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THAILAND'S LEADING BOUTIQUE RESORT GARNERS MORE GLOBAL AWARDS WITH "BAREFOOT" LUXURY APPROACH

The five star AKARYN Samui Resort and Spa at Hanuman Bay has been awarded the title of Best New Luxury Hotel at this year's World Luxury Hotel Awards.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - The AHMS Collection of luxury boutique resorts has added to its own impressive collection of prestigious international hospitality accolades with key awards for each of its five star resorts bestowed within less than a month.
AKARYN Samui Resort and Spa, the group's flagship boutique resort on a private beach at Koh Samui's Hanuman Bay, picked up Best New Luxury Hotel at the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards, as well as making it onto DestinAsian magazine's coveted Luxe List less than six months after welcoming its first guests.

Aleenta Resort and Spa Phuket-Phang Nga, meanwhile, was named the world's Best Small Hotel in Asia Pacific at the International Hotel Awards in London, described as a 'small but perfectly formed' boutique hotel by judges at the glittering presentation dinner at the London Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square on November 4, 2012.

The founding five-star property in the Akaryn Hospitality Management Services (AHMS) collection, Aleenta Resort and Spa Hua Hin-Pranburi, was also amongst the gongs, named Best Luxury Coastal Resort at the World Luxury Hotel Awards, announced at a gala ceremony on October 13, 2012, at Malaysia's Pan Pacific Kuala Lumpur International Airport hotel.

The AHMS Collection's visionary founder and managing director, Anchalika Kijkanakorn, said she was delighted to see AKARYN Samui continue to go from strength to strength and land such a prized accolade so soon after beginning operations. The woman often described as 'Thailand's boutique resort queen' said she was proud of all the resorts in the group and said each award was recognition of dedicated and inspiring teamwork.

"When a luxury resort is running properly and delivering unique and authentic Thai experiences to its guests, it's like a symphony orchestra, where each instrument has its part in the whole production. I hope all of the group's resorts continue to make beautiful music as we look at expanding the portfolio in 2013 into Bhutan, Cambodia and Myanmar."

The World Luxury Hotel Awards are regarded by many as the industry's most prestigious and exclusive awards, recognizing excellence and star quality in the tradition of the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards, and based on votes cast globally by travellers. Competition is fierce, with over 1,000 hotels, lodges, resorts and private islands nominated every year and a 50% jump in countries participating in 2012.

Managing Director of AHMS Collection, Anchalika Kijkanakorn - 'Thailand's boutique resort queen'

The highly-prized International Hotel Awards evolved from the International Property Awards, established 18 years ago. Its award winners' logo is recognised as a symbol of excellence throughout the global industry. A specific awards' programme for the hospitality industry was then launched two years ago to accommodate the increasing number of entries within its commercial categories.

Ms Kijkanakorn said AHMS would not rest on its laurels, but use these awards as a springboard to further hone the 'barefoot luxury', sustainable hospitality and authentic guest experiences the AHMS Collection was renowned for in each of the group's resorts, as well as the ground-breaking environmental work done by the group's non-profit Pure Blue Foundation.

This will be highlighted next month when on December 1 Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga will host the annual fundraising event for the Pure Blue Foundation in an evening highlighted by the release of rare leatherback turtles into the Andaman Sea. At sister property, Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi, the iconic resort is gearing up for its 10th anniversary in 2013 with typical flair and flamboyance through a combination of environmental and destination dining initiatives.

At AKARYN Samui, the first six months of operations have seen major improvements to the beach at Hanuman Bay and a Pure Blue Foundation initiative to restore and rehabilitate the bay's damaged coral reefs making great strides. The next big news at AKARYN Samui, Ms Kijkanakorn said, would be the opening of Ochos in December 5, the resort's much-anticipated signature fine-dining tapas experience and the star turn at AKARYN's destination dining Gourmet Village.

The group's hip adults-only resort at Chaweng Noi, akyra Chura Samui, was thriving a year after its opening, with Suikin and Baracuda restaurants building on strong followings on Samui as well as offering a raft of tempting romantic packages to entice couples to the island.

The Aleenta and AKARYN branded properties are also part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH), of which Ms Kijkanakorn was recently elected vice-chairman.

