Amazing Thailand Countdown 2018 Spot TVC

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is counting down to 2018 with spectacular Amazing Thailand Countdown celebrations in five regions across the Kingdom, with Lampang, Sakon Nakhon, Rayong, Phuket and Kanchanaburi ringing in the New Year.

Here’s the Spot TVC for the event, in Thai with English subtitles.

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Happy New Year!

Thailand tourism hits record high in 2017, welcoming 35 millionth visitor on 29 December

Bangkok, 29 December, 2017 – Thailand is proud to announce the arrival of the 35 millionth visitor during 2017 on Qatar Airways QR 836 from Doha that touched down at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport this afternoon.

35 millionth visitor in 2017 - Stephanie Haring

Ms. Stephanie Haring from Munich, Germany, was named ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’, a campaign launched since June 2015 to recognise and reward record-breaking visitors on arrival to the country. She was pleasantly surprised and warmly welcomed by private sector tourism industry representatives and senior executives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Ms. Haring was rewarded with two economy-class return tickets from her original destination to Thailand, a voucher for five nights’ accommodation in Thailand as well as the ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’ accolades that included a signed certificate from TAT.

H.E. Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat, Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports, said the arrival of the 35 millionth visitor is an important milestone for 2017 and means that tourism arrivals exceeded the goal for the year. He added that prior to this, some 34 million tourists had already spent 1.81 trillion Baht (US$50 billion) in the country this year.

“This continued success paves the way for expanding community-based tourism under TAT’s latest communication concept of ‘Open to the New Shades’ that focuses on Thai local experiences,” the Minister said.

TAT’s ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept continues to highlight how visitors can discover new Thai local experiences at existing attractions or in emerging tourist destinations covering five unique categories. These include Thai Gastronomy, Arts and Crafts, Nature and Beaches, Culture, and Way of Life.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor, said the ‘Open to the New Shades’ concept reflects TAT’s marketing plan 2018, which has been designed to serve the purpose of generating revenue and increasing visitor arrivals, promoting new ideas and following the development agenda of Thailand 4.0 using the ‘Sufficiency Economy Philosophy’, as well as ‘Inclusive Tourism’ that maintains a balance between the economy, society and the environment.

All the strategies are in line with the 12th National Economic and Social Development Plan and 2nd National Tourism Development Plan.

Mr. Yuthasak concluded: “Welcoming the 35 millionth visitor to Thailand in 2017 is a truly remarkable achievement that all members of the Thai tourism industry can take pride in for their contribution. It is a tribute to the diversity of our tourism offerings and Thai local experiences that have captured the imagination of the global travelling community.”

EGAT and GIZ sign the grant agreement for the RAC NAMA project to help Thailand achieve the greenhouse gas reduction target

          NAMA Facility gave support fund to Thailand through EGAT to promote the development of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioning and refrigeration technologies in order to help achieve the targets for energy consumption reduction and greenhouse gas reduction, which was committed at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change.

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          On December 20, 2017, Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development, and Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of RAC NAMA of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Thailand, attended the signing ceremony of the grant agreement of the RAC NAMA project, along with Mr. Pattarakit Techasikarn, EGAT’s Assistant Governor – Finance, who reported the background and purpose of the project. Representatives from different sectors joined in the ceremony, such as Mr. Colin Sike of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Thailand, Mr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Ph.D., Director of Climate Change Management and Coordination Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), and representatives of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Promotion as well as related EGAT officers at Kasem Chatikavanij Convention Hall, T.040 Building, EGAT Headquarters.

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          Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development said EGAT was honored to receive and manage the RAC NAMA Fund. In the past, EGAT has operated with an awareness to environmental care and social responsibility. The RAC NAMA project shows EGAT’s determination to participate with all sectors in order to care for and preserve our planet. The project will help Thailand achieve the target to reduce the country’s greenhouse gases 7 – 20 percent by 2020, and 20 – 25 percent by 2030. The use of new technologies in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, and the promotion of high-efficiency and eco-friendly refrigerant are consistent with EGAT’s vision “Innovate Power Solutions for a Better Life.” It is thanks to ONEP, GIZ and EGAT officers who have continued to support and participate in the project.

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          Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of GIZ Thailand said the support fund from the RAC NAMA Fund will be used to implement financial incentive measures in both sub-grants and revolving schemes to support the production and use of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioners and refrigerators for producers, consumers at the household level, and small and medium-sized businesses, including the service sector such as training and testing equipment. Therefore, the RAC NAMA Fund is an opportunity to develop green technology along with developing the competitiveness of Thailand’s air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

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          RAC NAMA is one of the first projects in Thailand and Southeast Asia to receive support fund from the NAMA Facility by the German and British governments. GIZ was commissioned to work in partnership with the Thai government, which includes Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE). The project’s implementation period is five years. Furthermore, the “RAC NAMA Fund” was established with the amount of 8.3 million euros (around 320 million baht) with EGAT as recipient on behalf of Thailand. The objective is to help Thailand achieve the target for energy consumption reduction according to the country’s Energy Efficiency Plan, and to achieve the target for greenhouse gas reduction, which was committied at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, by reducing the country’s greenhouse gases appropriately through the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

EGAT and GIZ sign the grant agreement for the RAC NAMA project to help Thailand achieve the greenhouse gas reduction target

          NAMA Facility gave support fund to Thailand through EGAT to promote the development of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioning and refrigeration technologies in order to help achieve the targets for energy consumption reduction and greenhouse gas reduction, which was committed at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change.

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          On December 20, 2017, Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development, and Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of RAC NAMA of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Thailand, attended the signing ceremony of the grant agreement of the RAC NAMA project, along with Mr. Pattarakit Techasikarn, EGAT’s Assistant Governor – Finance, who reported the background and purpose of the project. Representatives from different sectors joined in the ceremony, such as Mr. Colin Sike of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Thailand, Mr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Ph.D., Director of Climate Change Management and Coordination Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), and representatives of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Promotion as well as related EGAT officers at Kasem Chatikavanij Convention Hall, T.040 Building, EGAT Headquarters.

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          Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development said EGAT was honored to receive and manage the RAC NAMA Fund. In the past, EGAT has operated with an awareness to environmental care and social responsibility. The RAC NAMA project shows EGAT’s determination to participate with all sectors in order to care for and preserve our planet. The project will help Thailand achieve the target to reduce the country’s greenhouse gases 7 – 20 percent by 2020, and 20 – 25 percent by 2030. The use of new technologies in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, and the promotion of high-efficiency and eco-friendly refrigerant are consistent with EGAT’s vision “Innovate Power Solutions for a Better Life.” It is thanks to ONEP, GIZ and EGAT officers who have continued to support and participate in the project.

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          Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of GIZ Thailand said the support fund from the RAC NAMA Fund will be used to implement financial incentive measures in both sub-grants and revolving schemes to support the production and use of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioners and refrigerators for producers, consumers at the household level, and small and medium-sized businesses, including the service sector such as training and testing equipment. Therefore, the RAC NAMA Fund is an opportunity to develop green technology along with developing the competitiveness of Thailand’s air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

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          RAC NAMA is one of the first projects in Thailand and Southeast Asia to receive support fund from the NAMA Facility by the German and British governments. GIZ was commissioned to work in partnership with the Thai government, which includes Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE). The project’s implementation period is five years. Furthermore, the “RAC NAMA Fund” was established with the amount of 8.3 million euros (around 320 million baht) with EGAT as recipient on behalf of Thailand. The objective is to help Thailand achieve the target for energy consumption reduction according to the country’s Energy Efficiency Plan, and to achieve the target for greenhouse gas reduction, which was committied at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, by reducing the country’s greenhouse gases appropriately through the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

EGAT and GIZ sign the grant agreement for the RAC NAMA project to help Thailand achieve the greenhouse gas reduction target

          NAMA Facility gave support fund to Thailand through EGAT to promote the development of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioning and refrigeration technologies in order to help achieve the targets for energy consumption reduction and greenhouse gas reduction, which was committed at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change.

20171227E 01

          On December 20, 2017, Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development, and Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of RAC NAMA of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Thailand, attended the signing ceremony of the grant agreement of the RAC NAMA project, along with Mr. Pattarakit Techasikarn, EGAT’s Assistant Governor – Finance, who reported the background and purpose of the project. Representatives from different sectors joined in the ceremony, such as Mr. Colin Sike of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Thailand, Mr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Ph.D., Director of Climate Change Management and Coordination Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), and representatives of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Promotion as well as related EGAT officers at Kasem Chatikavanij Convention Hall, T.040 Building, EGAT Headquarters.

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          Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development said EGAT was honored to receive and manage the RAC NAMA Fund. In the past, EGAT has operated with an awareness to environmental care and social responsibility. The RAC NAMA project shows EGAT’s determination to participate with all sectors in order to care for and preserve our planet. The project will help Thailand achieve the target to reduce the country’s greenhouse gases 7 – 20 percent by 2020, and 20 – 25 percent by 2030. The use of new technologies in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, and the promotion of high-efficiency and eco-friendly refrigerant are consistent with EGAT’s vision “Innovate Power Solutions for a Better Life.” It is thanks to ONEP, GIZ and EGAT officers who have continued to support and participate in the project.

20171227E 04

20171227E 05

          Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of GIZ Thailand said the support fund from the RAC NAMA Fund will be used to implement financial incentive measures in both sub-grants and revolving schemes to support the production and use of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioners and refrigerators for producers, consumers at the household level, and small and medium-sized businesses, including the service sector such as training and testing equipment. Therefore, the RAC NAMA Fund is an opportunity to develop green technology along with developing the competitiveness of Thailand’s air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

20171227E 06

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          RAC NAMA is one of the first projects in Thailand and Southeast Asia to receive support fund from the NAMA Facility by the German and British governments. GIZ was commissioned to work in partnership with the Thai government, which includes Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE). The project’s implementation period is five years. Furthermore, the “RAC NAMA Fund” was established with the amount of 8.3 million euros (around 320 million baht) with EGAT as recipient on behalf of Thailand. The objective is to help Thailand achieve the target for energy consumption reduction according to the country’s Energy Efficiency Plan, and to achieve the target for greenhouse gas reduction, which was committied at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, by reducing the country’s greenhouse gases appropriately through the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

EGAT and GIZ sign the grant agreement for the RAC NAMA project to help Thailand achieve the greenhouse gas reduction target

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          NAMA Facility gave support fund to Thailand through EGAT to promote the development of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioning and refrigeration technologies in order to help achieve the targets for energy consumption reduction and greenhouse gas reduction, which was committed at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change.

20171227E 01

          On December 20, 2017, Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development, and Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of RAC NAMA of Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Thailand, attended the signing ceremony of the grant agreement of the RAC NAMA project, along with Mr. Pattarakit Techasikarn, EGAT’s Assistant Governor – Finance, who reported the background and purpose of the project. Representatives from different sectors joined in the ceremony, such as Mr. Colin Sike of the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Thailand, Mr. Phirun Saiyasitpanich, Ph.D., Director of Climate Change Management and Coordination Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), and representatives of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Promotion as well as related EGAT officers at Kasem Chatikavanij Convention Hall, T.040 Building, EGAT Headquarters.

20171227E 02

20171227E 03

          Mr. Kodshayut Boriboonchatuporn, EGAT’s Deputy Governor – Power Plant Development said EGAT was honored to receive and manage the RAC NAMA Fund. In the past, EGAT has operated with an awareness to environmental care and social responsibility. The RAC NAMA project shows EGAT’s determination to participate with all sectors in order to care for and preserve our planet. The project will help Thailand achieve the target to reduce the country’s greenhouse gases 7 – 20 percent by 2020, and 20 – 25 percent by 2030. The use of new technologies in the air conditioning and refrigeration industry, and the promotion of high-efficiency and eco-friendly refrigerant are consistent with EGAT’s vision “Innovate Power Solutions for a Better Life.” It is thanks to ONEP, GIZ and EGAT officers who have continued to support and participate in the project.

20171227E 04

20171227E 05

          Mr. Tim Mahler, Project Director of GIZ Thailand said the support fund from the RAC NAMA Fund will be used to implement financial incentive measures in both sub-grants and revolving schemes to support the production and use of high-efficiency and eco-friendly air conditioners and refrigerators for producers, consumers at the household level, and small and medium-sized businesses, including the service sector such as training and testing equipment. Therefore, the RAC NAMA Fund is an opportunity to develop green technology along with developing the competitiveness of Thailand’s air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

20171227E 06

20171227E 07

          RAC NAMA is one of the first projects in Thailand and Southeast Asia to receive support fund from the NAMA Facility by the German and British governments. GIZ was commissioned to work in partnership with the Thai government, which includes Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) and Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE). The project’s implementation period is five years. Furthermore, the “RAC NAMA Fund” was established with the amount of 8.3 million euros (around 320 million baht) with EGAT as recipient on behalf of Thailand. The objective is to help Thailand achieve the target for energy consumption reduction according to the country’s Energy Efficiency Plan, and to achieve the target for greenhouse gas reduction, which was committied at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change, by reducing the country’s greenhouse gases appropriately through the air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Journey to clean Thailand’s oceans takes another step forward

Upcycling the Oceans Thailand - Dive for our planet

Bangkok, 26 December, 2017 – Building on the success of the ‘Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand’ project, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) today officially kicked off the ‘SAVE the Ocean & SAVE for Your Next Dive’ campaign, offering divers the chance to earn discounts on dive trips, in return for helping to protect Thailand’s marine ecosystem.

Interested divers are encouraged to take part by following just three easy steps: first, they need to inform a participating dive operator that they would like to join the project. The dive operator will then give them a special rubbish collection bag. Second, divers collect rubbish while enjoying their dive, and return the bag to receive a stamp on their ‘Diving Passport’. Third, they can use the stamp to redeem special discounts on their next dive trip with a participating dive operator.

Participating operators and dive sites are located in easy reach of Bangkok, on Thailand’s picturesque Eastern Seaboard – from the conveniently located Ao Sattahip and Ao Samae San in Chon Buri to the magical island of Ko Samet and the hidden gem of Hin Phloeng in Rayong province.

The campaign is part of ‘Upcycling the Oceans, Thailand’ – a project that is a collaboration between TAT, PTT Global Chemical (PTTGC) and the Ecoalf Foundation – which aims to not only transform plastic debris found in the ocean into thread to make fabric, but also to preserve the Kingdom’s crystal clear sea and unspoilt coastal areas.

During their dive, participating divers are encouraged to practice their buoyancy control while also being careful to maintain the fragile ecosystem they are helping to protect – for example, when removing fishing nets from coral, it is best to use scissors to carefully trim the net and not pull it in such a way that will cause the coral to break.

For more information and for a list of participating dive operators, visit www.utodive.com.

Open to the New Shades with TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand 2018 competition

TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand 2018 competition

Bangkok, 26 December, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) new communication concept of ‘Open to the New Shades’ is the focus of the eagerly awaited third edition of the TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand 2018 competition, for which blogs and photos can be submitted beginning 1 January 2018.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said: “Bloggers can share their experiences in Thailand with a real sense of passion and thus inspire their audiences to visit the kingdom. This is a trend we very much support, in the way it can show the world’s travellers there is so much to see and do in ‘Amazing Thailand’ either for the first time or from a new perspective.”

Bloggers entering the 3rdTAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition can find plenty of inspiration in the ‘Open to the New Shades’ concept, in preparing their submissions.

This could be in the area of Gastronomy, for example, in which Thailand serves up an endless array of experiences from delicious street food to fine-dining restaurants to cooking classes to intriguing food tours.

Arts and Crafts is another element of the new communication campaign, with local wisdom, fascinating festivals and world-class artisans to be found throughout Thailand.

In terms of Nature and Beaches, Thailand offers outstanding natural sites and stunning landscapes from the North to the South and West to East. The beaches of the South are renowned as being among the most beautiful in Asia.

Culture is another fascinating area in which bloggers are presented with endless opportunities to discover new perspectives of Thailand, whether in the area of religion, sports or the arts for example, or to build on memorable experiences enjoyed on earlier visits.

Way of Life is another element of the ‘Open to the New Shades’ campaign and one that abounds with unique Thai local experiences. Bloggers can build their competition entries around the warmth and hospitality of a farm tour or homestay they might take in Thailand, or their mind-boggling exploration of a bustling street market. The opportunities are many and widespread throughout the country.

Bloggers can submit their entries to the 3rdTAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition between 1 January and 15 February, 2018. The voting period is from 1 January to 15 March, 2018, with the winners’ announcement to be made in the last week of March.

As in previous years, the winners will be treated to a return airfare and an all-expenses-paid trip in Thailand. This time around, the trip routing will be highlighting the ‘Colours of the East’, combining the capital Bangkok with the cultural charms and natural wonders of Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, and take place in May 2018.

More information on the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition, including rules and requirements for submitting entries, can be found at http://blog.tatnews.org/

MBK Center presents Amazing Carnival festive lights and decorations

MBK Center presents Amazing Carnival festive lights and decorations

MBK Center, one of the most-visited shopping malls in Bangkok, is presenting ‘The Amazing Carnival’ festive lights and decorations, from now until 31 January 2018.

The highlight, the 18m Christmas tree, is uniquely decorated with Krajang, Thai double-leaf patterns, reflecting the Thainess of MBK Center. It also sets the tone for all decorations in the forms of fantasy circus that perfectly infuses both Thai and international elements.

The amazing caravan itself is led by Nong Mangkud, the largest character of the showcase, surrounded by a circus car from space. Nong Mangkud is described as a 14-year-old girl with purple skin, holding a weird ball in her hands and representing people of all age.

MBK Center presents Amazing Carnival festive lights and decorations

MBK Center presents Amazing Carnival festive lights and decorations

Other fun characters have included Minky, the little girl who can control the random-shaped animals; ‘Mhok’ the little dog with a face of a flower; ‘Chluay’ the elephant with a body of a banana; ‘Makrub’ and ‘Maja’ sculptures joined in with their neck decoration; ‘Jamue,’ the nose that runs around the event and flaunts the arms and hands around him; ‘Jow,’ the kangaroo with a tail on his face; and the apple army with three arms representing the tender friendship.

MBK Center has been very successful in incorporating arts in its decoration. Both street arts and ‘Makrub’ and ‘Maja’ sculptures have become Bangkok’s landmark that visitors come to take photos with.

MBK Center is located in the heart of Bangkok, at the Pathumwan Intersection.