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Chinese are back on Thailand trail

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/17 15:20:00 (717 reads)
BANGKOK, 17 November 2014: Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports says Chinese tourists visiting Thailand could exceed 5 million possibly rising as high as 5.5 million next year.

Tourism and Sports Minister, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, said: "Tourism dropped due to the political situation, earlier this year, but it is now recovering in the last quarter...the ministry and related tourism organisations are promoting Thainess to woo tourists back to the country."

She added the three month visa fee exemption for Chinese visitors expired, 8 November and was not extended because the market had made a recovery.

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Chinese photosThe minister expects 5 to 5.5 million Chinese tourists to visit Thailand, next year, compared with 4 to 4.5 million this year.

Regarding the now expired visa fee waiver, Association of Thai Travel Agents president, Sisdivachr Cheewarattanaporn, said ending the fee exemption would not discourage tourists.

"The measure worked well to stimulate Chinese tourists travelling to the kingdom...in October Chinese tourists travelling with the association's members increased 113.78% to 121,186 visits."

He added: "Although the government does not consider the extension of this policy, the market should continue to recover. However, we should monitor advance booking during December to January next year to see how the market performs."

"If the Chinese market drops we will make another presentation to the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and Tourism Authority of Thailand to bring back the visa fee waiver."

For the first nine months of this year, 3,097,436 Chinese tourists visited Thailand, a decrease of 17.37% from 3,748,703 visits during the same period last year, according to the tourism ministry's latest data.

Last year, 4,705,173 Chinese tourists visited Thailand an increase of 68.83% from 2,786,860 in 2012.
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Awards: A chance to be recognised

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/17 14:50:00 (736 reads)
BANGKOK, 17 November 2014: Tourism Authority of Thailand is encouraging tourism business operators to submit their products, services and marketing campaigns for consideration at the 28th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence.

The awards are presented at the ASEAN Tourism Forum in January 2015.

TAT governor, Thawatchai Arunyik, said he wanted a stronger representation at the awards and encouraged more companies to present their signature products for consideration.

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"We want to encourage any individual or organisation in Thailand's tourism industry that are proud of their products and services to put themselves forward for consideration. As the region is moving toward the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community in 2015, the Awards will help to further enhance Thailand's reputation as a top tourist destination."

The ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2014 are divided into nine categories: Best Tourism Photo; Best Tour Package; Best Airline Programme; Best Conservation Effort; Best Tourist Attraction; Best Travel Article; Best Marketing and Promotions; Best Cultural Conservation Effort, and Best Poster.

The Awards presentation ceremony will be held at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2015, which will take place from 22 to 29 January, 2015, at the Myanmar International Convention Centre in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

Among Thailand's tourism organisations and business operators honoured at past ASEANTA Awards are: Thai Airways International (THAI), which won the Best ASEAN Conservation Effort Award 2009 for its 'Keep the World Beautiful with THAI' campaign; dusitD2 baraquda pattaya, which won the Best ASEAN Conservation Effort 2011 for its 'Release of Baby Clownfish (Nemo) to their Home Reefs' campaign; and THAI's Royal Orchid Holidays, which won the Best ASEAN Marketing and Promotional Campaign 2010 for its 'Thailand Plus & More' project.

For specific details of each Award's category, visit: 28th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence.

The submission period starts from now until 10 December 2014.
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The best places to see beautiful flowers in Thailand

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/17 14:30:00 (947 reads)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has listed 22 best places to see beautiful flowers in Thailand under the 'Dream Destinations 2' domestic tourism marketing campaign. TAT Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, "Last year's inauguration of the Dream Destinations campaign was a success. For this year, we continue the project with a new highlight-flowers. Thailand is a tropical country, and there are plenty of exotic tropical flowers to appreciate and enjoy in different locations every month of the year."

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The 22 best places to see beautiful flowers in Thailand have been categorised in a calendar of seasonal flowers that bloom in different regions and at different periods throughout the year.

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January: Phu Lom Lo, Dan Sai district, Loei, for the wild Himalayan cherry blossoms; Chiang Rai for tulips at the annual flower festival; and Nakhon Nayok where yellow cotton trees line streets and roads.
February: Wang Nam Khieo in Nakhon Ratchasima is filled with chrysanthemum blossoms. Nong Han in Khumphavapi, Udon Thani boasts magical sights of lotus blossoms in Thale Bua Daeng (lake of red water lilies). Highway 3502 in Suphanburi turns into the yellow blossom road of silver trumpet trees. Chae Son National Park in Lampang is famous for the lovely pink flowers of Dok Sieo (orchid tree or butterfly tree).
March: Kasetsart Universty, Kampaeng Saen Campus in Nakhon Pathom where its roads feature the magical sights of blooming pink trumpet trees.
April: Khon Kaen, where the yellow flowers of golden shower trees are in bloom along the road to the Government Complex and along Kaen Nakhon Lake. Thale Noi Waterfowl Reserve in Phatthalung features the magical sights of pink lotus blooms.
May: Khlong Mahasawat in Nakhon Pathom is filled with white and pink lotus.
June: The flower field of Dok Pro Phu (Caulokaempferia alba) at Phu Hin Rong Kla National Park in Phitsanulok.

