Support for Expo 2028 Phuket Bid Exceeds One Million Public Votes07 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Phuket province has garnered over a million votes of public support in its bid to host Specialized Expo 2028, boosting its chances of being selected as the host location.Deputy Government Spokeswoman Tipanan Sirichana said that if Thailand is awarded the event, under the theme “Future of Life: Living in Harmony, Sharing Prosperity,” it is expected to attract at least 7 million foreign visitors and generate a minimum of 50 billion baht in revenue. Additionally, the event would establish Thailand as a top global wellness travel destination.Thailand faces competition from the United States, Argentina, Serbia and Spain for the right to host the event. According to Tipanan, Phuket has also received many positive reviews for its tourism readiness and was ranked third in Travel + Leisure’s 2022 Best Islands in Southeast Asia list for its accessibility.Those interested can visit https://support.expo2028thailand.com to show their support for Phuket’s bid for the 2028 EXPO. The announcement for the host nation of the event is expected in June.
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Thailand Named “Best Tourist Country” at Grand Travel Awards 2023 in Sweden07 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand has been awarded ’Best Tourist Country’ for the third time at the 30th annual Grand Travel Awards 2023 in Stockholm, Sweden. The award, organized by Nordic travel trade magazine TravelNews, is based on a survey of 3,227 Swedish travelers and travel professionals across Sweden conducted by research company Nordic Bench. Thailand has now achieved this recognition for the second time in five years.Orn Doungchan, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Stockholm Office, said the office wished to express its thanks to their friends in Thailand, along with travel agencies, tour operators and airlines in Sweden, and to the Swedish people for their support and confidence in Thailand.The director added that the TAT Stockholm Office will continue to promote Thailand’s moves toward experience-based tourism, as well as more sustainable and responsible tourism. These initiatives are in line with the "Visit Thailand Year 2023: Exciting New Chapters" tourism marketing campaign.Thailand’s 5F soft-power foundations of Food, Film, Festival, Fight and Fashion will also be promoted to offer meaningful travel experiences in Thailand, with a focus on enticing visitors from Nordic countries to discover the many unique and wonderful tourism experiences beyond beaches and cities.
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Muay Thai Star Trains U.S. Soldiers During Cobra Gold 2023 Exercises06 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Champion Muay Thai fighter Sombat Banchamek also known as Buakaw, recently provided Muay Thai lessons to American soldiers during this year’s multilateral "Cobra Gold" military exercises, hosted in Thailand. Buakaw expressed his satisfaction with the willingness of American soldiers to learn about Thailand’s national arts and the culture of Muay Thai. He also explained that the training sessions provided an opportunity for cultural exchanges between the Thai and American military personnel.The 42nd annual Cobra Gold exercises, a war games event, was attended by a total of 7,394 military personnel from 30 different countries this year. The exercises serve as an opportunity for military personnel from participating countries to enhance their operational readiness and strengthen military cooperation.Military officials said the Muay Thai training provided to American soldiers during the Cobra Gold exercises also served as an avenue for facilitating cultural understanding and improving the self-defense skills of participating military officers.
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Free Gastronomy Tourism E-Guidebook Released for Tourists03 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The government has released a new guidebook to promote gastronomy tourism for Muslim and other foreign tourists. The e-book, titled "Muslim Friendly & Gastronomy Tourism Routes," is free to download in Thai and English.According to Deputy Government Spokeswoman Ratchada Thanadirek, the guidebook aims to support self-drive tourism connecting 14 southern provinces of Thailand, as well as Malaysia, Singapore, and Batam Island in Indonesia.The 154-page guidebook offers two routes for tourists: the Muslim Friendly Tourism Route, which will guide tourists to visit places of interest to Muslim tourists, and the Gastronomy Route, which provides information on general tourist attractions and famous local restaurants in each location. The guidebook also provides a sample of each route, both undertaken in 20 days and starting in Chumphon province.In addition to the two routes, the guidebook has separate sections on the 14 southern provinces and provides information on how to apply for a tourist visa to enter Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia by crossing the borders. The guidebook also includes brief information on tourist destinations, recommended restaurants, and local goods in each province.The information in the guidebook is based on data as of August 9, 2022, and it provides links to websites or other sources for more updated information. With this new guidebook, the Thai government hopes to attract more tourists, especially Muslim tourists, to explore the gourmet specialties of Thailand’s southern region and neighboring countries.
