TAT Hosts Special Tourism Festival
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) revived its much-loved Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF), in Bangkok’s scenic Lumpini Park this year. The event coincided with the city’s Chinese New Year celebrations and attracted more than 650,000 visitors and has generating up to THB400 million (US$11.3 million).
“Thailand has so much to offer visitors and domestic tourists,” Khun Yuthasak Supasorn, the governor of TAT told the The Nation newspaper. “We want this year’s Thailand Tourism Festival to showcase the unique local experiences and attractions to be found in all parts of the nation.”
To kick start the event, at 7am on the first day of the festival visitors had the chance to make merit by giving alms to monks. Flight tickets worth more than THB1 million (US$28,226) were also up for grabs for visitors who spent more than THB10,000 (US$282), as part of the lucky draw.
A wealth of activities was also laid on for festival-goers, with ten different zones across the park, each of which highlighted “Typical Thai-ness” in the five main regions of the country – North, Northeast, East, South and Central.
Zone 1 also showcased the incredible array of the Kingdom’s flora and fauna, as well as paying homage to the late Kings Rama IX and Rama X. King Rama IX passed away in October last year, and the display offered visitors the chance to discover more about his reign and the various projects he launched to help Thai people.
A selection of the festival’s zones were also be dedicated to showcasing the Kingdom’s many culinary delights, allowing guests to sample tasty foods from different regions of the country. In addition, a number of eco-friendly activities were organised for festival-goers as part of the TAT’s bid to boost the tourism industry’s sustainability and provide a model of green tourism for other countries to follow. As part of this, a selection of fun games have been organised to promote the importance of recycling.
“I feel sure that visitors to this event feel inspired to travel to other areas around Thailand over the course of 2017,” says Supasorn. “We can only offer a small taste of the Kingdom’s delights, but we hope that is enough to give everyone, Thais and locals alike, the Thai travel bug.”