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From left: The MC; Mr. Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air; Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT Deputy
Governor for Marketing Communications; Mr. Andrew Biggs, a renowned Australian expat and
author in Thailand; and Mr. Jonas Anderson, a Swedish performer famous for his Thai folk singing.
The four met at a press conference to announce the launch of the Expat Fair Thailand 2016.


Bangkok, 19 September, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting everyone to the "Expat Fair Thailand 2016" to boost the image of Thai tourism, celebrate the vibrant expat community, and encourage everyone to travel more domestically, and enjoy Thailand's many attractions.

Conceptualised under the "Food Fun Fair" theme, the event will be held from 1 to 2 October, 2016, at 10.00-22.00 Hrs., at Fragrant Park on Bangkok's Sukhumvit 36 Road, which is easily reached from Thong Lo BTS Station.


From left: Mr. Patee Sarasin, Nok Air's CEO; Mr. Andrew Biggs, a renowned Australian expat
and author in Thailand; Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications;
Mr. Jonas Anderson, a Swedish performer famous for his Thai folk singing; and Mr. Chattan
Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Executive Director for Advertising and Public Relations Department


TAT recognises that Thailand has a large and vibrant expatriate population many of whom have strong links with the kingdom and who express great love for Thailand and its people. The Expat Fair Thailand 2016 will celebrate these bonds and encourage expats, and Thai revellers at the fair, to travel more within Thailand and discover amazing stories and unique local experiences.


Mr. Sugree Sithivanich


Mr. Sugree Sithivanich, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications said, "Thailand is increasingly becoming a multinational society with people from all over the world coming to work and making their home here. They love the Thai way of life, the friendly people and the vibrant culture. But many of these expatriates and their families work in the big cities, so we want to encourage them, and indeed everyone, to travel further afield and to discover some of the local experiences that can be enjoyed in every corner of the country."

Everyone, local and international, is invited to the "Expat Fair Thailand 2016", which is free to join. There will be food trucks selling international cuisine and cooking competitions to encourage people to try and make traditional dishes for themselves. So everyone should bring a hearty appetite as there will be variety of food to taste. Also, the 12 Hidden Gems area will introduce the emerging destinations in Thailand and invite visitors to do Thai hands-on activities.

Well-known and much-loved foreigners who have made their home in Thailand will be at the fair to reveal the things they like most about the kingdom. One of these will be the former Miss Universe, Ms. Natalie Glebova, who has many business interests here. Also making an appearance will be talented Australian linguist, author, and television personality, Mr. Andrew Biggs, who will give a fun interview in which he will talk about some of his experiences of living in Thailand.


Mr. Jonas Anderson, a Swedish performer famous for his Thai folk singing


There will also be music from honey-voiced, Mr. Jonas Anderson and Ms. Christy Gibson, expats who live in Thailand and popularised the Thai country style singing Luk Thung internationally. In addition, there will be displays of funky swing dance, Japanese drummers, Indian dance and expat hip-hop artists.

Thailand's expats and locals wanting to take domestic trips should not miss the fair. There will be the chance to win air tickets to destinations all over Thailand. Nok Air is providing 40 tickets for those who participate in the activities, with 20 being given out on each of the two days.

"We think the Expat Fair is a great initiative of the TAT as it will showcase the breadth of talent that has made Thailand their second home," he said, adding "and we also have to thank the Expats for bringing in so many eclectic dishes from far and wide that help make Bangkok one the world's best culinary destinations." said Mr. Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air.


K-Pop band 316, which has members from Korea and Thailand


According to the figures from the Office of Foreign Workers Administration, some 143,000 expats are currently working legally in Thailand with some 70 per cent in management positions or higher.

Mr. Sugree said, "We want to reach out to the expats here to encourage international cultural exchanges and help them to "Discover Amazing Stories" in our Amazing Thailand. Certainly, strong relations with people who are living and working here can help build links and confidence in Thailand among expats and their families and friends back home. The Expat Fair Thailand 2016 will help create a positive vibe in our expat community and increase the confidence to explore the many amazing stories in the kingdom."