Special Winter Wonderland offers are available by visiting: http://www.aleenta.com/ 

For further information and high-resolution photography, please contact:

Paul Counihan
Sales and Marketing Director
Akaryn Hospitality Management Services
Tel: +66 (0) 2514 8112
E-mail: [email protected] 
Website: www.aleenta.com 
www.akaryn.com 
www.theakyra.com


David Johnson
Managing Director
Delivering Asia Communications
Tel: +66 (0) 2246 1159
E-mail : [email protected]
Website: www.deliveringcommunications.com 


Notes to Editors:

AHMS specialises in the management of small luxury resorts and is the owning and management company for Aleenta Phuket-Phang Nga (www.aleenta.com/phuket), Aleenta Hua Hin-Pranburi (www.aleenta.com/huahin) and AKARYN Samui (www.akaryn.com) at Hanuman Bay, Koh Samui. AHMS also operates akyra Chura Samui (www.theakyra.com) on Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui.


Pattaya: Second Home to the World

The Mayor of Pattaya Mr. Ithiphol Khunplume has called on retirees, investors, and long-stay visitors to make Thailand's popular beach resort city their "second home" during this winter season, and beyond.

In a statement issued this week, Thailand’s youngest mayor noted that the city of one million “happy inhabitants” had undergone a major revamp and was now more than ready to provide the best of recreational, healthcare and infrastructure facilities. He called on them to visit the city and check out the wide offer of longer term residential opportunities.

Ageing populations in the industrialised countries, poor economic conditions, and harsh winters are leading many of the senior citizens to explore new places of residence in the warm-weather countries of Asia.

In recent years, Pattaya has witnessed extensive development in accommodation options for visitors considering a long stay, ranging from five-star international hotels and serviced apartments to guest houses, houseboats, family inns and hotels, beachside huts and bungalows. Short- term and long-term service apartments are a popular option, especially with families who appreciate their affordability, quality of service, in-room dining, safety, and amenities.

The following is the full text of Mr. Ithiphol’s statement:

Pattaya is widely regarded as one of Asia's favourite seaside resorts; with something for everyone; it is increasingly known as the "Thai Riviera". Pattaya caters to tourists from all cultures and walks of life, providing a safe, relaxing, fun–filled stay amongst the white sandy beaches, world-class hotels, wide variety of local and international restaurants, as well as shopping centres and markets, featuring local OTOP handicrafts to global luxury labels. In addition, with its 30+ international standard golf courses, there are challenges for golfers, no matter their handicap.

Global recognition of Pattaya’s superior quality of life, offering a wise and secure investment for a second home, has been confirmed by the UK’s highly reputable newspaper, ‘The Telegraph’ where real estate and tourism experts, including senior journalist Christopher Middleton, ranked Pattaya as one of the world’s best 20 cities for foreigners to establish their second home.



Pattaya is also home to some of the world’s finest JCI accredited healthcare establishments, making it not only a superb choice for enjoying your golden–years to the fullest, but also guaranteeing a solid choice for one of your most important investment decisions. Already a leading choice for health conscious holiday–goers as their preferred health and wellness destination, you’ll find it a worthwhile investment of your time to explore Pattaya’s more long–term holiday options.



Without a doubt, you are sure to be impressed by the multitude of modern hospitable services, facilities and amenities offered by this ocean–front city. It’s a true certainty that Pattaya will win your heart, knowing that your second home/retirement paradise can fulfill your dreams of life in a ‘heaven–on–earth’ paradise.


Pattaya’s constantly improving services and modern comforts make use of the latest technology, comfort and security innovations, assuring that your ‘new home’ not only rivals your present quality of life, but, in many cases, actually elevates your lifestyle to new levels of luxury and well–being.



All of these combined attributes and advances in infrastructure development are motivated with the intent of offering Pattaya residents one of the best lifestyle choices available on the planet. It’s this fact that has officially earned Pattaya a seal of quality attesting to its world–class healthcare, as well as a solid choice for the establishment of a second home.


If by chance you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit our modern enjoyable city, may we please suggest that you consider honouring us with a visit. Not only will you be assured of a wonderful vacation, but the wide offer of longer term residential opportunities, seen first–hand, are sure to raise the bar on your future dreams as our famous ‘Thai Smile’ kindles new–found warmth into your heart, as well as an even larger feeling of well–being in your investment portfolio.


