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Bangkok, 21 June, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Taipei Office in collaboration with the China Times Study Services/China Times Travel Service, Kang Chiao International School in Taipei, Taiwan have organised an educational tour to Thailand for their 9th grade students this year. Kang Chiao students are in the top 3 international school students in Taipei. This educational trip has been separated into 3 groups during 15-24, 16-25, and 21-30 June, respectively, comprising a total of 255 people including 229 students, 18 teachers, and 8 coordinators. During their trip in Thailand, they will have visited Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and Bangkok.




During their trip in Chiang Mai, the students will have experienced a cooking class, rafting on the Mae Ping River, a tuk tuk ancient city tour, as well as visited Doi Suthep, the Night Safari, and Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden. Also, the TAT Taipei Office will host dinner for the students at Khum Khan Toke to enjoy a Northern style dinner and traditional dance performances. Furthermore, there will be a significant ceremony in which the Kang Chiao students will donate their books and toys to 3 schools: Thasatoi School, Kawila Wittayalai School, and Changkien School. This ceremony will have pointed out that Kang Chiao students from Taiwan not only learn about a different culture in class, but also they will have a good relationship with Thai students by donating books and toys to them.




On 17 June, 2016, the Executive Director of East Asia region of TAT, Ms. Runjuan Tongrut; Director of the TAT Chiang Mai Office, Mr. Wisut Buachum, and the Deputy Director of the TAT Taipei Office, Mrs. Duangjai Kanteeranon joined the dinner and ceremony. Ms. Runjuan Tongrut, gave a welcome speech to the students.

In Chiang Rai they will have visited the Hall of Opium Museum, Wat Rong Khun and enjoyed cruising at the Golden Triangle. After Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, the students will take the night train to Bangkok. During their stay in Bangkok, they will visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, an international school, Asiatique The Riverfront, TCDC, and Siam Niramit. On this educational trip, the students will also add Ayutthaya in the programme to study this UNESCO's World Heritage Site, and take the Grand Pearl to cruise along the Chao Phraya River.




This student trip from Taiwan is a showcase to illustrate that Thailand is a student- friendly destination ready to welcome students and youth from all over the world to travel in the country. The Kang Chiao school educational tour to Thailand this year will be a beneficial example to other schools in Taiwan and other countries to bring their students to Thailand.


Ms. Runjuan Tongrut, TAT Executive Director of East Asia Region


The TAT Taipei Office would like to expand the number of first-time visitors in Taiwan starting with high school students. This will be a good start, as they can come back to Thailand again with their family, friends, and even colleagues in the future once they have a wonderful experience on their first visit. Furthermore, the TAT Taipei Office will continue planning to organise seminars in order to promote student educational tours to Thailand to other high schools in Taiwan. We hope through this successful experience, more and more high schools in Taiwan will consider educational tours to Thailand in the near future. The statistics of the youth market size is 2.8 million in Taiwan and this is a very potential target market. (*reference from Ministry of Interior, Taiwan)

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Bangkok, 20 June, 2016 - Bangkok's Grand Palace outpaces the Eiffel Tower, Egypt's Great Pyramids and Rome's Colosseum to make the list of the World's 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions, according to leading travel magazine, Travel+Leisure.

Based on the gate count, Bangkok's Grand Palace draws 8 million visitors a year making it the eighth most visited attraction in Asia and 40th in the magazine's world's top 50 list.

"A listing among the World's 50 Most Visited Tourist Attractions illustrates how Bangkok's iconic Grand Palace continues to inspire and appeal to international visitors," said Tourism Authority of Thailand's Governor, Yuthasak Supasorn.

At the other end of the scale, the Grand Bazaar Istanbul, Turkey, topped the global list with an astonishing 91.25 million visits.

The Zocalo in Mexico City was second generating 85 million visits and Times Square, New York City third with 50 million.

Results were based on either visitor ticket sales, or visit estimates sourced from attraction management, government agencies, industry reports and media. In most cases the study adopted the 2013 data.

In the list's preamble, T+L editors said attractions were "defined as cultural and historical sites, national landmarks, and officially designated spaces."

They omitted beaches, bridges, and sites that draw almost exclusively religious pilgrims.

Bangkok's Grand Palace, built in 1782, is one of Thailand's most revered heritage sites. It was the official residence and seat of government for monarchs of the Chakri Dynasty for over 150 years.

The iconic, riverfront palace shared the 40th place with two other attractions that claimed 8 million annual visits: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC and Pier 39 in San Francisco.

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Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2016 partners


Bangkok, 15 June, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is delighted to announce that the "Shopping Challenge" is back today to mark the opening of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2016. This year, 14 teams, made up of shopping-loving celebrities from all over Asia and Australia, competed for a 100,000 Baht prize by racing around Bangkok's most famous malls to find special products.

