TAT announces first-ever ‘Samui Asia Music Festival’ to take place this August

Bangkok, 16 May, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) together with Ko Samui Municipality and event management company IMC Live Group are pleased to announce the staging of the first ever ‘Samui Asia Music Festival’ on 18 and 19 August, 2018.

The two-day weekend festival will feature music acts from around Asia and local Thai artists, and cover different genres; such as, rock, metal, the blues and ballads. The line-up includes Malaysian alternative rock band Estranged, Singapore house band Shirlyn + The UnXpected, Hong Kong rock metal band Qiu Hong, Chinese funk group Jumpin’ Candy and, from Thailand, rock band Potato and singer Tai Tanawut.

The picturesque, tropical island setting for the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ is Phru Chaweng on the northeastern shores of Ko Samui. Admission is free.

Mr. Noppadon Pakprot, TAT Deputy Governor for Domestic Marketing, said: “The inaugural Samui Asia Music Festival has all the makings of a great Asian music experience. TAT is proud to be involved in the organisation and support yet another world-class event in Thailand, and one which is expected to further broaden Ko Samui’s appeal to Thai and international visitors alike.”

The ‘Samui Asia Music Festival’ sits perfectly with the Amazing Thailand ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept that encourages visitors to experience Thailand both from new and existing perspectives.

Along with the awesome music line-up, the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ will offer festival goers plenty of choice in food and drinks at the Festival’s market. It is all part of what promises to be a fun, exciting and vibrant festive spectacle.

For more details on the ‘Samui Asia Music Festival 2018’ please contact the TAT Ko Samui Office on Tel. +66 (077) 420 504; +66 (077) 420 721 or Email [email protected]

TAT announces new Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019

Phuket, 15 May, 2018 – Following the introduction in December 2017 of the first Michelin Guide Bangkok 2018, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that this year will see the launch of an expanded edition also covering Phuket and Phang Nga and with increased focus on Bangkok’s inner zone and surrounding provinces.

The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019 will be released at the end of this year, in the same bilingual Thai and English format and in both print and digital versions.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said: “Along with Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga are another two fantastic gastronomic destinations in Thailand and it’s only natural the 2019 Michelin Guide be expanded to cover all three. Gastronomy tourism is a main element of our latest Amazing Thailand’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept and we are thrilled to have such a respected benchmark as Michelin to help us promote Thailand as a world-class dining destination.”

The Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019 will offer a wealth of information on the vast and varied culinary attractions and activities these destinations offer, from fine dining restaurants to the finest of food stalls. Also included will be accommodation options, thus adding further value to the guide.

Phuket’s signature foods and diverse eating culture saw it become the first city not only in Thailand, but also the ASEAN region in 2015 on the UNESCO Creative Cities listing for its gastronomic delights. Together with the unique local culture and beautiful natural environment, it makes Phuket a destination of gastronomy like no other.

Likewise, Phang Nga to the north of Phuket offers scenery just as stunning, and culture just as enchanting. The freshest and most succulent seafood that can be enjoyed in both destinations has to be tried to be believed.

More details on the Michelin Guide Bangkok can be found at guide.michelin.com/th/bangkok and, on the Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019, through updates at facebook.com/MichelinGuideThailand or by entering the hashtag #MichelinGuideThailand or #MichelinGuideBangkok

The inaugural Michelin Guide Bangkok features 98 Thai, Asian and international restaurants including 28 Thai street-food stalls, with two-star and one-star restaurants and Bib Gourmand restaurants in the selection.

*Group photo caption: 
Senior Thai officials and Michelin executives at the press conference held in Phuket to announce the launch of Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019. Seen in the group photo have included Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor (3rd from right); Mr. Prakob Wongmaneerung, Phuket Province Vice Governor (4th from left); Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications (far left); Ms. Gaelle Van Hieu, Vice President, Michelin Experience South East Asia and Australia (2nd from right); and Mr. Segsarn Trai-Ukos, Vice President, East Asia and Australia and Michelin Guide Official (far right), as well as the Michelin Tyre Man

Amara Bangkok certified 2018 MICE venue standard

The hotel's Director of Sales Mr. Patrick Eger (left) and Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Mr. Weerasak KowsuratThe hotel’s Director of Sales Mr. Patrick Eger (left) and Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat

Bangkok, 12 May, 2018 – Amara Bangkok was recently awarded the Thailand MICE Venue Standard Certificate 2018 for its meeting facilities that meet internationally recognised standards.

Mr. Patrick Eger, the hotel’s Director of Sales, received the Thailand MICE Venue Standard certificate from Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, at the award ceremony held in Bangkok on 27 April.

Amara Bangkok’s meeting and event facilities include the Grand Ballroom Tanjong Pagar I and II, and two function rooms. Its Executive Club Lounge was designed with business travellers in mind.

Located in Silom district, the hotel has 250 rooms, four f&b outlets – Element all-day dinning, AkaAza rooftop nightspot, The Bar and Barista. Other facilities are the sky gym and sky pool.

The Thailand MICE Venue Standard was initiated by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau in 2013 to recognise the country’s excellent meeting and exhibition venues. The standard is now used as a framework adopted by other ASEAN nations to develop a common practice across the region.