TAT Promotes Khao Yai National Park to Asia-Pacific Travel Trade

Nakhon Ratchasima, November 23, 2012: Nearly 100 travel agents and media from 11 Asia-Pacific countries are to convene in one of Thailand’s most famous national parks between November 26-28 for the first such travel mart organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

“The Ultimate Khao Yai” travel mart is being organised by the TAT’s Asia and South Pacific regional office, which will fly in the 61 buyers and 29 media from China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Taipei, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Australia. A number of domestic Thai tour operators are also invited.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005, Khao Yai National Park is the second largest national park in Thailand. Located about two-hours drive from Bangkok, its perimeter areas have attracted considerable investment in eco-friendly resorts, lodges, and boutique hotels catering to niche-market travellers.

The promotional effort is in line with the strategy identified in the TAT’s Marketing Plan for 2013, viz., to promote the country’s natural and environmental attractions and diversify visitors away from the beach resorts.
The objective of “The Ultimate Khao Yai” is to create awareness of and stimulate travel to new tourism attractions located within a short travelling distance from Bangkok. It is also designed to help boost weekday traffic from the Thai capital, especially for small meetings, business events, and conferences.

The range of natural and man-made attractions around the National Park include a dairy farm, sheep farm, vineyards, golf courses, theme parks and shopping malls.

On the first day of “The Ultimate Khao Yai”, the fam-trip participants will visit a vineyard for wine-tasting and a welcoming ceremony. On the second day, the group will visit a dairy farm and receive a product update by private sector representatives of various tourism businesses in the area.

After that, they will have business discussions with representatives of 31 businesses in the Khao Yai and Pak Chong areas. TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni will preside over the opening ceremony of the business matching session.

On the last day, the fam trip will conclude with a debriefing session between buyers and sellers to discuss their suggestions and ideas to better develop, market and package the destination.

Mr. Suraphon said, “This is the first time we are organising this kind a dedicated fam trip to Khao Yai National Park. Because it lies on the Asian Highway route network to Northeast Thailand and the neighbouring countries of the Greater Mekong Subregion, we expect it to become an important point for tour operators to package into their tour itineraries.”


President Obama’s Cultural Touch in Thailand: An Historic Visit to Wat Pho

Bangkok, November 23, 2012: Thailand’s famous Temple of the Reclining Buddha has gained further global prominence following a 45-minute tour by U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during their November 18-19 visit to the kingdom.

Known as “Wat Pho”, the historic Bangkok landmark was the first stop on President Obama’s itinerary after his arrival on November 18, where he was personally escorted and guided by the Abbot, Phra Suthee Thammanuwat.

Widely televised in the U.S. and around the world, the President’s tour included four key locations - the principal hall; the pavilion housing the Reclining Buddha; the main stupa; and the Contorted Hermit Mount, where hermit statues in traditional exercise postures are on display.

It was particularly significant because Thailand was the first foreign country visited by President Obama following his historic re-election, and making the temple his first stop was considered a gesture of respect and friendship towards the Thai people. (Videos of the tour are widely available on various Internet websites).

Located right next to the Grand Palace, another popular tourist icon, Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok. The total area of 80,000 square metres houses more than 1,000 Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images, the 46-metre-long Reclining Buddha.

It is considered the first public university of Thailand, teaching students in the fields of religion, science and literature through murals and sculptures.

The temple is also known as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage since the 1955 establishment of a school for traditional medicine and massage inside the temple grounds. The school helps keep alive the long-standing wisdom of Thai traditional healthcare in terms of herbal recipes, diagnosis and treatment of general ailments, massage inscriptions and drawings, etc.

The temple tour was an initiative of the US Embassy in Bangkok, which felt that starting the tour with a cultural touch would be most appropriate. "The temple and Thailand would like to thank U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney for helping to choose the temple, which has certainly helped bolster Thailand's reputation,” Deputy Abbot Phra Udornkanarak was quoted as saying in one media report.

President Obama’s visit was also seen as the perfect occasion to launch the celebration of the 180th anniversary of Thai-US diplomatic relations in 2013.

In 2011, US visitor arrivals totalled 644,727, up 9.93%. US visitors had an average length of stay of 14 days, more than the total average. Their average daily expenditure of US$146 generated US$1.320 billion in total tourism income. (The figures were tabulated by country of residence)

In January – October 2012, US visitor arrivals totalled 603,493, an 8.46% increase over the same period of 2011. This year, TAT is projecting 700,000 arrivals from US, up 8.57% over 2011. (The figures were tabulated by nationality)

On aviation linkages, as of November 2012, there are 4 direct flights per week by Thai Airways International between Los Angeles and Bangkok and dozens of other connecting flights via Narita, Seoul, Taipei; such as, Delta Airlines, Eva Airways, Korean Air, Northwest, and United Airlines.


Pattaya Mayor Invites Retirees, Investors to Explore Resort’s “Second Home” Options

Pattaya, November 23, 2012: The Mayor of Pattaya Mr. Ithiphol Khunplume has called on retirees, investors, and long-stay visitors to make Thailand's popular beach resort city their "second home" during this winter season, and beyond.

In a statement issued this week, Thailand’s youngest mayor noted that the city of one million “happy inhabitants” had undergone a major revamp and was now more than ready to provide the best of recreational, healthcare and infrastructure facilities. He called on them to visit the city and check out the wide offer of longer term residential opportunities.

Ageing populations in the industrialised countries, poor economic conditions, and harsh winters are leading many of the senior citizens to explore new places of residence in the warm-weather countries of Asia.

In recent years, Pattaya has witnessed extensive development in accommodation options for visitors considering a long stay, ranging from five-star international hotels and serviced apartments to guest houses, houseboats, family inns and hotels, beachside huts and bungalows. Short- term and long-term service apartments are a popular option, especially with families who appreciate their affordability, quality of service, in-room dining, safety, and amenities.

The following is the full text of Mr. Ithiphol’s statement:

Pattaya is widely regarded as one of Asia's favourite seaside resorts; with something for everyone; it is increasingly known as the "Thai Riviera". Pattaya caters to tourists from all cultures and walks of life, providing a safe, relaxing, fun–filled stay amongst the white sandy beaches, world-class hotels, wide variety of local and international restaurants, as well as shopping centres and markets, featuring local OTOP handicrafts to global luxury labels. In addition, with its 30+ international standard golf courses, there are challenges for golfers, no matter their handicap.

Global recognition of Pattaya’s superior quality of life, offering a wise and secure investment for a second home, has been confirmed by the UK’s highly reputable newspaper, ‘The Telegraph’ where real estate and tourism experts, including senior journalist Christopher Middleton, ranked Pattaya as one of the world’s best 20 cities for foreigners to establish their second home.

Pattaya is also home to some of the world’s finest JCI accredited healthcare establishments, making it not only a superb choice for enjoying your golden–years to the fullest, but also guaranteeing a solid choice for one of your most important investment decisions. Already a leading choice for health conscious holiday–goers as their preferred health and wellness destination, you’ll find it a worthwhile investment of your time to explore Pattaya’s more long–term holiday options.

Without a doubt, you are sure to be impressed by the multitude of modern hospitable services, facilities and amenities offered by this ocean–front city. It’s a true certainty that Pattaya will win your heart, knowing that your second home/retirement paradise can fulfill your dreams of life in a ‘heaven–on–earth’ paradise.

Pattaya’s constantly improving services and modern comforts make use of the latest technology, comfort and security innovations, assuring that your ‘new home’ not only rivals your present quality of life, but, in many cases, actually elevates your lifestyle to new levels of luxury and well–being.

All of these combined attributes and advances in infrastructure development are motivated with the intent of offering Pattaya residents one of the best lifestyle choices available on the planet. It’s this fact that has officially earned Pattaya a seal of quality attesting to its world–class healthcare, as well as a solid choice for the establishment of a second home.

If by chance you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit our modern enjoyable city, may we please suggest that you consider honouring us with a visit. Not only will you be assured of a wonderful vacation, but the wide offer of longer term residential opportunities, seen first–hand, are sure to raise the bar on your future dreams as our famous ‘Thai Smile’ kindles new–found warmth into your heart, as well as an even larger feeling of well–being in your investment portfolio.


Loy Krathong spending expected to be livelier than last year: UTCC

BANGKOK, Nov 22 – This year’s Loy Krathong festival spending is expected to be livelier than last year, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC)'s Economic and Business Forecasting Center.

Center director Thanawat Polvichai said that spending is forecast 20 per cent higher year-on-year was because last year’s festival coincided with the country’s flood crisis.

Public spending this year is predicted to reach Bt10.3 billion in circulation on average with each person spending about Bt1,500.

Nearly two-thirds of the public --about 62 per cent-- said they will participate in Loy Krathong activities, falling on Nov 28, while 35 per cent said they will not.

Dr Thanawat said the threat of the anti-government rally of the Pitak Siam group on Saturday has led to concerns among the public, who see the continuing protest causing less public involvement and spending during the festival.

