Bangkok Film Festival to Kick Off This Week19 Jan 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Bangkok Film Festival 2023 is set to take place at the Bangkok Art and Culture Center on Rama I Road in Pathumwan district from January 20 to 22. The festival, which is part of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) "Colorful Bangkok" campaign, aims to promote the city as a creative destination.The highlight of the festival will be daily screenings of three award-winning films – "Legend of Suriyothai," "Bad Genius," and "Blue Again" – at the open-air style theater in front of the center. In addition to film screenings, the festival will also include a seminar titled "Bangkok: The Creative City," a workshop on film directing, editing, and screenwriting led by experts, and a competition for short documentary films with the theme "Connecting Bangkok 2030." Prizes for the competition total 200,000 baht.Film enthusiasts can also enjoy live music performances by six youth bands and a shopping bonanza featuring unique products from each of Bangkok’s 50 districts. The festival runs from 10 am to 10 pm each day. For more information on the festival, visit www.pr-bangkok.com and the BMA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/prbangkok.
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Bangkok Chinatown Lights Up to Celebrate Chinese New Year17 Jan 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - A light-up ceremony was held Monday (16 Jan) on Yaowarat Road, also known as Bangkok’s Chinatown, to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year.From 6:00 PM to midnight from January 14 to February 15, 200 meters of Yaowarat Road will be decorated with lights, including a 45-meter-long light tunnel and lanterns of various styles, according to the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said after the ceremony that the TAT will also organize Lunar New Year celebration activities in four other provinces, including Phuket and Songkhla.He said, "The Chinese New Year is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Thailand," adding that he believes the country will welcome more Chinese tourists this year.On Yaowarat Road, where many people of Chinese descent live and do business, the Lunar New Year atmosphere prevails, attracting both Thai and foreign visitors.The Chinese Lunar New Year falls on January 22 this year, marking the start of the Year of Rabbit.
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Thailand Set to Welcome More Tourists During Chinese New Year05 Jan 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thai tourism operators are anticipating the return of Chinese tourists as vacation destinations such as Pattaya and Phuket prepare for Chinese visitors during the approaching Chinese New Year.Thai Hotels Association’s Eastern Chapter stated that tourism operators in Pattaya have welcomed news of the Chinese government relaxing Covid-19 restrictions and allowing Chinese citizens to travel internationally beginning this Sunday. Tour operators have resumed activities as they prepare for the arrival of Chinese tourists in tour groups during the Chinese New Year holiday in late January, as well as further arrivals after the holiday.Aside from Pattaya, Phuket is also enthusiastic about the return of Chinese tourists. The Tourism Authority of Thailand Phuket Office said it will launch a campaign welcoming Chinese visitors, as many of them are expected to celebrate Chinese New Year in the island province.Sanphet Supbowornsathian, president of the Thai Hotels Association’s Eastern Chapter, assures that hotel owners and businesses are prepared for the arrivals while also equipped with Covid-19 preventive measures to ensure comfort and safety to both locals and international tourists. He stated that, while Thai tourism is still recovering and facing various challenges, he believes Thailand has the potential to attract more people from around the world due to its affordable tourism expenses and excellent services.
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GOT7’s Park Jinyoung to Begin Asian Tour in Bangkok in February22 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thai GOT7 fans, or Thai Aghase, will be thrilled to hear that Park Jinyoung, a member of the popular K-pop group GOT7, will begin his Asian tour in Bangkok in February to meet his fans before leaving to serve in the military at the end of next year.The "2023 Park Jinyoung Fanconcert ’Rendezvous’ in Bangkok: Secret Meeting Between You And Me" will be held at Union Hall 2 of Union Mall shopping center, on February Feb 18 and 19. This will be an opportunity for Aghase to bid farewell to the singer who will take leave for military service at the end of 2023.In addition to being a vocalist in GOT7 and his music activities which garnered fans around the world, Jinyoung is well-known for being a talented actor who has been in Korean drama series and films such as Yumi’s Cells, the Devil Judge, and Yaksha: Ruthless Operations.Tickets will be available from Thai Ticket Major outlets and thaiticketmajor.com on Christmas Day from 10 AM onwards. Please visit facebook.com/gmmshow for more details.
