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London, 6 November, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand will use the World Travel Market 2017 (WTM), one of the world"s leading travel trade shows, as a platform to launch its new marketing concept, "Open to the New Shades of Thailand".


H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr. Kalin Sarasin, Chairman of the Board of TAT,
and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, jointly opened the Thai pavilion at WTM London 2017


Now in its 37th year, the WTM London will attract almost 5,000 exhibiting destinations, technology and private sector companies to network with 51,000 travel professionals, key industry buyers, journalists, digital influencers, students and tourism ministers.

This year, the Thai pavilion at the WTM will have a total of 35 exhibitors including 29 Thai hotels, 4 tour operators, 1 airline and 1 other tourism-related agency. A number of other Thai exhibitors will be participating via independent pavilions. These will include Bangkok Airways and the Sports Authority of Thailand where visitors will be able to find sports tourism products; such as, "Muay Thai Angel" (Thai female boxers) including some information of the MotoGP World Championship in October 2018, at the Buri Ram Circuit.

The WTM is considered as the perfect platform to launch the new TAT campaign, "Open to the New Shades of Thailand". This will reflect another kind of "Thainess", which is the unique characteristic of the Thai people to welcome visitors of all "shades" from all around the world.

It will reach specific target segments; such as, Luxury travellers, Weddings and Honeymooners, Female Travellers, Families and Gen Y. Twenty-seven TAT overseas offices have been working with partners and tour operators to convert the campaign into substantial sales targeted at specific customer segments.








The Thai pavilion at the WTM has been elegantly designed to reflect the new campaign, featuring superb handicrafts specially designed by the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT). These include Ko Kret pottery, Benjarong and Sukhothai silverware.

The opening ceremony of the Thai pavilion will be held on 6 November, 2017. The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Royal Thai Ambassador in London, Chairman of the TAT Board, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Thai and foreign media will be attending the event.

At the Thailand Networking Lunch, the TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Mr. Tanes Petsuwan will address the audience with a comprehensive update of the Thai tourism situation as well as tourism products and services to be included in the "Open to the New Shades of Thailand" marketing theme.

Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana will also confer the Thailand Green Excellence Awards 2017 on six Thai tourism products and attractions at an event on 6 November.

On 7 November, 2017, the Amazing Thailand Happy Hour will be held at the Thai pavilion. This will be a more private opportunity for a select group of Thai tourism exhibitors (Sellers) to meet with 300 specially invited tour operators (Buyers), media and distinguished guests to network and establish business contacts.

Thai food will be served alongside entertainment by the Suanplu Chorus Orchestra, and the function will be opened for agents and media.

The United Kingdom is Thailand"s second most important European market, and many British people know Thailand intimately. From January to September 2017, Thailand welcomed 723,438 visitors from UK. Projected total arrivals from the UK are 990,000.
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Bangkok, 6 November, 2017 - Approximately 30,000 runners from all around the world are expected to join the first edition of the Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok presented by Toyota, which is set to take place on 4 February, 2018.

The event is being organised under a five-year agreement between IRONMAN, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Thailand Tri-League.

The Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2018 presented by Toyota will enable runners of all abilities the opportunities to choose from four different race distances: Marathon (42.195km), Half-Marathon (21.1km), Bangkok Bank 10km and a Family Fun Run (4km).

The event will start with a Sports and Lifestyle Expo at Bangkok Airport Rail Link, from 1 to 3 February, 2018. The Family Fun Run will take place on 3 February, on a 4km route packed with entertainment around the Airport Rail Link.

On Sunday, 4 February, marathon runners will start their race at 2:30 a.m. from Rajamangala Stadium, while half-marathon and 10km participants will begin their day near the Democracy Monument at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively.

The event will feature a unique city-centric course that will take runners past some of Bangkok's amazing landmarks such as the Victory Monument, King Rama V Monument, and Rama VIII Bridge before heading to the finish line at the Democracy Monument.




Amazing Thailand Marathon Bangkok 2018Organisers have worked with local authorities in order to offer runners an exceptional race experience - an early morning flag-off for cooler conditions and full road closures for a safe run. Runners will be encouraged all along the route by entertainment performances.

