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Posted by admin on 2015/8/31 11:00:00 (50 reads)
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Tourism Authority of Thailand welcomes Yuthasak Supasorn as the new governor
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Posted by admin on 2015/8/26 14:10:00 (3 reads)
Bangkok, 26 August 2015 - Thai authorities and global tourism bodies have today stepped forward to reassure the world that Thailand remains a welcoming tourist destination, saying the recent explosion incidents in Bangkok will inevitably have short-term impacts and that the kingdom's tourism industry will bounce back strongly and quickly towards the end of the year.

The message of assurance and confidence was raised during this morning's press conference organised by Thailand's Ministry of Tourism and Sports and presented by representatives from the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the Tourist Police Division, the United Nations' World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). The event was held at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel.


H.E. Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, Minister of Tourism and Sports said, "We intentionally use this hotel as it is located next to the Erawan Shrine to reassure our confidence. I am deeply sorry for what has happened, but I do believe that the impact from this tragic incident will be short term and that Thailand will bounce back very quickly thanks to good friendships of our friends. The UNWTO and WTTC have taken immediate actions to reaffirm their confidence in Thailand through international media. My special thanks to Australian Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Abbott, who urged his fellow citizens to continue to travel here and all friends of Thailand from across the globe who insisted via social media on visiting Thailand no matter what."

H.E. Kobkarn expressed her confidence that the target of 28.8 million tourist arrivals and 2.2 trillion Baht revenue, including 1.4 trillion Baht from international tourists, will be achieved based on the booking trend in the remaining months the year and the significant growth in the tourism performance in the first half of this year.

Mr. Carlos Vogeler, UNWTO's Executive Secretary of Member Relations said, "I would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the affected people, and reiterate our support to the people of Thailand. Thailand has a long tradition of being a hospitable and welcoming country and we fully believe it will continue to be so."

Through discussions with Thailand Ministry of Tourism and Sports, UNWTO has lined up a number of supports for the Thai tourism industry, starting with Mr. Vogeler's presence at today's press conference as a short-term action to reiterate that "Thailand is not alone." In the next steps, UNWTO Secretary-General, Mr. Taleb Rifai, is to pay a visit to Thailand to further reaffirming the confidence in the kingdom while H.E. Kobkarn will be invited to deliver a message from Thailand at some of UNWTO's meetings this year. In addition, Thailand has been chosen as the host country for the World Tourism Day 2016 which is scheduled on 27 September, 2016. "All these actions and directions show our solidarity to reiterate that Thailand has our full support," Mr. Vogeler concluded.

Mr. David Scowsill, WTTC's President and CEO said, "It is highly regrettable that Thailand, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, has been the target of this violence. Fortunately, Thailand has shown its resilience in the past from national disasters and other disruptions, and we hope that the situation will stabilise and return to normal very quickly."


Mr. Areepong Bhoocha-oom, Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sports said prior to the 17 August's incident, Suvarnabhumi Airport recorded around 85,000 arrivals per day. He said the number was expected to fluctuate within these couple of weeks, pointing out as "not a significant drop," and that the figure is still higher than last year.

Going forward, Thailand is set to further strengthen security measure as prevention approach to ensure safety and security for the locals and tourists.

Colonel Winthai Suvaree, Spokesman of the NCPO, said "In the initial response, security and safety measures have been heightened through increased presence of security forces at destinations and venues popular with tourists or densely populated. Extra security, including strict checks of security measures at venues, has also been in place to address any loopholes and ensure proper management of these measures in a systematic manner.'

Police Colonel Supaset Chokchai, Deputy National Commander of the Tourist Police Division said, "Increased security and safety measures have been in place at all key tourists areas across the country. In Bangkok alone, there are 1,600 military personnel and 2,400 police officers providing 24 hours security for locals and tourists in all precincts under 48 police stations."

H.E. Kobkarn concluded, "I'd like to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the unity of the Thai people. In crisis, all Thai rises up, extends a helping hand, and are united in their promises to carry out the tasks of assisting our affected friends until the very end, until the last injured tourist is sent home. In crisis, there are many unknown angels who come together not only for short term but also for medium and long term to counter any issues as this is Our Home, Our Country, Stronger Together."

Thailand welcomed the 20 millionth visitors on 26 August 2015. For this year, TAT has set a target of 1.4 trillion Baht tourism income for the Thai economy.

