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Grand procession ushers in Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2017/11/15 11:10:00 (20 reads)
Grand procession ushers in Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018
Campaign set to further strengthen the Thai tourism industry

Bangkok, 15 November, 2017: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today kicked off the ambitious "Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018" campaign with a spectacular procession through the heart of Bangkok. The opening ceremony, held at Siam Discovery, was presided over by H.E. General Tanasak Patimapragorn, Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, and brought to life the campaign's focus on sustainable, quality tourism in line with the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy.

H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said: "Today marks the beginning of the "Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018", which is at the heart of the Royal Thai Government's ongoing efforts to foster the success of the tourism industry, as a key economic driver. Our outstanding programme of major events throughout the year will once again put Thailand in the spotlight as a preferred destination for international travellers."

H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports

The procession featured six parades, which joined a 3.5-km route from the National Stadium to Lumphini Park. Each parade represented a treasured aspect of Thai tourism, with the first showcasing the Lotus Goddess, a symbol of the "Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018", signifying harmony and happiness.

The second parade highlighted amazing architecture and sculpture from each region of Thailand, including miniatures of Wat Phra That Sri Chom Thong, Chiang Mai (Northern Region), Wat Phra Mahathat, Nakhon Si Thammarat (Southern Region), Chon Buri's Kong Kao - or rice mould - Festival (Eastern Region), Phrathat Phanom Chedi, Nakhon Phanom (Northeastern Region), and the Mon Songkran Festival in Sangklaburi, Kanchanaburi (Central Region).

The third parade presented a taste of Thailand's wide variety of distinctive foods, desserts, and ingredients, while the fourth and fifth parades showcased the various outstanding festivals and major sporting events set to be hosted in the Kingdom in 2018. The procession was capped off by the sixth parade, which exemplified Thailand's role as a gracious host.

The "Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018" aims to boost Thailand's reputation as a preferred destination, while increasing visitors' average length of stay, expenditure and repeat visitation. The campaign places the spotlight on activities in 13 categories: sports, gastronomy, maritime tourism, weddings and honeymoons, medical and wellness, community-based tourism, leisure, green tourism, night tourism, MICE, trade fairs, B2B marketing activities and logistics. Each of these categories has a packed schedule of local and international events.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor added that "Today's procession offers a glimpse of what each and every visitor to Thailand can look forward to as part of the "Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018". And one point to be emphasised is expressed in the last procession, which features the many occupations in the tourism industry, and reiterates that Thailand is a very hospitable country and has welcomed international visitors with open arms throughout its history.

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TAT and Turkish Airlines singed MOU on tourism cooperation

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2017/11/8 14:40:00 (15 reads)
London, 8 November, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Turkish Airlines recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on tourism cooperation aimed at promoting Thailand through Turkish Airlines' marketing activities and route network.

TAT and Turkish Airlines singed MOU on tourism cooperationThe MOU was signed on 7 November, 2017, at the World Travel Market (WTM), between Mr. Tuncay Eminoglu, Turkish Airlines Vice-President, Sales for Asia and Far East Regions, and Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing - Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas.

The MOU signing ceremony was witnessed by H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports, and Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, as well as representatives from Turkish Airlines and distinguished guests.

TAT and Turkish Airlines singed MOU on tourism cooperationValid for a period of one year, the MOU means that TAT and Turkish Airlines will collaborate and create joint promotional activities to specifically focus on sport tourism, wedding and honeymoon, and gastronomy to boost the number of travellers to Thailand via Turkish Airlines' route network.

Turkish Airlines has been flying between Istanbul and Bangkok since 1989 and now operates 14 flights per week. On 17 July, this year, the airline launched a direct Istanbul-Phuket route with four flights per week.
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London, 8 November, 2017 - Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana conferred the 11th Thailand Green Excellence Awards on six unique Thai tourism products and attractions recognised for promoting the environment and contributing to social and cultural betterment.

The ceremony was held on 6 November at the World Travel Market (WTM) 2017.

The Awards were originally launched in 2007 as a cooperative venture between the TAT London Office and Wanderlust, a famous magazine for independent-minded and adventurous travellers in the UK, which focuses on sustainable tourism activities.

