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Thailand marks the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Bhumibol 1 Bridge in Samut Prakan, on 5 December, 2016.


Bangkok, 5 December, 2016 - Thailand is staging a series of once-in-a-lifetime events across the month of December to mark the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The New Year will also be observed in a traditional Thai way to pay respect to the late King and to commemorate his legacy and work, which did so much to improve the lives of the Thai people.

Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said, "2016 has been a milestone year for the Thai people, and we want to ensure that December marks a time of reflection; a time when we can come together as a people and truly appreciate the amazing work that His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej carried out during his reign. As the New Year dawns, it is the perfect time for the Thai people to unite in their Thainess and to welcome guests from around the world to join us as we look with confidence to the future."

Thailand plans for significant events in December and New Year 2017
Members of the Government and the Royal Thai Navy joined mourners and members of the public on the Bhumibol Bridge to celebrate the life and work of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
On 5 December, 2016, TAT is marking the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Bhumibol 1 Bridge in Samut Prakan. The event will be a way of remembering the work and projects initiated by His Majesty to help develop the economy and improve the lives of Thais in the cities and the rural areas.

Scheduled to take place from 05.00-08.00 Hrs., the event's highlights include a ceremony to offer essential items to 999 monks and an 89-second silence to mark the King's life. Participants can join in a mass singing of the Thai Royal Anthem and the song Kwam Fan An Sung Sut (The Impossible Dream), which was composed by His Majesty. Everyone will then be invited to write an oath to live a good life. The event will end with a mass balloons release.

As part of the event to mark His Majesty's Birthday, 19,999 bags of 'royal soil' will be given to the people. This soil has been taken from the King's Royal Projects and agricultural stations and symbolises his dedication to the land and to the people. His Majesty knew the importance of soil to Thailand and made many scientific studies of it in his life to find ways to improve the growth of crops. In recognition of his work, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has named 5 December as World Soil Day.


In a moving ceremony that lasted from 05.00-08.00 Hrs. on 5 December, 2016, people came
together to remember the late king and his work to improve the lives of the Thai people.


On 31 December, 2016, Thailand is holding nationwide cross-year prayers, in the form of Buddhist chanting. This will take place at Sanam Luang and at thousands of temples as well as at many other locations around the country. In addition, people in the borders of the neighbouring ASEAN nations, as well as Thai people and temples overseas, have been invited to take part.

It has long been the tradition in Thailand that on New Year's Eve and on New Year's Day, Thai Buddhists gather at the temples for praying and meditation together and use the opportunity to listen to sermons about living a good life. It is a way of bringing people together before the year starts and earning blessings and making merit.


Items were donated to 999 monks in tribute to the benevolent king


The events will start at 21.00 Hrs. with an 89-second silence to pay respect to the Late King Bhumibol, marking his 89 years. At 23.45-23.50 Hrs., the New Year's Eve prayers will take place. At midnight, the temples will struck a gong 9 times while the people will sing the songs Phon Phi Mai (New Year Blessings) and Sawasdee Phi Mai (Hello New Year) to mark the New Year. Visitors can also enjoy New Year Eve celebrations in various locations around central Bangkok like Siam Paragon, Ratchaprasong shopping district, CentralWorld, EmQuartier and Emporium.

On 1 January, 2017, at 00.09 Hrs., candles will be lit and prayers will take place to welcome the New Year. These traditional merit-making activities taking place all over Thailand in which Thai people will also take the chance to visit nine auspicious temples within the day to ensure blessings for 2017.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, "Everyone, including visitors to Thailand is invited to join the prayers, which are dedicated to the Thai nation, religion and the Thai monarchy, which make up the three pillars of the Thai state. We would like people to get out and explore Thailand as the year ends and everyone has a long New Year break.

"Thailand is entering a new era with a new King, so this is the perfect time to truly find out what it means to be Thai. So go and discover unique local experiences, revel in the rich culture, arts and cuisine of the kingdom and meet fellow Thais while spending valuable time with family and friends. This unity means we can face the future with happiness and optimism."


The Bhumibol 1 Bridge in Samut Prakan


To encourage more travel in Thailand over December, the Thai government is doubling the tax break for tourists to 30,000 Baht in total for their travel spending this year. There is already a tax reduction of 15,000 Baht per person from taxable income for Thai tourists for 2016, and this will be doubled and made applicable to tour services and accommodation from 1-31 December.

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People pay respects to Late King at dawn ceremony on Bhumibol Bridge


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Mr. Thepnarong Polngam (right), Assistant Director of TAT New Delhi Office, received the awards
on behalf of Thailand at India's Best Awards 2016 ceremony by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia.


Mr. Thepnarong Polngam (right), Assistant Director of TAT New Delhi Office, received the awards on behalf of Thailand at India's Best Awards 2016 ceremony by Travel + Leisure India & South Asia.
Bangkok, 1 December, 2016 - Thailand has again been voted as the Best Wedding Destination by readers of the renowned publication Travel + Leisure India and South Asia. This marks the fifth year in a row that Thailand has received this prestigious award.

