Phuket named second best beach in the world

Phuket named second best beach in the world
The viewpoint of three beaches of Phuket – Kata Noi, Kata and Karon

Bangkok, 06 August, 2018 – Phuket is celebrating its most recent award after being named the ‘Second Best Beach in the World’ by prestigious business publication US News & World Report.

It continues to win accolades from major international media for its white sands, aquamarine waters and limestone cliffs that attract millions of travellers to Thailand every year. This island was hailed as “a little piece of paradise” according to the magazine.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said everyone in Phuket, both public and private stakeholders should take pride in this achievement as it displayed the island’s appeal as one of the world’s most desirable beach destinations.

“Obviously we are delighted to win this important award. The fact the honour comes from the US News & World Report is even more gratifying given its target audience and readership.

“In the past Phuket has won several other prestigious awards for its beaches as well, so we are very grateful for the continued recognition.” Mr. Yuthasak added.

Phuket also continues to expand its appeal as it shifts upmarket. It is also quickly established itself as one of the superyacht hubs of Southeast Asia, a tropical playground for various groups of quality tourists who enjoy all the finer things in life that the island has to offer.

Along with its tropical appeal, Phuket beckons to travellers wanting to experience its world-famous cuisine. Phuket was listed by UNESCO as a Gastronomic City in 2015 and will be included in the Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019.

Chiang Mai wins KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018’s favourite trending destination

Bangkok, 03 August, 2018 – Three Thailand’s popular tourist cities have recently been recognised in the inaugural KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018.

Chiang Mai has been awarded as the Winner for Favourite Trending Destination in Southeast Asia. Bangkok and Phuket have been awarded as Runner Ups for Favourite Destination for Short Breaks and Favourite Destination for Beach Holidays, respectively.

Mr. Kajorndet Apichartrakul, Director of TAT Singapore Office, received the awards from Mr Robin Chiang, Director, APAC of KAYAK.

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For more information about the inaugural KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018, please visit: https://www.kayak.sg/news/kayak-travel-awards-singapore-2018/

Thailand scores top marks in ‘Best Business Country Rankings’ report

The Kingdom also receives high rankings for Adventure Tourism and Best Countries to Travel Alone

Bangkok, 25 July, 2018 – Thailand came in first in the recent ‘Best Countries to Start a Business Rankings’ of the ‘2018 Best Countries Rankings Report’, marking the second consecutive year it took home top honours. (click to see the report)

The Report also recognises Thailand as the 27th ranked country overall in regards for doing business.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn thanked all involved for publishing the Report and for all the constructive feedback from respondents.

“Thailand has made immense progress in doing business reforms over the past few years, due to strong government leadership at the highest levels,” Mr Yuthasak, said. “With its 27th place ranking overall, Thailand continues to rise against other countries globally in the ease of doing business. It is a great achievement, and we look forward to continuing improvement as it helps create more jobs in the travel and tourism sectors.”

Thailand ranked fourth overall in the Adventure Rankings with the study claiming each visitor spends US$ 1,530 on tourism during a trip to Thailand. Other top ten accolade including placing sixth in the Movers Ranking, eight in the Heritage Rankings while coming in ninth in the Best Countries to Travel Alone ranking.

In the top twenty, the Kingdom placed 15th in the report’s Open for Business rankings, 19th in the Cultural Influence rankings, and 20th for the Best Countries for a Comfortable Retirement ranking.

Rounding out the most important rankings, Thailand also came in 30th in the Quality of Life rankings.

The 2018 Best Countries Rankings, formed in partnership with global marketing communications company Y&R’s brand strategy firm, BAV Group, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, are based on a survey that asked more than 21,000 people from four regions to associate 80 countries with specific characteristics.