The Economic and Business Forecasting Center indicated that if the protest continued through Wednesday, public spending would be less than Bt10 billion, but if it ends on the weekend, money circulated during the festival would be Bt10.7 billion.

Reduced exports, meanwhile, mean that the Thai economy will grow only 5-5.2 per cent this year, down the previous prediction of 5.4 per cent, causing the economy to grow only 4 per cent in the third quarter. (MCOT online news)


DPW sets rules for celebrating Loy Krathong

BANGKOK, 23 November 2012 (NNT) – The Department of Public Works and Town and Country Planning has issued a statement for relevant agencies in Bangkok to be wary of safety during upcoming Loy Kratong celebrations.

The statement, consisting of 15 bullet points, emphasizes public participation in preventing accidents and reiterates safety procedures and building codes, with the aim of protecting the public from incidents during Loy Krathong festivities.

The agency has asked the public to refrain from igniting fireworks close to buildings or flammable materials, and to prepare escape routes in the event of a blaze.

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has expressed readiness in providing rescue personnel and medical teams for the celebrations. Several major hospitals, including Charoenkrung (เจริญกรุง), Taksin (ตากสิน), and Wachira (วชิระ) have been ordered to set up mobile rescue units to provide medical care for the public during the annual event.


Tourists flock to Phukradueng National Park

LOEI, Nov 15 - Temperatures at Phukradueng National Park in this northeastern province dropped dramatically to 14.5 degrees Celsius this morning.

Phukradueng National Park chief Sanong Kaewamphai said Thai and foreign tourists have flocked to visit the park, enjoying spending time with both the cold weather and nature.

He said facilities have been provided for travellers including restaurants and accommodations, both bungalows and tents for camping.

Mr Sanong asked visitors to help reduce the amount of litter and garbage and try not to carry their own food there, as restaurants offer food at reasonable prices.

The Loei meteorological office forecast a strong high pressure system on Saturday covering upper Thailand, resulting in cold weather and strong winds in the area.

The highest temperatures measured at other national parks in Loei's nearby districts are 14-18 degrees Celsius. (MCOT online news)


Tourism lively in Thailand’s north as winter sets in

NAN, Nov 14 – Winter tourism in Thailand’s northern province of Nan is doing well this year in terms of visitors and bookings, as the rise in room reservations foretells rising income for local businesses.

And the flow of visitors is expected to remain high into the beginning of next year, according to Pattara-anong Na Chiang Mai, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in three provinces--Phrae, Nan and Uttaradit.

Located somewhat off the beaten track, the culturally rich northern province is especially attractive to tourists who love nature and culture. And travelling to Nan is easier with a 60-seat flight to serve tourists.

Ms Pattara-anong said she expects more than 300,000 tourist arrivals in Nan, mostly Thais wanting to escape the busy pace of Bangkok and other cities.

That’s good news for the local business community, she said. At least, Bt700 million, about a 10 per cent increase from the same period last year, is expected to move into circulation. (MCOT online news)


Safety measures to be planned ahead of Loy Kratong

BANGKOK, 13 November 2012 (NNT) - Safety measures, which include pier renovation projects and anti-drinking campaigns, have been planned ahead of this year’s Loy Kratong Festival.

Deputy Permanent Secretary Sanya Sheenimit of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) said City Hall has held talks on safety and health provisions during the festive season with Metropolitan Police, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, and other related agencies.

The BMA plans to inspect over 100 piers along canals and the Chaopraya River while carrying out repairs on damaged structures. Other agencies will closely monitor the sale of fireworks and the preparation of materials for use on kratongs. This year, the BMA will stage a Loy Kratong Festival at a public park near Rama Eight Bridge.

The BMA has also launched an anti-alcohol campaign ahead of the holiday season in collaboration with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. The project will clamp down on alcohol consumption in schools and university campuses in order to ensure that alcoholic drinks are not sold to underage students and are only sold within allotted times.


Popular Vietnamese Beauty Pageant to Use Thai Tourist Spots as Backdrop for the First Time

Bangkok, November 13, 2012: The Tourism Authority of Thailand is to host 12 contestants of a Vietnamese beauty pageant as part of a new promotional effort to boost visitor arrivals from one of the kingdom’s fastest growing source-markets.

Between 14-18 November, the contestants of Miss Teen Vietnam 2012 will visit tourism spots in Bangkok, Samut Songkhram, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya before returning home for the final pageant.

