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The Great Mekong Bike Ride 2019 elevates Isan provinces as sports tourism destin …

Bangkok, 13 June, 2019 – The Great Mekong Bike Ride 2019, scheduled from 28-30 June, is ready to welcome more than 2,000 Thai and foreign road race cyclists and elevate the awareness of Thailand’s Northeast (Isan) provinces of Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan and Sakon Nakhon, as sports tourism destinations. This year marks the fourth edition of this epic, long-distance road race cycling event organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in

“Phuket Surf Fest 2019” kicked off

Phuket, 12 June 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office recently organised the “Phuket Surf Fest 2019” to kick off the Phuket Surf Series 2019, scheduled from June to September, and promote tourism during the current Green Season. The Phuket Surf Fest 2019 event was held under collaboration with Patong Municipality, Surfing Thailand, Phuket Surfing Club, Quiksilver Thailand and the public and private sector partners, from 31 May

“Phuket Surf Fest 2019” kicked off

Phuket, 12 June 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Phuket Office recently organised the “Phuket Surf Fest 2019” to kick off the Phuket Surf Series 2019, scheduled from June to September, and promote tourism during the current Green Season. The Phuket Surf Fest 2019 event was held under collaboration with Patong Municipality, Surfing Thailand, Phuket Surfing Club, Quiksilver Thailand and the public and private sector partners, from 31 May

Latest update on buyer-seller turnout at Thailand Travel Mart Plus

Chonburi, 7 June 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has reported a total of 339 buyers from 51 countries and 370 sellers, including 10 from the Greater Mekong Subregion countries, on 6 June, the first day of business networking session at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2019. The day was buzzing with activity and energetic back-to-back appointments. Initial response from both buyers and sellers has been positive. The TTM+

As TTM Plus 2019 opens, TAT connects new buyers from new markets with new destin …

Chonburi, 6 June 2019 – The Thailand Travel Mart Plus, the country’s leading B2B travel show, opened for business on 5 June 2019, ushering in a new era of business opportunities for new buyers from new markets looking for emerging new Thai destinations. The three-day TTM+ 2019 is being held under the theme of ‘New Shades of Emerging Destinations’ as part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) strategy to promote

TAT Deputy Governor Speech at Thailand Media Briefing, TTM+ 2019

Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, delivered the following speech at the Thailand media briefing “Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2019: New Shades of Emerging Destinations”, held on Wednesday, 5 June, 2019, from 13.30 – 14.15 Hrs., at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Pattaya, Chonburi. Introduction Sawasdee khrap, Good afternoon distinguished guests, members of the media, ladies and gentlemen. Let me welcome you all to the Thailand Travel Mart Plus 2019

As TTM Plus 2019 opens, TAT connects new buyers from new markets with new destin …

Chonburi, 6 June 2019 – The Thailand Travel Mart Plus, the country’s leading B2B travel show, opened for business on 5 June 2019, ushering in a new era of business opportunities for new buyers from new markets looking for emerging new Thai destinations. The three-day TTM+ 2019 is being held under the theme of ‘New Shades of Emerging Destinations’ as part of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) strategy to promote

TAT adopts simplified “A-B-C Strategy” to enhance focus on emerging destinat …

Chonburi, 5 June, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has adopted a simplified “A-B-C Strategy” to promote emerging tourist destinations by creating inter-linked, theme-related travel routes that better distribute visitor flows nationwide. Speaking at the Thailand media briefing at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2019, Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said that this year’s TTM+ 2019 is being held under the theme of ‘New

“New Shades of Emerging Destinations” will be showcased at TTM+ 2019

Bangkok, 29 May 2019 – The country’s most important B2B travel trade show, the Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+) 2019, is all set to go between 5-7 June, 2019, in a bigger and brighter format that clearly reflects the new sense of direction in a rapidly evolving and highly competitive global environment. Under the theme of “New Shades of Emerging Destinations”, the TTM+ 2019

TAT and China Travel Service sign strategic LOI

Bangkok, 29 May 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the China Travel Service (CTS) to strengthen and further develop the promotion of Thailand as a favourite tourism destination for Chinese travellers. The LOI was signed on 20 May, 2019, by Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhaya, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing, Asia and South Pacific, and Mr. Sun Chenglong, CTS Executive.