Thailand wins six PATA Grand and Gold Awards 2018

Cruising through the Cave, Tham Lot, Mae Hong Son
The TAT’s ‘Cruising through the Cave’ picture of Tham Lot in Mae Hong Son province wins a Gold Award in the Travel Journalism – Travel Photograph category

Bangkok, 23 July, 2018 – The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has announced the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and two Thai tourism operators among the 27 organisations and individuals to receive the prestigious 2018 PATA Grand and Gold Awards.

2018 PATA Grand Awards

TAT will receive a Grand Award for Education and Training for its ‘King’s Wisdom for Sustainable Tourism’ project, a collaboration between TAT and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Thailand, according PATA’s announcement. (Also see: Thailand introduces four sustainable tourism communities to honour King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s sustainable tourism philosophy promoted in Chanthaboon Riverside Community)

“The project uses the principles of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s “sufficiency economy philosophy” in its work towards four primary objectives: to be able to continue working on the King’s principle to restore local wisdom and promote sustainable tourism, stimulate domestic tourism, create value in the tourist areas in order to increase revenue, and promote human resources development and strengthen the community to think and do by themselves leading to sustainable development,” said the announcement.

Another Grand Award for Thailand goes to the Elephant Hills Luxury Tented Camps, Thailand, in the Environmental category. The Award recognises the Camps’ various activities including its Elephant Conservation Project, Children’s Project, and Wildlife Monitoring Project. They also organise a smaller project called CO2 offset, which allows them to seek ways of reducing their carbon footprint. Last year, the Camps won the 2017 PATA Gold Award in the Environmental – Ecotourism Project category.

2018 PATA Gold Awards

TAT is also the proud winner of three 2018 PATA Gold Awards. Its ‘Amazing Green Thailand: A’maze 2017” wins a Gold Award in the Marketing – Primary Government Destination, while the online campaign ‘6Senses of Local Experience in Thailand’ wins a Gold Award in the Culture category, and the ‘Cruising through the Cave’ picture wins another Gold Award in the Travel Journalism – Travel Photograph category.

Meanwhile, another Gold Award for Thailand goes to Local Alike, a Travel Social Enterprise, in the Community-based Tourism category.

The Awards presentation ceremony is scheduled to take place in Langkawi, Malaysia on 14 September, during the PATA Travel Mart 2018.

Thailand wins ‘Best Wedding Destination’ award from Wonderlust Magazine

Thailand wins 'Best Wedding Destination' award from Wonderlust Magazine

Bangkok, 10 May, 2018 – Thailand recently won a ‘Best Wedding Destination’ award from India-based Wonderlust Magazine, an accolade that celebrates the achievements of the people and enterprises making a difference in their respective sector.

The Kingdom is very well known as a dream wedding destination worldwide. It especially has always been the most popular destination for grand Indian style weddings or local Thai Buddhist nuptials, along with other celebrations; such as, milestone birthdays, anniversaries and family reunions.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said popular beaches destinations for wedding celebrations include Hua Hin, Phuket, Khao Lak, Pattaya, Krabi and Ranong.

“Over 400 Indian couples tie the knot in Thailand every year, with average wedding parties ranging from 200 to 600 guests per event. And this is a figure we expect to continue to grow in the coming years, from India and many other countries around the world,” he said.

Thailand is a preferred choice for Indian wedding celebrations for the following reasons: its proximity to India, Thai hospitality, beautiful locations; a range of world-class hotels, a wide variety of excellent international cuisine, modern excellence combined with a traditional flair, and the ability to serve all wedding needs, according to Mr. Yuthasak.

Thailand can fulfil the needs of any wedding party from immigration and customs advice, venues, lavish set up, expensive décor, dancers, celebrity entertainers, floral arrangements, food and beverage requirements with ice sculptures included, plus makeup artists as well as religious officials. All this combined with Thai hospitality makes Thailand the ideal wedding location.

Guests attending the wedding can also opt to extend their stay in Thailand to discover its unique restaurants, shopping, health, beauty, spa and wellness activities and lots more. With the varied destinations ranging from pristine beaches, islands or lush jungles, Thailand is the ascending choice for more and more wedding planners from all around the world.

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