Held annually since 2007, the Thailand Green Excellence Awards UK recognise tourism business operators including hotels and travel agents within the UK and Thailand, whose products and services help conserve tourism resources and advance the cause of sustainable development.

HRH Princess Ubolratana conferred 11th Thailand Green Excellence Awards Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana (seated) and the award winners (from left): Mr. Stefan Heintze, Layana Resort
and Spa, Ko Lanta; Mr. Michael Vance, The Six Senses Hotel (Samui and Yao Noi); Ms. Potjana Sujinno, Elephant Hills Rainforest;
Mr. Ant Stone, G Adventure; and Mr. Frank Mason, Mai Khao Marine Turtle Foundation

This year, the Awards were conferred in six categories: 1) Marine, 2) Animal Welfare, 3) Community-based Tourism, 4) Eco Lodge/Hotel, 5) Hotel, and 6) Green Steps.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, said "I would like to congratulate all the Award winners for their dedication, commitment and contribution to environmental, social and cultural sustainability. They will help lift the image and competitive advantage of Thailand and ensure that the tourism sector goes from strength to strength every year."

Details of the 2017 Award winners were as follows:

1) Marine Award: Mai-Khao Marine Turtle Foundation
The MKMTF is dedicated to educating the Phuket and Thailand community about the plight of the sea turtles in Phuket. It undertakes beach and reef cleaning activities, educational workshops, recycling projects, mangrove tree planting, turtle rescue/release and support of other marine conservation organisations. The Foundation is funded by partners; such as, the JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa, Marriott Vacation Club International and Anantara Hotels and Resorts.

2) Animal Welfare Award: Elephant Hills
Elephant Hills are Thailand's first luxury tented jungle camp, combining the camp idea of African national parks with the Thai tropical forest environment. Located in Khao Sok, part of Southern Thailand's largest stretch of primary rainforest, Elephant Hills focuses on creating and maintaining the well-being of elephants and mahouts. Interaction with the elephants helps the visitors and Thai tourism operators see the value of elephants as part of the tourism sector of the country.

3) Community-based Tourism Award: G Adventures
G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering an awe-inspiring selection of affordable small group tours, safaris and expeditions. Its award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travellers on a first-name basis with the planet's people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife. Looking to go beyond just affordability and product depth, G Adventures is in the business of changing people's lives.

4) Eco Lodge/Hotel Award: Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp
Opened in January 2011, the Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp is the little sister of the Elephant Camp and is situated in the heart of Thailand's most spectacular artificial lake, the Cheow Lan Lake in Khao Sok National Park. It offers 20 luxury safari tents providing an intimate base to explore Southern Thailand's tropical rainforest. The Rainforest Camp is designed in a highly responsible and sustainable way by using solar and wind energy and running a unique waste management system.

5) Hotel Award: The Six Sense Hotels (Samui and Yao Noi)
Six Senses Samui is set on a gently sloping headland at the northern tip of Samui Island. The resort comprises 66 private villas, many with personal pools, which are landscaped within the natural vegetation, and with glorious, sweeping panoramas out to the Gulf of Thailand and the surrounding islands. Six Senses Samui was Green Globe 21 benchmarked in 20 December, 2006.

Six Senses Yao Noi resort sets the highest benchmark for island resort living in Asia. Natural materials used in the modern architecture support the Six Senses philosophy of creating exceptional experiences. Six Senses Yao Noi's Environmental and Social Sustainability Policy focuses on energy efficiency, water and waste management, social commitment, protecting natural surroundings, air quality and noise control.

Six Senses Samui Resort,
Six Senses Yao Noi Resort,

6) Green Steps Award: Layana Resort and Spa, Ko Lanta
Layana Resort and Spa is a luxurious low-rise resort, a delicate combination of unique Thai culture and modern luxury with 51 luxurious contemporary Thai style guestrooms. The property is nestled on Ko Lanta Yai in the Mu Ko Lanta National Park. An environmentally-conscious design throughout the property results in a simple and elegant Thai atmosphere; alfresco architecture combining contemporary design to provide an open, cool and natural feel.
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Bangkok, 7 November, 2017 - Applications are being invited for the ASEANTA Awards for Excellence in Tourism, conferred annually to recognise ASEAN individuals or organisations, which have contributed to the development and promotion of the ASEAN tourism industry.

