Kunming, 24February 2019 – The Thailand-China Friendship Caravan 2019 started on Saturday, 23 February, and will run until 1 March with the Thai delegation starting their adventure from Thailand for the first time.
The friendship caravan was normally organised from China to Thailand, but for the 2019 edition the journey started in Thailand with the circle route running through Kunming, Yunnan province, stopping in key towns and cities around Yunnan and Guizhou provinces.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “The objective of this event is to strengthen Thai-Chinese relations and promote culture and tourism between the two countries. This is achieved through a specially-designed route and activities of the caravan trip. It helps build Thailand’s positive tourism image and gives confidence to Chinese tourists. This time we are targeting visitors from China’s secondary cities.”
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (6th from left); Miss Nitivadee Manitkul, Consul-General, Royal Thai Consulate-General, Kunming, China; and the caravan’s participants
The Thailand-China Friendship Caravan 2019 starts with the Thai delegation flying from Bangkok to Kunming to take part in a special ‘quality tourism road show’ event that also hosts another 30 local tourism operators and media for cultural exchanges.
The caravan itself officially starts on the second day with an opening ceremony. Throughout the journey, participants will drive through Guizhou’s stunning scenery, one of China’s unspoiled provinces, covering about 1,900 kilometres.
Stops on the route include: Huangguoshu Waterfall, the largest waterfall in China; the ancient towns of Xiasi, Kaili and Zhen Yuan; Xi Jiang, home to China’s largest Miao village. The trip’s highlight includes a stop at the Beipanjiang Bridge, recognised by the Guinness World Records as the world’s highest bridge equal to a 200-floor skyscraper. The caravan concludes in Kunming with the Thai delegation flying back to Bangkok.
Cultural exchange performances from Thailand include a four-region folk dance and a fun Isan dance medley. A Chinese peacock dance, Hulusi music performance (The cucurbit flute) and the ‘Grand Song of the Dong ethnic group’ performance, a UNESCO-listed Intangible Cultural Heritage listing, complete China’s cultural offering.
Bangkok, 4 February, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), together with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Thailand and the Centara Grand at CentralWorld, organised the 2nd Thai-Chinese culinary exchange at the Dynasty Restaurant, Centara Grand at CentralWorld on 3 February from 15.00 to 17.00 Hrs.
The event supports the start of the annual Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations in Thailand and celebrates culinary exchange between the two of the world’s top international cuisines.
Attending the event were, from left, Mrs. Chang Yumeng, the Counsellor – Cultural affairs of Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in The Kingdom of Thailand; Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Asia and the South Pacific; Mr. Wang Hai Dong, Deputy Secretary-General of the World Federation of the Chinese Catering Industry – Beijing Chapter; and Mr. Kongsun Sae-Liang, the Dynasty Restaurant’s master chef.
Mr. Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Asia and the South Pacific, said: “This second annual culinary exchange is part of the annual Chinese New Year celebrations that TAT and our Chinese counterparts have been organising. This demonstrates the long-standing relationship between China and Thailand on all levels, from government to government, private sector to private sector, and from Chinese and Thai citizens in both countries.
“Today’s event would not have been as successful without the kind cooperation from our Chinese counterparts as well as the talented chef team from Thailand.”
This year’s event followed last year’s inaugural Thai-Chinese culinary exchange to build food culture awareness between the two countries.
Like last year, top chefs from China came to Thailand, especially for a ‘cook off’ show with a Thai chef at a specially selected Chinese restaurant in Bangkok.
Chefs from China include Mr. Wang Hai Dong, Deputy Secretary-General of the World Federation of the Chinese Catering Industry – Beijing Chapter; Mr. Wu You Jun, Vice President, World Federation of the Chinese Catering Industry – Young Chef Section; and Mr. Wang Jing Yan, National Chinese Cooking Challenge Champion.
From Thailand is Dynasty Restaurant’s master chef, Mr. Kongsun Sae-Liang (Cantonese cuisine).
The two teams created a classic menu combination of two savoury dishes. The three Chinese chefs cooked deep fried Garoupa fish with Chinese sauce and sautéed prawn with vegetables while the Thai chef balanced the savoury taste with roasted duck flavoured with green tea.
The event is aimed at helping to build awareness among Thai and foreign tourists who have a special interest in gastronomy, and TAT hopes it will stimulate more travel both over Chinese New Year as well as throughout the calendar year 2019.
Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Somkid Jatusripitak is warmly extending an Amazing Thailand invitation to Chinese tourists in this video clip, recorded during his official visit to China this week. This promotional video will also be broadcast online through China’s various channels.
Bangkok, 02 November, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced a series of tactical promotions in anticipation of the high season return of Chinese tourists during the last two months of this year, along with ongoing activities and long-term strategies to boost Chinese tourists’ confidence in Thailand.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said “The immediate strategy is to restore Chinese tourists’ confidence in Thailand, so TAT has sought co-operation with Thai tourism operators to ensure that their operations and tour programmes as well as services adhere to strict safety guidelines.”
To stimulate travel and bookings globally, TAT plans to launch “Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Passport Privileges” promotion during November- December and is planning another ‘Top Thai Brand Sale’ event.
The strong Chinese-Thai bilateral tourism relationship also plays pivotal role in TAT’s ongoing effort to maintain Chinese tourists’ confidence. Recent activities included the “Amazing Thailand All Star Golf Invitation Tournament” in Phuket from 15 to 18 October, and TAT’s participation in the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) China in Shanghai from 31 October to 2 November.
Events planned for the rest of this year include TAT’s participation in the China International Travel Mart (CITM) in Shanghai from 16 to 18 November, followed by the New Year Electronic Music Festival in Pattaya on 30-31 December, and the Countdown celebrations in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai on 31 December.
2019 marks the 15th anniversary of cooperation between TAT, the Chinese Ministry of Culture and the Chinese Embassy in organising annual Chinese Lunar New Year festivities in Thailand, which is scheduled on 5 February in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai.
Events and activities planned for next year also include the Amazing Thailand road shows to China in March, Songkran Festival in Thailand, and the Luxury-Health-Wellness road show to China in April, the Amazing Romance 5.20 trip to Thailand and Michelin Food Festival in Phuket in May, the Thailand Travel Mart 2019 in June, and Thai festival in China in the second half of the year to name only a few. In addition, the annual Chinese-Thai friendship caravan is set to return next year with expanded overland travel itineraries in neighbouring Mekong countries.
Meanwhile, TAT is planning a raft of long-term initiatives in cooperation with the public and private sectors to ensure Chinese tourists’ confidence in Thailand.
TAT is in talks with the Royal Thai Navy to formulate a memorandum of understanding on marine surveillance along the Andaman coastal region and the Gulf of Thailand to help assure tourist safety. It is also discussing with the Thai Meteorological Department and China’s Alibaba to co-operate on a bilingual real-time weather notification system.
TAT is also looking at ways to facilitate safe and convenient entry for Chinese tourists including the visa fee waiver initiative, which could be offered for a short period to stimulate travel and bookings.
In terms of long-term marketing strategy for the Chinese market, Mr. Yuthasak said TAT would place emphasis on promoting tourism linkages from major to secondary cities, in line with the Amazing Thailand Go Local policy to better balance the distribution of tourists and tourism revenue between urban and rural areas and even out monthly travel seasonality.