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom,
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
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Posted by admin on 2015/8/24 12:20:00 (6 reads)
Issued at Bangkok at 15.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 24 August 2015

The Royal Thai Government issued a Message of Confidence, informing Thai citizens and the international community that "With regards to the incident that occurred in the Ratchaprasong area on 17 August 2015, the details of which have been regularly announced by the Royal Thai Government pertaining to assistance provided to the injured, as well as investigations and relevant actions taken to bring the perpetrators to justice;

"The Royal Thai Government wishes to reassure the public that the situation is under complete control of security officials. Additional security personnel, both in uniform and plainclothes, have been deployed to patrol every area so as to accord maximum security to the general public. In addition, the Royal Thai Government would like to convey to all foreigners who are planning on traveling to Thailand, be they for tourism, trade, educational or business purposes, or MICE, that the Government shall be doing its utmost to provide a safe and secure environment for the duration of your stay in Thailand, complemented with Thai friendliness and hospitality as always," the Message concluded.

For the official Royal Thai Government's Message of Confidence, please click here

TAT, as the government body tasked with the mission to promote Thailand to potential visitors worldwide while also supporting the development of the country's tourism industry, has been working closely with the Thai tourism industry members as well as all our travel partners across the world to provide regular updates on the current situation in the country. Immediate assistance has been extended to the affected people while we have been working to assure all our friends from around the world that Thailand remains amazing and welcoming.

As normality returned to the areas of the city most popular with tourists thanks to an increased security and police presence, TAT would like to once again assure all friends of Thailand that tourist events and activities are continuing as normal in Bangkok and throughout the country.

For TAT Newsroom gallery of the current overall life in Bangkok in August 2015, please click here.

For more information on events and festivals in Thailand, please click here.

Looking ahead, TAT is still on track with the 2015 global marketing activities with several travel trade events and road shows in the pipeline between now and December to maintain tourist confidence and strengthen the image of Thailand as a top tourist destination. For more information: please click here.

The Tourism Monitoring and Communication Centre of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with 27 overseas offices and 35 domestic offices, is closely monitoring as well as assessing the situation, and will be providing regular updates.

Useful contact for tourists:
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports +66 (0) 2134 4077
TAT Call Centre 1672
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hotline +66 (0) 2644 7245 / 2643 5522 / 85 065 9927
Tourist Police Hotline 1155

For information regarding the latest updates on casualties, contact the Erawan Emergency Service Centre Hotline 1646, or visit the website by clicking here.
For those who may have useful information regarding the incident or to report suspicious activities, contact Police Hotline 191

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
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Posted by admin on 2015/8/23 11:00:00 (6 reads)
Issued at Bangkok at 12.00 hrs. (GMT+7) on 23 August 2015

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to report that in the wake of Monday's incident at Ratchaprasong's Erawan Shrine, tourist events and activities are continuing as normal in the city with Bangkok's most popular attractions and shopping districts still thronging with visitors enjoying the wide range of attractions on offer.

Normality returned to the areas of the city most popular with tourists thanks to an increased security and police presence in all areas popular with tourists. Visitors have been reassured by the stepped up security and understand that everything possible is being done to ensure their safety while they are visiting Bangkok or travelling further afield.

Bangkok's premier tourist attraction, The Grand Palace, has reported that numbers of tourists visiting have remained steady with high numbers of visitors, local and international coming through the gates to see the Royal Palace and the temple complex of Wat Phra Kaew. Other tourist attractions in old Bangkok such as the stunning riverside temple of Wat Arun, and Wat Pho, famous for its reclining Buddha are also recording high numbers of tourists visiting. Many of these visitors are coming via the city's Chao Phraya River Boats which are operating as normal. All the city's other piers are also recording usual numbers of commuters and tourists.

In Bangkok's backpacker district of Khao San Road in Bang Lam Phu, travellers are still able to enjoy the restaurants and shops in the area which are as busy as always and the confidence of tourists in the area has been boosted by the increased police patrols.

In Bangkok's shopping districts of Sukhumvit, Siam, Silom and Ratchaprasong, as well as the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market, shops and restaurants have remained open and a number of tourists and local shoppers have continued coming to the big malls and stores in the downtown Bangkok. The weekend has seen large numbers of people visiting central Bangkok's entertainment districts and cinemas.

Worshipers and tourists have also started coming back to the Erawan Shrine to pay their respects to the Four-Faced Brahma God, and the people who lost their lives following the five-faith religious ceremony that was held at CentralWorld on Friday. Many said they came to offer moral support and to show their faith to the Erawan Shrine.

