Thailand successfully hosted ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 from 22-26 January in Chiang Mai

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Thailand, for the sixth time, hosts the ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) 2018, from 22–26 January in Chiang Mai under the theme “Sustainable Connectivity, Boundless Prosperity.” The largest travel trade event of the ASEAN region rotated annually among the 10 ASEAN countries.  Organised in Chiang Mai, the event highlights Thailand’s tourism potential and linkages with the Greater Mekong Sub-region countries and ASEAN region.

Nok Air, THAI, THAI Smile launch codeshare Bangkok-Mae Hong Son flight from 25 March

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Bangkok, 16 February, 2018 – Nok Air is launching a new flight between Bangkok (Don Mueang) and Mae Hong Son on 25 March, 2018, with three flights per week operating on its 72-seat ATR72-500 aircraft. The new service will be operated under a codeshare agreement with Thai Airways International (THAI) and THAI Smile Airways.

The codeshare agreement between three Thai commercial airlines has been initiated to support the Thai government’s policy to promote tourism to secondary or smaller townships to boost tourism revenue.

Nok Air, THAI, THAI Smile launch codeshare Bangkok-Mae Hong Son flight

The codeshare agreement was signed at a press conference held on 13 February 2018 between THAI Acting President Mrs. Usanee Sangsingkeo (centre), Nok Air CEO Mr. Piya Yodmani (3rd from left), and THAI Smile Airways Acting CEO Mr. Chatchai Panyoo (3rd from right)

Mae Hong Son is a destination located in Northern Thailand’s mountainous region that is known for its native lifestyle and culture that is unique when compared to other tourist destinations in the North.

Mr. Piya Yodmani, Nok Air CEO, said Mae Hong Son province has a beautiful nature with a variety of cultural diversity, and many travellers wish to visit. “The opening of this route would help making it more convenient for travellers and we hope to see positive feedback from all Thai and foreign passengers.”

The new Bangkok-Mae Hong Son service is expected to facilitate about 20,000 passengers per year.

Kolour In The Park 2018 returns to Bangkok this February

Kolour In The Park

The annual ‘Kolour in The Park’ by Singha Music is the biggest outdoor house and techno festival of its kind in Bangkok. This year marks its fourth edition with exciting rendition, sponsored by Rip Curl, Pullman Hotel G and Red Bull, takes place from 24 to 25 February at Thai Wake Park Lumlukka Klong 6, Pathumthani.  

Highlights from the two-day event include an eclectic range of music including live performances, distinctive house music beats from DJ Techno Mat.Joe, German duo Matze and Johannes, plus the rhythmic soul and progressive hip hop sounds from Berlin-based Thai Techno icon DJ Nakadia. 

There will also be exclusive parties with underground concepts including Kolour Warehouse Kolour Live, Kolour Beachside and Kolour Sundays. Visitors can join other activities combining music, art, sport, and interactive games. There is also lake swimming, more art and crafts exhibitions plus free massage. 

The open layout at Thai Wake Park offers a superb experience between the two stages, each with 180-degree visibility, affording a dynamic view of the main acts from alternating perspectives. 

Bangkok’s Kolour in The Park event attracts over 30,000 revellers on par with Wonderfruit Festival, 808 Festival, Sunshine Nation in Singapore and Quest Festival Vietnam. Kolour in The Park is part of the Kolour Event Series, each one offering an inclusive, multi-cultural, pan-ethnic party and Thai local experience, that welcomes all and embraces unique lifestyles. 

Please for more information, please visit: www.kolourinthepark.com
Kolour in The Park 2017 Teaser (click here)

Thailand International Balloon Festival 2018

Thailand International Balloon Festival 2018This year marks the 10th anniversary of Thailand’s first and only International Balloon Festival, which will be held from 2 to 4 March at the Cowboy Army Riding Club, Chiang Mai.

Visitors can expect to enjoy a spectacular sight of colourful hot air balloons gracefully drift through the air, and the festival’s signature balloons night glow that will decorate the sky at night.

This year will be the first time ever in the world that “The Sparkling Glow” of the balloon nightglow has been created by Sornchat Krainara, the Festival’s Owner and her Boon Companion Composer, Bringkop Vora-Urai. The night glow will be synchronised with specially composed music with the Lanna Orchestra combine The Tiger Drum and Opera which has never performed anywhere before.

Thailand International Balloon Festival 2018

Famous German Opera singer, Thomas Kiessling, will be joining popular Thai singer Pe’ Kamonporn in performing La Vie En Rose in a duet battle of the stars! The high lighten the evening that everyone must not miss is a fantastic performance of Tiger Drum group. Another combination of East and West performances will be through ‘SPLASH’, an event that fuses Flamenco and Lanna Contemporary Dance. These two dance styles will come together in a wild array of colours and movement that will truly splash out.

There will be plenty of special attractions, activities for the whole family and delicious food from top hotels and restaurants in Chiang Mai. One of the special guests will be Thai celebrity chef Som Chanakarn, who will be putting on quite a display. For those who love coffee, there will also be a coffee carnival showcasing some of the best coffee that Thailand has on offer.

