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 and celebrated in the November issue on newsstands nationwide on 16 October.

Thailand ranks top in Ctrip’s global destinations during Chinese Golden Week 2018

Thailand Top Ctrip Golden Week 2018
Bird’s eye view of Bangkok

Bangkok, 10 October, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that, China’s largest and most influential online travel agent, has ranked Thailand the number one global destination for Chinese tourists during this year’s National Day vacation, or the Chinese Golden Week 2018.

Thailand comes out on top of Japan, Hong Kong SAR, Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan and Korea, among more than 1,000 destinations in nearly 100 countries. Favourite Thai destinations among Chinese tourists have included Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai to name only a few.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “China is Thailand’s largest tourist market, and this latest Ctrip’s study shows that the kingdom continues to win the heart of Chinese tourists with a wide range of attractions, ranging from local experiences, abundant natural beauty and remarkable variety of activities, including soft adventure, health and wellness, wedding and honeymoon, and sports tourism.

“That Thailand coming out on top as the world’s hottest destination for Chinese tourists during the Chinese Golden Week 2018 can be attributed to the ongoing effort by the Thai government and the public and private sectors to step up measures to assure confidence among tourists,” Mr. Yuthasak added.

This includes the progress made by all stakeholders in improving marine safety and the ongoing promotions as well as marketing efforts by TAT and its offices in Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kunming, Shanghai and Hong Kong SAR. A plan to grant a double-entry or multiple visa for Chinese tourists is also in the pipeline.

For this year, TAT maintains its target of 10.5-11 million arrivals from China, up from last year’s 9.8 million. This year, from January to August, Thailand already welcomed 7.7 million Chinese tourists (+16.51%), generating 423 billion Baht (+22.17%).

The Ctrip’s study also comes hot on the heels of a record-breaking year of awards and accolades for Thailand’s travel sector in 2018, including Bangkok named number one city in the world by the Mastercard’s 2018 Global Destination Cities Index and Thailand placed third in the Best Country category of the Conde Nast Traveller UK 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards. In addition, Thailand takes its rightful place as one of Asia’s leading sports tourism destinations, successfully hosting its first MotoGP race this month.

Winners of ‘TAT Start-up Entrepreneurs of the New Age’ announced

TAT Start-up Entrepreneurs of the New Age contest

Bangkok, 27 September, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced winners of the ‘TAT Start-up Entrepreneurs of the New Age’ contest at an awards ceremony held on Monday, 24 September, alongside a special panel discussion on start-up tourism businesses.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “The TAT Start-up Entrepreneurs of the New Age contest corresponds with the government’s Thailand 4.0 policy to transform the country’s economic structure into an economy driven by innovation or a value-based economy.”

The contest, opened from 25 June to 31 July, this year, encouraged new entrepreneurs to use innovation and technology in connection with strengthening tourism and industry.

The six ‘TAT Start-up Entrepreneurs of the New Age’ winners were chosen from 108 entries for two categories comprising 66 starts-up and 42 emerging businesses.

Starts-up: AIRPORTELs Luggage Delivery business model won the first prize, while Infinite FREAK’s Immersive Ayutthaya and UMT’s TukTuk Hop ideas were named the first and second runners-up, respectively.

Emerging businesses: Take Me Tour’s online platform to connect tourists to local products and services won the first prize. MuayThaiOK’s online booking website for Muay Thai classes was named the first runner-up while Golfdigg’s golf and leisure online platform was awarded the second runner-up.

Apart from a prize worth over 1.5 million Baht in total and an award plaque, all winning teams receive the right to join TAT to promote their award-winning businesses at the World Travel Market 2018, from 5-7 November, in London, UK.

Thailand enjoys record-breaking awards haul in 2018

Chaophraya River, Bangkok
Chaophraya River, Bangkok

Bangkok, 21 September, 2018 The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is looking to build on its amazing success in racking up awards after a record-breaking haul so far in 2018, when it took home multiple prestigious travel awards including two ‘Destination of the Year‘ honours.

“TAT is very proud of all the awards Thailand has received during 2018,” TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, said. “This is a result of the hard work by the entire industry and our staff, and TAT’s commitment to its ‘Amazing Thailand Open to the New Shades‘ marketing initiative.”

According to Mr. Tanes, this impressive haul of awards confirms Thailand as a tourist destination of excellence, with a diversity of unique Thai local experiences that extends throughout the country.

“All combined these awards are a clear indication that we are on the right track. It shows the variety that Thailand has to offer, from North to South, from Bangkok to Phuket and Phang Nga, from Chiang Mai to Nan province,” he added.

The full list of travel awards that Thailand has received so far in 2018 includes being voted third in the Best Country category of the highly respected Conde Nast Traveller UK 2018 Readers’ Travel Awards and:

Thailand wins ‘Destination of the Year‘ at the TTG Asia Travel Awards 2018.
TAT wins one PATA Grand and three PATA Gold Awards 2018.
Thailand wins the Travel Bulletin Star AwardsStar Cultural & Heritage Holidays Destination’.
TAT’s Amazing Thailand placed as a finalist in the Travel Bulletin Star AwardsStar Online Training Course’.
Bangkok wins the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific AwardsBest Leisure Destination in the Asia- Pacific’.
Thailand wins the Travel Weekly UKBest Destination Award’.
Nan Province – ASEAN Clean Tourist City Award.
Phuket named second best beach in the world by US News & World Report.
Chiang Mai wins the KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018’s favourite trending destination.
Thailand scores top marks in the ‘Best Business Country Rankings’ report.
Thailand wins ‘Best Wedding Destination’ award from Wonderlust magazine.
Tung Dap Village in Phang Nga earns global recognition for sustainable tourism.
Bangkok voted ‘Best City Destination’ in the Asia-Pacific by DestinAsian magazine.

Thailand wins ‘Destination of the Year’ at TTG Asia Travel Awards 2018

Thailand Wins TTG Asia Travel Awards 2018 Destination of the Year

Bangkok, 21 September, 2018 – Thailand is basking in the glory of another award filled week after winning the ‘Destination of the Year‘ award at the 29th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2018 held at Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Centre.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications Mr. Tanes Petsuwan said the TAT was delighted to again be recognised by the region’s leading and longest running travel agent awards.

TTG Asia Travel Awards 2018 - Tanes Petsuwan

“We are very grateful to TTG Travel Awards 2018 for what is really the leading accolade that any country’s travel industry can be awarded in Asia. TTG Asia set the trends that others can only hope to follow, and we are grateful for the decades of support they have continued to offer Amazing Thailand,” Mr. Tanes said.

TTG’s editorial panel singled out the TAT’s ‘Amazing Thailand Go Local‘ initiative as a driving force behind the award.

The campaign included an action-packed schedule of unique Thai local experiences and a marquee of international events during 2018. It specialised in daily lifestyle interactions with Thai local communities around Bangkok and out to the far corners of the Kingdom.

This special honour, falls under the Outstanding Achievement Awards category, is presented to the region’s most outstanding destination. Thailand has distinguished itself this year by topping the charts in arrivals, its savvy marketing and its initiatives towards the development and promotion of the travel industry.

Destination of the Year‘ is the only awards category where winners are entitled to give a brief ‘Academy Award’ like acceptance speech upon receiving the award. Which is fitting as the 24K gold-coated Hermes trophy might not be an ‘Oscar’, but it is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards of its kind in Asia Pacific.

First held in 1989, TTG Travel Awards celebrates tour and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific. It gives awards to company, organization or government that are considered to be the best in the travel industry. The award categories are classified into travel agent, hotel and resort, airlines, MICE and tourism practitioners.

Thailand Wins TTG Asia Travel Awards 2018 Destination of the Year

At the 29th Annual TTG Travel Awards 2018, the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau and Thai Airways International were also conferred the title of Travel Hall of Fame. Other awards for Thailand included Bangkok Airways as the Best Boutique Airline, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok as the Best City Hotel – Bangkok, and Centara Grand & Bangkok Convention Centre at CentralWorld as the Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel.

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