TAT and Alipay sign letter of intent

New initiative to offers better experiences for Chinese tourists visiting Thailand. Bangkok, 27 May 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Alipay (Hangzhou) Information Technology Co., Ltd. today signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to form a long-term strategic partnership that offers Chinese tourists more product and service options while visiting the Kingdom. TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said “Thailand is the most popular destination for Chinese traveller in

Exploring Thailand’s South in Yala, Pattani and Songkhla

The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Newsroom recently went on a discovery tour of Thailand’s Southern region provinces of Yala, Pattani and Songkhla that discovered many hidden gems often missing from mainstream travel itineraries. After landing in Hat Yai, the TAT Newsroom headed south before stopping at the scenic Bang Lang Dam on the Pattani River to take in the view. It provided a glimpse of things to come as Yala

Betong, Yala offers delights unseen in Thailand for 30 years

Ecotourism, new airport and Iyerweng Sea of Mist 'Skywalk' have Thailand’s southernmost border province poised for growth and change. Do you ever wonder what it was like to travel Thailand 30 years ago? There were fewer tourists then of course, smaller crowds and shorter queues for sure. In many ways that describes the attraction of Yala today in 2019. Top tourist attractions, like the Iyerweng Sea of Mist, might get a little

TTM talk to focus on “Making the World Better Place through Travel”

Bangkok, 20 May 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has overhauled the knowledge sharing session of its annual Thailand Travel Mart Plus (TTM+) 2019 to better align it with new social, cultural and ecological transitions under way in the kingdom’s fastest growing foreign exchange earning industry. Under the theme of “Making the World a Better Place through Travel”, the TTM Talk will feature a line-up of 10 well-recognised experts

TAT Newsroom gears up for 2nd Blogger Thailand competition winner's trip

Looking to create memorable off-the-beaten-track experiences reflected in the 'Open to the New Shades' campaign for the six successful applicants from 25-28 July this year. Bangkok, 16 May 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Newsroom is gearing up for this year's second Blogger Thailand completion, which is open to entries from international bloggers residing in Thailand until 31 May, 2019, after a recent site inspection uncovered off-the-beaten-track experiences

Siam Commercial Bank, The Mall Group and Visa launch SCB M Visa prepaid tourist …

Bangkok, 17 May 2019 – Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), The Mall Group, and Visa – with support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) – have announced the launch of a new SCB M Visa prepaid tourist card for foreign tourists who can use it for cashless travel and shopping when in Thailand. To celebrate the launch, the first 1,000 customers who apply will receive vouchers worth 500 Baht when spending

TAT hosts first Latin America fam trip trade meet in Thailand

Bangkok, May 8, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently hosted 40 top tour operators and travel experts from five Central and Latin American countries for the first ever fam trip and business networking session in Thailand. Taking place from 27 April to 7 May, the event incorporated with Emirates Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and Bangkok Airways for the travel trade from this region. The group arrived in Thailand from

Thailand extends visa-on-arrival fee waiver until 31 October 2019

Bangkok, 2 May 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 for another six months, until 31 October. The decision was announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 30 April, reasoning it as a measure to stimulate and promote tourism as well as to enhance the kingdom’s

A Thai “school holiday” is a great way to learn and have fun

Some offer the joy of education, some offer certificates, others give diplomas, and all of them offer learning. Thailand has a different take on a school holiday where you visit the kingdom and vacation in school, not from school. The classes and the learning are fun, and the settings can be spectacular. Spend five days learning to sail including overnighting on a yacht earning an internationally recognised competent crew classification. Or