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Thailand Braces for Busy March of Festivals and Events02 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand is gearing up for a busy month of festivals and events in March, with the return of many annual celebrations after a hiatus during the pandemic. The month holds particular significance as it includes the important Buddhist festival of Makha Bucha Day, which celebrates a gathering between Lord Buddha and 1,250 of his disciples and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month. This year’s Makha Bucha Day falls on March 6.Among the many events taking place is the Hok Peng Festival, to Worship Phra That Chao Phu Phiang Chae Haeng, which will be held from February 28 to March 6 at Wat Phra That Chae Haeng in Nan. The festival, which celebrates the sixth Northern Thai lunar month, includes a range of Buddhist activities, a traditional market and shopping street, and cultural processions and competitions.Another festival not to be missed is the Hae Malai Khao Tok Festival in Maha Chana Chai District, Yasothon, from March 1-5. This cultural celebration involves tens of thousands of hand-made popped-rice garlands adorned on floats, with workshops and competitions for making the garlands also taking place.Between March 2 and 6, the Prachin Buri Makha Bucha Day Celebration will take place at Thailand’s oldest and largest bodhi tree. Activities include worshipping the Lord Buddha’s relics, merit-making and blessing rituals, exhibitions, cultural performances, sales of community products, a local market, and tours of Si Mahosot Ancient town.Meanwhile, Roi Et will host the Bun Phawet Merit Making Fair from March 3-5, where visitors can experience the unique Heet Sib Song merit-making tradition, and the Ban Pa Meang Orchid Tree Blossoms Festival from March 3-5, celebrating the white blossoms of the orchid tree that adorn the valley village of Ban Pa Meang.Other events include the Thao Suranari Memorial Fair in Nakhon Ratchasima from March 23 to April 3, which commemorates a famous heroine of ancient Thai history; the Ranong Hot Springs Festival on March 31, which celebrates the province’s health-giving Thai-style onsen in hot springs; and the Prasat Muang Tam Festival on March 31, which features a light-and-sound presentation, cultural shows, beauty pageant, and fair selling local products and food.There will also be plenty of opportunities to experience local culture and traditions, such as the ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival in Yala from March 4-5 and the Lamduan Flower Festival – Traditions of the Four Thai Ethnic Groups in Si Sa Ket from March 8-12.Visitors can also enjoy activities such as bird and butterfly watching at Kaeng Krachan National Park Protection Unit 4 in Phetchaburi from March to May, and the PELUPO International Music Festival on March 11 at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Chon Buri.Check out the comprehensive list at www.bit.ly/3mi7JNA.
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TAT Calls for Submissions for 14th Thailand Tourism Awards02 Mar 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced the commencement of the submission process for the 14th Thailand Tourism Awards, a distinguished recognition for the travel industry’s brightest and best in Thailand. The application period runs from March 1 to April 30, 2023, with the announcement of winners set for September 8, 2023. As a symbol of appreciation for responsible and sustainable tourism, the awards ceremony will be held on World Tourism Day on September 27.TAT said it is committed to driving the Thai tourism industry towards safe and sustainable travel in accordance with Thailand’s Bio-Circular-Green or BCG Economic Model and the Sustainable Tourism Goal, which aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, two new categories have been added: Low Carbon and Sustainability and Tour Programme. These categories will join the existing ones - Attraction, Accommodation, and Health and Wellness Tourism.The categories feature Thailand Tourism Awards (Outstanding), Thailand Tourism Gold Awards (Excellence), and Hall of Fame Awards for entries that have won three consecutive Thailand Tourism Gold Awards. The selection and judging process are classified under three concepts: sustainable tourism, safety and health administration, and tourist interest.The biannual Thailand Tourism Awards serve as a catalyst for winners, who benefit by leveraging the publicity and increased interest in their products that help drive business development. The winners are invited to partner with TAT in its marketing activities, participate in travel shows in Thailand and overseas, and get additional publicity via TAT’s marketing tools at the Thailand Tourism Awards.Full information on the Awards can be found at https://tourismawards.tourismthailand.org, www.facebook.com/ThailandTourismAwardsNew, or Line Official Account: @tourismawards.