The Best Wedding Destination is chosen via a readers' poll in the print and online versions of Travel + Leisure India and South Asia. Final decisions are also based on expert opinion. Thailand's top ranking reflects the huge popularity of Thailand for Indian wedding planners and couples seeking a romantic destination. The award was presented on 17 November, 2016, at the Shangri-La hotel in New Delhi.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, "The fact that Thailand has now won this award for the fifth year running, shows how attractive the kingdom is to couples seeking an amazing and romantic wedding venue. Thailand's wedding industry and hotels are experienced in hosting events of all sizes and meeting the unique needs and desires of couples wanting a romantic day. What's more, our, luxurious accommodation and attractions ensure weddings will be remembered forever."

According to the TAT New Delhi Office, each year around 400 Indian weddings are held in Thailand at various locations; such as, Bangkok, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Rayong, Phuket, Krabi, Khao Lak and Chiang Mai. Thailand is also a favourite among Indian visitors for celebrations such as anniversaries, birthdays, family re-union, bachelors and bachelorette trips.


Thailand, the fifth year winner of Best Wedding Destination 2016


So far in 2016, Thailand has welcomed a total of 895,880 travellers from India, an increase of 13.40 per cent over the previous year. The average length of stay of Indian tourists is 8 days and average spending per person per day is 5,645 Baht.

Thailand has long been a popular wedding venue for couples from all over the world and from 2-4 May, 2017 Phuket will host the 4th Annual Destination Wedding Planners Congress 2017 (DWP Congress 2017). TAT expects to attract about 450 people from across Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australasia and Europe to attend this influential event.

"Thai wedding planners are experienced and adaptable and extra atmosphere is ensured by a charming backdrop and Thailand's endearing hospitality. If you want an underwater ceremony, a traditional western wedding or a Thai event on a boat or by the beach, we can build a wedding that meets your dreams," said Mr. Yuthasak.

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Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East
and Americas) received the award on behalf of Thailand.


Bangkok, 1 December, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that Chiang Mai was voted The Next Golf Destination of the Year Asia & Australasia 2017 by 220 golf tour operators worldwide.

Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), received the award on behalf of Thailand at the 17th annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards Ceremony, which was held during the annual International Golf Travel Mart 2016.

He said, "Thailand has become the number one destination in Asia for golf, and there are new, top quality courses opening all the time. Sport is now a major draw for tourists, and we are encouraging more golfers by offering second-to-none facilities, stunning scenery and amazing attractions to enjoy when the day's games are over."


The 17th annual International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards Ceremony


This is the fifth year that Thailand's golf destinations have been recognised by IAGTO. Pattaya was named Golf Destination of the Year in 2006 and 2010 with Hua Hin receiving the award in 2012 and Prachuap Khiri Khan in 2014. Destination Winners are voted by IAGTO's members who come from over 60 countries.

At the same event, the Laguna Phuket Golf Club also won the award for the Sustainable Golf Course of the Year for the Asian region in 2017 in the community engagement category.


Thailand Pavilion at the annual International Golf Travel Mart 2016


The International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) was established in 1997 to represent the interests of golf businesses, and now comprises 2522 accredited golf tour operators, golf resorts and hotels, airlines, tourist boards and business partners in 96 nations. A total of 654 of these are specialist golf tour operators in 61 countries.

The IAGTO annual awards have been running for over 16 years and represent the pinnacle of achievement for golf destinations and resorts as voted for by tour operators, golf writers and golf travellers.

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Bangkok, 28 November, 2016 - Thailand's tourism industry is set to exceed the 2.4 trillion Baht (US$68.57 billion) target set for 2016 thanks to the drive to boost visitor numbers with visa fee waivers and a raft of measures to assure tourists that they will enjoy high quality experiences in the kingdom.


H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul (middle), Minister of Tourism and Sports shared the press conference
to announce that Thailand is on track to meet visitor targets thanks to quality tourism growth


H.E. Mrs. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, "Over the past years, we have seen a strong growth in tourism revenue and this is not just because numbers are up: tourists are also spending more money, particularly high-end visitors. High quality tourists visit Thailand knowing that they can find affordable luxury experiences and high-end products and activities that can't be enjoyed elsewhere."

Tourist arrivals from January to October 2016, totalled 28.72 million tourists who have so far spent 1.43 trillion Baht (US$40.8 billion), representing a year-on-year increase of 10.38 per cent and 14 per cent, respectively. China remains the number one market with spending of over 391.5 billion Baht (US$11.2 billion). Malaysia made up the second largest market for spending with 74.8 billion Baht (US$2.14 billion), and Russia was in third place with tourists spending almost 64.33 billion baht (US$1.80 billion).

Mrs. Kobkarn said, "With Thailand now in its traditional high season, we are working to boost numbers of visitors for the last quarter of the year, from traditionally 8.8 million to 9.1 million visitors, or a four per cent growth. But we are hoping for a higher growth in revenue, at six per cent, from almost 455 billion to 483.7 billion Baht (US$13 billion to US$13.8 billion). With this goal, various initiatives have been put in place to encourage tourists to visit and spend."