Tourism Authority of Thailand reveals 2019 Songkran increases in tourist revenue

Bangkok, 25 April 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has revealed that tourism revenue earned from international visitor arrivals to Thailand and domestic trips during the 2019 Songkran holiday all showed year-on-year increases over the same period in 2018. TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said that during the holiday period of 12-16 April, 2019, total revenue from the international arrivals and domestic trips amounted to 22.07 billion Baht, an

TAT and Ministry of Commerce sign “Trade and Tourism Alliance” MOU

Six departments under the Ministry of Commerce will work with TAT to identify trade and tourism links. Bangkok, 24 April 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently signed a “Trade and Tourism Alliance” memorandum of understanding (MOU) with six departments of the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) to integrate development strategies and marketing promotions while establishing links between trade and tourism. The move also endeavours to support and facilitate services

TAT sponsoring ‘Most Extreme Cyclist on Earth’ in his Thailand journey

Bangkok, 24 April, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is proud to be sponsoring Australian cyclist Jack Thompson on his 14-day bicycle journey through Thailand to promote the country as a cycling destination. The Perth-based Thompson is currently halfway through his 12-29 April trip, which also sees Thai Airways International as a co-sponsor. He has been pedalling a total distance of 1,380 Km from Bangkok around the Gulf of

New tourism segment from Israel – first time “kosher” event in Pattaya

Pattaya, 20 April, 2019 – The Israeli outbound market to Thailand has gone through major changes during the last two decades and especially the last four years. What was once a marginal source market mainly of low-budget backpackers, has become a major market mainly of big spending high-end couples and families. In 2018, 189,000 Israeli visited the Kingdom compared to 133,000 in 2013 and 64,000 in 2003. During the first two

TAT continues “Thailand Travel Shield” insurance project

Three insurance companies in Thailand to provide online travel insurance for foreign tourists Bangkok, 5 April 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently announced the continuation of the “Thailand Travel Shield” project to provide online travel insurance for foreign tourists. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said TAT had initiated the creation of the Thailand Travel Shield project as an alternative insurance scheme in July 2014, in partnerships with reputable, publicly-listed

TAT organises Experience New Variety and Family Fun in Amazing Thailand 2019

Fam trip explores North to South, showcasing Thailand’s emerging destinations Bangkok, 5 April 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hosting 64 travel agents from the ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific regions to an “Experience New Variety and Family Fun in Amazing Thailand 2019 – Explore North to South” familiarisation trip. Taking place from 4 to 7 April, the trip is designed to showcase the best of Thailand’s

TAT promotes Songkran 2019 festivities in emerging destinations

Tak, Mukdahan and Ranong showcase time-honoured local traditions putting family and elders first Bangkok, 4 April 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is promoting Songkran 2019 festivities in three emerging destinations – Tak, Mukdahan and Ranong – and is supporting activities in eight other provinces (Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Ayutthaya, Phuket and Songkhla) to showcase local traditions of the annual Thai water festival. TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak

TAT’s Thailand tourism update regarding the haze situation in Northern Thailan …

Bangkok, 3 April, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wishes to reiterate our previous advisory for tourists https://www.tatnews.org/2019/03/tat-advises-tourists-to-northern-thailand-to-take-precautions-amid-air-quality-concerns/ visiting Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the surrounding provinces to monitor air quality index reports and take necessary precautions amid air quality concerns arising from the current haze situation in Northern Thailand. Tourists can monitor the overall air quality of Thailand provided daily by the Pollution Control Department under the Ministry

TAT launches new ‘ASEAN Pop Culture’ project with new street art in Sukhotha …

Bangkok, 27 March, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) through its ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Market Division has launched the ‘ASEAN Pop Culture’ project, which aims to promote connectivity between Thailand and its neighbouring countries and position Thailand as the hub for that connectivity both for Thai and foreign tourists. A series of ‘pop culture’ activities will be held in the Thai cities of Sukhothai, Chiang Rai

