He said he expected the economy of Mae Sot during this year's Green Season to be even more active than last year.

During this year's Green Season, tourists visiting Mae Sot can expect to receive special offers throughout the three-month Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018 from 270 participating shops, restaurants, hotels, accommodation, car rental companies and travel agencies across the city, including Robinson Lifestyle Department Store, TK Garment Outlet, Hong Long Mini Mart, Har Yak Group (2559), and Mae Sot Boonrooj (Boon Roo TV) Rimmei Market.

Mrs. Sujittra Jongchansittho, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business, said TAT expected that the "Eat, Shop and Chill at Mae Sot", under the "Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018" campaign would attract tourists, stimulate the local economy and increase tourism revenue in Mae Sot district.

According to Mrs. Sujittra, the nationwide Thailand Shopping and Dining Paradise 2018 campaign is expected to benefit the circulation and distribution of income in both primary and secondary cities.

"The aim is to offer quality products to Thai shoppers and foreign tourists, especially those from countries in ASEAN, East Asia, South Asia and Oceania, with the concept of organising and specifying special moments to stimulate sales in different areas."
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Bangkok, 7 June 2018 - The Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion' (TTM+), opening this year at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya from 13 to 15 June, is perfectly timed to support the Thai government's ambitious Eastern Fruit Corridor (EFC) Project.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, "The hosting of the TTM+ 2018 in Pattaya couldn't come at a more opportune time, as it corresponds with the Thai government's recent announcements on supporting the EFC. This is the perfect position for Pattaya as the gateway to Thailand's Eastern Fruit Corridor and that makes it a good fit for gastronomy tourism. The timing of the TTM+ 2018 is very auspicious, as it allows TAT to focus our Amazing Thailand's 'Open to the New Shades' campaign on Thailand's fast growing tropical fruit segment.

"Fruit plays a pivotal role in inspiring tourists who want to visit Thailand's Eastern Region, and we are delighted to help the government's project during TTM+ 2018 in Pattaya."

Mr. Yuthasak also mentioned that the 'fruit buffet tours' offered at orchards in the three Eastern provinces of Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat are increasingly popular because of their satisfying 'all-you-can-eat' concept.

This year, there are a total of 31 orchards in Rayong, 25 in Chanthaburi and seven in Trat that are offering fruit buffet tours during the 'green season' months from April to July. The top five favourite fruits with international and domestic tourists alike are reported to be durian, mangosteen, rambutan, longan and salak.

Most tours take visitors to the orchards in open-sided trams

The Thai government is implementing this comprehensive fruit trade strategy to move Thailand toward becoming a fruit capital of the world, as it is rich in many tropical varieties of high quality. This has made the Ministry of Industry responsible for the Eastern Fruit Corridor Project, which is expected to be set up in the 'Smart Park' developed by the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand in Rayong.

A feasibility study will be concluded in September 2018, with the arrangements of public forums to sound out the opinion of stakeholders. A survey on investor interest in the Project will be carried out between October and December. Construction of related systems will begin in 2019, and the operations of the Eastern Fruit Corridor Project will be launched in 2020.

The Board of Trade of Thailand (BoT) suggested that the Project connect with fruit-producing areas across the country, as well as those in neighbouring countries. The Project should also be managed professionally and should also include other products that will require cold storage development, as well.
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