Contact Information
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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
Website: www.tatnews.org
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Film locations for the Thai movie "The Forest"

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2016/9/16 10:30:00 (38 reads)




"The Forest" is a new Thai movie which was shot on location in the Northeast of Thailand. An area known as Isaan. What makes this movie unique is that it was directed, written and filmed by a British expat called Paul Spurrier, who has lived in Thailand for more than 15 years. He also speaks fluent Thai which helps give a unique look and feel that is so different to the average Thai movie.




The following is the synopsis: "A new teacher arrives at a small village in rural Thailand. He has just left the monkhood and has taken a job at the local school in a quest to discover life outside the monastery. He finds that one of his pupils is a mute girl who is being bullied by the other children in the class. Both the teacher and the girl must face the challenges and cruelties of the real world. The girl retreats into a fantasy world, finding solace in the forest with a strange wild boy. The teacher struggles to bring her back, whilst at the same time himself questioning the world of reality. The worlds of fantasy and reality clash with tragic consequences."




In the movie, the "forest" is located between the girl's home and her school. In reality, it was shot at a number of different locations in Isaan. The filmmakers travelled over 6,000km while scouting and filming. This first location is called Talay Bua Deang (see map ), in Udon Thani province. The red lotus sea is best witnessed in the cool season from November to February. Tourists can see red lotuses in full bloom in the fresh water swamp. There is also a large variety of fish, birds, wildlife and aquatic plants.




A lot of the movie was shot along the border between Udon Thani and Sakhon Nakhon. However, this scene was shot at Phu Kradueng National Park (see map), in Loei province. Tourists can hike up to the summit of Phu Kradueng which is 1,325 meters above sea level. The 60-square-meter top plateau of Phu Kradueng is blessed with beautiful scenery, pine forest, wild flowers and a cool climate. The highlight, which is seen in the movie, is Pha Lom Sak, a sandstone ledge jutting into space providing a fine view of the hills and valleys.




This next location was shot at Sam Phan Bok (see map ) in Pho Sai district of Ubon Ratchathani province. Sam Phan Bok is a large rock islet in the Khong River. During flood season, this islet is submerged under the water. Over the years it has been eroded by the current, resulting in more than 3,000 small basins or "Sam Phan Bok" in Thai. This place is dubbed as the "Grand Canyon of Thailand".




This final location is the only one that isn't in Northeast Thailand. It is Khao Bin Cave (see map) in Ratchaburi province. The cave extends 300 meters from the entrance and offers some truly amazing scenes of stalactite and stalagmite formations.

The Forest (ป่า) is on limited release at SF World Cinema, CentralWorld in Bangkok. The movie is shown with both Thai and English subtitles as the lead actors often use an Isaan dialect. For more news, please follow @ThaiMovieNews on twitter or visit the website www.EnjoyThaiMovies.com

Thanks to the Paul Spurrier for the stills and information about locations. And thanks to the TAT for tourism information.

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TAT campaigns win PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2016

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2016/9/11 15:30:00 (52 reads)


Mrs. Titiporn Manenate, TAT Director of International Public Relations Division (right), and Mrs.
Busakorn Prommanot, Director of TAT Jakarta Office (left), jointly congratulated the awards
recipients - Grand Awards: One and Only Project in Discover Thainess Campaign by Ms. Chompu
Marusachot, TAT Director of TAT Marketing Information Technology Group (2nd from right),
and Gold Awards: Thailand from the Air by Mr. Vinid Rungpueng, TAT Director of Promotional Material
Production (2nd from left)


Bangkok, 11 September, 2016 - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is proud to announce that once again, its work and campaigns have received international accolades and won the Grand and Gold prizes at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) annual Gold Awards 2016.

The "One and Only" campaign, which invited travellers to discover Thainess and share their experiences, won the Grand Awards under the Heritage and Culture category while the Thailand from the Air book received the Gold Awards under the Travel Journalism - Travel Guide Book category.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, "We are all incredibly pleased at this news about our success in the PATA Awards 2016. This isn't just because it reflects all of the hard work of the TAT team in putting together innovative and sustainable campaigns, but also because it shows the great interest that people from around the world have in learning about the amazing culture of Thailand and the kingdom's breath-taking destinations and attractions. Our campaigns offer a window on what Thailand offers, so we are pleased when they get the attention on an international stage."




