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TTM+ 2016 to be "Unique, Different and Distinctive"

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2016/4/12 10:40:00 (132 reads)

Bangkok, 12 April 2016 - A new destination, record number of first-time buyers and a unique range of exhibitors are among the highlights of Thailand's leading travel trade event to be held between 8-10 June, 2016.

For the first time, the Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion TTM+ 2016, will be held in the northern capital of Chiang Mai. As of 23 March, it had attracted 570 buyers from 62 countries, of whom roughly half were first-time participants.

Amongst the sellers, the line-up of 343 exhibiting companies includes some of the most unique boutique hotels in the Greater Mekong Subregion, in addition to a range of creative small and medium sized products and services seeking to expand their profile in the international market.


Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said "This year's event promises to be unique, different and distinctive from anything we have done in the past. We have carefully analysed all the feedback we have got over the past few years and done our best to act upon many of the valuable recommendations.

"The enormous interest we have received from the buyers is certainly very encouraging. We believe this year's TTM+ will go a long way towards facilitating business opportunities and meeting our national development priorities," the Governor said.

Now in its 15th year, the Thailand Travel Mart 2016 Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion is being eagerly awaited in Chiang Mai where provincial authorities and the tourism industry are working hard to deliver a memorable and productive event.


Registration for the event has closed. As of 23 March, India has the largest contingent of buyers (120) followed by the United Kingdom (40), China (33), Australia (25), Italy (25) and the USA (21). A group of smaller but high-quality buyers have also been invited from emerging markets; such as, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Of the total number of buyers, 57% or 325 are first timers and 245 are repeat buyers.

Amongst the exhibitors, 30% or 103 organisations are first timers, and 70% or 240 organisations are repeat sellers. The sellers comprise of hotels and resorts (260), tour operators and travel agents (22), entertainment (8), transportation (3), associations (6), NTOs (3), the Greater Mekong Subregion (16), other travel services (23) and 12 Hidden Gems destinations (2).

In January-February 2016, Thailand's visitor arrivals surged to a record 6.09 million, up by 15.48% over the same period of 2015, according to figures published by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. China continues to grow as the top source of visitor arrivals with 1.77 million arrivals in January-February 2016, up by 32.21% over the same period in 2015.

Visitors from East Asia and ASEAN totalled 3.87 million (+20.61%), the Americas 265,166 (+14.70%), South Asia 220,381 (+9.13%), the Middle East 79,166 (+16.25%), Europe 1.46 million (+6.86%) and Africa 22,111 (+8.13%). Only one region reported a decline: Oceania -2.77% to 137,115.

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Bangkok, 11 April, 2016 - Thailand is elevating the profile of the annual Songkran Festival to ensure local and international travellers enjoy a more 'authentic experience' and get the chance to 'discover more amazing stories of Thainess while joining the celebrations for Thai New Year in the kingdom. This year's festivities began with the "Songkran Splendours: The Procession of Three Kingdoms" grand opening ceremony, which took place yesterday (10 April, 2016).


Deputy Prime Minister General Thanasak Patimaprakorn said, "Songkran is the holiday that unites the nation in a spirit of fun and devotion to the family. The New Year rituals are observed differently in all parts of the nation, and this variety is something that should be celebrated and showcased. The Royal Thai Government is dedicated to preserving all aspects of the nation's culture in every region, as it is the source of our strength, character and national pride. While we are enjoying the fun of the festivities, we should remember that this is a vital part of our heritage and deserves our pride and protection so that future generations can enjoy it in the same spirit."

Songkran or the Thai New Year has been celebrated in the kingdom for hundreds of years. Traditionally this was the time when agricultural work could come to a halt for a few days, so that the Thai people could pay respect to their ancestors and senior members of the family by sprinkling their hands with scented water. It is also a time to enter the temples and bathe the sacred Buddha images. As Songkran is a time when families come together and the country is unified for several days of fun and togetherness, the Royal Thai Government wants to ensure these traditions are preserved. One way of doing this is by promoting the festival internationally, so that other countries can enjoy this unique time of year and come to join the celebrations.

H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, "The Songkran Splendours: The Procession of Three Kingdoms" is aimed at giving visitors a taste of Songkran and show how important it has been to the culture and the unity of the nation over the centuries. We want to show how the festival differs in how it is observed nationwide and celebrate these unique elements of our culture. Above all, we want to show that for all Thais, Songkran is about family and a time to be with loved ones - this is the true spirit of Songkran."

