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Press Releases from TAT Newsroom (111 total)

Thailand named “Best Destination of the Year” by German Luxury Lifestyle Mag …

Berlin, 8 March, 2019 – Thailand has been awarded the “Best Destination of the Year” by Connoisseur Circle, a German luxury lifestyle magazine. The Connoisseur Circle Hospitality Awards 2019 presentation ceremony was held on 6 March, 2019, at the Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel in conjunction with the ITB Berlin 2019, the world’s leading travel trade show, which is being held in Berlin during 6-10 March, 2019. Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy

TAT to lead another strong showing for Thailand at ITB Berlin 2019

Berlin, 6 March, 2019 – Thailand is fielding its usual strong presence at the ITB Berlin 2019, which is held from 6 to 10 March at Messe Berlin in the German capital. This year marks the 53rd staging of the world’s leading annual travel trade show and the 45th time the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is participating as an exhibitor. The Thai Pavilion at the ITB Berlin 2019 comprises 88

Training in Thailand

A train journey can be a special part of any Thai holiday for the scenery, history and the unique peaks of the kingdom. There are many route options and they roll into most parts of the country. Travelling by train in Thailand is also a great way to see the diverse countryside on your way to tourist areas. From Bangkok, you can ride for an hour or a little more to

Make your way to Krabi Naga Fest 2019 for fantastic music and fun by the sea

Bangkok, 1 March, 2019 – The Krabi Naga Fest 2019 will take place from 1 to 3 March on Khlong Muang Beach in Krabi organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with the Krabi private and public sector. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “The annual Krabi Naga Fest is a fantastic event that promotes greater awareness of Krabi as a destination that offers much in the way of

TAT updates regarding impact on Thailand-Europe flights due to Pakistani airspac …

THAI resumes normal flight operations to Europe while Suvarnabhumi Airport is ready to facilitate passengers Bangkok, 28 February 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would to provide an update regarding the impact on flights between Thailand and Europe due to the Pakistani airspace closure as India-Pakistan tensions rise. THAI resumes normal flight operations to Europe Thai Airways International (THAI) has announced that normal flight operations to Europe have now resumed through

Buyer-Seller online applications open for Thailand Travel Mart (TTM) 2019 Plus

Bangkok, 28 February 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has opened online applications for buyers and sellers wishing to attend the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion 2019 to be held between 5-7 June at the Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya. Online applications will be open until 29 March, 2019, at www.thailandtravelmartplus.com. This is the second consecutive year that Thailand’s largest annual B2B tourism

TAT announces partnership with Grab

To utilise Big Data and drive Thailand’s travel industry 4.0 through the ‘Tourism Smart Data, the Time Is Now’ project Bangkok, 26 February 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and GrabTaxi (Thailand) have announced a strategic collaboration to exchange Big Data with the aim of building a smart data system as part of the ‘Tourism Smart Data, the Time Is Now’ project. The agreement is in line with the government’s

Thailand-China Friendship Caravan 2019 promotes long standing cultural ties

Kunming, 24 February 2019 – The Thailand-China Friendship Caravan 2019 started on Saturday, 23 February, and will run until 1 March with the Thai delegation starting their adventure from Thailand for the first time. The friendship caravan was normally organised from China to Thailand, but for the 2019 edition the journey started in Thailand with the circle route running through Kunming, Yunnan province, stopping in key towns and cities around Yunnan

TATs “The Seasons” documentary series inspires responsible tourism

Bangkok, 25 February 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is seeking to inspire environmental, cultural and social awareness among locals and visitors alike by placing responsible tourism at the heart of “The Seasons” travel short documentary series with 12 episodes uploaded and available for viewing on the TAT Newsroom from now until October 2019. H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said: “Responsible tourism plays a pivotal role

“Land of Smiles” TAT marketing campaigns assume new role with support for me …

Bangkok, 21 February, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has raised its celebrity marketing strategy to a new level by supporting the first surgical mission of Hollywood actor Michael Trevino to visit Thai children who have undergone successful operations for cleft lips and palates. Mr. Trevino visited Thailand between 8-20 February in his capacity as Ambassador for Operation Smile, a worldwide medical charity, which performs free operations to help