The Awards are organised by the ASEAN Tourism Association (ASEANTA), an umbrella public-private sector organisation grouping of the ASEAN airlines, and hotel and travel agents/tour operators associations. They have been traditionally conferred at a ceremony organised at the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF), the largest regional travel trade event that will next be held in the northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai in January 2018.

There are six categories of Awards for 2018, namely:

  1. Best ASEAN Travel Article

  2. Best ASEAN Tourism Photo

  3. Best ASEAN Marketing & Promotional Campaign

  4. Best ASEAN New Tourism Attraction

  5. Best ASEAN Airline Programme

  6. Best ASEAN Cultural Preservation Effort

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, "For more than three decades, these awards have recognised the best and brightest of ASEAN travel and tourism products and services.

"Given the superb range of products and services now emerging all across the region, we are sure that the 2018 ASEANTA Awards will attract an even higher quality of applications that will further enhance the image and competitive advantage of ASEAN on the global tourism stage."

For further details on rules and regulations of each category and to download an entry form, please click here.

All entries must be electronically submitted by email by 8 December, 2017.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 (ATF) will be held from 22 to 26 January, 2018. It will be the sixth time for Thailand to host the event, but the first time it will bring a focus on the iconic northern travel destination of Chiang Mai, also known as the 'Rose of the North'.

ATF rotates between ASEAN member nations and comprises numerous high-level public and private sector meetings. These include the ASEAN Tourism Ministers Meeting, a gathering of ASEAN National Tourism Organisation chiefs plus airline meetings, press briefings, tourism conferences and the must-attend Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) trade fair. Information available here.

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Bangkok, 7 November, 2017 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to extend a very warm welcome to travellers from around the world, inviting them to come enjoy the Kingdom at its finest during the annual cool season.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: "Thailand is officially entering the cool season, and it's the perfect time to experience the country's amazingly diverse selection of destinations. Thai local experiences are everywhere, from flower festivals to natural parks, northern mountain treks or southern beach sojourns, this is truly a magical time to visit Thailand."

It is a time when Thailand is in full bloom with special events and flower festivals. One of Thailand's most amazing natural sights, the Dok Bua Tong or wild sunflower in bloom, returns to the hills and valleys of Mae Hong Son this time each year. The sunflower season also takes place in the Central Region in Lop Buri and Saraburi, just a short drive northeast of Bangkok.

Bua Tong Fields at Doi Mae U-kho Mae Hong Son
Sunflower Field at Khao Chin Lae, Lop Buri

When the weather is most pleasant it is also the only time of the year that the Jim Thompson Farm in Pakthongchai and Flora Park in Wang Nam Khiao is open for visitors.

With stunning mountains, vibrant hill tribes and a relaxed vibe, Thailand's mountains provide the perfect venue for camping under the stars. Or watching the sun rises over the mountains at Phu Chi Fa to the east of Chiang Rai is another beautiful thing to do while in Northern Thailand.

Phu Chi Fa Forest Park , Chiang Rai
Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Sukhothai

For a personal slice of paradise, it is also the best time to explore the islands of southern Thailand. There are endless opportunities for recreation, spiritual exploration, and relaxation on Ko Lipe, Ko Lanta, Ko Tarutao, Ko Samui or Ko Phangan to name just a few.

Phi Phi Don View Point, Hat Noppharat Thara
Mu Ko Phi Phi National Marine Park, Krabi
Thong Son Beach at Samui Island, Surat Thani

Two marquee events of the TAT's Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018 calendar also are coming up during the current cool season, including the International Fleet Review (13 to 22 November) to mark ASEAN's 50th anniversary since its founding, and Air Race 1 World Cup 2017 at the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport on 17 to 19 November.

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