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TAT extends its thanks for the confidence in Thailand

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2016/8/23 16:50:00 (12 reads)


Hua Hin Railway Station


Bangkok, 23 August, 2016 - Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn has extended a warm word of thanks and gratitude to the thousands of tourists who maintained their confidence in visiting Thailand in the aftermath of the 11-12 August incidents in the Southern parts of the country.

He also thanked the entire Thai private sector for their show of unity in the face of adversity. "We would like to thank everyone in the tourism sector who is contributed to the revival of Thailand's tourism. This includes the tourists world-wide who still keep coming to our destinations as well as both the private and governmental sectors who have unitedly given their hands in restoring the situation back to normal in a short time."

Visitor arrival statistics in the immediate aftermath of the attacks in various parts of Thailand indicated just a small percentage drop, which lasted exactly a week. As of 19 August, arrivals began increasing again. It is expected that the arrivals will fluctuate over the next few days but return to steady growth by September. TAT is optimistic that the projected arrivals of 33 million visitors this year can be met.

Among some of the high-profile visits and events that have proceeded normally are:
- A Phuket call by the Pacific Eden cruise ship, with 1,343 passengers and 620 crew members. Phuket was one of the major destinations of Pacific Eden's one-month inaugural sailing in Asia.

- The Travel Managers Conference from Australia, comprising 230 participants to join the team-building, and workshop activities during 19-21 August, 2016, at the Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong in Bangkok.

- Among Japanese travellers, several pre-booked school tours from Japan have gone ahead as planned with organisers expressing full confidence in the safety and security of the kingdom.

Mr. Yuthasak credited several factors for this minimal impact, but cited the positive force of social media as playing a large role.

"It is clear that visitors no longer just rely on mainstream news delivered via TV and print for their information. Social media networks can also be used effectively to provide accurate and updated news," he added.

"We did this well via our in-house crisis management channels at TAT. I am happy to report that our private sector, which has a very high stake in warding off cancellations, also did a good job. The thousands of visitors who were in Thailand at the time were also able to make use of their own social media channels to communicate the all-clear."

He noted that all the various recovery campaigns (read more here: Thailand formulating strategies to boost industry and tourist confidence after recent incidents) would remain in place, especially those targeted at women visitors in this month marking the auspicious 84th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

"We look forward to communicating a strong business-as-usual message at all the international travel trade events over the course of the rest of the year. And once more, we thank all our visitors, security agencies and the private sector for their support and confidence in Thailand."

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
Instagram: TAT Newsroom

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Mario Maurer (left) and Mr. Kajorndet Apichartrakul, Director of TAT Singapore
Office (2nd from right) congratulated the lucky winner for winning a trip to Thailand


Bangkok, 22 August, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) Experience Thailand with Mario Maurer expanded marketing campaign aimed at attracting more travellers from China and ASEAN has got off to a grand start in the Philippines with thousands of people turning up to meet the famous Thai film star and singer Mario Maurer in downtown Manila. In a fun show, the Thai pop star told audiences of the adventures and opportunities that await all tourists to the kingdom.

TAT has appointed Mario Maurer as one of its tourism ambassadors thanks to his huge popularity across Asia after success in the films Love of Siam and First Love. As a result he has a large number of fans who follow him on social media in China, Indonesia and Vietnam as well as the Philippines where he has over a million followers.

The "Experience Thailand with Mario Maurer" tour stopped at SM Megamall in Manila on 6 August, 2016 and the 27-year old star met with thousands of fans. During the event, six short films starring Mario were shown to showcase some of the exciting travel experiences Thailand can offer. The destinations being promoted were Trang, Amphawa (Samut Songkram), Chiang Mai, Lampang, and Pattaya (Chon Buri).


Mr. Kajorndet Apichartrakul, Director of TAT Singapore Office (standing) and Mario Maurer posting as a tuk-tuk driver


Mr. Kajorndet Apichartrakul, Director of TAT Singapore Office said, "We are very pleased that Mario got such a warm reception from his Filipino fans who turned up in their thousands to get a glimpse of their super star. Mario appeals to a young and dynamic market who would enjoy exploring the attractions of Thailand. With Mario's help, we can reach out to people across ASEAN and Asia and let short haul tourists know that Thailand has so much to discover in terms of food, adventure, amazing scenery and friendly people."

During the event in Manila, Mario answered questions from members of the media and the public about the attractions to be found in Thailand and he even gave the crowds a fun demonstration of Muay Thai boxing.

The Philippines are a fast growing market for tourism in Thailand and as the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) comes into play, more and more Filipino tourists are expected to visit the kingdom and to take advantage of the free movement regulations. Thailand welcomed 310,975 visitors from the Philippines in 2015. And in the first seven months of this year, already a total of 192,847 people from the Philippines have visited Thailand.


Thousands of Mario's fans turned up
Mario appeals to young and dynamic market


Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
Instagram: TAT Newsroom



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H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports (front row, 4th from left); Mr.
Visanu Jaroensilp, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business (front row, 3rd from
right),;and Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Executive Director - Events Department (front row, right);
as well as designers and models during the "Passage of Thai Fabric - A Tribute to
Her Majesty the Queen" fashion show at Siam Paragon, Bangkok


Bangkok, 20 August, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is marking Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's 84th Birthday month with a display of Thailand's traditional textiles and weaving skills of the nation's artisans, which Her Majesty has done so much to preserve. The "Passage of Thai Fabric - A Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen" exhibition, held from 20 to 21 August, is a part of the TAT's Women's Journey Thailand campaign that is running throughout the month of August.