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July: Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Chaiyaphum where pink and white Siam Tulips are in full bloom.
August: The flower field of Dok Thian Peek Phi Sua (Impatiens patula Craib) at Doi Hua Mot in Umphang, Tak. The superb scenery of golden Sunn Hemp or Dok Po Thueang at Ramdaeng sub-district in Songkhla.
September: The dancing blue Dok Ngon Nak flowers come out in the meadows of the Phu Soi Dao National Park in Uttaradit.
October: Pha Taem National Park in Khong Chiam, Udon Ratchathani boasts a variety of beautiful wild flowers in full bloom.
November: Doi Mae U-kho, Mae Hong Son for the spectacular hills covered with the golden blossoms of Mexican sunflowers; and Nong Nooch Tropical Garden in Chon Buri for the vivid pink desert roses.
December: Chumphon for the blooming white flowers of coffee trees in Chumphon; Phu Rua in Loei for the beautiful Christmas fields; and Khao Chin Lae in Lopburi for the golden sunflower fields.
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12 hidden gems tourists shouldn't miss in Thailand

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 17:50:00 (1052 reads)
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is recommending 12 hidden gems that tourists must not miss when they are in the kingdom, as part of its new 'Discover Thainess' campaign, which aims to emphasise the priceless treasures of the country-the people, the culture and society. TAT Governor Mr. Thawatchai Arunyik said, "Among the so many attractions and points of interests Thailand has to offer, these 12 fascinating provinces of Lampang, Phetchabun, Nan, Buriram, Loei, Samut Songkhram, Ratchaburi, Trat, Chanthaburi, Trang, Chumphon and Nakhon Si Thammarat will surely give travellers something extra to remember from the trip to the Land of Smiles."

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There are 77 provinces in Thailand, which are assigned into five regions: North, Northeast, East, Central, and South. Each province contains unique cultural, historical and natural attractions. Among them, 10 major destinations (Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi, Hua Hin, Pattaya, Samui, Hat Yai, and Phang-nga) are currently drawing a number of tourists from across the world. The 12 irresistible destinations comprise two or three provinces each from the five regions of Thailand.

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Representing the North are Lampang, where time stands still, Phetchabun, mist shrouded mountains of flowers, and Nan, the most romantic province in Thailand. In the Northeast, two enchanting provinces not to miss are Buriram, where ancient Khmer and modern Thai civilisations meet, and Loei, the province with the most pleasant climate in the country.

In the Central Plains, two fascinating provinces are Samut Songkhram for its unique river-based lifestyles and Ratchaburi for its famous art and craft communities. Representing the East are Trat, which has been selected as an ideal destination to enjoy pristine islands and beaches while Chanthaburi is home to all fruits of Thailand.

In the South, Trang is the place to be for nature and food lovers, Chumphon for beautiful beaches and crystal clear sea, and Nakhon Si Thammarat for a variety of distinctive religious and natural attractions.

The TAT Governor said, "On top of the 10 major attractions, these are 12 spots that everybody visiting Thailand should not miss. International travellers may not know that these secondary tourist destinations offer all the distinctive traditions and cultural attractions, sites of historical importance and abundant natural resources."

For more information on the Thailand's tourist destination, visit: http://www.tourismthailand.org/Where-to-Go
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Laguna golf back on the map

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2014/11/13 17:40:00 (687 reads)
PHUKET, 13 November 2014: Laguna Phuket will reopen its 18-hole championship golf course in early January after a revamp by one of the world's leading golf course architects.

Laguna Phuket Golf Club, which initially opened in 1992 as Banyan Tree Golf Club on Phuket island, has been a favourite destination among local and international golfers for the past 22 years.

International designer, Paul Jansen's company Jansen Golf Design resigned Laguna Phuket Golf Club in a move the owners hope will elevate the course to be one of the best in Asia.

Jansen worked on the Laguna Lang Co golf course in Vietnam, which opened in 2013 and was subsequently named best new course in Asia at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit and was the host of the Thailand Open in 2009.

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New greens, reshaped fairways and enhanced water features have transformed the Laguna Phuket layout.

"Paul Jansen has done a fantastic job in improving design and playability, making the course more interesting," said Laguna Phuket's director of golf, Paul Wilson.

"We remained mindful that we are a resort golf course and therefore must appeal to players of all abilities. The four different tee box options allow everyone to enjoy their game," he said.

With 1200 on-site hotel and villa rooms - in internationally recognised brands such as Banyan Tree, Angsana, Dusit Thani and Outrigger - Laguna Phuket has traditionally supplied a third of the golf course's customer base.

"Around half the golfers who play here are international visitors to Phuket. Being within easy reach of the airport and other courses, we are confident the resort and upgraded course will attract more golf tourists to come and stay here," Wilson explained.
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