TAT organises 2nd annual Thai-Chinese culinary exchange

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.

TAT organises 2nd annual Thai-Chinese culinary exchange

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.

TAT’s Chinese New Year 2019 festivities kick off 1 February

Bangkok, 24 January 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the People’s Republic of China and the Chinese Embassy since 2005, is planning its most festive Chinese New Year celebration ever with HRH Princess Sirindhorn presiding over the opening on Bangkok’s Yaowarat Road.

This year is especially significant, as it marks the 44th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

TAT’s Chinese New Year 2019 festivities kick off 1 FebruaryTAT Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said this year was also distinct because it comes after Thailand welcomed 10 million Chinese tourists during 2018 for the first time.

“Happy New Year to all Chinese celebrating the auspicious Year of the Pig. This year’s event holds added significance, as it marks the anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Thailand at a time when Chinese inbound arrivals continue to be the engine that drives Thai tourism.

“TAT expects to welcome over 330,000 Chinese tourists during the seven-day period (4 to 10 February). They represent more than 30% of the overall total of 1.03 million international arrivals that are expected to visit Thailand over the Chinese New Year,” he added.

According to Mr. Yuthasak, Chinese tourists are also expected to spend more than 10 billion Baht (US$ 314 million) out of an estimated total revenue of 24 billion Baht from international visitors during the week-long period.

TAT’s Chinese New Year 2019 festivities kick off 1 February

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, and Mrs. Chang Yumeng, the Counselor (Cultural affairs) of Embassy of The People’s Republic of China in The Kingdom of Thailand, exchange a gift during the press conference to announce TAT’s Chinese New Year 2019 festivities

The TAT’s Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations are held in destinations popular with young Chinese tourists. Events are planned in Bangkok at Siam Square (from 4 to 6 February and Yaowarat Road on 5 February); Chiang Mai at the Maya Lifestyle Shopping Centre (on 5 to 6 February); and Phuket at Central Phuket Floresta (on 5 to 6 February).

All three locations will feature cultural performances from China and Thailand. There will be demonstrations of various Chinese art forms including paper cutting (Jianzhi) and calligraphy, a fair selling goods and auspicious food, plus other activities and additional performances from well-known artists and pop stars.

This year China will send cultural performances from seven provinces. These include acrobats from Shanxi, puppet shows from Fujian, and traditional Chinese dances from Yunnan, Inner Mongolia, Heilongjiang and Qiandongnan. From Shandong alone, there are Chinese opera shows, traditional dances, acrobats and martial art (Kung Fu) exhibitions.

TAT’s Chinese New Year 2019 festivities kick off 1 FebruaryTAT is also supporting independent festivities organised by large ethnic Thai-Chinese communities at locations with a long-standing tradition of hosting New Year activities on a grand scale with each event expressing its own uniqueness. These include but are not limited to: Bangkok’s China Town on Yaowarat Road, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Suphan Buri, Ratchaburi, Ayutthaya, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Trang, Chon Buri, Songkhla (Hat Yai), and Phuket.

For more details of each location, click to see the list on Chinese New Year 2019 celebrations in Thailand.

Thailand extends visa-on-arrival fee waiver until 30 April 2019

Bangkok, 15 January, 2019 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that the Royal Thai Government has approved the extension of the visa-on-arrival fee waiver for citizens of 20 countries until 30 April.

The decision was announced in the Royal Thai Government Gazette on 11 January, reasoning it as a measure to stimulate and promote tourism as well as to enhance the kingdom’s attractiveness among foreign visitors during the high travel season.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), said the continuation of the stimulus visa-on-arrival measure came at a perfect time as Thailand is set to celebrate Chinese New Year in February and the Thai New Year (Songkran) in April.

Chinese New Year celebrations are huge in Thailand, and this year will mark the 15th anniversary of cooperation between TAT, the Chinese Ministry of Culture, and the Chinese Embassy in organising annual Lunar New Year festivities in Thailand. This year’s date falls on 5 February.

Mr. Yuthasak said: “This year, the Chinese New Year official opening ceremony will be held at Siam Square, one of the most popular shopping areas in Bangkok. We aim to attract more of the younger generation to enjoy the traditional performances.”

Every year, China sends over 100 traditional Chinese dancers and musicians, martial artists, Chinese opera performers and acrobats from several cities in a cultural exchange. In addition to the opening ceremony, typically held at Bangkok’s Yaowarat (China Town), performances are also held in key cities around Thailand where Chinese New Year is celebrated in grand style. In return, TAT organises education tours of Thailand for the performers.

For the Thai New Year (Songkran), TAT will continue its strategy to promote Thai traditions and cultural values, the core part of almost all traditional events and festivals in Thailand, according to Mr. Yuthasak. “As usual, TAT will provide support to the organising of Songkran celebrations in various destinations throughout the kingdom.”

The Songkran Festival, 13-15 April, is an event where boisterous fun and ancient traditions go hand-in-hand. For tourists, the event offers a chance to enjoy a huge celebration where water parties break out in the streets of Thailand’s towns and villages. For locals, it is a time when they can spend precious moments with their families and visit the temples to observe ancient rites and make merit.

Other notable events and festivals scheduled during the period include the World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony on 17 March in Ayutthaya and the uniquely local Poi Sang Long Festival (held during March or April) in the northern province of Mae Hong Son.

The list of countries eligible for the visa-on-arrival fee waiver until 30 April:

Citizens of Andora, Bulgaria, Bhutan, China including Taiwan, Cyprus, Ethiopia, Fiji, India, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Papua New Guinea, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan will be exempted from the 2,000 Baht visa-on-arrival fee for the purpose of touring in Thailand for not more than 15 days.

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