Other events include art exhibitions and workshops from many artists, Thai fashion and jewellery shows from famous Thai designers.

The great showcase is a rare traditional craft from villagers in the Sop Moei district of the Mae Hong Son province. Kent Gregory, founder of Sop Mei Arts is proudly present his collaborate work with Anna Ferrari, formerly Ikea Interior Designer.

The Thailand International Balloon Festival this year will continue to include Chiang Mai’s diverse international community in the International Heritage section with booths from India, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Germany and many other countries featuring performances, special activities, food and more.

Thailand International Balloon Festival 2018

Single-day tickets are 300 Baht for adults, 100 Baht for children aged 7-12 years, and free of charge for kids under 7 years of age. Buy tickets online at Eventbrite, and once register online visitors won’t need a paper ticket. The event this year is going fully digital, reducing its carbon footprint, and encouraging vendors and visitors to avoid using plastic and straws.

TAT, Kyushu to promote tourism between Thailand and Kyushu Region

Bangkok, 09 February, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organisation recently signed a Letter of Intent, demonstrating the commitment to promote tourism between Thailand and Japan’s Kyushu Region. TAT, Kyushu to promote tourism between Thailand and Kyushu Region

Signed on 8 February, between Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (above picture, left), TAT Governor, and Mr. Susumu Ishihara (right), President of the Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organisation, at Hotel Nikko Fukuoka, Japan, the signing ceremony was witnessed by H.E. Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak (standing), Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister. 

Mr. Yuthasak said, “Thailand and Japan have enjoyed a strong and long-standing relationship for over 130 years, whilst travellers from Japan play a pivotal role in the development of Thailand’s tourism, and now represent one of the top 10 visitor arrivals to the Kingdom. This agreement between TAT and Kyushu Tourism will certainly help to enhance our relationship in the field of tourism cooperation even further.” 

Under the agreement, both parties are committed to promote tourism between Thailand and Kyushu Region, which covers seven cities – Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki and Kagoshima, for a period of two years.

TAT, Kyushu to promote tourism between Thailand and Kyushu Region

TAT will be promoting Thailand to the people of Kyushu Region with the latest communication concept, ‘Open to the New Shades’, which showcases Thai local experiences under five categories: Gastronomy, Arts and Crafts, Culture, Beach and Nature, and Way of Life.

At the signing ceremony, TAT also introduced Nan and Ranong, two of Thailand’s emerging tourist destinations, to the tour operators in Kyushu.

Last year, Thailand recorded 1.54 million travellers from Japan, generating 67.51 billion Baht, representing a year-on-year increase of 7.28 per cent and 9.67 per cent, respectively. Japanese tourists spent on average 5,353 Baht per day, with an average length of stay of eight days. Popular Thai destinations among the Japanese tourists include Bangkok, Chon Buri, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya.

TAT launches “Open to the New Shades” Marketing Concept in Japan

Tokyo, 9 February, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched its new marketing concept “Open to the New Shades” in Japan, the one of the largest source market of Thai tourist arrivals.  TAT launches “Open to the New Shades” Marketing Concept in Japan

Mr. Tanes Petsuwan (above picture, 3rd from right), TAT Deputy Governor for the Marketing Communications, headed the Thai tourism team at the launch event held at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. It was attended by several senior executives from Japanese travel companies, media and tourism representatives.  

In his speech at the event, Mr. Tanes said that Japan is now a mature source market for Thailand and ready to receive some new marketing messages.  

He said, “The “Open to the New Shades” concept is about asking visitors to “open” their minds and hearts to deepen and widen their experiences into a new perception of attractions and variety of experiences in Thailand.  

“The communication campaign will introduce brand-new products to visitors, or reveal a new charming character of well-known destinations through creativity. This campaign is aimed at attracting more repeat visitors and also first-time visitors. Visitors can discover new perspectives in existing attractions, or indulge in experiences in new tourist attractions.”  

Mr. Tanes outlined the broad variety of tourism products that Japanese visitors will enjoy in the categories of Gastronomy, Nature and Beach, Art and Craft, and Thai Culture and Way of Life. 

TAT launches “Open to the New Shades” Marketing Concept in Japan

Japanese guests also enjoyed a live music performance by special guests, Mr. Koh Saxman (above picture, left), a famous Thai saxophonist and Ms. Ami Nakazono (above picture, right), a young talented Japanese saxophonist, of Mr. Krabi of the ‘Open to the New Shades’ theme song. 

Mr. Tanes said, “TAT will step up its marketing communications material in line with the objectives to give greater prominence to the unique local experiences of Thailand on the world stage, and music will be one of the strategies that will be used as a marketing tool to connect with people around the world.” 

Thailand received 1.54 million Japanese tourists in 2017, generating an estimated 67.5 billion Baht in tourism income. With the Japanese economy showing strong signs of recovering, TAT believes the number of Japanese travelling abroad will soon be rising significantly.

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