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Thailand Golf Ambassadors Pro May and Pro Mo say Hello to South Korean golf market

Seoul, 22 December, 2017 – At an official function in Seoul, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) formally introduced to the South Korean golfing market the kingdom’s two ‘wonder girls’ of golf – sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn – in their role as ‘Thailand Golf Ambassadors’.

The Thai siblings are enjoying continued success at the top international level, with Ariya or Pro May, as she is also known, ranked as No.1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings and already the holder of 7 LPGA Tour victories. Moriya or Pro Mo is quickly making her way up the world rankings, having risen from 84th to 21st position in the 2017 season and earning herself eight Top Ten finishes along the way.

Thailand Golf Ambassadors Pro May and Pro Mo
From left: Mrs. Titiporn Manenate, TAT Director of International Advertising Publicity Division; Mr. Santi Chudintra, TAT Deputy Governor for Asia and South Pacific Market; Ms. Weeree Thitipoonya, Spouse of Ambassador of Thailand to the Republic of Korea; H.E. Mr. Sarun Charoensuwan, Ambassador of Thailand to the Republic of Korea; Ms. Moriya Jutanugarn (Pro Mo); Ms. Ariya Jutanugarn (Pro May); and Mrs. Siriges-A-Nong Trirattanasongpol, Director of TAT Seoul Office, at the an official function in Seoul to introduce Thailand Golf Ambassadors Pro May and Pro Mo

Mr. Santi Chudintra, TAT Deputy Governor for Asia and South Pacific Market, said: “Pro May and Pro Mo are doing themselves and Thailand extremely proud on the global golf stage. They are perfect as ‘Thailand Golf Ambassadors’ to enhance international awareness of Thailand as a world-class golf destination with fantastic courses and facilities.”

In addition to their tournaments, the sisters also participate in major golfing events the world over to help spread the word about golfing and sports tourism in Thailand.

Among the tournaments coming up for Pro May and Pro Mo is the ‘Honda LPGA Thailand 2018’ from 22-25 February at the Siam Country Club Pattaya Old Course. This has become a high-profile and popular tournament among the world’s best women golfers, and in 2018 a 60-strong field will be competing for a prize purse of US$ 1.6 million. The event will be broadcast to over 31 countries, reaching 500 million households.

Apart from discussing about golf experiences in Thailand in terms of their readiness for the competition, Pro Mo and Pro May introduced the Michelin Bangkok Guide as the ‘Golf & Gourmet’ that players can enjoy after-games activities in Thailand.

TAT also organises the annual Thailand Golf Travel Mart as a B2B platform for worldwide buyers and Thai sellers to meet, with over 150 buyers from 32 countries attending the 2017 event held during 25-28 July.

For Korean agents, TAT is offering golf package and sales support with the ‘2018 Amazing Thailand Winter Golf Paradise Promotion’ for the period of 1 December, 2017, to 31 March, 2018.

Lancaster Bangkok opens at Makkasan District

Bangkok, 22 December, 2017 – Lancaster Bangkok hotel has recently opened at Makkasan District, offering five-star comfort in elegant design that balances modern and traditional Thai elements, with 231 rooms and suites.

The hotel incorporates a contemporary colour palette to provide a relaxing and warm environment with Thai design elements. The atrium walls above the lobby feature 2,000 pieces of wooden wall art carved in the classical Thai pattern pla ta pian, symbolising prosperity and abundance. All deluxe rooms are also decorated with premium Jim Thompson silk textiles in beautiful designs.

Lancaster Bangkok

The hotel’s 231 rooms and suites provide ample space for guests to relax and take in enchanting city views. Each room is furnished with luxury Egyptian cotton and features a free-standing bath and rainforest shower. The rooms also are fully equipped with modern necessities like high definition televisions, in room tablets and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi.

Lancaster BangkokFor meetings and events, Lancaster Bangkok features a ballroom that can host up to 300 guests and an additional 9 meeting rooms with flexible setup options and exhibition spaces.

Guests can enjoy Asian and International cuisines with an array of delicious dishes served across a diverse range of its venues, at Lancaster Bar, Siam Brasserie and The High Bar.

Other facilities include The Lancaster Wellness Floor, featuring a 500-sqm Viva Jiva Fit, a 20-metre roof top swimming pool, Viva Jiva Spa.

Lancaster Bangkok is located on Phetchaburi Road near the intersection of Phetchaburi and Asok, and close to both the Airport Rail Link and the underground station MRT Phetchaburi.

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Jazz legend Brian McKnight to perform at Thailand International Jazz Festival 2018

The Thailand International Jazz Festival 2018 is scheduled to take place from 2 to 3 February at Singha Park, Chiang Rai, with global jazz legend Brian McKnight leading a lineup of award-winning artists and emerging jazz stars from around the world along with talented local performers.

Brian McKnight, the American R&B singer-songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician, is a multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn and trumpet the equal ease. His honours include an American Music Award, Billboard Music Award, Soul Train Music Award and an NAACP Image Award.

Thailand International Jazz Festival 2018 - Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight

Another highlight is Joey Alexander, the 13-year Indonesian contemporary jazz pianist and child prodigy, is the first Indonesian musician to chart on Billboard 200 when his first studio album “My Favorite Things” debuted in 2015.