Discovering ancient Lamphun and the Hariphunchai Kingdom

Founded in the 7th century by Queen Chamathewi, Lamphun is one of Thailand’s oldest cities and as such boasts an impressive history. Lamphun was the capital of the Hariphunchai Kingdom and the northernmost city of the Mon Kingdom of the Dvaravati period, and in 1281 was brought into the new Lanna Kingdom by King Mengrai of which Chiang Mai was made the capital. In the late 19th century, Lamphun became part

Gastronomy Tourism: Thailand means “good food” in any language

Thailand has become synonymous with good food. Thai cuisine has an international reputation as good as they get. From humble street food to posh restaurants, from tried and tested to trendy and new, from common and convenient kuai tiao (noodle soup) to popular khao man kai (chicken and rice) to spicy som tam (papaya salad), and other dishes too many to list, Thai streets and restaurants are teaming with food

Elite Weddings and Honeymoon specialists to enjoy High Tea at Thailand’s Royal …

Cha-am / Hua Hin, 12 February, 2019 – Afternoon tea in the Mrigadayavan Palace, the elegant summer palace of Thailand’s Royal Family, is to be the highlight of the welcoming at the 4th Amazing Thailand Romance Trade Meet to be held from 12 to 13 February, 2019. Mrigadayavan Palace was the seaside palace of King Vajiravudh or King Rama VI, who reigned Siam from 1910 to 1925. A national heritage site,

Thailand’s Pla Kat wins at 46th International Snow Sculpture in Sapporo

'Pla Kat' ice sculpture promotes Thai art and culture to Japanese and international tourists. Sapparo, 8 February 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) sponsored an ice sculpture team at the 46th International Snow Sculpture in Sapporo that sculpted a ‘Pla Kat‘ figurine that took home top prize in the competition. Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said Thailand sent its first team to the competition in 1991,

Six Thai airports declared no smoking zones from 3 February 2019

Bangkok, 7 February, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is advising all tourists and travellers who are planning air travel via the kingdom’s six major airports that all smoking rooms inside the terminals have been closed from 3 February, 2019. The six airports are Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Hat Yai and Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai, all operated and managed by the Airports of Thailand

TAT updates travel advisory regarding the easing of air quality concerns in Bang …

Bangkok, 4 February, 2019 (18.00 Hrs.) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is providing a further update based on daily reports by the Thai Meteorological Department and the Pollution Control Department that south-easterly winds as well as measures by all concerned public and private sectors have had an effect in combatting the dust pollution that has covered Bangkok and its surrounding provinces in recent weeks. According to the Pollution Control

TAT updates travel advisory regarding air quality concerns in Bangkok

Tourists to take precautions as necessary when in outdoor area in the Thai capital and its surrounding provinces Bangkok, 31 January, 2019 (17.00 Hrs.) – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is providing a further update regarding air quality concerns in Bangkok and its surrounding provinces. Thailand’s air quality and situation reports Tourists can monitor the overall air quality of Thailand provided daily by the Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Public Health, by

Thailand officially opens new online visa application service in China

Bangkok, 28 January, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to inform all tourists and travellers in the People’s Republic of China, who are planning to visit Thailand in the near future, that they can apply for Thai visas via a new online visa application service from 15 February onwards. Thailand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) officially opened the new system last Friday (25 January 2019) at the

TAT’s Chinese New Year 2019 festivities kick off 1 February

Bangkok, 24 January 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Chinese Embassy since 2005, is planning its most festive Chinese New Year celebration ever with HRH Princess Sirindhorn presiding over the opening on Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road. This year is especially significant, as it marks the 44th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. TAT Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said

The river ‘Nan’ runs through it

Nan prides itself on nature, and in 2018, received commendation from His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun as the No. 1 ASEAN Clean Tourist City. The recognition followed Nan being awarded the No .1 ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard 2018-2020 at the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 earlier in that year. Lying 700 kilometres north of Bangkok, much of the province is wilderness, and the remainder is rural focusing on rice and

Thai tourism organisations step up war on plastic

Bangkok, 22 January 2019 – The Thai Hotels Association (THA) is joining the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in its ongoing effort aimed at reducing the use of plastic. Various campaigns will encourage hotels, both THA members and independent Thai hotels, to reduce single use plastic plus motivate tour companies, travel agencies and online travel agencies to support participating hotels that are part of this project. TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said:

Experience Thai traditions and cultural values in Thailand’s annual events and …

Thailand is a land of festivals and celebrations that reflect Thai traditions and cultural values. Most Thai festivals derive from the Buddhist and Brahman beliefs, with many being originated from local traditions, folklore and the way of life. Many have taken place over the course of a year for centuries. Two internationally known festivals are Songkran or the Thai New Year with its water-based fun and the charming full moon festival

Bangkok ranked in Top Ten list of global cities for dining and shopping in Maste …

Bangkok, 18 January, 2019 – MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index has published a survey on the dining and shopping (GDCI: Indulgences) spending patterns of tourists in various cities around the world. Bangkok was ranked third on the list of the Top Global Cities for Dining and sixth on the list of Top Global Cities for Shopping. The GDCI: Indulgences survey is a part of the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI).

Thailand extends visa-on-arrival fee waiver until 30 April 2019

Bangkok, 16 January, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the Royal Thai Government has approved the extension of the visa-on-arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 countries until 30 April. The decision was announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 11 January, reasoning it as a measure to stimulate and promote tourism as well as to enhance the kingdom’s attractiveness among foreign visitors

The magic of Mae Hong Son: forests, nature-based activities, fascinating culture …

To the northwest of Chiang Mai and nestled along the border with Myanmar, the mountainous and largely forested province of Mae Hong Son offers plenty of scenic natural beauty and outdoor activities to go with it, a captivating rural charm blended with a refreshing laidback vibe, and the fascinating culture of its ethnically diverse people. While Mae Hong Son can of course be visited year-round, the best time to visit is

Thailand Tourism Awards 2019 open for submissions

Bangkok, 14 January, 2019 – Submission for the 12th Thailand Tourism Awards, the country’s most prestigious awards that recognises the Thai travel industry’s best and brightest, opens from 1 February to 30 April, 2019. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) initiated the biannual awards project back in 1996, and specifically organise the awards ceremony on World Tourism Day, as a symbolic gesture of recognition that builds awareness for responsible and sustainable

The Seasons Episode 3: The Highest Faith

TAT Newsroom Short Documentary The Seasons Episode 3: The Highest Faith Theme: Forbidden Pagoda Duration 3 minutes Location: Wat Phra Bat Pu Pha Daeng, Lampang EPISODE SYNOPSIS The first ray of dawn over the horizon casts golden light on Wat Phra Bat Pu Pha Daeng, or Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Phra Chomklao Ratchanuson, a temple perched imposingly on a clifftop at 815 metres above sea level. Located in Doi Phra Bat Wildlife Sanctuary in Chae Hom district

Thai Tourist Police release statistics highlighting crackdown on illegal activit …

Bangkok, 9 January, 2019 – In line with the policy of Tourism and Sports Minister H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat to ensure maximum security for visitors to Thailand, the Tourist Police Bureau has released statistics of its crime-fighting crackdown including arrests and prosecutions in the January-October 2018 period. The figures were recently presented to the Minister in a meeting with the head of the Tourist Police. Since the Minister assumed his post, Tourist Police

Southern Thailand skies now clear up, locals and tourists join in beach clean-up …

Bangkok, 7 January, 2019, at 12.00 Hrs. – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to express our deepest thanks to all friends of Thailand who insisted via social media on visiting Thailand and, for those who are already in Thailand, to continue their holiday schedules in several beach resort destinations in the South despite having to endure the past few days of severe weather conditions. We are delighted to

Thai authorities on high alert in the South, tourist activities continue as usua …

Thai Meteorological Department says Tropical Storm Pabuk will affect the South during 3-5 January, 2019. Bangkok, 4 January, 2019, at 12.00 Hrs. – Following yesterday’s tourism situation update urging ‘Tourists to exercise caution as Tropical Storm Pabuk approaches Thailand’, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to reiterate that while the possible severe weather conditions have prompted temporary suspension of attractions and public services in some provinces in the South,

Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony celebrates 23 years of marital bliss

Neptune-like nuptials promote coral reef conservation in Trang and Southern Thailand. Bangkok, 3 January, 2019 – The award-winning Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony celebrates its 23rd consecutive year of Neptune-like nuptials under the Andaman Sea, while raising awareness about preserving Trang’s natural beauty by promoting coral reef conservation in Southern Thailand. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has successfully positioned the Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony as one of Thailand’s top international events, driven

