TAT Governor meets Chongqing Municipal Vice Mayor

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On Monday, 6 August, 2018, at 13.30 Hrs., Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) welcomed Mr. Qu Qian, Vice Mayor of the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government, and high-ranking officials from the Tourism Office of the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government to a meeting at the TAT Head Office.

The meeting was to seek possible tourism cooperation between the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government. It also discussed safety measures for Chinese tourists.

Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2018 crowned in Thailand

Pattaya, 06 August 2018 – Miss Rachel Rafka Younan from Sydney, Australia was crowned the winner of Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2018 in a glittering ceremony in Pattaya, Thailand, last night (Sunday).

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) partnered with the Miss Lebanon Committee and Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI) to host the event. As part of the agreement, 11 finalists in the pageant were flown to Thailand for five days and filmed during the final round of activities. This was the first time a Miss Lebanon Emigrant final had been held in Thailand.

Thailand has become increasingly popular amongst Arab travellers in recent years and attracted a total of 616,000 visitors from the Middle East in 2017. The country is particularly popular for Lebanese honeymooners, with the most frequented areas being Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket and Ko Samui and April, August and December the most common months to travel.

The final of the competition saw the women battling it out on stage in front of a panel of judges and a room full of VIPs and guests. Each finalist competed in a series of rounds including national dress, swimwear and evening gowns, with the hope of impressing the judges. Last year’s winner, Ms. Dima Safi, was also on stage to hand over the crown.

The 11 finalists enjoyed five days of incredible local activities in Pattaya including releasing turtles at the Pattaya Turtle Research Centre, cookery and yoga classes, and visits to the Mangrove Forest Conserve, Natural Study Centre and Nong Nooch Garden, the largest botanical garden in South East Asia.

Miss Lebanon Emigrant 2018

Mrs. Srisuda Wanapinyosak (above picture, right), TAT Deputy Governor of International Marketing (Europe, Africa, Middle East and Americas), said: “We are incredibly proud to partner with the Miss Lebanon Committee and LBCI on this event. Lebanon is a key market for us, and we have had a great time hosting the finalists here, and not only showing them Thai culture, but also learning about Lebanon’s fascinating culture. We hope that through this partnership and future collaborations, we can welcome even more Lebanese travellers – from families, to couples, to solo travellers – to experience everything that Thailand has to offer.”

Mr. Antoine Maksoud, President of the Miss Lebanon Emigrant Committee, said, “We have had a fantastic few days in Thailand this week. Thailand has so much to offer female travellers and all of the contestants have had a unique opportunity to experience Thai culture at it’s best, first-hand. We look forward to partnering on many more events in the future.”

Improvements in Phuket boat safety gets Chinese media attention

Phuket, 06 August, 2018 – Thailand’s Tourist Police Bureau recently took Chinese media members to Phuket to see first-hand how improved Phuket tour boat safety measures and shipyard standards are being implemented and enforced.

The one-day trip on Friday, 3 August, 2018, was also joined by national experts on shipbuilding quality standards and officials from the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). This is to re-build tourism to assure confidence among tourists that the necessary measures are moving forward.

The Chinese media inspected Chalong Pier, its dock and its procedures before allowing vessels to leave for sea tours and diving.

In the latest attempt to uplift Phuket’s tour boat safety, there have been improvements of Thai tour boat rules and regulations. The captain and helmsman must register each boat’s name and specification, plus the exact number of passengers and tour route must be submitted to the responsible officials including Phuket’s Marine Office, Tourist Police and Provincial Administrator before leaving port each time.

Thai boat operators will be swiftly punished with the maximum penalty that the law affords if found in violation of the new laws related to marine tourism. This is effective immediately.

In addition, the Chinese delegation inspected vessel and shipbuilding quality standards that a blueprint of every boat must be inspected by officials and must be officially authorised. In case of any incident, the officer who authorised the boat will also face charges if the vessel in question is found not to be up to standard.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “Visitors and tourist safety are top priorities in Thailand. Everyone is working hard to prevent all kinds of transportation accidents, including boating accidents, from occurring. Other new measures are to restore confidence in the short and long term that demonstrates that Thailand is sincere and committed in tourists’ safety.”