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AeroThai Anticipates Speedy Recovery of Air Travel22 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The official body in charge of the kingdom’s air traffic has remained optimistic about the Thai aviation industry’s prospects, claiming that the recovery in international and domestic travel is accelerating.According to Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Co Ltd (AeroThai), the number of flights would increase by 65% next year over this year.AeroThai President Nopasit Chakpitak stated that the resurgence of Thailand’s aviation business is largely attributable to the government’s decision to eliminate Covid-19 travel restrictions and completely reopen the country.Nopasit reported that the average daily number of flights to and from Thailand in October alone was 1,637, while internal flights averaged 1,806 per day. Meanwhile, the average number of flights in December was over 1,800 per day, which is expected to rise in the coming months.According to AeroThai, Thailand has so far handled 520,367 flights this year, a 79% increase from the previous year’s total of 291,397 flights. In 2023, Thai airports are expected to witness close to 860,000 flights, or approximately 2,352 per day.As global airspace reopens and economies recover, AeroThai revealed that passenger and freight flights have also rebounded. The Thai aviation industry is set to handle even more flights next year when China’s tough Covid requirements are eventually lifted.
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Free Admission to Museums and Parks Offered During New Year22 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - As a New Year’s gift to the public, the Fine Arts Department has announced that all national museums and historical sites in the kingdom would be open to the public for free from December 30 to January 2.According to the agency, this includes the December 30 opening of an exhibit of historic gold jewelry from the Ayutthaya period at the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum in Ayutthaya. The exhibition of the auspicious Buddha image of the Front Palace (Phra Buddha Sihing) and nine other Buddha statues will also open at Bangkok’s National Museum on December 28, daily from 9 am to 4 pm.On December 25, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the Office of Performing Arts will host a free open-air Khon exhibition based on the Ramayana story in the compound of the National Museum Bangkok.Between December 30 and January 2, the National Museum Bangkok will host "Night @Museum" activities from 4 to 8 p.m. to highlight the grandeur of the Front Palace’s ancient architecture at night. This will include cooking demonstrations and the sale of discounted books and art pieces.Beginning on December 22, The National Library of Thailand will start hosting a session on how to have a joyful new year. An exhibition on Thai New Year celebrations will also commence on the same day and continue through April 22, 2023.
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TAT Inks Agreements With Korean Tourism Operators21 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has signed agreements with tourism operators from South Korea to expand tourism cooperation between the two nations.The agreements were inked during TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn’s recent visit to Seoul, South Korea, on December 19, 2022.The authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Korea Association of Travel Agents (KATA) to exchange information, encourage visitor traffic, establish new emerging market sectors and provide assistance for both parties.The TAT and SOOBAK meanwhile signed an MoU to promote Thailand’s tourism products and services through the use of NFTs. Various incentives and deals will be offered in line with the kingdom’s goal of utilizing new technology and establishing a ’tourism ecosystem’ for a more sustainable industry.The TAT also inked a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Korean Air to expand the airline’s flight services to Thailand, including launching new routes to more destinations in the country. Additionally, the agreement aims to provide more options for American travelers visiting Thailand by using Korean Air’s route network.The TAT Governor said these agreements, which come ahead of the Visit Thailand-Korea Year 2023-2024, will benefit Thai tourism and help market the kingdom as an all-year-round destination for Korean travelers. TAT predicts that the number of Korean tourists visiting Thailand would reach at least 1.1 million in 2023.
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Pattaya Makes Preparations for New Year’s Countdown21 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Pattaya has hosted a meeting to discuss preparations for its upcoming three-day “Countdown Festival” at the end of the month.Pattaya Mayor Poramese Ngampiches said the city has tasked all relevant local units with preparing equipment and personnel to prevent major roads from becoming congested while accommodating an influx of revelers taking part in New Year’s celebrations throughout the city. The move comes following a three-year hiatus due to the pandemic.Pattaya had previously held a countdown celebration in 2021, although it was significantly scaled down from preceding years and was subject to a number of regulations that restricted crowd size. This year, such rules have been removed and the roster of musicians increased. As a result, officials said crowds are certain to return to Bali Hai Pier from December 29-31.Pattaya officials have also announced they will be limiting the number of guests at each event to reduce the risk of a crowd crush similar to the recent Halloween celebration tragedy in South Korea.
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Thailand Claims Top Spot in Agoda Awards for Hotel, Resorts21 Dec 2022
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand has earned the top spot for having the most award-winning hotel or resort properties, according to the 14th Agoda Gold Circle Awards (GCA).The award, which evaluates real guest reviews on several factors such as value, price, service and flexibility, is presented to hotels and resorts regarded as the best by their customers.With tourism markets opening up to international travel worldwide, this year’s Gold Circle Awards were presented to more than 2,000 properties in 41 markets.With 246 award-winning properties, Thailand has received this accolade for the fourth consecutive year. Taiwan took second place with 209 properties, followed by Japan with 198. India entered the Top 10 list for the first time, while South Korea, Malaysia, the United States, Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam retained their spots in the top 10 rankings.
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