The "One and Only Project in Discover Thainess Campaign" campaign was initiated to help people learn about and experience the Thai culture and lifestyle as well as the kingdom's tourist attractions. Launched on 23 February, 2015, it was aimed at travellers from around the world, especially young people active on social media networks. To join, participants had to choose one of five activities under the "Discover Thainess" theme: Muay Thai, traditional Thai dancing, Thai cooking, making Thai-style floral garlands, or speaking Thai. They then had to make a film of themselves taking part in these activities and upload it to the campaign's site. The best video was voted on by a panel of judges and finalists who were invited to Thailand to travel and take part in the activities they had explored.




The "Thailand from the Air" book features amazing pictures of Thailand's most famous and beautiful sights from a whole new perspective.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) was established to promote the responsible development of the travel and tourism industry in the Asia-Pacific region. The annual and much respected PATA Grand and Gold Awards are given to celebrate exceptional achievements in promoting the industry across a range of media.

The 2016 Awards presentation took place at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), Greater Jakarta, Banten Province, Indonesia on Friday, 9 September, 2016 during the PATA Travel Mart 2016.

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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Thailand to promote ASEAN travel at PATA Mart in Jakarta

[ Tourism News ] Posted by admin on 2016/9/9 15:30:00 (58 reads)


Dr. Arief Yahya, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Indonesia (4th from left), Mr. Andrew Jones, PATA
Chairman (4th from right), Dr. Mario Hardy, PATA CEO (2nd from right), Mrs. Titiporn Manenate,
TAT Director of International Public Relations Division (5th from left), Mrs. Busakorn Prommanot, Director of
TAT Jakarta Office (5th from right), Ms. Chompu Marusachot, TAT Director of Marketing Information Technology Group (3rd from left), Sarah Mathews, Head of Destination
Marketing APAC, TripAdvisor (3rd from right), at the Thailand Pavilion, PATA Travel Mart 2016


Jakarta, 9 September, 2016 - Thailand sees the stepped up process of ASEAN integration as a major opportunity to attract more visitors to ASEAN, according to Mrs. Titiporn Manenate, Director of International Public Relations, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Addressing a media briefing at the PATA Travel Mart 2016, which took place from 7 to 9 September at the International Convention Exhibition, Greater Jakarta, Indonesia, Mrs. Titiporn noted that this is a very special event because it is the first PTM since the launch of the ASEAN integration process in 2016, and comes just before ASEAN marks its 50th anniversary in 2017.


Mrs. Titiporn Manenate, TAT Director of International Public Relations, addressing
the TAT's media briefing at PATA Travel Mart 2016


In January to July, 2016, Thailand welcomed 19.5 million international tourists, up nearly 12 percent, generating around 27.5 billion US dollars (973 billion Baht), up 16.5 percent.

At the end of 2016, TAT expects to exceed our targeted revenue and hopes to reach 50 billion US dollars (1.72 trillion Baht), which will come from more than 33 million international tourists.

For Indonesian market, in January - July 2016, Thailand welcomed 315,690 Indonesian visitors, up 11% over the same period of last year. TAT is projecting 483,000 arrivals from Indonesia in 2016

Many Thais now travel to Indonesia, specifically destinations; such as, Bali and Jogjakarta to visit the famous Borobudur. Similarly, many Indonesians are visiting Thailand to shop, enjoy Thai food, and visit the cultural and heritage spots. Thailand sees enormous opportunities to strengthen the ASEAN integration process via tourism.

ASEAN members have been working together on joint promotional campaigns to promote ASEAN as "One Single Destination." Aside from strengthening the local economy of each country, it will also strengthen the economy of the whole ASEAN region, in order to attract not only intra-ASEAN travel but also travel to ASEAN from other regions of the world.

Thailand as a whole has a unique geographic advantage as a bridgehead between the countries of southern ASEAN (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei) and northern ASEAN, (Lao PDR., Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam). It is the only country to share land borders with four ASEAN countries (Malaysia, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Myanmar).


The Thailand Pavilion at PATA Travel Mart 2016 provides updates on the kingdom's tourism scene
One of the displays at the Pavilion include the hand painting of Sa Paper Umbrella


"In the next few years, we will build on our geographical advantage to enhance accessibility, trade and travel in both the ASEAN and Greater Mekong Subregion. We are already seeing significant growth in overland arrivals from Cambodia, Lao PDR. and Myanmar," Mrs. Titiporn said.