Featuring a rich mosaic of these tourist spots in the backdrop, the pageant is projected to be viewed by more than seven million Vietnamese on Cable TV channel HTV3 as well as via live broadcast on YouTube. Although this is the 7th year of the event, it will be the first time for it to feature backdrop attractions and activities out of Vietnam.

Thanks to close geographical proximity, good access and visa-free facilities under the ASEAN umbrella, Vietnam has become one of the fastest growing sources of visitor arrivals to Thailand.

In January – September 2012, Thailand welcomed 497,289 Vietnamese visitors, an increase of 23% over the same period of 2011.

One key segment within this group is the Vietnamese independent traveller. Research shows that this target segment is a top consumer of fashion and entertainment products with modern lifestyles and high levels of Internet access.

A beauty contest is seen as being the perfect and most cost-effective way of exposing Thailand’s key tourism attractions, especially those within driving distance of Bangkok, to such potentially high-spending visitors. The TAT is making increasing use of such pageants as part of its targeted “celebrity marketing” strategy.

Organised by the Vietnamese events company TVMIndex, the pageant is supported for the first time by TAT’s Ho Chi Minh City office.

Said the Office Director Ms. Chutathip Chareonlarp, “After evaluating our advertising in the official Vietnamese TV, we felt we were not getting value for money, as both local and national advertising are quite expensive and there was little evidence that the ads were reaching the target group.

“However, the Miss Teen Vietnam pageant will be broadcast on regular TV channels as well as Cable TV and YouTube. The event organizer (TVMIndex) is projecting a viewership of 7.12 million, most of them women and young people in major cities such as Can Tho, Da Nang, Hai Phong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The viewers will be exposed to the best of Thai culture, which will generate a positive image of the country.”

Ms Chutathip thanked TVMIndex, TAT local offices as well as the numerous hotels and tourist attractions in Thailand for their cooperation and support.

In addition to their stay in Hua Hin, which will be at the InterContinental Hotel, the contestants and members of the entourage will be hosted to a reception at the Centara LardPrao Hotel in Bangkok.

Vietnam is a very important partner country for Thailand in the context of cultural, social, political and economic relations, both bilaterally as well as under the aegis of regional sub-groupings such as the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

In 2011, Vietnamese visitors to Thailand totalled 514,801, up 29.5% over 2010. The average length of stay was 6.04 days per person per visit with an average daily expenditure of 4,035 baht per person. Another interesting statistic from the Vietnamese market is that in 2011, a total of 61% were repeat visitors.

Top five destinations for Vietnamese visitors are Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, Kanchanaburi and Udon Thani. New trend destinations gaining popularity are Northeast Thailand, Samui Island and Phuket.

As of October 2012, there were 104 direct flights between Bangkok and major Vietnamese cities served by Thai Airways International, Vietnam Airlines, Thai Air Asia, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa.


Indian Film Industry Awards Thailand as Best International Destination for Film-Making

Mumbai, November, 2012: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) received the most coveted ‘Best Destination International’ Award on behalf of Thailand at the prestigious “Cinemascape” hosted in Mumbai on 24th-25th October, 2012 at Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai. Now in its 6th year, Cinemascape is the annual gathering of the Indian film fraternity & small screen patrons’ to meet with international tourism destination promoters. This year’s show, organized in concurrence with the 14th Mumbai Film Festival, was attended by representatives from Thailand Film Office, Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Thailand, and the TAT.

Accepting the award on behalf of the TAT, Ms. Suladda Sarutilavan, Assistant Director of TAT Mumbai Office, said, “Thailand is one of the few international locations today which has established a niche in the Indian mainstream cinema. About 464 Indian films were shot in Thailand in during January to September 2012 alone, the second highest number after Japan. Indian filmmakers tell us they find great variety of locations with attractions ranging from shopping, nightlife, eco-tourism products, beaches, culture, and cuisine. Extremely good costs and high professionalism of the production crew are also major contributing factors. We are ecstatic to have received this award and extend our thanks to the Indian film industry”.

Mr. Navin Berry, Chief Coordinator, Cinemascapes said, "When it comes to choosing a destination for film shooting, producers are always looking for ease in shooting. And where do they wish to go? The jury narrowed down to Thailand for its close proximity, visa on arrival policy, ease in getting approvals, the entire gamut of shooting was best facilitated for Indian producers. The country has a rich culture and holiday appeal, which suit Indian themes".
Picture shows Ms. Suladda accepting the award from Mr. Ramesh Sippy, the famous Indian film director.