Remarkable, unique temples among the 40,000 throughout Thailand

Did you know there are over 40,000 temples in Thailand, of which some 37,000 are in current use welcoming devotees and visitors? Bangkok alone has around 400 temples, according to the Office of National Buddhism. While it is impossible to see them all on holiday, here are some of the most remarkable temples worth visiting for their exceptional architecture and style. Bangkok One of the most iconic temples of the capital city and

Mu Ko Similan National Park entry fee payment points and one-day advance notice

Bangkok, 26 March, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update for tourists and visitors to Mu Ko Similan National Park, concerning the entry fee for people and transport (boats) to the Park. The entry fee to Mu Ko Similan National Park can be paid at either of four locations, one of which is the Park’s Office on the mainland in the village of

TAT advises tourists to Northern Thailand to take precautions amid air quality c …

Bangkok, 25 March, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) wishes to advise tourists visiting Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and the surrounding provinces to monitor air quality index (AQI) reports and take necessary precautions amid air quality concerns in Northern Thailand. The overall air quality in parts of the North has been at unhealthy levels for the past weeks. The Pollution Control Department under the Ministry of Public Health is

UNESCO-inscribed Khon performance added to Grand Palace ticket

Bangkok, 25 March, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to inform all tourists to Thailand that the 500 Baht entrance ticket to the Grand Palace in Bangkok now includes a Khon performance at the Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre. Purchased onsite at the Grand Palace, the ticket has until now covered entry to the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and Wat Phra

15th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony attracts record numbers to Ayutthaya

Bangkok, 21 March 2019 – The 15th World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony attracted a record number of participants to Ayutthaya with over 1,500 Muay Thai practitioners from 70 countries attending the event from 16 to 17 March. This eclipses the largest previous attendance of over 1,400 participants in 2017. The Ayutthaya Historical Park was a hive of activity with multiple events at Wat Langkha Khao and the sacred Wai

Picture yourself in Phrae

The northern province of Phrae traces its history back to the Hariphunchai kingdom of the Mon and was once one of Thailand’s largest centres of the teak trade. Nestled between its neighbouring provinces of Lampang, Uttaradit, Nan and Phayao, Phrae today still boasts among the country’s largest teak forest reserves. It is one of the 55 secondary destinations being promoted around the kingdom in a complementary fashion with key destinations, in

Thailand wins Best Asian Destination Award by German marketing website GoAsia

Berlin, 12 March 2019 – Thailand was voted the “Best Asia Destination” in the annual GoAsia Awards 2019 presented at the Internationale Tourismus Börse (ITB) 2019, the world’s leading travel trade show. Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (above photo, left), Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said, “We are indeed very proud that the influential readers and users of the reputed GoAsia website have voted us as the Best Asian Destination.

Ten Thai provinces nationwide prominently showcased at ITB 2019

Berlin, 11 March,2019 – Thailand’s northernmost province of Chiang Rai, home of the famous cave rescue operation of the “Wild Boars” team of young footballers in June-July 2018, was one of ten provinces from all four regions of Thailand that were prominently showcased at the ITB Berlin 2019, the world’s largest travel trade show. The 10 provinces – Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Sukhothai, Nan, Trat, Chanthaburi, Chumphon, Ranong, Trang and

Responsible Tourism leads Thailand Networking Lunch at ITB Berlin 2019

Berlin, 8 March, 2019 – Thailand Networking Lunch at the ITB Berlin 2019, hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), takes place on Friday, 8 March, with a focus on ‘Responsible Tourism’ and ‘Tourism for All’. H.E. Weerasak Kowsurat, Minister of Tourism and Sports, said the direction of Thailand’s tourism industry in 2019 would be focussed on the promotion of ‘Responsible Tourism’, which formed another shade of Thai tourism in

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,

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