These initiatives have included the waiver of tourist visa fees for visitors from 19 countries from 1 December, 2016, to 28 February, 2017, and the price of visas issued on arrival will be halved. To encourage health and medical tourism, long-stay visas for foreigners over 50 years of age will be extended from one to 10 years.

To encourage more domestic travel, a long New Year holiday of four days including 31 December, 2016, and 1 to 3 January, 2017, has been confirmed. As well as special New Year Countdowns across the kingdom on 31 December, there are a range of sporting events planned including the Bangkok and Chiang Mai Marathons.

In addition, there will be a range of new events and activities to boost travel. These include the Thailand Yacht Show 2016, from 15-18 December in Phuket, the "70 Routes in His Majesty's Footsteps" campaign that encourages domestic travel in areas boosted by the work of the late King, and the "First Step towards the Great Nine", which aims to open up Royal Projects and Royal Initiatives, so that international tourists can visit and learn about the late King's work.

Meanwhile, the Thailand Friendly Design Expo 2016 to be held in Bangkok from 30 November - 3 December will introduce eight routes for 'Universal Access for All' in each of the country's eight major regions specifically designed to cater to the needs of travellers with special needs.

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(From left)Mr. Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Thailand Yacht Show , H.E. Kobkarn
Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports , Mr. Pongpanu Svetarundra, Permanent
Secretary of Ministry Of Tourism and Sports and Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor
for Tourism Products and Business



Bangkok,23 November 2016 - The Thailand Yacht Show (TYS) 2016 is set to welcome visitors from all over the region to view and try out a line-up of premier yachting, boating and luxury brands during 15 - 18 December, 2016, at the Ao Po Grand Marina in Phuket, marking the exciting developments for a yacht show and to make Thailand the marine hub of Asia.

Following from the success of the inaugural show in February 2016, many of the industry's leading names will return to show their support for Thailand's new national boat show. The event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and the Marine Department, along with many other important officials and key business leaders.



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



H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports explained that the government's support is vital because of the huge potential of this industry to benefit all Thai citizens. "The show is an important platform for showcasing and promoting marine tourism in Thailand. We are confident that the yacht show will help boost Thailand's tourism industry, which in turn will translate into direct economic benefits for related local businesses; promoting job creation, while distributing sustainable income and improving local infrastructure too."

The potential economic impact for Thailand as a result of the improved marine infrastructure is vast. It is proven that yachting tourists spend far more than any other tourism sector. On average, a superyacht will spend between US$1 million and US$2 million (35.45 million-70.9 million Baht) in the country in which the yacht is based for a season.



Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business



Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business said, "Promoting marine tourism is one of our major goals for 2017 as part of the strategy to promote Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination. The inaugural show in February was successfully held, we had a chance to welcomed over 70 brands, 4,600 participants and more than 40 yachts and boats. This time the lineup for the second edition will feature more of the region's premier yachting and luxury brands from stylish superyachts to the latest launches. Next year, we are projecting 2,500 visits nationwide by yachts, cruises and other such forms of marine tourism, generating projected earnings of 7.5 billion baht."

TYS 2016 promises to offer something for everyone. Visitors will have a chance to view and even try out boats and yachts presented by Lee Marine, Boat Lagoon Yachting, Simpson Marine, Asia Marine, Multihull Solutions, Leopard Catamarans and Burgess Yachts, among many others. Exciting highlights include the return of the Norman Foster designed Ocean Emerald, a contemporary masterpiece that offers Michelin-star on-board dining and a wealth of luxurious on-board facilities; the Sanlorenzo 46Steel superyacht Forwin with its stunning new refit, as well as the Galeon 460 Flybridge, which will make her Asian debut at the Show.



Mr. Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Thailand Yacht Show



Mr. Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Thailand Yacht Show said," Thailand is the biggest and best yachting destination. With its warm hospitality and endless, extraordinarily beautiful cruising grounds, Treadwell believes that Thailand will easily establish itself as the place where everybody comes to use their yachts and enjoy life. We want to make Thailand the yachting and boating capital of Asia, and also the preferred winter destination for the global superyacht fleet. There are 5,000 superyachts over 30 metres in the world, and only 35 of them visited Thailand last winter. We want to be getting at least 200 of them coming here, and spending their dollars here instead of in the Caribbean, in the next 2 or 3 years."



(From left)Mr. Andy Treadwell, Managing Director of the Thailand Yacht Show , H.E. Kobkarn
Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports and Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy
Governor for Tourism Products and Business



With a wide variety of boats and yachts to choose from, and a fantastic show venue at the Ao Po Grand Marina with direct access into Phang Nga Bay, potential buyers can step on board and head out for a sea trial. The hugely popular catamaran HYPE, will be hosting a series of morning cruises around the Bay's beautiful islands for those looking to venture out to enjoy some swimming and snorkelling before the Show opens. The popular Demonstration Platform will be there again, with guests welcome to try some of the many on-water activities that can be enjoyed - Flyboards, Seadoos, sailing boats and paddle-boards - courtesy of Show partner, Java Yachting.

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