"Similarly, our neighbours are seeing enormous growth in the number of Thai visitors. All across the ASEAN region and Greater Mekong Subregion, intra-regional travel is on the rise. In many countries, intra-ASEAN visitor numbers account for half the total of international tourist arrivals."

She noted that Indonesian visitors will be able to use Thailand as a launch pad to visit the neighbouring countries of Myanmar, Cambodia, Lao PDR., and Vietnam, thanks to the land transport connectivity of the Asian Highway, a massive regional network of roads that will open up a broad range of touring options.

In addition, low-cost airlines, which have opened up the floodgates of intra and inter-ASEAN regional travel, have got unlimited opportunities to fly to many more airports in the secondary cities of ASEAN.

Mrs Titiporn also highlighted the TAT's marketing plan 2017 which is designed to shift the structure and directions of the national tourism industry towards a new value-based offer in order to position Thailand as a Quality Leisure Destination.

"The goal now is to offer "Value for Experience" and focus on "Unique Thai Local Experiences" to create valuable and memorable experiences to quality tourists by creating valued tourism products. This will mean greater emphasis on promoting Thailand through Thai culture, experiences and way of life.

"As part of our quality over quantity approach, we are focussing more on our marketing efforts on niche markets and specific customer segments; such as, Luxury Travel, Honeymooners, Health and Wellness and Sports Tourism.

At the same time, she noted, Indonesia is not just a partner country in ASEAN but also the world's largest Muslim-majority nation. Hence, Thailand is working to implement a strategy to more strongly position itself as a "Muslim Friendly Destination."


Business discussions and negotiations also take place at the Thailand Pavilion at PATA Travel Mart 2016


Last year, TAT invited over 100 travel agents and media from the Islamic countries to attend special forums, travel trade meet sessions and familiarisation trips to various tourist spots of interest to Islamic visitors.

She added, "Many of our shopping complexes are providing facilities for Muslim prayers and halal food is becoming commonplace. We are seeing increasing investor interest in developing Muslim-friendly hotels. Phuket is gearing up to be a halal food centre, and Krabi is positioning itself as a "Dream Destination for Muslims."

In realising the potential, the TAT Jakarta Office has published a Bahasa Indonesia brochure called "Citarasa Halal Di Thailand", listing many halal-certified restaurants and hotels in Bangkok, Pattaya, Hat Yai, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi. This will help the growing number of visitors from Indonesia find products and services meeting their cultural and religious requirements.

TAT has also launched mobile applications (iOS and Android) and a mini website of tourism information for Muslim visitors; such as, halal restaurants, etc. You can download the app here: Thailand Muslim Friendly Destination.

Mrs Titiporn also announced that Thailand will host the ASEAN Tourism Forum in Chiang Mai in January 2018.

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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*Thailand's Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha (left) and President of the People's Republic
of China Mr. Xi Jin Ping (right)


Bangkok, 7 September, 2016 - Thailand's Prime Minister recently thanked the tourists from the People's Republic of China for choosing Thailand as a holiday destination and for making up the largest numbers of visitors to the kingdom over the last few years.

The remarks from Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha were made during his meeting with Mr. Xi Jin Ping, President of the People's Republic of China, at the 2016 G20 Hangzhou Summit. The two leaders were discussing communication and transportation links between Thailand and China.


*Thailand's Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha (left) and President of the People's Republic
of China Mr. Xi Jin Ping (right)


Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said, "The Chinese market has totally transformed tourism in Thailand with around 5.8 million visitors having already visited Thailand between January and July of 2016. We are pleased that our Chinese neighbours take so much delight in the sights, wonders and natural attractions of our kingdom and appreciate the innate hospitality of the Thai people who welcome them so warmly."

China is Thailand's leading source market and its fastest growing. In 2015, Thailand attracted 7.9 million Chinese visitors, generating over 376 billion Baht in revenue, up respectively 71 percent and 87 percent over 2014.

This year, from January to July, Chinese visitors to Thailand totalled 5,764,839, or a year-on-year increase of 20.54 percent. TAT is projecting to welcome about 10.5 million Chinese visitors with a projected expenditure of 509 billion Baht for the entire 2016.

*Photo credit:Media Center, Ministry of Foreign Affairs , 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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