Thailand named ‘Best Destination – Asia Pacific’ in Travel Weekly Asia 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards

Thailand named Best Destination Asia Pacific in Travel Weekly Asia 2018 Readers Choice Awards

Bangkok, 19 October, 2018 – Thailand has another prestigious title to add to a trophy cabinet that is already brimming with numerous international accolades and awards won over the past couple of months. The kingdom was this week named ‘Best Destination – Asia Pacific’ in the Travel Weekly Asia 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor, said: “Thailand’s worldwide popularity both with tourists and travel industry professionals who sell the destination continues to grow. This is evidenced in each international award Thailand earns, and the latest Readers’ Choice Award from Travel Weekly Asia is certainly no exception. It goes without saying that each and every one of these accolades is a true honour for Thailand.”

Thailand named Best Destination Asia Pacific in Travel Weekly Asia 2018 Readers Choice Awards

Presenting the TAT at the Travel Weekly Asia 2018 Readers Choice Awards ceremony was Mr. Kajorndet Apichartrakul (middle), Director of TAT Singapore Office

Last year, Thailand welcomed a record of 35.38 million international tourist arrivals, a year-on-year increase of 8.8% that generated tourism income of 1.8 trillion Baht, up by 11.66%. For this year, during January – September, the number of international arrivals to Thailand totalled 28.5 million, up by 8.7% over the same period of last year, while the revenue increased to nearly 1.5 trillion Baht, up by 11%.

Launched in visitor source markets around the globe, TAT’s Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept encourages visitors to Thailand to experience the destination through different perspectives, both new ones as well as existing ones.

The ‘Best Destination – Asia Pacific’ Readers’ Choice Award from Travel Weekly Asia joins an impressive list of prestigious titles Thailand has been honoured with in recent months.

These include Thailand being voted the world’s Best Country for People and third Best Country in the Conde Nast Traveller UK’s 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards; Thailand winning the Destination of the Year award at the 29th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2018, and Bangkok being named number one city in the world for the third year running in Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index.

The fourth edition of the travel trade publication’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards were given out on Monday during a gala event in Singapore. All in all, 56 awards were presented across 10 categories including Destination, Airline, Hotel, Resort, Travel Agent and Tourism Experience. The Awards celebrate organisations and suppliers whose outstanding performance has distinguished them from the competition and helped to set new industry standards.

Details on all the various awards can be seen at https://www.tatnews.org/category/awards-for-thailand/

Chiang Mai named one of Condé Nast Traveller’s World Top 20 Small Cities 2018

Bangkok, 11 October, 2018 – After a record-breaking awards haul so far this year, Thailand has once again been recognised with yet another prestigious honour by Condé Nast Traveller’s readers, who voted Chiang Mai among the Top 20 Small Cities in the World in its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

This is hot on the heels of the recent Conde Nast Traveller UK 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards with Thailand voted into 3rd spot in the Best Country category.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said: “Chiang Mai, with its charming culture of the ancient Lanna capital plus the lovely weather and the beautiful hills, has always been popular with local and international tourists. I’d like to thank the readers of Condé Nast Traveller for naming Chiang Mai one of the World’s Top 20 Small Cities 2018.”

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According to Condé Nast Traveller, “There’s a reason so many travellers beeline for Chiang Mai when they visit Thailand—the city is undoubtedly the cultural capital of the country. (It also doesn’t hurt that the super-luxe Four Seasons Resort and intimate Rachamankha are fantastic home bases.) Then there are the markets (we’re big fans of Warorot), rich aesthetics of both temples and nature, and the ever-present smells of espresso and curry. As for the street food, let’s just say you haven’t really lived until you order a bowl of khao soy.”

The Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and are commonly known as “the best of the best of travel”.

Nearly half a million Condé Nast Traveller readers submitted a recording-breaking number of responses rating their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are published exclusively on Condé Nast Traveller’s website at www.cntraveler.com/rca and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on 16 October.

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