This year, the event was joined by teams made up of members of the media and celebrities from Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Korea, China, Cambodia, Lao PDR., Taiwan, Brunei, Japan and for the first time, Australia. This year's Shopping Challenge was won by the team from Guangzhou, China, Ms. Sun Sha Qi, Ms. Liu Yong Shi and Mr. Zou Zi Liang, who clinched the top spot after an exciting and closely fought event.

The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale campaign differs from other events of its type in that as well as offering discounts on a variety of goods, it is also possible to make great savings on tourism products; such as, accommodation, spa treatments, travel, car rental and wellness products.


Mr. Wiboon Nimitrwanich, TAT's Executive Director of Tourism Investment Department (2nd from right), and Mr. Suripong Tantiyanon, Visa Country Manager, Thailand (2nd from left)


Mr. Wiboon Nimitrwanich, TAT's Executive Director of the Tourism Investment Department said, "The Amazing Thailand Grand Sale is now a hugely popular event across the region and boosts tourist and visitor expenditure, as well as enhances the image of Thailand as a major shopping destination. It also encourages more local spending and creates jobs. We always look forward to welcoming the world to our sale and hope they take home happy memories as well as some great bargains."

Taking part in the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2016 will be 15,000 tourism business operators in more than 110 department stores and shopping centres in the seven major tourist destinations of Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Hat Yai, Hua Hin and Udon Thani.


The Shopping Challenge 2016 winners collected their prizes


There are also prizes on offer for tourists and locals who want to take part in the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale. As well as the generous discounts of between 5 and 80 per cent and offers on hotels, airline tickets and attractions, everyone who buys goods at participating venues gets the chance to have their names entered into a lucky draw. The prize is an amazing trip "Travel 365 Days in Thailand", which allows the winners travel for up to a month in Thailand with air tickets and accommodation at Centara Hotels all paid for. Participants can get a coupon in the draw for every 500 Baht spent. As Visa is a partner of the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale, every 500 Baht spent using a Visa Card earns two coupons in the lucky draw.

Women spending money at the sale during the month of August will get an extra ten coupons entered into the draw to celebrate the TAT's 'Women's Journey' Campaign, aimed at boosting female travel. In addition, certain participating stores and malls are offering free gifts and souvenirs.

For more information, please visit: www.thailandshoppingparadise.com

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Chiang Mai, 9 June, 2016 - Five nations in the Greater Mekong Subregion participated in the firstly-held joint press conference CLMVT Link Prosper Together in order to highlight the travel and tourism connectivity together by addressing any collaboration and opportunities among the countries.

The media conference was also addressed by Mr. Try Chhiv, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia Ms. Manisakhone Thammavongxay, Director of the Public Relations Division, Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism, Lao PDR. Ms. Daw Khin Than Win, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Hotels and Tourism, Myanmar, and Mr. Vu Nam, Deputy Director General, Tourism Marketing Department, Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), which was held at the 15th Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion (TTM+2016) held in the Northern Thai capital of Chiang Mai.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said that Deeper integration of the ASEAN Economic Community will also promote ASEAN as a single tourist destination. It is not only for the benefit of any one country, but for the whole region. Enhanced transportation linkages between Cambodia, Lao PDR., Myanmar, Vietnam, and Thailand (CLMVT countries) will also strengthen the cause of the ASEAN integration.

According to the ASEAN Secretariat's preliminary figure, nearly 98 million international travellers visited ASEAN members in 2015, or up by 7.3 percent. The CLMVT members welcomed around 26.8 million arrivals in 2010, rising to 44.42 million in 2014, or about 42 percent of the total visitors in ASEAN.

These statistics show the potential of the CLMVT market as well as its importance to the ASEAN Community. CLMVT countries might be a sub-grouping of ASEAN, but if they can strengthen their unity, it will ultimately benefit the ASEAN platform, Mr. Yuthasak said.

He said that enhanced CLMVT Linkages will strengthen the competitiveness of the whole CLMVT region and allow the countries to intensify their joint marketing and promotional campaigns and familiarisation trips.


The example of the "Two Countries One Destination" packages and the "Mega Caravan to ASEAN" organised by TAT in January 2016, introduced media and travel trade representatives from Asia to the wonderful world of road travel through Thailand, Lao PDR., Vietnam and Cambodia.

The on-going expansion of aviation linkages will also play a vital role in strengthening the competitiveness of the whole CLMVT region. Thanks to tireless efforts by all authorities involved, including TAT, airlines are encouraged to keep expanding their intra-ASEAN networks and enable easier access within the region. Upcoming intra-regional direct flights will include Air Asia's new daily Bangkok-Vientiane flight, starting on 1 July, 2016. Bangkok Airways will begin new daily flights from Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang and Vientiane from 1 October, 2016. Meanwhile, Nok Air plans to launch thrice weekly flights between Bangkok and Mandalay around October or November, 2016.

