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Bangkok, 15 January, 2018- H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, and officials from Krabi and Phuket provinces as well as the Ministry of Tourism and Sports yesterday visited Krabi in the wake of the speedboat incident that took place earlier in the morning.

The Minister and officials rushed to the Andaman coastal province yesterday evening with the aim of reassuring all the injured passengers and crew of the speedboat incident and their relatives that everything possible is being done to ensure they make a swift and full recovery. They paid a visit to Krabi Hospital and Krabi Nakharin International Hospital where the majority of the injured are being treated.

Mr. Weerasak also held meetings with concerned authorities to ensure that all the injured people, be they tourists or local crew, receive the best possible medical treatment.

"I would like to extend my deepest personal sympathies to all those who suffered injuries and trauma. Upon reporting the incident to the Prime Minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, His Excellency also extended his sympathies and instructed all concerned authorities to help all the injured people get the best medical care for their injuries."

According to the official report by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, five people, including the captain and two Chinese tourists, were seriously injured while 26 other sustained minor injuries. The injured were taken to hospitals in Phuket and Krabi.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), also expressed his deepest sympathies to the injured passengers and crew, and hoped that they recover from their injuries and make a swift and full recovery.
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Bangkok, 10 January, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) invites local and international tourists to discover the Kingdom's amazing attractions at the Thailand Tourism Festival 2018 (TTF 2018), to be held in Bangkok's Lumphini Park from 17 to 21 January.

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Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (in photo centre), TAT Governor, said: "The incredible experiences and attractions on offer all across Thailand are being showcased at this year's Thailand Tourism Festival, or TTF 2018, plus a delicious array of food, fascinating culture, live music, and more."

The 38th edition of the festival will be made up of ten zones, including:

Zone 1: Follow In the King's Footsteps - the Art and Science of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Visitors will enjoy this captivating, first-of-its-kind zone, set up in front of the statue of King Rama VI (located at the main gate of Lumphini Park).

Zone 2: Domestic travel products - introducing all that's on offer for domestic travellers.

Zone 3: Discover Thainess in five regions - the Northern village will feature King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 'Sufficiency Economy Philosophy', information about local hill tribes, and Doi Tung coffee shops. The Northeastern village will highlight the region's refreshed image. The Central region village will feature a fun temple fair, and a traditional Thai house, with workshops on Thai handicrafts. The Southern Thai village will showcase how - as well as beautiful beaches - the South offers friendly local communities, preserved old towns and a thriving food culture. The Eastern village presents a 'Shades of Eastern' theme, with a cruise ship highlighting the luxury and family experiences on offer.

Moreover, both locals and foreign visitors are able to witness a cultural procession from the five regions, starting at 17.00 Hrs. every day.

Zone 4: Unique culinary delights zone - offers food from Bangkok's 50 districts and Thailand's five regions, including cooking demonstrations, giving visitors a taste of the vibrancy of the Kingdom's cuisine.

Zone 5: The 'Main Stage' zone - will host the opening ceremony and VIP reception area, plus a variety of Thai cultural and contemporary performances from leading Thai artists and celebrities throughout the five-day event.

Zone 6: The TAT Studio - will showcase the work of TAT, and its new promotional campaign 'Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018' as well as live streaming special activities at each zone via the LED screens installed throughout the event's venue.

Zone 7: Outdoor Fest zone - showcasing outdoor adventure tourism, plus a range of food trucks selling tasty treats.

Zone 8: TAT LAB - featuring fascinating products and activities targeting seniors, Gen Y, families and women, under the concept of LAB - L: Local & Global Linkage; A: Add More Value; B: Brilliant Idea. There will be workshops as well as panel discussions on related topics.

Zone 9: CSR 'Trash to Treasure' - designed to raise awareness among visitors, including an array of activities; such as, lucky draws and souvenirs.

