Posted on 16 September 2009.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) on Monday launched its “Ultimate Thailand Explorers” competition, calling all internet savvy world travellers to enter the competition to get a free trip to Thailand and chance to win over US$ 15,000 cash and prizes.
TAT chairman Weerasak Kowsurat chairman and TAT Deputy Governor Surapol Savetaserani jointly held a press conference to announce the launch of the competition.
Weerasak said that TAT invited travelers from around the world to apply to become contestants in the Ultimate Thailand Explorers competition, an exciting concept in integrated online travel marketing.
Five finalist teams from across the globe will be provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: six expense-paid days exploring the sights and attractions in five of Thailand’s world famous holiday destinations: Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, and Koh Samui, he said.
He said each day the teams of competitors must visit the many fantastic attractions and activities at their chosen destinations and then share their experiences with the online community by uploading videos, photos, and stories on various websites including, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs.
Online voting for which team produces the most exciting and informative videos about the attractions and activities in their destination will determine who are the Ultimate Thailand Explorers, said Weerasak.
Applications are open to teams of two (friends, siblings, lovers, family members, colleagues) who must submit a short but entertaining audition video explaining why they want to travel to Thailand and how they will promote their preferred destination to the world. Read the full story
Posted in Asia, Thailand, Travel and Tourism News
Posted on 03 July 2009.
The political instability and street demonstrations early this year have adversely affected Thailand’s lucrative tourism industry as visitor arrivals in the first four months totalled 4.7 million, down 14.7 percent compared to the same period last year.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said that while most markets showed varying rates of decline, arrivals from the Middle East grew by almost 11.5 percent and arrivals from South Asia were up 3.6 percent.
In 2008, Thailand welcomed about 14.59 million international visitors, a growth of only 0.88 per cent, and for 2009, it has scaled down its target to 13.3 million and 14 million in 2010.
In a statement today, TAT said as part of efforts to expedite the revival of the Thai travel and tourism industry, the Thai government had agreed to extend the exemption of the fee for tourist visa applications until March 4, 2010.
Thailand presently gives a visa on arrival for citizens of 20 countries for a stay not exceeding 15 days, while citizens of another 42 countries are allowed visa-free stay of not more than 30 days.
TAT chairman Weerasak Kowsurat said as a result of the global economic downturn, the worldwide travel and tourism sector had declined as people became more cautious about spending on leisure and business travel. Read the full story
Posted in Thailand, Tourism News, travel advisory, Travel Business News
Posted on 13 May 2009.
The number of international tourists to Thailand plunged more than 50 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2009, with the forward hotel bookings also sluggish due to the current A/H1N1 flu threat, Thai tourism associations said Monday.
Chinese, Japanese and South Korean tourists represented much of the drop in visitor numbers between January and April, The Nation said on its website quoting Association of Thai Travel Agents president Surapol Sritrakul.
The recent outbreak of A/H1N1 flu has become the latest obstacle to tourism, along with the prolonged worldwide economic crisis and internal political problems, Surapol said.
He added that it’s too soon to predict the impact of the new strain of flu on tourism since there is no confirmed case in Thailand yet.
“If the disease reaches this country, the tourism sector will suffer an even greater impact,” he said.
The flu is also hitting outbound tourism business, with local travel agencies now receiving cancellations of trips to flu-infected countries. Read the full story
Posted in Asia, Thailand, Tourism News
Posted on 05 December 2008.
With Suvarnabhumi not even yet back to full steam and thousands of travellers still stranded in Thailand, it may be a little early to start looking at what Thailand needs to do to kick start the tourism industry it’s economy so dearly needs. But with many hotels reporting less than 10% occupancy rates, and more gloom projected, now may be as good a time as any.
Billions of dollars have been pumped into making Thailand a world class destination, with improved infrastructure, hotels, spas and resorts that rank among the best in the world. But this year, little by little, serious cracks have been appearing in all the efforts made by TAT and the industry within Thailand as a whole.
At first there were protests, just a few here and there, scattered in areas that were easily avoidable by tourists. Then a few small bombs, a state of emergency declared in Bangkok. And then, the first very serious blow to tourism of the year came when the airports of Hat Yai, Krabi and Phuket were all closed by anti-government protestors, leaving thousands of innocent tourists stranded. Read the full story
Posted in Asia, Thailand, Travel Tips, Travel Warning