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Bangkok, 4 June, 2015 - The special forum for buyers held on the first day of the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) during 3-5 June, 2015, in Bangkok, has received a high turnout, attracting more than 360 buyers.

Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), the TTM+ 2015 brought international tour operators, travel agents and destination management managers from 50 countries up to speed with a special forum that tied in with the trade show's theme, "Experience with Us" and reflected the idea that travellers want to "experience" and learn something new to satisfy a deeper need for participation, creativity,community, and idealism


Addressing buyers attending the forum, Mr. Pongsathorn Kessasamli, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing Asia and South Pacific said, "The two speakers, Mr.Somsak Boonkam, founder and CEO of Local Alike and Dr.Poll Theeraprappisit, have joined TAT in showcasing how international tourists and travellers can discover Thainess first-hand by experiencing the Thai way of life the unique way through creative tourism projects and activities that are set to lead to sustainability of local communities."

Local Alike, which prides itself as a social enterprise that bridges the gap between local communities and world's travellers through an online tourism platform, offers a meaningful and authentic Thainess experience for both tourists and local villagers. Some of the tour programmes have included a day as a fisherman in Bangkok's San Taw Community, a day as an artisan in Chiang Mai's Wua Lai Village, and a Mae Salong Homestay in bamboo dwellings on the hill.

Mr.Somsak Boonkam, founder and CEO of Local Alike said, "Of the total package price, 70 per cent would go to villagers and 30 per cent would cover our operation and marketing costs, and of the profit we gain, five per cent would go to what we call a social development fund for the communities we work with because our aim is to create tourism for sustainability of the community. We don't ask the community to build new facilities to cater to tourists instead we select communities that are ready to embrace tourists to experience their way of life in their unique way."


Buyers were also enriched with knowledge about the importance of 'rice' in the Thai way of life as Dr.Poll Theerapappisit walked the audiences through the Thai rice cultures and how they interconnect with other local traditions and rituals in a series of inspiring video documentaries. He also introduced the 'Rice Route of Thailand', the new food tourism journey that is designed to showcase to the world creative community-based agro-tourism as well as the creativity of Thai food's cultural diversity as a unique Thai way of life.


The sample the 'Thai Rice Route' programme highlights the Thai rice culture in the Northern and Central Regions, including Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri and Bangkok. Apart from agro-tourism, the proposed programme also features traditions and cultures unique to each destination; such as, Thai arts in local temples, and Thai wisdom and Thai way of life in local ethnic communities.

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Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
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Bangkok, 29 May, 2015 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to offer its heartfelt congratulations to the producer and organiser of Muay Thai Live : The Legend Lives for winning the prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015 even as the show has just celebrated its first anniversary.



Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Acting Governor of TAT and Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) said, "Since its debut in January 2014, Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives has been showcasing the time-honoured Thai martial art in such creative and impressive performances that foreigners can understand and Thais can appreciate. The show also complements TAT's "2015 Discover Thainess" campaign, which encourages both Thais and foreigners to experience 'Thainess' through hands-on activities, such as, Muay Thai."

TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence is the highly sought-after distinction from the world's leading travel review website. To qualify for the award, an attraction must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a constant volume of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Mrs. Viwan Karnasut, Managing Director of Thai Show 2013 said, "The Muay Thai Live team is absolutely delighted to receive such an amazing validation from the leading global travel institution TripAdvisor. We are thrilled to see that our ambition to share Muay Thai, one of Thailand's cultural treasures, with the world in the form of an exciting live show combining action and culture has been so well received."



Created by internationally acclaimed director Ekachai Uekrongtham, "Muay Thai Live : The Legend Lives" is a spectacular live show that tells the untold story of the origins and heroes of Muay Thai, spanning 300 years, from its origins to the present day. The performance boasts hyper-real Muay Thai fights, breath-taking stunts and jaw-dropping special effects, with the riches of Thai history as its gorgeous backdrop.

The show has just unveiled a bonus attraction : Muay Thai Live : Warriors Rising, a high-intensity after-show special featuring live Muay Thai fights. Due to these additional stunts, Muay Thai Live now positions itself as Thailand's total Muay Thai experience : the only attraction combining entertainment, culture and the sport of Muay Thai in action.

Muay Thai Live : The Legend Lives performs every night except Mondays, at 20.00 hrs. at The Stage @Asiatique, located in the heart of Asiatique the Riverfront, Bangkok's leading riverside shopping and lifestyle complex. Standard seats cost 1,200 Baht. Premium seats cost 1,500 Baht. Group deals are available.

For more information,
Ticketing hotline: +66 (0) 2108 5999
Email: reservation@muaythailives.com, sales@muaythailives.com
Website: www.muaythailive.com

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Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
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Bangkok, 28 May, 2015 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is joining hands with NCC Exhibition Organiser to hold the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2015 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok from 11-14 June, 2015.


Mr. Wiboon Nimitrwanich, TAT's Executive Director of Tourism Investment Department said, "The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2015 is held with the objective of stimulating the domestic tourism market and local products during the green season from June to August, as part of our Discover Thainess campaign. To encourage spending among local and international tourists, TAT has roped in participation from shops, malls, and tour companies, as well as accommodation and spa establishments in offering up to an 80 per cent discount on their products and services."


rs. Bussaya Prakobthong, General Manager of NCC Exhibition Organiser said "Now in its 14th year, the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair is one of the country's major discount events for tourism products and services. This year, a total of 340 exhibitors, including vendors and operators of tourism-related products and services have registered for the event, which will cover an area of more than 10,000 square metres of the C1, C2 and Atrium halls of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre."

The Fair will also feature fashion products from young designers who have made their names on the Internet. They will use this event as a stage to show their potential and further expand their businesses.

The four-day Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Fair 2015 is expected to attract up to 80,000 visitors, representing a 10 per cent increase from the previous year, and generate about 120 million Baht spending on the tourism products and services available at the event.

For more details, visit : http://www.amazinggrandsale.com/ (in Thai)

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
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Thailand invites cyclists and travellers to join Tour of I-san Loei Classic

Bangkok, 26 May, 2015 - The highlands of religion, philosophy, folk wisdom and tradition of Loei province in Northeastern Thailand is set to welcome some 300 cyclists from Thailand and around the world during the "Tour of I-san Loei Classic" on 7 June, 2015.



Organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the Loei Provincial Administration, Life and Living Bikenet, and Nok Air, the event is aimed at promoting green tourism in the northeastern region, or I-san, under the Tour of I-san Classic tourism promotion project.

Mrs. Somradee Chanchai, TAT's Executive Director of the Northeastern Region said, "The Loei Classic is one of the five routes being planned under the Tour of I-san cycling tour campaign. Four other races will be organised in Bueng Kan, Nong Khai, Nakhon Phanom and Ubon Ratchathani. Each will feature a scenic and unique cycling course that highlights key attractions in the respective province. The ultimate goal is to entice more tourists and travellers to visit I-san, where an amazing diversity of traditional cultures await discovery."



The 70 km Tour of I-san Loei Classic is open to everyone from professionals to amateur cyclists under two categories - A for road bicycle and B for mountain bicycle. The winners in both categories will be awarded with champion trophies and cycling jerseys. Applications for the race is open from now until 31 May, 2015, and for 300 cyclists only.

All race categories will start and finish at the Phu Pa Pao aka Loei's Fuji Mountain, in Phu Luang district. The cycling route features a scenic, loop course that travels past lush nature and through cultural and ethnic communities of Loei, including Suan Hin Pha Ngam, a strangely beautiful limestone garden aged around 230-280 million years - similar to the stone garden in China's Kunming; Phu Pa Pao and Phu Ho; and the Thai Dam community, known for the sacred Phi Ta Khon and Phi Kon Nam rituals.

Mrs. Somradee said, "The motto of Loei is City of the Sea of Mountains, Coldest Place in Siam, with Beautiful Flowers of Three Seasons' but there is a lot more to this mountainous province than meets the eye. Being the highlands of religion, philosophy, folk wisdom and traditions, Loei is home to diverse ethnic communities, and boasts something to see around every corner, from mist-shrouded mountains to historic sites, temples and local villages, all rich with cultures and traditions."

Loei can be reached via road (car, bus and rail) or air transportation. The province is located about 550 km northeast of Bangkok or about an hour by air, or seven hours by car. Nok Air and Thai AirAsia currently operate daily flights between Bangkok's Don Mueang International Airport and Loei.

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom

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Phuket Andaman Halal Tourism Festival 2015

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2015/5/22 14:40:00 (843 reads)


The "Phuket Andaman Halal Tourism 2015" festival is to be held during 28-30 May to promote the Year of Thainess and assure worldwide Muslim tourists that Phuket is "Muslim Friendly Destination".

Director of Phuket Provincial Administrative Organization (PPAO) Soratham Jinda said at a press conference that the festival is to be held for the seventh year under the cooperation of three local organizations - PPAO, the Central Islamic Council of Thailand and the Office of the Sheikhul Islam or "Chularatchamontri" in Thai.

Activities in the three-day festival are divided into two sections. The first one features academic seminars on "Thai Muslim Way of Life 2015" to be held during 28-29 May. Surin Pitsuwan, a former Secretary-General of ASEAN, will be one of the guest speakers to explore the Andaman Sea as attractive tourism zone for Muslims. The second section is "Phuket Andaman Halal Expo 2015" which will take place on the last two days of this month, 29-30 May.
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