Phuket named second best beach in the world

Phuket named second best beach in the world
The viewpoint of three beaches of Phuket – Kata Noi, Kata and Karon

Bangkok, 06 August, 2018 – Phuket is celebrating its most recent award after being named the ‘Second Best Beach in the World’ by prestigious business publication US News & World Report.

It continues to win accolades from major international media for its white sands, aquamarine waters and limestone cliffs that attract millions of travellers to Thailand every year. This island was hailed as “a little piece of paradise” according to the magazine.

Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Governor, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, said everyone in Phuket, both public and private stakeholders should take pride in this achievement as it displayed the island’s appeal as one of the world’s most desirable beach destinations.

“Obviously we are delighted to win this important award. The fact the honour comes from the US News & World Report is even more gratifying given its target audience and readership.

“In the past Phuket has won several other prestigious awards for its beaches as well, so we are very grateful for the continued recognition.” Mr. Yuthasak added.

Phuket also continues to expand its appeal as it shifts upmarket. It is also quickly established itself as one of the superyacht hubs of Southeast Asia, a tropical playground for various groups of quality tourists who enjoy all the finer things in life that the island has to offer.

Along with its tropical appeal, Phuket beckons to travellers wanting to experience its world-famous cuisine. Phuket was listed by UNESCO as a Gastronomic City in 2015 and will be included in the Michelin Guide Bangkok, Phuket and Phang Nga 2019.

Insight Thainess Episode 5: Old Man and His Crafts

TAT Newsroom Short Documentary
Insight Thainess Episode 5: Old Man and His Crafts
Theme: Story of the Wooden Waste
Duration 3 minutes
Location: Tham Pha Tong, Chiang Rai, Thailand

EPISODE SYNOPSIS

The folk wisdom of sala, a master Lanna craftsman, is mostly the art of storytelling that portrays the Lanna way of life through delicate arts and crafts. Those salas in a woodcarving group of Tham Pha Tong village, Tha Sut district, Chiang Rai, are still working on their masterpieces and making their hammering resound throughout the world.

Kamchan Yano is a sala who depicts the stories of the local Lanna culture and sustainable way of life from his lifelong experience in the old days, by turning a worthless and lifeless piece of wood into automaton woodcraft. An electrical mechanism is applied to his traditional carving technique to make those little pieces of wood come alive. This style of making has raised the value of wooden arts and become a notable identity of the woodcarving group in Northern Thailand that is well-known among art lovers around the world as the true living spirit of Thai craftsmanship. From the past to the present, these woodcarving arts have been reflecting a determination of Sala Kamchan to preserve the idyllic life in the Lanna culture and pass it onto the young generation by keeping it alive in people’s hearts forever.

This ‘Old Man and His Crafts’ short documentary is part of TAT Newsroom’s seven-part travel documentary series, titled ‘Insight Thainess’, to promote Thai values through the country’s unique way of life. To view the previous episodes, please log on to: TAT Newsroom’s Thai Travel VDOs.

Chiang Mai wins KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018’s favourite trending destination

Bangkok, 03 August, 2018 – Three Thailand’s popular tourist cities have recently been recognised in the inaugural KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018.

Chiang Mai has been awarded as the Winner for Favourite Trending Destination in Southeast Asia. Bangkok and Phuket have been awarded as Runner Ups for Favourite Destination for Short Breaks and Favourite Destination for Beach Holidays, respectively.

Mr. Kajorndet Apichartrakul, Director of TAT Singapore Office, received the awards from Mr Robin Chiang, Director, APAC of KAYAK.

KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018 - Favourite Destination for Beach Holidays - Phuket AYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018 - Favourite Hotel Brand - Favourite Destination for Short Breaks - Bangkok AYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018 - Favourite Trending Destination in Southeast Asia - Chiang Mai AYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018 Winners

For more information about the inaugural KAYAK Travel Awards Singapore 2018, please visit: https://www.kayak.sg/news/kayak-travel-awards-singapore-2018/

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