Zone 10: Pracharath zone - held in collaboration with partner organisations including the Department of Mineral Resources; Zoological Park Organization; ThaiBev; The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand; Navy Tourism Centre; Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand; Lam Takhong Power station; Thailand Post; Nakonchai Air; AirAsia; Thailand Tourist Police; and Bangkok Mass Transit Authority.

The Thailand Tourism Festival 2018 will be held at Lumphini Park, from 17 to 21 January, from 12:00 to 22:00 Hrs. Visitors are encouraged to arrive via BTS Sala Daeng Station or the MRT underground Silom Station.

The event is expected to attract about 600,000 local and international visitors.

Photo caption:
1: Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (centre)
2: Mr. Thanit Tanbuaklee, Director of Bangkok Tourism Division (5th from right)
3: Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications (4th from right)
4: Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Deputy Governor for Policy and Planning (3rd from right)
5: Mr. Klissada Ratanapruk, Executive Director of Southern Market Division (far right)
6: Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing (5th from left)
7: Mr. Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, Advisor 10 (4th from left)
8: Mrs. Panjit Santhatkollakarn, Executive Director of Central Region Market Division (3rd from left)
9: Mr. Wiboon Nimitrwanich, Executive Director of Eastern Market Division (2nd from left)
10: Miss Somradee Chitchong, Executive Director of Northern Market Division (far left)
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Ayutthaya Kizuna Ekiden returns in its second year

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2018/1/10 9:30:00 (59 reads)
Bangkok, 10 January, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is once again proudly extending support to the staging of the second edition of the 'Ekiden' relay race, to be held in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya on 28 January, 2018.

This year's event has been renamed as 'Krungsri Ayutthaya Kizuna Ekiden 2018', reflecting a new collaboration with the Bank of Ayudhya, while key organisers remain unchanged, namely: the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, TAT, and Japan's Mainichi Newspapers and RKB Mainichi Broadcasting.

Mr. Santi Chudintra, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and the South Pacific), said: "In the second year, the Krungsri Ayutthaya Kizuna Ekiden 2018 will build on the success of the first year and will help strengthen the bond between Thailand and Japan even further, while showcasing the beautiful scenery, cultural and historical heritage sites of Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site."

From left: Mr. Noriaki Goto, President and CEO of Bank of Ayudhya; Mr. Pichien Limwangyu, Vice Governor of Ayutthaya province;
Mr. Santi Chudintra, Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and South Pacific); and Mr. Katsuyoshi
Seimiya, Director of Global Business Division, Mainichi Newspaper, at today's press conference to announce the Krungsri
Ayutthaya Kizuna Ekiden 2018

Ekiden, a type of long-distance relay race, has long been popular in Japan with the first being sponsored in 1917. The race requires a team effort with each member running a set distance with a cloth sash, or tasuki, which is then handed to the next runner in the team.

The inaugural Ayutthaya Kizuna Ekiden was held on 12 March, last year, to celebrate 130 years of Thai-Japanese diplomatic relations, and saw 400 teams with a total of 1,600 runners taking part, comprising 60 per cent Thai and 40 per cent Japanese.

The Krungsri Ayutthaya Kizuna Ekiden 2018 is limited to 400 four-member teams, with each member of the team running about 3.4 kilometres each of the 13.6-kilometre distance. Runners must register in a team format only, and in each team must have at least one Thai runner or one Japanese runner.

Japan is one of Thailand's largest source of tourist markets. In 2017, Thailand recorded 1.54 million visitors from Japan, up 7.21 per cent, generating upwards of 65 billion Baht in revenue. For 2018, TAT expects to welcome 1.56 million Japanese to Thailand.

Easy air access from Japan is deemed as one of the contributing factors. During this current timetable, ending 24 March, 2018, there are 194 flights per week between major cities in Thailand and Japan. In addition, there are new and increased flights. Thai AirAsia X recently increased its Osaka-Bangkok frequency from 7 to 14 flights per week, while planning to resume its Sapporo-Bangkok service as well as introducing a new Hakodate-Bangkok route. Thai Lion Air also plans to introduce new direct services from Fukuoka, Tokyo and Osaka to Bangkok.
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Bangkok, 4 January, 2018 - The Royal Thai Government has approved a series of tax deduction measures to promote seminars, leisure travel and MICE events in 55 second-tier tourist provinces nationwide all through 2018.