Registration will open on 9 November, 2017, at http://amazingthailandmarathon.com. An exclusive Super Early Bird discount will be available for 48 hours only.
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Bangkok, 4 November, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) last night hosted local and international tourists to a memorable Loi Krathong celebration in the historic environs of Bangkok's riverside Santi Chaiprakan Park. The event also marked the beginning the 'Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018'.




Mr. Kalin Sarasin (left), Chairman of the Board of TAT, and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (right), TAT Governor, jointly presided over the opening ceremony of the Loi Krathong Festival 2017 in Bangkok.




Mr. Kalin lit the candle on the krathong as Mr. Yuthasak looked on. They later floated or 'loi" their krathongs, a tradition which has been held annually on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month as a way of thanking the Goddess of River, worshipping the Buddha, and releasing worries and bad fortunes into the water.




During the opening ceremony, local and international tourists also had the chance to enjoy spectacular processions and impressive cultural performances, including displays and parades of Loi Krathong traditions of Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak and Samut Songkhram.




Tourists and locals also took part in a workshop to make their own krathongs with biodegradable materials, sample some delectable Thai dishes and snacks, enjoy demonstrations on the traditional Thai way of life including Royal Thai Cuisine cooking and floral garland making and of course, float their krathongs on the mighty Chao Phraya River.

Last night, the Loi Krathong Festival 2017 was also celebrated at various destinations nationwide, with TAT hosting cultural events at five other key locations; Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak, Samut Songkhram, and Ayutthaya.

About Santi Chaiprakan Park

Sat on the hip dining street of Phra Arthit Road, near the busy tourist street of Khaosan Road, Santi Chaiprakarn Park is not only the green space of Banglamphu neighborhood but it also occasionally hosts a series of cultural activities and performances for locals and visitor. The park was transformed from an abandoned space by the Chao Phraya River to celebrate His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 60th birthday in 1999. Sitting at the centre is the historic Phra Sumane Fort, one of few old forts left in Bangkok, surrounded by a pleasant atmosphere of tropical trees. The park is also an ideal spot to unwind with the views of Chao Phraya River, Pinklao and Rama VIII bridges. (Source: www.tourismthailand.org)


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The annual Buri Ram Long Boat Racing Festival is scheduled to take place over this weekend of 4 to 5 November on the scenic Mun River.

Buri Ram Long Boat Racing Festival - tourismthailandBuri Ram is one of Thailand's 11 destinations, including Chainat, Saraburi, Singburi, Mukdahan, Chumphon, Nakorn Sawan, Phichit, Nan, Phisanulok and Narathiwat, that organises long boat races annually.

The long boat racing in Buri Ram began in 1937, and has been held every year on the first weekend of November when the Mun River is high.

The races cover three categories: large wooden long boat races with 55 oarsmen; medium-sized long boat races with 40 oarsmen; and small-sized steel long boat races with 36 oarsmen. Competition teams come from within Buri Ram as well as from nearby provinces, totalling about 40 to 50 boats.

Visitors to Buri Ram during this weekend may want to witness the province's thrilling boat races as well as the parade of fancy decorated boats during the event. Other highlights of the city are the two ancient castles - Prasat Hin Phanom Rung and Prasat Hin Mueang Tam - and the two new sport castles of i-Mobile Stadium and Chang International Circuit.

Photo credit: tourismthailand.org

For more information please contact:
TAT Surin Office
Tel: +66 (0) 4468 1019






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One of Thailand's most amazing natural sights, the Dok Bua Tong - or wild sunflower - in bloom, has returned to the hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. This annual event is celebrated in a lovely Bua Tong Blossom Festival, which this year takes place from 1 November to 10 December.

The Bua Tong flowers are yellow to orange in colour and have smaller size than the typical sunflower. Originated in Central America and the Caribbean, Dok Bua Tong is said to have been brought into Thailand by Christian missionaries and was previously called Bung Tong or Mexican Sunflower.

The Bua Tong flower only blooms from November to December. During this period, the hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son turn to bright gold when these wild sunflowers come into full bloom.

The Doi Mae U-Kor mountain peak in Khun Yuam district is considered the largest and the most beautiful location to enjoy the spectacular bright yellow Bua Tong hills and valleys.

During the festival, there's also a local fair selling arts and crafts as well as farm fresh products along the route of the Bua Tong fields.

For more information please contact:
TAT Mae Hong Son Office
Tel: +66 (0) 5361 2982-3
TAT Contact Centre 1672
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