Bangkok’s iconic Grand Palace makes World’s 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions list

June 21, 2016 by  
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Bangkok, 20 June, 2016 : Bangkok’s Grand Palace outpaces the Eiffel Tower, Egypt’s Great Pyramids and Rome’s Colosseum to make the list of the World’s 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions, according to leading travel magazine, Travel+Leisure.

Based on the gate count, Bangkok’s Grand Palace draws 8 million visitors a year making it the eighth most visited attraction in Asia and 40th in the magazine’s world’s top 50 list.

“A listing among the World’s 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions illustrates how Bangkok’s iconic Grand Palace continues to inspire and appeal to international visitors,” said Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn. Read more

Thailand Travel Mart 2016 celebrates hugely successful Chiang Mai debut

June 10, 2016 by  
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Chiang Mai, 10 June, 2016 : The Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Sub-region (TTM+ 2016), which ends today (10 June 2016) has been a resounding success with over 850 delegates from over 55 countries doing great business while networking and enjoying cultural performances and colour that showcased the history and art of Lanna and ASEAN. 

After having been held for 14 consecutive years in Bangkok, TTM+ moved north to Chiang Mai in 2016 and was staged at the impressive Chiang Mai International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC). The move shows how Thailand’s northern region is becoming vital to tourism by acting as a gateway to other ASEAN nations, such as, Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar and Vietnam.  

The hundreds of representatives from Thailand’s hotel, hospitality, spa and travel industry were joined by H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), as well as senior tourism executives of Greater Mekong Sub-Regiona (Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand – or CLMVT). They were all on hand to answer visitors’ questions and to revel in the lively cultural atmosphere.  Read more

TAT mega fam trip to explore Eastern Thailand and Cambodia

May 15, 2016 by  
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Bangkok, 15 May 2016 -Top media from Europe and the Middle East are currently embarking on over a week-long mega joint familiarisation trip that combines travel opportunities in Thailand and Cambodia.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia and Bangkok Airways are hosting the fam trip, which takes place from 15 – 23 May, 2016, as part of a wider ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) connectivity initiative and to highlight secondary destinations in Eastern Thailand that can be combined with trips to neighbouring Cambodia.

ASEAN officially launched the AEC last December and one of the objectives is to facilitate cross-border travel within the community. Read more

Thailand’s romantic travel makes gains

May 12, 2016 by  
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Bangkok, 12 May, 2016 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) organised the “Amazing Thailand Romance Trade Meets” in Bangkok on 11 May, 2016, at the Avani Riverside Bangkok Hotel. The second event will be hosted tomorrow (13 May, 2016) at the Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort in Krabi, as part of the hosted familiarisation trips for 72 foreign travel experts and wedding planners.

TAT’s offices in 13 locations, worldwide, invited travel firms that have demonstrated a strong track record selling weddings and honeymoons in major source markets, including; the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, France, the UAE, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Indonesia.

They joined networking and business sessions with 62 local sellers at the Bangkok event, who represent hotels, resorts, destination management companies (DMCs) and event planners based in Thailand. At the Krabi event, two days later, they will meet Thai sellers from 50 companies, mainly resorts in South Thailand. Read more

Three Thailand’s islands score strong recognition in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Islands

April 21, 2016 by  
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Bangkok, 21 April, 2016 – Three Thailand’s popular southern islands scored top spots in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ Awards for Islands.

Phuket gained the second spot in Asia and 8th in the global ranking. The awards identify the top 10 island destinations globally and by region.

Two other Thai islands, Samui and Tao, achieved third and fourth places in the Asia rankings. Read more

Bangkok ranks high in TripAdvisor awards

March 24, 2016 by  
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Bangkok, 24 March, 2016 – Bangkok figured high on TripAdvisor’s latest Travellers Choice awards coming in at 4th in Asia and 15th in the world. Announced earlier this week, Travellers’ Choice awards for destinations, recognise travellers’ favourite places worldwide.

Ms. Janice Lee Fang, Communications Director of TripAdvisor, Asia Pacific, said, “The Travellers’ Choice Destination Awards are amazing locales that are ranked globally based on traveller feedback and booking interest on TripAdvisor.”

The rankings take into account the quantity and quality of reviews for hotels, restaurants and attractions in destinations worldwide gathered over a year, and taking into account booking trends registered on TripAdvisor. Read more

Thailand wins accolades in Ctrip’s popular tourist destination awards

March 21, 2016 by  
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Bangkok, 21 March, 2016 – Thailand’s top tourist destinations figured prominently in the latest Ctrip Best Destination Awards scoring impressive rankings across most major award categories.

The rankings and awards were based on the responses of more than 250 million Ctrip users.

Ctrip.com International founded 1999 in Shanghai, China, employs over 30,000 people at branches in major cities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea and Japan. Read more

Thailand pursues quality tourism in Europe at ITB 2016

March 10, 2016 by  
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Berlin, 10 March 2016 – Europe remains the key market to raise Thailand’s quality tourism benchmark. The importance of Europe, noting that 65% of European visitors makes repeat visits to the country, an outstanding record that underscores Thailand enviable status as a top leisure travel destination.

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said, “Thailand’s focus now is on enhancing the image of Thailand to be a “Quality Leisure Destination through Thainess.” At the same time, we need to ensure a balance between tourism growth and its social and environmental impact.”

Tourism Authority of Thailand’s governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, “Recently, MasterCard Asia Pacific Destinations Index 2015, ranked Bangkok the top destination in the Asia-Pacific region for international overnight stays and visitor expenditure.  Phuket and Pattaya also ranked in the top 10 destinations in the same index.” Read more

Orchid lovers meet in Thailand

March 3, 2016 by  
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Bangkok, 3 March, 2016 – More than 45,000 orchid enthusiasts are expected to travel to Thailand to the 12thAsia-Pacific Orchid Conference (APOC12) billed as a mega orchid event during 19 to 27 March, 2016, at the IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The Conference is held every three years with the event drawing top-level orchid growers, researchers and associations from around the Asia-Pacific region. The 11th event was hosted in Okinawa, Japan in 2013, and Thailand previously hosted the 4th event in Chiang Mai in 1992.

Hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, the Conference will underscore Thailand’s high calibre in the business of orchid production. The Horticulture Research Institute, Department of Agriculture will also provide information and exhibitions on orchid breeding and the global orchid economy on the sidelines of the Conference agenda. Read more

Call to connect ASEAN destinations

March 1, 2016 by  
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Bangkok, 1 March, 2016 – The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) identifies a connectivity challenge to open Thailand to adventure travel enthusiasts. Airline connectivity in ASEAN is a key factor to balance Thailand’s tourism and open the country to more adventure travelers.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT’s Governor, made the observations at the recent Pacific Asia Travel Association Sustainable Tourism Conference and Adventure Travel Mart held in Chiang Rai. He called for a decisive shift to quality tourism, by upgrading tourist destinations and encouraging travellers to explore secondary destinations.

Fielding the question of airline connectivity, he said TAT and the Airports of Thailand were working hand-in-hand to improve connectivity to other cities in ASEAN. “For example, the challenge is how to connect Bagan and Mandalay in Myanmar and Luang Prabang in Lao PDR. to Chiang Rai, a destination that has cultural and heritage links and shares borders with both countries.” Read more

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