For TAT Newsroom gallery of the current overall life in Bangkok, please click

Looking ahead, TAT is still on track with the 2015 global marketing activities with several travel trade events and road shows in the pipeline between now and December to maintain tourist confidence and strengthen the image of Thailand as a top tourist destination. For more information: please click

The Tourism Monitoring and Communication Centre of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with 27 overseas offices and 35 domestic offices, is closely monitoring as well as assessing the situation, and will be providing regular updates.

Useful contact for tourists:
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports +66 (0) 2134 4077
TAT Call Centre 1672
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hotline +66 (0) 2644 7245 / 2643 5522 / 85 065 9927
Tourist Police Hotline 1155

For the Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please click here.
For information regarding the latest updates on casualties, contact the Erawan Emergency Service Centre Hotline 1646, or visit the website by clicking here.
For those who may have useful information regarding the incident or to report suspicious activities, contact Police Hotline 191

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
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Posted by admin on 2015/8/22 17:30:00 (7 reads)
Issued at Bangkok at 16.30 hrs. (GMT+7) on 22 August 2015

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to update all friends of Thailand that overall life in Bangkok and across the country is continuing as normal. Yesterday morning, a five-faith religious ceremony was held in CentralWorld Square to pay respect to those who lost their lives as well as give moral support to those who were affected by Monday's incident at Ratchaprasong's Erawan Shrine. The Royal Thai Government is doing everything possible to provide assistance to the affected people, as well as to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Erawan Shrine is once again opened to public and visited by both Thai and foreign tourists. Likewise, key destinations and venues across the Thai capital and the country are also visited by the tourists as usual. TAT has been working closely with related authorities and private bodies in a bid to build confidence by not only through indoor discussions but also survey trips to key tourist attractions. Yesterday, Royal Thai Police Spokesman Police Lieutenant General Prawut Thawornsiri conducted a security survey at Ratchaprasong area. Today, 22 August 2015, TAT's Director of Domestic Public Relations Division, as well as officials from the Tourist Police Division, representatives from the Association of Thai Travel Agents, and the three Miss Thailand World 2015 contestants were on a field trip to the Grand Palace.

Looking ahead, TAT is still on track with the 2015 global marketing activities with several travel trade events and road shows in the pipeline between now and December to maintain tourist confidence and strengthen the image of Thailand as a top tourist destination.

As on schedule, there are a lot of traditional festivals and events for local and international tourists during this month and the next.

Should tourists wish to enjoy Thailand's beautiful seaside locations, Phuket and Trang on the coast of the Andaman Sea presents four unique events. In Phuket, the Pho Tho Tradition (Sart Chin) 2015, to take place from 26 August to 12 September, is the half-year day according to the Chinese tradition to worship their ancestors' spirits, while the Amazing Tastes of Thailand, to be held from 19-20 September, will showcase Thai food that is known and loved all over the world for its fiery rich flavour combinations, unique cooking styles and age-old methods of preserving foods, as well as the use of exotic herbs and spices to enrich the flavours and offer nutrition. For further information please click here

Farther down south from Phuket, the magnificent coastal province of Trang has scheduled to hold the Trang Food Festival from 5-6 September to showcase its famous dishes, including roasted pork and cake. About three weeks later, the province will organise the annual Moon Festival from 25-27 September with highlights, such as, Miss Moon Festival Contest.

Should tourists wish to take part in sporting challenges in Thailand's unique locations, an event not to miss is the Bhumibol Dam Mountain Bike Championship 2015, to be held from 29-30 August in Tak, which consists of mountain biking activities and competitions among various biking groups, both professionals and amateurs.

The Tourism Monitoring and Communication Centre of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), with 27 overseas offices and 35 domestic offices, is closely monitoring as well as assessing the situation, and will be providing regular updates.

Useful contact for tourists:
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports +66 (0) 2134 4077
TAT Call Centre 1672
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hotline +66 (0) 2644 7245 / 2643 5522 / 85 065 9927
Tourist Police Hotline 1155

For the Press Release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please click here.
For information regarding the latest updates on casualties, contact the Erawan Emergency Service Centre Hotline 1646, or visit the website by clicking here.
For those who may have useful information regarding the incident or to report suspicious activities, contact Police Hotline 191

Contact Information
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4545-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: prdiv3@tat.or.th
Website: www.tatnews.org
Facebook: TAT Newsroom
Twitter: TAT Newsroom
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