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor said, "Songkran is the most important festival in the Thai calendar and is celebrated in different ways up and down the country. We want travellers to discover more about this unique Thai event and to get a taste of the huge range of distinct local festivals. So we are getting Songkran off to a great start with our Grand Songkran Celebrations that will help people learn about Songkran's long history and special traditions.

"The grand Songkran procession in Bangkok is aimed at setting the tone for the 2016 Thai New Year celebrations nationwide, including special festivities in 8 key locations supported by TAT. Furthermore, TAT is following the government's water-saving policy which encourages people to use water more conservatively when celebrating Songkran," Mr Yuthasak added.


The main stage for the 2016 grand Songkran celebrations was at the Maha Jesadabordin Royal Pavilion in Bangkok's old quarter or Rattanakosin Island. This was the setting for the grand opening ceremony on Sunday, 10 April. Throughout the Songkran period, other activities have been scheduled to be held in areas around the historic parts of the Thai capital, including around the Bangkok Metropolitan Office, the Banglamphu community, Khao San Road, Suan Santi Chaiprakan, Wisutkasat, Nagaraphirom Park, and other surrounding temples.


People joining this grand event had the chance to witness the grand city parades themed Songkran Splendours: The Procession of Three Kingdoms, which was aimed at telling some of the stories, legends and history behind the Songkran festival in Thailand by looking at how it has evolved through the reigns of three of Thailand's most important kings.


The first procession 'The Kingdom of King Rama III represented the Songkran celebration during the reign of King Rama III, with displays from Thai mythology as depicted on the walls of Wat Pho. The second procession 'The Kingdom of King Rama V the Great' focused on 13 April, known as Songkran Day in Thailand. The final procession 'The Kingdom of King Rama VII looked at how the Songkran celebrations have spread around the world.


The Procession of Three Kingdoms was followed by a parade that showed how the five distinctive regions of Thailand celebrate Songkran. Representing the North was Lampang's Salung Luang known for its ritual of parading sacred Buddha images around the streets to bring blessings to the people. From the Northeast was the procession of 'Dok Mai' trees from Loei. From the Central Region was a Thai-Mon cultural procession, as seen in the Ratchaburi region. The Eastern region was represented by a parade of Si Maharaja Rice Stacks from Chon Buri province. Finally representing the South was a Nang Dan procession from Nakhon Si Thammarat.

The parade culminated in a cultural procession aimed at strengthening the relationship between Thailand and Lao PDR., as the two nations both celebrate Songkran and share common beliefs. In this spirit, there were representatives from the Lao-style Phra That Phanom in Nakhon Phanom province and Phra That Sri Kotabong in Lao PDR.


In addition, there are many other activities to enjoy including an ancient market, Thai traditional plays including a Lakhon Nok show and a Royal puppet show at Wat Pho from 10-12 April, 10.30-20.30 Hrs.

For more images of Songkran Splendours: The Procession of Three Kingdoms, please click here.

For Songkran celebrations in other areas of Thailand, please see details at: www.tatnews.org/events/songkran-festival-2016/

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8 April, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is offering its support to the Thai Beverage Public Company Limited in organising the "Water Festival" for the second consecutive year, as part of the Songkran 2016 celebrations, and in expanding the event's venues to more locations in Chiang Mai and Phuket on top of the seven spectacular sites in Bangkok that hosted the event's first edition last year.


TAT is backing Thai Beverage's initiative, as part of its plans to showcasing 'Thainess' to the world and promoting the awareness of Thai cultural value among the younger Thai generation.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "I am very pleased to extend our support to Thai Beverage or any private organisations who've stepped forward to assist us in the preservation and promotion of Thai culture and, of course, the traditional way of celebrating Songkran. This Water Festival 2016 will certainly help strengthen the value of the Thai New Year among the younger Thai generation and foreign visitors."


The Water Festival 2016 will be held on 13-15 April and will once again take place at the seven charming sites along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok including the four famous temples - Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Kalayanamitr, and Wat Prayunwongsawat - and three popular riverside attractions - Tha Maharaj, Asiatique The Riverfront, and Yodpiman River Walk.

Wat Pho, in particular, will play host to two spectacular Songkran 2016 celebrations. The first event, hosted by TAT was the 'Songkran Splendours: The Procession of Three Kingdoms' that took place on 10 April, with many other activities; such as, an ancient market, Thai traditional plays, including Lakhon Nok performances and a Royal Puppet show, that will take place during 10-12 April. The second event, from 13-15 April, is the Water Festival 2016 hosted by Thai Beverage.