Sky-high fun and enjoyment at Hat Yai’s International Balloon Festival

International Balloon Festival 2018 at Hat Yai

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Hat Yai municipality and Songkhla Provincial Administrative Organization are joining hands again this year to stage the ‘International Balloon Festival at Hat Yai’ from 11-13 May 2018 at Jiranakorn Stadium in Hat Yai.

Filling the skies with larger-than-life colour during this popular three-day event will be 17 spectacular hot air balloons from nine countries. A popular occasion among the many Amazing Thailand festivals and events that take place each year, the ‘International Balloon Festival at Hat Yai’ is open each day from 16:00 Hrs. to 22:00 Hrs.

The highlights of the festival include the Balloon Night Glow performances – which feature up to six or seven balloons and an array of dazzling light and sound effects in the stadium itself, the Walk On Balloon attraction where kids can take photos and get up close to the hot air balloons, and hot air balloon shows featuring balloons from Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Germany and Malaysia.

Festival-goers can also enjoy a hot air balloon ride to take in the picturesque Songkhla countryside, peruse the souvenir and food stalls, taste the fruits buffet and chill to live music.

Just under 1,000 km from Bangkok, Hat Yai is Songkhla’s commercial and business hub and the largest city in southern Thailand. It’s a popular tourist destination for visitors from neighbouring Malaysia and Singapore as well those from Indonesia, China and India.

Hat Yai’s various tourist attractions include the Hat Yai floating market, Magic Eye 3D Museum, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Natural History Museum and its marine dioramas and dinosaur exhibition, Hat Yai Municipal Park and Phra Maha Chedi Tripob Trimongkol.

For more information:
TAT Hat Yai Office
Tel. +66 (0) 7423 1055; +66 (0) 7423 8518; +66 (0) 7424 3747
Email Address: [email protected]

Thailand Travel Mart 2018 set to shine in Pattaya

Ocean Marina Yacht Club
Ocean Marina Yacht Club

Bangkok, 10 May, 2018 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has selected Pattaya as the host city for this year’s ‘Thailand Travel Mart Plus Amazing Gateway to the Greater Mekong Subregion’ (TTM+), positioning the event in a new light as the country’s travel sector continues to grow from strength to strength.

Mrs. Srisuda Wananpinyosak, TAT Deputy Governor for International Marketing – Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas, said: “The TAT is proud to bring the TTM back to Pattaya, one of the country’s most popular travel destinations for both domestic and overseas travellers. This year’s event will showcase luxurious and romantic travel around the Kingdom under our ‘Million Shades of Romance’ promotion.”

The TAT has chosen the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya for this year’s TTM+ to create a unique platform during three days of business meetings and fun with travel colleagues.

“After years of meeting indoor, we are ‘opening to the new shades’ of business experience against the beautiful backdrop of the Gulf of Thailand, Mrs. Srisuda said. “The TTM+ 2018 will continue to promote Thailand’s important features, from its rich culture and history to beautiful natural attractions and variety of amenities and accommodation. All combined it makes Thailand an outstanding destination where luxurious, romantic dreams come true.”

The Ocean Marina Yacht Club was chosen as the venue given its capability to hold large events, having hosted over 6,000 visitors at its 2017 boat show last November. Organising the TTM+ 2018 at a marina also supports the Thai government’s push to position Thailand as Asia’s premier sailing and superyacht destination targeting high net worth individuals.

“We are confident that the Ocean Marina Yacht Club is more than capable of hosting a successful TTM+ 2018. We expect it will add its own style and panache, as the marina provides a perfect backdrop for the event’s ‘Summer Beach’ theme as well as our ‘green meeting’ concept. Also, apart from being the excellent host to the successful yacht show, this year’s venue reflects the readiness of Thailand and Pattaya as a romantic beach destination,” Mrs. Srisuda, added.

This year’s event will spotlight environmental sustainability. Delegates are also encouraged to help ‘save the earth’ using a TAT provided complimentary reusable water tumbler for beverages. The event directory is available in digital format only as TTM+ 2018 shreds paper usage to reduce its environmental footprint on the world’s resources. Finally, delegates are encouraged to bring their own beach bag to the event.

Mrs. Srisuda also pointed out that the TAT announced it choose Pattaya during last year’s TTM+ 2017 event in Chiang Mai. At the time the announcement was warmly received by both the international and Thai travel communities.

“In addition, Thailand successfully hosted the region’s largest travel trade show, the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2018 in January in Chiang Mai. We want to make sure that the TTM+ offers a new perspective for travel business meetings to ensure maximum productivity for both the sellers and buyers,” she concluded.

As of 8 May 2018, registration for the 17th annual TTM+ 2018 continues to soar. A very strong buyer delegation is poised to drive business, led by 126 first time buyers balanced by 150 return buyers, including 124 from the EU, Africa and the Middle East; 66 from East Asia; 65 from ASEAN, South Asia and the South Pacific; and 23 from the Americas.

Meanwhile, confirmed sellers currently total 336 tables (313 organisations), including 71 newcomers and 265 return sellers. These include 16 organisations in the luxury and romance business, five associations, nine entertainment businesses, 240 hotels and resorts, 22 tour companies, two transportation companies, and eight other travel related services as well as 11 from the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) countries.

Pattaya is part of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), with tourism being one of the area’s four core sectors the Royal Thai Government has stated will help transform the ECC into a leading economic zone in Southeast Asia.

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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