The measures will support the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)'s latest "Go Local" campaign, a landmark project to promote the kingdom's emerging generation of secondary destinations, better balance the distribution of tourist arrivals between urban and rural areas, even out the seasonality factor between the months of travel, and encourage more travel during weekdays to reduce pressure on the weekends.

TAT will partner with several corporations and organisations in both the public and private sectors to implement and promote the project all through the year.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: "When local communities grow, the country grows. With travel and tourism now widely recognised as a major contributor to grassroots economies, job creation and income distribution, we are now taking specific measures to ensure that the benefits are better distributed across the breadth and depth of the entire kingdom."

The target is to improve the ratio of both domestic and foreign visitors between main cities vs secondary cities from 64:36 to 60:40. The project will target 10 million tourists to travel to secondary cities and communities, generating an estimated 10 billion Baht in tourism revenue in 2018.

The tax deductions will be applicable for domestic travel to the following provinces: Nakhon Si Thammarat, Udon Thani, Chiang Rai, Lop Buri, Phitsanulok, Suphan Buri, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Nayok, Nong Khai, Sa Kaeo, Loei, Tak, Trat, Phetchabun, Chanthaburi, Mukdahan, Nakhon Sawan, Ratchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Phatthalung, Trang, Si Sa Ket, Prachin Buri, Satun, Chumphon, Sukhothai, Surin, Sakon Nakhon, Lamphun, Nakhon Phanom, Uttaradit, Ranong, Lampang, Roi Et, Mae Hong Son, Phichit, Phrae, Chai Nat, Nan, Ang Thong, Maha Sarakham, Kamphaeng Phet, Uthai Thani, Narathiwat, Yala, Phayao, Bueng Kan, Kalasin, Yasothon, Sing Buri, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Amnat Charoen, and Pattani.

TAT today held a meeting on the 'Go Local' campaign

Details of the Go Local campaign are as follows:

Enjoy Local

A TAT Plus online card will be launched specifically for use in local communities and secondary cities in partnership with F&B outlets, souvenir shops, shopping at Pracharath Sookjai shop, petrol stations, car rental companies, etc. Cardholders will get special discounts and mileage accrual for redemption with various domestic airlines.

SET in the Local

Encourage companies listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) to hold their MICE events; such as, conferences and seminars as well as corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in local communities and secondary cities in the 55 provinces, especially during weekdays. Partners include the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), the Local Administration Department and various Chambers of Commerce. A corporate tax exemption on income equal to 100% of expenses will be offered for seminars and accommodation rooms, transport and other expenses incurred for conducting staff training seminars in the 55 provinces. This is equal to a 200% corporate tax deduction for such staff training seminar costs.

Local Link

Cooperate with domestic tour operators and travel agents to offer incentives; such as, discounted meals when buying local tour packages covering secondary destinations. An exemption from personal income tax for the amount paid out to tour operators, hotel operators or homestay operators for domestic tours to the 55 provinces, but not in excess of 15,000 Baht in total.

Eat Local

Promote consumption of local food and purchase of local raw materials in cooperation with the Thai Restaurants Association, celebrity chefs, credit card companies, local banks and provincial authorities. Attract food lovers by organising "Eat Local Week" activities under the aegis of different TAT domestic offices all over the country. Offer opportunities to earn points and get privileges; such as, dining at Michelin star restaurants.

Our Local

Partner with the theme and recreational parks, museums and local provincial administrations to organise local community events based on their unique culture and identity. Specific activities will be organised to promote travel to different secondary cities every week, accompanied by rewards schemes for purchase of local arts and craft items and advertising support to promote the events.