To make the Water Festival 2016 more meaningful for the Thai people and foreign visitors, Thai Beverage will also be holding the event in Chiang Mai at the newly-restored 140-year-old Lanna House and in Phuket at Patong Beach.


The Water Festival 2016 is designed to promote the Thai sense of fun and the traditional Thai ways of celebrating the start of the Thai New Year. It also corresponds with the Royal Thai Government's water-saving policy which encourages both Thai people and foreign visitors to uphold how Songkran is celebrated traditionally; such as, purifying or bathing Buddha statues, and just sprinkling scented water over each other instead of throwing water aggressively or using high-pressure water guns.

In addition, spectators to the Water Festival 2016 are encouraged to worship Buddha statues in the four temples, one of the traditional Thai ways of seeking blessings for the New Year.


For more information on "Water Festival 2016 at: http://www.waterfestivalthailand.com/
For Songkran celebrations throughout Thailand, please see details at: Songkran Festival 2016

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Bangkok to host 2017 WTTC Global Summit

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2016/4/8 10:10:00 (64 reads)


Dallas, Texas, 8 April, 2016 - Bangkok, Thailand, has been selected as the host venue for the prestigious 2017 WTTC Global Summit, which is scheduled to be held on 26-27 April, 2017. The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced its decision at the closing speech of the 16th WTTC Global Summit in Dallas, Texas on 7 April, 2016.

Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC said, "The WTTC Global Summit is the most influential travel and tourism event of the year, bringing together hundreds of leaders from public sector organisations and private sector companies to discuss and tackle the most important issues in our sector. Travel and tourism is one of the most important generators of jobs and wealth in the world, contributing to over US $7.2 trillion in GDP to the world economy and supporting 284 million jobs, which is 1 in 11 jobs on the planet."


Mr. Scowsill continued, "Thailand is an extremely well established travel and tourism economy. Despite challenges, the sector grew by a stunning 18.4% in 2015, contributing nearly 21% to the country's GDP (USD$ 81.6 billion or THB 2.8 trillion) and supported 5.9 million jobs, which is 15.4% of the total employment. I am delighted that Bangkok will host the 2017 Global Summit, which will highlight the Thai government's great efforts in supporting travel and tourism across the country."

H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Thailand's Minister of Tourism and Sports said, "We are excited and honoured to host next year's WTTC Global Summit, which is a great opportunity to showcase Bangkok as an important meeting place for gathering the world's top travel and tourism executives.

"Being selected by the World Travel and Tourism Council to host the Summit acknowledges the commitment the Thai government has to the expansion of the travel and tourism sector in the country," she added.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, "Holding the Summit in Bangkok is recognition of the city's importance as an international hub, serving a large number of international visitors through Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone in Bangkok next year to experience the beauty of our country," the Governor concluded.

For more information about WTTC, please contact:
Ms. Annebeth Wijtenburg
Public Relations Manager
World Travel & Tourism Council
Email: annebeth.wijtenburg@wttc.org

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Bangkok, 2 April, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is joining hands with the Thai Hotels Association (THA), the Association of Domestic Thailand (ADT), the Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA), and the Thai Tourism Promotion Association (TTPA) in organising a four-hour 'flash sale' activity to boost domestic travel during the Thai New Year.


Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "TAT in cooperation with relevant domestic travel associations as well as the Thai tourism product and services providers is organising this special activity with an objective of encouraging more Thais to travel within Thailand during the Songkran festival or the Thai New Year. This is also in response to the Royal Thai Government's policy which wants to promote domestic travel and stimulate more spending to help boost up local economy."


The four-hour flash sale will boast special deals and steep discounts on accommodation packages, theme park tickets, and other travel-related services from more than 30 travel-related product and service providers, such as, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket Hotel, InterContinental Hua Hin Resort, Sampran Riverside, Siam Niramit, Siam Park and Oasis Sea World.

The special privileges are to stimulate Thai travellers to travel within Thailand during the Thai New Year holiday, which this year covers at least five days from Wednesday 13 April to Sunday 17 April. For those who take extra days off, from Saturday 9 April, their holiday could stretch to nearly 10 days.

Apart from receiving steep discounts instantly from leading travel service providers during the flash sale, there is a double bonus for Thais who travel within Thailand during 9-17 April, 2016. Receipts of domestic travel spending during this period can be used for the 2016 tax redemption.

The special four-hour flash sale will be held on 5 April, 2016, from 11:00 - 15:00 Hrs., at Quartier Park, in front of EmQuartier department store, which can be reached by BTS SkyTrain (get down at Phrom Pong station, Exit 1). The sale is open to all, including foreign expatriates and visitors.




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