H.E. Mrs Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, "The Passage of Thai Fabric - A Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen" event will showcase Thailand's traditional textiles and will educate people about the weaving and embroidering traditions that have made Thai cloth and handicrafts so famous around the world. The event will allow Thais and visitors to see first-hand the huge variety and high quality of Thai fabrics and learn how they are made. Without the dedication of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, many of these fabrics and the techniques used to make them would be lost forever. It is her hard work that has made Thailand's silks and cloth much sought after by fashion designers."

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


Visitors to the exhibition will be able to learn how Thailand's fabrics and materials are unique to different regions of the country and see how the local ways of life inspire the vivid patterns and colours. There will be a catwalk fashion show featuring 15 unique Thai textiles including Lai Nam Lai from Nan province, Matmi from Lop Buri, Pum Riang fabric from Surat Thani, and some of the exquisitely embroidered work from Thailand's hill tribes and ethnic groups.

The show will give visitors the chance to see these wonderful fabrics used in dresses and costumes designed by leading designers from Thailand's top five brands including ASAVA, Tube Gallery, Chai Gold Label, Hook's and Issue, as well as innovative creations by students from Thailand's top centres for fashion design including Silpakorn, Srinakharinwirot, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat, Rangsit, and Bangkok Universities. The fashion show will take place at Siam Paragon on 20 August from 18.30 to 20.30 Hrs



As well as the textiles from 15 different parts of Thailand, visitors to the exhibition will be able to see examples of folk arts and handmade jewellery made by skilled craftspeople from around the nation. There is also the chance to buy examples of these products and so boost the income of artisan communities. It is hoped that the event will inspire tourists to travel to some of Thailand's provinces to see where these textiles are made and are sometimes even worn by people as part of their traditional dress.

Mr. Visanu Jaroensilp, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business said, "In many ways, this event celebrates Thailand's women. Many of our most famous textiles are the result of the hard work of generations of creative women and deserve to be seen and enjoyed by a new and appreciative audience. Textiles can reveal so much about a nation, and we hope that everyone who visits this exhibition will learn a little more about our rich Thai culture."



Following the exhibition at Siam Paragon, there will be an exhibition on Thailand's traditional textiles and dresses and costumes designed by leading designers at the Plearnary Mall from 23 to 28 August, 2016.

To see more pictures, please visit our photo library at The "Passage of Thai Fabric - A Tribute to Her Majesty the Queen" exhibition

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
Instagram: TAT Newsroom
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Photo courtesy of NBC, from left to right: Terry Bradshaw, George
Foreman, Henry Winkler, William Shatner and Jeff Dye


New York, 19 August, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is proud to announce that Thailand will serve as the final destination in which the cast will travel to for NBC's new comedy series "Better Late Than Never," starring Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman. The series will premiere on 23 August at 10 p.m. EDT on NBC, with the Thailand finale airing on 13 September at 10 p.m. EDT on NBC.

Mrs. Juthaporn Rerngronasa, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas) said, "We are very excited to serve as the final destination for this new show. The audience will see a very special side of Thailand with a behind the scenes view of one of our biggest cultural events Songkran, and many more surprises in both Chiang Mai and Phuket."

Following the show's theme of bucket list experiences, Thailand offers a plethora of adventure, natural wonders, and cultural attractions. In the North, activities available include river rafting, elephant trekking, visiting hill tribe villages and of course the Yi Peng Festival in November. When venturing in the South, you have island hopping, Muay Thai training, and experiencing the famous Songkran Festival in April.

Based on a popular Korean format, "Better Late Than Never" is a fish-out-of-water show that follows cultural icons Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman on their greatest adventure yet. Deciding it's better late than never, these four national treasures embark on the journey of a lifetime, travelling across Asia on their own with no schedule and no itinerary. The only help will come from Jeff Dye, a young tech-savvy comedian with an agenda of his own and who isn't above leading the men off track. Each stop is packed with hilarious cultural experiences, heartwarming spectacles and unexpected twists as our legends take on this unforgettable adventure.

Click to see the first-look of "Better Late Than Never"

Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, Henry Winkler, Jason Ehrlich, Stephanie Chambers, Alex Katz and Tim Crescenti. "Better Late Than Never" is produced by Universal Television in association with Storyline Entertainment, Small World IFT and CJ E&M.

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
Instagram: TAT Newsroom


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Pacific Eden cruise ship made a call to Phuket yesterday (17 August, 2016)


Bangkok, 18 August, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that travellers' confidence in Phuket as one of the country's popular tourist destination remains strong despite recent incidents.

The popular southern Thai beach resort yesterday (17 August, 2016) welcomed the arrival of the Pacific Eden cruise ship, bringing in a total of 1,343 passengers and 620 crew members, totalling 1,963, visitors, to enjoy a range of Phuket's wonderful natural and cultural attractions. Phuket is one of the major destinations of Pacific Eden's one-month inaugural sailing in Asia this month.



According to E.A.S. Maritime Agencies (Thailand), the cruise ship's passengers are from Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Europe.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "This is great news as it reiterates the confidence in Phuket as a destination among the international tourism community and the travellers themselves. At the same time, I would like to stress that the safety of tourists and visitors is always our priority. Every measure has been taken to ensure security at all destinations in Thailand."




Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2250 0246
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
Instagram: TAT Newsroom



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