Thailand International Jazz Festival 2018 - Joey Alexander
Joey Alexander

The festival also features a remarkably diverse roster of established stars on the international jazz scene including Jeremy Monteiro, a Singaporean jazz pianist; Alemay Fernandez, hailed by Time Out magazine as one of Singapore’s best-loved entertainers; Susan de Jong, a famous jazz singer from South Australia; Richard Jackson, a well-known Gospel and R&B legend from Ohio, USA; Japanese trumpeter Aya Takazawa, one of the most promising trumpet players in Japan.

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Thailand International Jazz Festival 2018 - Richard JacksonRichard Jackson

In addition to the international performers, the event also features leading Thai saxophonist Koh Mr. Saxman, Pui Duangporn, who made a name for herself on The Voice, The Sound of Siam, and Infinity – Thailand’s first fusion jazz band founded by Sarayout Supunyo and Tewan Subsanyakorn, the latter considered one of Thailand’s best sax players.

The Thailand International Jazz Festival 2018 not only offers music fans an incredible lineup in the pleasant environment of Singha Park, but also includes a musical skills workshop led by Australian artiste Susan De Jong and other jazz professionals.

Early-bird tickets go on sale from today through December 31 for the special price of 1,800 Baht (2-day pass) down from the normal price of 2,500 Baht. The tickets are available at all Thai Ticket Major outlets as well as online at www.ThaiTicketMajor.com.

Thailand International Jazz Festival 2018

American visitors to Thailand hit 1 million for the first time

Bangkok, 21 December, 2017 – The number of Americans visiting Thailand annually hit the 1-million mark today, setting a new record for Thailand’s No 1 source market from the Americas Region, where the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) operates two offices in New York and Los Angeles, USA.

Mr. Nathaniel Alexander Way, Thailand’s 1 millionth American tourist for 2017, is a pharmaceutical scientist from Santa Babara, California. He arrived in Bangkok this late morning on EVA Air’s Flight BR67 from Taipei, Taiwan. He travelled here on a 10-day honeymoon, with an itinerary focussing on nature and Thai local experiences in Bangkok, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi (Ao Nang) and Surat Thani (Khao Sok).

Nathaniel Alexander Way, 1 millionth American tourist to Thailand 2017
Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Alexander Way (centre), Mr. Timothy M. Scherer (left), Consul General, The US Embassy Bangkok, and Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications at the airport welcome ceremony

Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, TAT Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said, “This latest Thai tourism news is beyond reporting statistical numbers, but is a reflection of TAT’s commitment and ongoing tireless effort to lift the ‘Amazing Thailand’ brand awareness in the USA market.

“The USA has been among Thailand’s most important markets since the Kingdom began its tourism promotion. The welcoming of the 1 millionth American tourist for 2017, the first time ever for Thailand, marks a step forward for the Thai tourism industry in expanding the Americas market and in addition, the offering of endless Thai local experiences.”

The TAT New York and Los Angeles Offices have been proactive in enhancing the awareness of Thailand as a ‘preferred destination’ for the Americans, especially honeymooners and luxury travellers. Among the activities have included the sponsorships for the filming of TV series, reality programmes and food shows in Thailand, including The Bachelor in 2013 and The Bachelorette in 2011. Another highlighted effort is a partnership with Virtuoso promoting the Kingdom as a honeymoon destination.

For 2018, TAT will continue its effort to spotlight Thailand as a honeymoon and luxury travel destination for American travellers, promoting luxury products, culture, beaches, Thai cuisine, soft adventures, local experience tours, Muay Thai lessons, and health and wellness trips, under the TAT’s latest ‘Open to the New Shades’ communication concept.

As well as existing popular destinations of Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Ko Samui, new destinations to be promoted to American travellers are Sukhothai in the North; Ko Chang and Ko Kut in the East; Ko Lanta, Ko Yao Yai and Yao Noi, Ko Phangan, Chumphon and Ranong in the South, and ASEAN Connectivity trips linking the Northeast or Isan with Lao PDR. with Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani and Nong Khai as the border gateways.

TAT is hosting the 2018 USTOA Out of Country Meeting in Thailand from 18 to 27 March, in Bangkok, Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. In addition, it is stepping up cooperation with the strategic airline partner – EVA Air – to introduce several tourism offers to the Americas market.

Thailand’s visitor arrivals surge to 34 million, exceeds annual target

Bangkok, 21 December, 2017 – The Thai tourism industry is poised to hit yet another new record after the arrival of Thailand’s 34 millionth visitor and 1.81 trillion baht (US$ 50 billion) for the full calendar year 2017.

Yu-Chen Wang 34 millionth arrival to Thailand

Ms. Yu-Chen Wang, the 34 millionth arrival to the Kingdom in 2017 was named ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’ upon arrival at Suvarnabhumi Airport, warmly welcomed by private sector tourism industry representatives and senior executives of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Ms. Wang arrived in Bangkok this late morning on Thai Airways International’s Flight TG637 from Taipei, Taiwan. She plans to spend five days with her friends taking in the sights and soaking up local Thai experiences in Bangkok and Ayutthaya.