For further information please contact:


Thai, Myanmar private sectors plan to open new tourism routes Yangon-Kaw Thaung-Ranong

RANONG, Nov 11 - Thai and Myanmar private sectors joined hands to study the possibility of opening new tourism routes, connecting Thailand's Ranong province and neighbouring Myanmar's Kaw Thaung and Yangon.

Ranong Tourism Association president Nit Auitekkeng said air transportation will be the focus, as Myanmar Airways currently provides 80-seat flights from Yangon to Kaw Thaung. Details are being discussed with the airline to organise package tours for travellers.

Tourism business in Ranong and Myanmar's hotel and tourism private sector are to open tourism market in Myanmar, and to attract Myanmar tourists to Thailand, particularly via Ranong province.

Tourism atmosphere for the south of Myanmar itself is now bustling after the Myanmar government gave concessions to foreign investors to invest in over 100 of its islands. (MCOT online news)


TAT Welcomes New Zealand Beauties 2012 with a Celebrity Marketing Strategy for upcoming Hi-Season

In Photo: (From Left to Right) Mr. Phanom Kaributra, the Executive Director of ASEAN, South Asia and South Pacific Region, Miss Talia Bennette., Mr. SuraphonSvetasreni, the Governor of Tourism Authority of Thailand, Mr.NoppadonTheppitak, the Ambassador to New Zealand, Miss Lauren Mann, and Mr. Mr. SansernNgaorungsi, the Deputy Governor for International Marketing (Asia and South Pacific)

Bangkok, October 30, 2012 – Tourism Authority of Thailand’s executives welcomed the group of New Zealand Beauty Contestants 2012; Miss Talia Bennette (Miss Universe New Zealand), Miss Lauren Mann (the First Runner-Up and Miss Wellington), and Miss Jennifer Lambly (The Second Runner-Up and Miss Auckland) while theirvisiting Thailand during 19-25 October 2012.

Mr. Suraphon said, “Celebrity marketing is one of TAT’s main strategies going forward. TAT believes the visit of New Zealand beauty contestants will generate substantial media exposure in New Zealand, and this will help tourist traffic to Thailand.”

In addition, the visit will do much to increase the awareness of the country’s quality tourist products, especially for ladies groups and couples group who are keen on health and wellness, Thai food, and shopping.

The contestants visited various attractions in Bangkok and Prachuap Khiri Khan Province which are favourite destinations among New Zealand travellers. The group enjoyed its excursion to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, The Grand Palace, Amita Thai Cooking School, Jim Thompson House, Hua Hin Vineyard, Chiva-SomInternational Health Resorts and Plern Warn.

According to the statistic from the Ministry of Tourism and Sports, in 2011 Thailand welcomed 101,092 tourists from New Zealand,up 13.12%from 2011. The average expenditure is at 4,034 Baht per person/day. During January – December 2011, The New Zealand tourist stayed in Thailand for 12.63 day per trip approximately. Their favourite tourist destinations are Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Krabi, KohSamui, HuaHin, Cha-Am, and Pattaya.

Contact information:
International Public Relations Division
Tourism Authority of Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2250 5500 ext. 4544-48
Fax: +66 (0) 2253 7419
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.tatnews.org

 


2012 November 28

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THAILAND'S LEADING BOUTIQUE RESORT GARNERS MORE GLOBAL AWARDS WITH "BAREFOOT" LUXURY APPROACH

Pattaya: Second Home to the World

TAT Promotes Khao Yai National Park to Asia-Pacific Travel Trade

President Obama’s Cultural Touch in Thailand: An Historic Visit to Wat Pho

Pattaya Mayor Invites Retirees, Investors to Explore Resort’s “Second Home” Options

Loy Krathong spending expected to be livelier than last year: UTCC

DPW sets rules for celebrating Loy Krathong

Tourists flock to Phukradueng National Park

Tourism lively in Thailand’s north as winter sets in

Safety measures to be planned ahead of Loy Kratong

Popular Vietnamese Beauty Pageant to Use Thai Tourist Spots as Backdrop for the First Time

Indian Film Industry Awards Thailand as Best International Destination for Film-Making

Thai, Myanmar private sectors plan to open new tourism routes Yangon-Kaw Thaung-Ranong

TAT Welcomes New Zealand Beauties 2012 with a Celebrity Marketing Strategy for upcoming Hi-Season

 



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