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Russian Tourists Seek Extension of Stay in Phuket Amid Tourism Boom02 Mar 2023
PHUKET (NNT) - A local immigration chief in Phuket province has revealed that nearly 7,600 Russian nationals have sought to extend their stay in the province. According to Pol Col Thanet Sukchai, Chief of the Phuket Immigration Office, many Russian tourists obtain visas to stay on the island for three months or not more than 90 days. To escape the winter season in their home country, some have opted for temporary residency in the districts of Rawai and Chalong.Pol Col Thanet added others are seeking to extend their stay in the capital district, followed by Thalang and Kathu.Data on total arrivals showed an average of 300,000 foreign visitors entering the island per month, or 10,000 people per day. The number continues to rise as tourism recovers after three lean pandemic years. Russia accounts for the most visitors by nationality, followed by India, Kazakhstan, England, and Australia.As the number of foreign tourists on the island rises, immigration police have also launched a public service campaign to ensure the safety of foreign nationals and local residents.Thanawat Ongcharoen, Vice-president of the Phuket Tourism Association, stated that most Russian visitors stay in hotels. Some rent houses with the owners reporting their stay to immigration officers, as required by law.
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January Tourism Figures Confirm Over 2 Million Foreign Arrivals28 Feb 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand’s tourism industry has continued to thrive, with the kingdom welcoming over 2 million international tourists in January. According to recent data, Thailand received a total of 2.14 million foreign visitors last month, which is a positive sign for the nation’s economy.The majority of these tourists reportedly came from neighboring countries such as China, Malaysia and Laos. Thailand’s reputation as a travel destination with its unique culture, beautiful beaches and delicious food has made it a popular choice for tourists from around the world.The Ministry of Tourism and Sports expressed satisfaction with these numbers, noting that it reflects the kingdom’s reputation as a safe and welcoming destination for tourists. The agency is now working to promote Thailand’s tourism industry further by highlighting the country’s diverse attractions and improving its infrastructure.Tourism is a significant contributor to Thailand’s economy, accounting for around 11% of its GDP each year. The increase in international arrivals is a welcome development, particularly as the nation recovers from the impact of the pandemic.The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has also reassured tourists that their safety is a top priority and that strict measures are in place to protect health and maintain security.
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Bangkok Ranks 30th in World’s Best Cities27 Feb 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Bangkok has been ranked as the 30th best city in the world and the second-best in ASEAN by Resonance Consultancy, a prominent tourism consulting company. The rankings evaluate the most desirable places to visit, live, work and invest in based on categories such as attractions, infrastructure, culture and environment. The list of "100 Best Cities in the World 2023" evaluates the six ‘P’ categories of Place, Product, People, Prosperity, Programming and Promotion.The Place category evaluates factors such as the local climate, safety, tourist attractions and livability, while the Product category considers factors such as airport connectivity, museums, university rankings and event venues. The People category takes into account the labor force participation rate and educational attainment of the local population. The Prosperity category meanwhile evaluates factors such as the presence of global leading companies, GDP, employment rates and income equality. Next, the Programming category considers cultural events, nightlife experiences, quality restaurants,and shopping destinations. Finally, the Promotion category takes into account online search volumes and social media reviews.According to Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, Bangkok was ranked the second-best city among the 10 member countries of ASEAN. The Thai capital has also ranked highly on several other lists, including the Top 10 Cities in the World for expats in 2022, as reported by InterNations in December, as well as "Best Leisure City in the Asia-Pacific." by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.
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