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

Mr. Tanes Petsuwan, Deputy Governor for Marketing Communications, said 2017 has been an exceptionally good year for Thailand, which is ready to welcome the New Year with a range of exciting tourism events and activities under the action-packed Amazing Thailand Tourism Year 2018.

“We are grateful to Ms. Wang as well as millions of other visitors for making Thailand their preferred destination. TAT is committed to ensuring their visits are always memorable, and offer them the chance to ‘Open to the New Shades’ of tourism experiences each time they visit the Kingdom.”

The ‘Thailand’s Luckiest Visitor’ campaign dates to June 2015, when it was launched to recognise and reward record-breaking visitors on arrival to the country. With strong support from the public and private sector, the campaign has attracted considerable international attention and enhanced the value of Thailand’s tourism brand image.

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Organic Tourism campaign set for expansion across Thailand and Mekong countries

Bangkok, 20 December, 2017 – A campaign to promote Organic Tourism across Thailand and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) has taken a major step forward with the convening of the first multi-sectoral workshop designed to brainstorm ideas and forge new partnerships to advance the cause.

The campaign is aimed at motivating hotels, restaurants, catering companies, supermarkets and other food outlets to wean farmers away from unhealthy and environmentally destructive pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. After taking root in Thailand, it is slated for expansion across Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Lao PDR, and Guangxi and Yunnan provinces of Southern China.

Over 40 participants including hoteliers, tour operators, academics, environmentalists, NGO and media representatives attended the workshop organised on 12 December by Sampran Riverside and the Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO), backed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Sustainable Food Lab Thailand, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Destination Mekong.

Held at the The Athenee Hotel Bangkok, the workshop was also designed as a brainstorming session for the first Mekong Trends Symposium on Organic Tourism to be held in Bangkok alongside the 4th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism, which is scheduled from 30 May to 1 June 2018.

Organic Tourism Thailand and Mekong

In his opening presentation, Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn (in photo, 2nd from left), TAT Governor, said Organic Tourism fitted in perfectly with the TAT’s marketing campaign to promote Gastronomy Tourism. It is also in accordance with His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s “Sufficiency Economy” philosophy and the 17-point global agenda known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

“The Royal Thai Government is also promoting stronger linkages between its two bedrock economic pillars, agriculture and tourism, as part of its national 2017-2012 development strategy known as Thailand 4.0,” Mr. Yuthasak added.

Mr. Jens Thraenhart (in photo, centre), Executive Director, MTCO, said, “We are excited to introduce the Organic Tourism concept to the Mekong Subregion with Thailand as the lead country. Strong tourist growth is coupled with a shift of consumers looking for clean and healthy food. Thus, the industry has to adopt and prepare for sustainable living practices. Aligned to the GMS Tourism Sector Strategy 2016-2025, Organic Tourism can be an important social movement in that regard, combining the two most important economic sectors in the region.”

Mr. Arrut Navaraj (in photo, 2nd from right), Managing Director, Sampran Riverside, said, “Organic Tourism is a social movement based on an inclusive business model and Sufficiency Economy Philosophy. Led by the private sector, the movement aims to build a more sustainable food system. It strives to empower everyone in the organic value chain to become collective leaders for change.

“Organic Tourism is far more than just tourists visiting organic farms. It involves hotels, restaurants, and supermarkets, buying organic produce from local farmers and communicating to their customers its importance and benefits. Farm visits can be considered as additional activities to help guests better understand the farming experience.”

Mr. Arrut added that the movement in Thailand is being coordinated by Sustainable Food Lab (Thailand), a social enterprise which assumes the role as backbone organisation. Funding support is being extended by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, the Sookjai Foundation and the TAT. The intention is to extend the movement to other countries in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Ms. Georginia Nepomuceno, Regional Cooperation Specialist under the ADB-administered GMS Core Agriculture Support Program (CASP) said, “Organic Tourism could be a powerful tool for sustainable development – improving farmer livelihoods, people’s health and the environment.”

She said the plan to expand the Organic Tourism agenda was formed at the sidelines of the Second GMS Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-2) in September 2017 in Siem Reap. Both the MTCO and Sampran Riverside were speakers at the AMM-2 policy forum.

“The AMM-2 endorsed the Strategy for Promoting Safe and Environment-Friendly Agro-based Value Chains in the GMS and Siem Reap Action Plan 2018-2022. It aims to strengthen commitment to food security and safety, increase market access for small producers, and promote cross-sectoral collaboration between agriculture, tourism, environment, health, among others.”

Over the next few months, a number of activities will be rolled out, starting with the 4th Sookjai Organic Festival at Sampran Riverside on 15-17 December 2017 and the 1st Organic Tourism Social Lab on 18-20 January 2018 followed by a second one in February 2018.

The campaign will also be publicised at various travel trade events such as the Mekong Tourism Forum in Nakhon Phanom, Thailand on 27-29 June and ITB Asia in October 2018.

The MTCO plans to publish a Mekong Trends Snapshot Report on Organic Tourism, with key insights from the meetings, as well as case studies. It is projected for release at the UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism.