Bangkok, 1 February 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Newsroom has closed submissions for entry to its fourth annual TAT Newsroom “Blogger Thailand” competition and announced the winner’s selection criteria with the public invited to vote on their favourite submission from 1 to 27 February, 2019.
The main competition for bloggers residing outside of Thailand ran from 1 December, 2018, to 31 January, 2019. During that time, a total of 180 registrations and 53 submissions were received of which 44 entries, including blogs, photos and vlogs, were approved by the TAT Newsroom Team and uploaded to the website’s Entry 2019 Main Competition page.
The selection process for the six winners takes place this month. The names of the six lucky winners will be announced on 28 February.
Two winners will be selected by popular votes. The voting period is now open until 27 February. Winning entries in the popular vote category must receive a minimum of 5,000 “votes” to be eligible for prizes, or as deemed appropriate by the TAT Newsroom Team.
Entrants who share their entry on main social media channels, using #TATNewsroom and #BloggerThailand2019 hashtags and set it as public will receive an extra 1,000 extra points after the voting period ends.
Entrants who pin their entry post to their main social media page throughout the 27-day voting period will receive an extra 1,000 points after the voting period ends.
Another four winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and the TAT Newsroom Team, supported by colleagues from the TAT’s International PR Division Team.
The TAT Newsroom Team will rate all entries based on two key criteria worth 20 points. Entrant’s qualification as stated in the “Terms and Conditions” is worth up to 10 points. Entries that address the “Rules for Submission” is worth up to 10 points.
The TAT’s International PR Team and a panel of three expert judges will rate all entries based on three key criteria, worth a total of 120 points. Whether the entry addresses the competition’s theme as stated in the “Rules for Submission” is worth up to 40 points. Whether the entry promotes Thai tourism is worth up to 40 points. Finally, if the entry promotes a good image of Thailand is worth up to 40 points.
The panel of judges include Richard Barrow, who is generally regarded as Thailand’s preeminent travel blogger who is most active on Twitter (143k followers) @RichardBarrow; Luc Citrinot, a busy freelance journalist and consultant in tourism with over 20 years’ experience; Tom Racette, a writer and editor with decades of experience working in Thailand’s travel industry.
The six winners will receive a return airfare and the opportunity to go on an exclusive bespoke five-day/four-night trip that explores Phuket and Phang Nga provinces. Trip dates are tentatively set for the last week of March 2019 or the first week of April 2019.
Bangkok, 10 January 2019 – Winners of this year’s TAT Newsroom “Blogger Thailand 2019″ activity will be feted on an unprecedented scale with an adventurous trip around Thailand’s enchanted Southern region.
Now in its fourth year, the six most outstanding entries of the annual TAT Newsroom “Blogger Thailand 2019″ international competition will receive a return airfare in addition to a bespoke five-day/four-night trip that explores Phuket and Phang Nga provinces.
Trip dates are tentatively set for the last week of March 2019 or the first week of April 2019. The TAT Newsroom team will arrange international flights for all winners to arrive in Bangkok one day prior to departure with festivities kicking off with a casual welcome dinner.
The first day begins with the flight from Bangkok to Phuket. After arrival, all winners will enjoy a scenic road trip north from Phuket International Airport to Phang Nga province crossing the historic Sarasin Bridge.
Lunch in Khok Kloi precedes an eventful afternoon journey to Phang Nga Bay National Park, a geological wonder filled with sunken caverns, and startling rock formations rising vertically out of the sea. Get ready to be social media-active at the highly Instagramable Ko Tapu, also known as James Bond Island from the film The Man with the Golden Gun.
Ko Tapu aka James Bond Island, Phang Nga Bay National Park
Participants should get hyped for a little adventure with a morning kayak cruise to Khlong San Neh, locally known as the “Little Amazon”. The canal boasts a verdant ecosystem and a rich diversity of local flora and fauna.
After lunch at Krua Nong, one of two local restaurants rated in the Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019, it’s time to explore Takua Pa old town’s historic landmarks, street art, temples and local culture.
DAYS THREE & FOUR
Day three starts with arguably the best two-day exploration of Phang Nga province. It centres around the Ko Yao archipelago, which consists of two main islands, Ko Yao Noi and Ko Yao Yai plus surrounding islets.
Exploring these islands affords the opportunity to experience the local Southern Thai way of life of the Ko Yao Noi islanders who are mainly rice farmers and fishermen. Participants can try their hand at making brightly coloured batik fabric most synonymous with the region.
Day four concludes with the afternoon journey back to Phuket to catch the beautiful sunset at Promthep Cape, one of the island’s most photographed locations.
On the last day, lucky winners get a final chance to explore Phuket and experience its natural beauty, culture and historic landmarks that have helped the island receive numerous awards and accolades as one of the world’s best islands.
The trip is non-transferable and can only be enjoyed by competition winners. Terms and conditions apply, for complete details click here.
Bangkok, 24 December 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is gearing up for heightened interest in its ‘TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand 2019’ activity heading into the New Year, as an easy application process could produce more entries and the best competition to date.
Applicants only need to quickly create a profile here using a verified Facebook or Google account and complete the application form. Applying bloggers should be residing outside of Thailand with an established, active blog (website) plus at least one main social media account with serious engagement.
Content wise entries must cover one of the TAT’s “Amazing Thailand Open to the New Shades” communication categories, or experienced based entries (for those who have not visited Thailand). Rules for submission do apply.
Gastronomy: Street food, fine-dining, home cooked meals, cooking class, and local food tours in Thailand.
Nature and Beach: Some of the most outstanding natural sites in Thailand.
Arts and Crafts: Thailand’s performing arts, local wisdom – silk, textiles, ceramics, museums, festivals, etc.
Culture: Thai traditional culture reflected in religions, sports, dramatic arts, etc.
Way of Life: Farm tour or homestay in Thailand, night markets, street art, etc.
Only one entry (all content in English only) is required whether it be a blog, vlog or photo. Terms and conditions do apply in addition to the ones listed below:
Entry blogs must be between 400-500 words with up to five photos to illustrate each story. Each photo should be submitted via a link to a media file on your blog (website), or a link to a post on Instagram.
Entry vlogs of 60-90 seconds should be submitted via a link to a video on YouTube or Facebook.
Entry photos should be submitted via a link to a post on Instagram and should be titled with text that briefly describes the image and says where it was taken in Thailand, or experienced-based impression (for those who have not visited Thailand).
Applicants should create well-composed entries that are organically beneficial to Thai tourism by promoting Thailand’s good image. Only approved entries will be published for voting and judging.
The six most outstanding entries, including two selected by popular vote and four by the TAT Newsroom team, will receive a return airfare and a bespoke five-day/four-night trip that explores Phuket and Phang Nga provinces. Trip dates are tentatively set for the last week of March 2019 or the first week of April 2019.
Winning entries in the popular vote category must receive a minimum of 5,000 “votes” to be eligible for any prizes.
Bangkok, 3 December 2018– The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Newsroom kicked off its fourth annual “TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand” competition on 1 December with two unique activities that double the chance to take home top honours.
All entries should incorporate key concepts of the TAT’s Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ or ‘Go Local’ marketing initiatives.
The main competition is for bloggers residing outside of Thailand and offers them a chance to win a five-day trip inclusive of airfare, accommodation and an exclusive itinerary. It is open to applicants with an established, active blog (website) plus at least one main social media account with serious engagement.
This primary competition accepts submission of photos, vlogs and blogs about Thailand, or an experienced based impression blogs, photos, vlogs about Thailand (for those who have never visited Thailand). For more details about the rules for submission for the main competition, click here.
Campaign dates for submissions are from 1 December 2018 to 31 January 2019. The six most outstanding entries will win one port to port return air ticket and an exclusive 5D/4N trip to explore Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga in Thailand with trip dates tentative for the last week of March 2019. For more details, click here.
The secondary competition is for bloggers residing in Thailand that offers successful applicants the chance to be invited on a three-day trip. This is also open to applicants with an established, active blog (website) plus at least one main social media account with serious engagement.
This category accepts submission of photos, videos, blogs about off the beaten track Thai destinations or unseen experiences. Tentative campaign dates are from 1 April to 31 May 2019, with trip dates proposed for July 2019.