TAT debuts new ‘Hidden Shades of Amazing Thailand’ commercial

Bangkok, 27 December 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) new TV commercial, ‘Hidden Shades of Amazing Thailand’, is making its satellite television debut on the BBC channel across Asia Pacific this 27 December 2018 after having been broadcast on CNN on 20 December 2018. It first previewed to great fanfare at the World Travel Mart 2018 in London in November, then created an online exposure on Facebook and YouTube

Thailand records 7.5% growth in visitor arrivals

Bangkok, 26 December, 2018 – The Ministry of Tourism and Sports announced the tourism figures for January-November 2018. Thailand received 34,431,489 international visitors, up by 7.53% over the same period of last year, generating an estimated 1.8 billion Baht in tourism revenue, up by 9.79%. The highlight of the results was the fact that seven countries (China, Malaysia, South Korea, Lao PDR., Japan, India, and Russia) have already generated more than

Dear Singaporean, Thanks a Million marks another arrival milestone for Thailand

TAT celebrates one millionth Singapore arrival to Thailand for second straight year Bangkok, 25 December 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) achieves yet another arrival milestone in December fuelled by its “Dear Singaporean, Thanks a Million” campaign that produced two consecutive years of over one million tourist arrivals from Singapore. A high profile airport welcome ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, TAT

“Dear Singaporean, Thanks a Million” marks another arrival milestone for Tha …

TAT celebrates one millionth Singapore arrival to Thailand for second straight year Bangkok, 21 December 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) achieves yet another arrival milestone in December fuelled by its “Dear Singaporean, Thanks a Million” campaign that produced two consecutive years of over one million tourist arrivals from Singapore. A high profile airport welcome ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Tourism and Sports, H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, TAT

Chinese visitors to Thailand hit 10 million for the first time in December 2018

Bangkok, 20 December, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) along with representatives from the tourism-related public and private sectors hosted a special welcoming ceremony to the 10 millionth visitor from China, Ms. He WeiXin, who arrived in the kingdom yesterday on board Thai Airways International (THAI) flight TG613 from Kunming, which touched down at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport at 17.00 Hrs. Presiding over the high-profile airport welcome ceremony, H.E. Weerasak

Amazing Thailand Countdown 2019 features longest and grandest display of firewor …

Bangkok, 18 December, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising sensational “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2019” celebrations in Bangkok and four emerging tourism provinces in each of the four geographical regions. It is projecting a total turnout of more than three million foreign and domestic visitors with an estimated total expenditure of 17.37 billion Baht over the 29 December 2018 – 1 January 2019 holiday period. Spectacular fireworks

TAT welcomes one millionth tourist from Vietnam

Vibrant economy and low cost flights to Thailand fuel historic arrival boom Bangkok, 17 December 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to welcome the one millionth tourist arrival from Vietnam, a historic first between the two Southeast Asian countries. The one millionth Vietnamese tourist, Ms. Duong Thu Trang, landed 13 December, 2018, on board Thai Airways International (THAI)’s flight TG561 from Hanoi, which touched down at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi

CNN International names two Thai desserts among world best

Mango with Sticky Rice and Thapthim Krop appeal to travellers with a sweet tooth Bangkok, 13 December 2018 – Thailand’s world famous cuisine continues to garner culinary kudos with the latest accolades coming from CNN International with two Thai desserts making its top 50 list. The award-winning 24-hour news network proclaimed Mango with Sticky Rice and Thapthim Krop as two of the finest sweets that the world has to offer. According to CNN

Thailand ready to set Guinness World Record for biggest Mango Sticky Rice

“We Care About You” event to welcome over 10,000 Chinese tourists. Bangkok, 12 December 2018 - Thailand's tourism industry is organising a Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest ‘Mango Sticky Rice' at the “We Care About You” event, to be held on 20 January, 2019, at Lakeside, Muang Thong Thani in Greater Bangkok. Ms. Thapanee Kiatpaiboon, Executive Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s Product Promotion Department, said: “The

An intriguing, exciting blend of ancient and modern Lanna is rising in Chiang Ra …

Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai, bordering Myanmar to the north and Lao PDR. to the east, boasts a dramatic landscape of mountains, rivers and forests, an ethnic diversity in its people including those of hilltribe and Chinese lineage, and a strong Lanna identity that can be seen in its architecture, art, language, music and cuisine. While the cultural essence of this identity - which dates back to Chiang Rai’s founding

Thai tourism sees growth in line with the target

Bangkok, 03 December, 2018 – The Thai tourism industry recorded total international arrivals of 31.25 million in January-October 2018, up 7.84%, generating an estimated 1.63 trillion Baht in tourism revenue, up by 9.98% over the same period of 2017. China headed the list with more than nine million arrivals. Top 10 markets for Thailand in January – October 2018 1 China / 9,022,192 arrivals / +10.03% 2 Malaysia / 3,179,768 arrivals / +12.73% 3 South Korea

Thailand’s art scene honours the traditional, embraces the contemporary, and c …

The past two decades have seen Thailand’s art scene emerge as one of the most vibrant in Southeast Asia, with talented local artists portraying their unique vision of Thailand and the wider world in paintings, sculptures, kinetic art and videos. On now is the Bangkok Art Biennale (BAB), a six-month celebration of contemporary art that will see hundreds of art events taking place through to early February 2019, with the participation

Thailand is paving a sustainable, responsible tourism path that’s both admirab …

Thailand is making moves in the right direction to protect its vast natural and scenic beauty, having instigated a range of environmental initiatives and green-minded programmes in different industry and economic sectors. Among the primary objectives is the significant reduction of single-use plastics and other plastic waste. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has taken a leading role in these commendable nationwide efforts. In its ongoing mission to build on and

TAT Newsroom unveils new travel documentary series ‘The Seasons’

Second season follows the success of the first seven-episode series ‘Insight Thainess’. Bangkok, 27 November, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently unveiled the second season of its own travel documentary series, titled ‘The Seasons’, in support of the ongoing “Amazing Thailand Open to the New Shades” communication concept launched in visitor source markets around the world. Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said: “The Seasons

Phuket launches ground breaking ‘No Foam No Plastic’ initiative

New Phuket Sustainable Tourism Blueprint 2018 supports Thailand’s development plans. Bangkok, 23 November, 2018 - Phuket’s public and private sectors recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on a ground breaking ‘No Foam No Plastic’ initiative at the Phuket Sustainable Tourism Blueprint 2018 held on 9 November. The MOU was signed by key private and public sector stakeholders on the island including Phuket Province and heads of the Tourism Authority of Thailand

Come check out Amazing Thailand Grand Sale “Passport Privileges” promotions

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s latest retail sale offers additional savings for tourists. Bangkok, 20 November, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching its year-end Amazing Thailand Grand Sale promotion with a unique “Passport Privileges” twist, targeting arrivals from short-haul markets from ASEAN, East Asia and South Asia. H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said: “This promotion is the first of a series of a ‘special year-end

Krabi awarded “Global Low-Carbon Ecological Scenic Spot” at Global Forum on …

Hua Hin also received the “Global Green City” award while two Thai students were awarded the “Global Little Green Ambassador” Bangkok, 19 November, 2018 – Krabi was awarded the “Global Low-Carbon Ecological Scenic Spot” at the 2018 Annual Session of Global Forum on Human Settlements and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements Awards ceremony held on 30-31 October, 2018, at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

TAT welcomes Kunming Airlines Taiyuan-Kunming-Hat Yai service

Adding to a host of existing flights between southern China and Thailand Bangkok, 09 November, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to welcome the renewal of Kunming Airlines’ seasonal winter service on the Taiyuan-Kunming-Hat Yai route. The service is scheduled three times a week, from 29 October, 2018, to 30 March, 2019. Mrs. Titiporn Maneenate, TAT Executive Director of the East Asia Region, said: “The renewal of Kunming

TAT's Hello Taste Thailand guidebook cooks up new itineraries for travelling foo …

Going to the resource redefines Thai gastronomic tourism for both travel companies and visitors alike Bangkok, 07 November, 2018 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a new Hello Taste Thailand guidebook, working with experienced gastronomic tour companies to co-create food tour programmes, placing an emphasis on creating culinary experiences for tourists to share their epicurean adventures on social media. TAT invited Local Alike, Siam Rise

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