Local HeRos

Organise "mobile clinics" to upgrade the quality of human resources at the community level, enhance their knowledge base to boost their competitive advantage and open up opportunities of the Digital Age. Support speakers, academics, artists and celebrities who can create and design locally-oriented products and services and help local communities access funding support.

Local Strong

Strengthen local communities through more integrated public-private sector cooperation, reinforce the supply chain and help improve the quality of products. Develop "Creative Tourism" to enhance the brand image and appeal of tourist attractions, and support new start-up entrepreneurs to promote secondary destinations.

A "Go Local" Directory will be launched to provide specific information on dining, travelling and accommodation for getting tax deductions.

Mr. Yuthasak said, "We want tourism and related activities to really benefit local people and give them a new source of income and pride. This project will allow many local communities off-the-beaten track to show off their unique Thainess while looking forward to a brighter future."
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TAT welcomes the New Year with spectacular Amazing Thailand Countdown 2018 celebrations in Lampang, Sakon Nakhon, Rayong, Phuket and Kanchanaburi

Bangkok, 1 January 2018 - Millions of Thais and foreign visitors to Thailand ushered in the New Year 2018 via Amazing Thailand Countdown celebrations held simultaneously for the first time in five provinces nationwide.

With colourful fireworks, food festivals, parades and music concerts, revellers in Lampang, Sakon Nakhon, Rayong, Phuket and Kanchanaburi bid farewell to 2017 and welcomed the New Year. All the events were extremely well-managed by the local city, provincial and security authorities, and went off without a hitch.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: "The celebrations were even more special this year because the Thai tourism industry has just broken another record with a milestone 35 million arrivals. Visitors came in from all over the world, especially our neighbouring countries, to celebrate New Year in Thailand, and we were extremely glad to have lived up to their expectations."

In the Northern region's Lampang Province, the Amazing Thailand Countdown 2018 took place at the Clock Tower Intersection, where the city's famous horse-drawn carriages were brightly and beautifully adorned with lighting decorations.


In the Northeastern region, the Countdown was organised at the Ming Mueang Ground in Sakon Nakhon province under the theme of 'Cool Isan'. The celebrations included street performances and local food and products including three amazing black animals - chickens, pigs, and cattle - raised at the Phu Pan Royal Project, one of the Royal Initiatives project

Sakon Nakhon

In the Eastern region, the Countdown was held at a popular seaside town of Ban Phe, Rayong province. The event was set in a cosy ambiance by the sea, and featured 90's and EDM live music along with local food by community chefs, DIY activities at several interesting workshops, and a clean-up activity.


In the Southern region, the Countdown was held at the Watch Tower and Standard Chartered Building in Phuket. Phuket's historic Old Town came alive with brightly decorated Sino-Portuguese buildings and a variety of joyous activities including traditional Peranakan cultural shows and parades, a carnival, concerts and retro market fairs. A clean-up activity was held on the morning of 1 January, 2018.


In the Western Region, the Countdown was held at the historic 'Bridge over the River Kwai' in Kanchanaburi province. Among the highlights was a special train crossing over the famous bridge just after the New Year was rung in.


TAT offices nationwide reported significant growth in both foreign and domestic travel to the Countdown provinces as well as surrounding provinces such as Lopburi, Ang Thong, Singburi, Chainat, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Samut Songkram, Samut Sakorn, Trad, Chachoengsao, Samut Prakarn and Chanthaburi.

Hotel occupancies in Eastern Region, for example, were reported to be 90 per. At U-Tapao Airport, charter flights came in from Russia, as well as 10 private jet flights.

Mr. Yuthasak said: "The Amazing Thailand Countdown 2018 celebrations were carefully designed to reflect TAT's latest marketing concept of 'Open to the New Shades' and the action-packed Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018.

"The Countdown stressed on five unique activities: Discovering new attractions or experiences, exploring a variety of local and international dishes, shopping for locally-made products, sharing wonderful experiences with family and friends, and helping local communities to thrive through sustainable tourism.

The Governor added, "This is a perfect way to begin the year 2018, as Thailand enters a new era of sustainable tourism."
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