The Governor said that for the VISIT ASEAN@50 marketing campaign, which will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN, TAT is preparing to introduce the ASEAN Bucket List Fifty Things to Discover ASEANESS. This will recommend destinations among the 10 ASEAN countries that can be linked together and reflect the uniqueness of ASEAN.

They will include tourism attractions, events, and activities in which ASEAN members share thematic similarities. These products will be categorised under 6 groups

1.ASEAN Festival/Spiritual Events
2.Community-Based Tourism
3.Cruise and River-Based Tourism
4.The Journey of Rice
5.ASEAN Overland Connectivity
6.ASEAN Markets and Bazaars

The Governor concluded, "I am really happy to have the representatives from the CLMVT countries all together at this press conference. It clearly ensures that from now on, together, we will join hands to make not only the CLMVT countries, but also ASEAN as a powerful force in economic well-being for its citizens."

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Thailand Tourism Situation in January - April 2016

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2016/6/10 12:30:00 (65 reads)


Bangkok, 9 June, 2016 - Visitor arrivals to Thailand in January - April 2016, totalled 11,682,144, a growth of 14.12% over the same period of 2015. This is based on a 27.3% increase in arrivals from China, now by far the largest source of visitors, a resumption of growth from Russia and a strong performance by the ASEAN countries, especially Thailand's neighbouring countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR. and Myanmar.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, "Steady growing visitor arrivals are always good news. Thanks to the support and cooperation of all those who work in travel and tourism, the Royal Thai Government and all the private sector associations, we can prove that our vibrant industry is doing more than its fair share to ensure job creation, income distribution and economic well-being nationwide."

Here is a summary of the key results :

Overview: Visitors from East Asia totalled 7,630,739 (+17.26%), Europe 2,526,784 (+8.89%), the Americas 502,627 (+13.76%), South Asia 459,157 (+8.72%), Middle East 226,973 (+11.36%) and Africa 51,566 (+6.44%). The only market reporting a slowdown was Oceania: 284,298 (-2.71%),

East Asia and ASEAN: East Asian and ASEAN visitor arrivals totalled 7.63 million or 65.32%, the biggest market share of all visitors.

The ASEAN countries generated over 2.74 million arrivals with growth from Cambodia (+40.42%), Myanmar (+40.01%), Lao PDR. (+25.46%), Philippines (+9.71%), Malaysia (+8.48%), Indonesia (+7.60%), Singapore (+4.23%), Brunei (+0.93%) and Vietnam (+0.24%).

Apart from China (3,445,501), the other top sources of arrivals were Malaysia (1,177,534), Korea (521,732), and Japan (487,332).

Europe: European visitors grew by 8.89% to 2.52 million. Russia retained its status as the largest source market with arrivals of 443,346, up 15.25%. The UK was next with arrivals of 369,671, up 10.12%, followed by Germany 345,095, up 8.33% and France 321,087, up 9.61%.

Arrivals also grew from Spain (+13.99%), Sweden (+10.29%), Italy (+8.73%), Netherlands (+8.33%), and Ireland (+7.50%).

The Americas: Arrivals from the Americas were up 13.76% to 502,627. The main market, the USA, up by 14.26% to 337,243. Arrivals from Canada were up 6.39%. Showing considerable promise are the Latin American markets; such as, Argentina (+66.58%).

South Asia: Arrivals from South Asia grew by 8.72% to 459,157. India topped the list with arrivals of 351,869, up 11.22%. Other countries reporting increases were Nepal (+47.95%) and Sri Lanka (+2.38%). Two countries reporting declines were Pakistan (-8.45%) and Bangladesh (-6.77%).

Oceania: Arrivals from Oceania declined by 2.71% to 284,298 visitors, largely due to lower arrivals from both Australia (-2.70%) and New Zealand (-2.44%).

Middle East: Arrivals from the Middle East were up 11.36% to 226,973 thanks to increased arrivals from Saudi Arabia (+34.04%), Egypt (+18.17%), and Kuwait (+0.21%). Only arrivals from the UAE were down -1.16%.

Africa: Arrivals from Africa grew by 6.44% to 51,566 including South Africa, up slightly by 0.12% to 22,528.


In 2015, the Thai tourism industry hit the highest record in our history both in terms of revenue and number of tourist arrivals. Thailand received total tourism revenue of 1.44 trillion Baht (42 billion US dollars) from foreign visitors, up 23 percent over 2014. This was based on total visitor arrivals of 29.8 million, up 20 percent.

For this year, TAT will be focusing less on the number of visitor arrivals and more on attracting quality tourists. Therefore, TAT is targeting tourism revenue with a growth of 8% or around 2.41 trillion Baht (68 billion USD) this year. Of that total, 1.56 trillion Baht (44 billion US dollars) will come from international markets and 850 billion Baht (24 billion US dollars) from domestic travel.

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