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TRAVEL & TOURISM
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Invitation open for 2007 Thailand Tourism Awards

Huge Thai travel fest in June 2007

SAS to launch Stockholm-Bangkok


Invitation open for 2007 Thailand Tourism Awards

Ministry of Tourism and Sports and TAT jointly initiate new Thailand Tourism Awards for community-based tourism and ‘Green’ Hotels/Resorts

Members of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the TAT announce the new Thailand Tourism Awards for 2007. (Photo courtesy TAT)

The 2007 Thailand Tourism Awards is a special edition of the biennial tourism awards programme initiated by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in 1996. These new awards are being launched as a tribute in honour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, of Thailand on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty’s 80th birthday anniversary in December 2007. The awards presentation ceremony will be held in the same month.
The two award categories being featured in this year’s Thailand Tourism Awards are the “Most Outstanding Community-based Tourism Award” and the “Most Outstanding Green Leaf Hotel/Resort Award”. These recognize outstanding contributions by an environmentally friendly hotel or resort property.
Both awards are designed to promote the conservation of the country’s precious natural and cultural resources and support sustainable tourism development in tandem with the quality development of the Thai tourism industry.
TAT, on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports Office of Tourism Development, is currently inviting applications and entries for the 2007 awards.
To be eligible for the “Most Outstanding Green Leaf Hotel/Resort Award”, participating properties will need to demonstrate their commitment to environmental conservation through the implementation of a stringent in-house programme that fosters environmentally-friendly practices, such as the efficient use of energy and water, water management, recycling, proper waste management, and policies that favour the purchase of products and services from equally committed environmentally-friendly companies. The closing dates for the receipt of applications are as follows:
“Most Outstanding Community-based Tourism Award” - Closing date: 16 June 2007: For details please contact the TAT on Tel. 02 250 5500 Ext 2773, 2787-8, www.tat.or.th.
“The Most Outstanding Green Leaf Hotel/Resort Award” - Closing date: 31 July 2007: For details please contact The Green Leaf Foundation, Tel. 02 281 9496, www.greenleafthai.org


Huge Thai travel fest in June 2007

Three of Thailand’s primary travel & tourism showcase events are to be merged into one large function targeted at both the trade and consumers during 7-10 June at the Challenger Hall, Impact Muang Thong Thani Exhibition Center.
The event will bring together the Thailand Travel Mart (TTM) 2007 plus the Amazing Gateway to Greater Mekong Sub-region and the Thailand Tourism Festival 2007 (TTF 2007), making it the biggest such event to be ever held in the country.
About 315 sellers from Thailand and GMS countries are expected to participate in the Thailand Travel Mart (TTM) 2007 Plus Amazing Gateway. These include 224 hotels, 5 airlines, 8 eco-tourism and adventure operators, 18 medical & health tourism facilities, NTOs and other services, 29 tour operators and 31 companies from the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
The broad range of sellers will mean that the 350 invited buyers will have an opportunity to get information about products and services about Thailand as well as all its neighbouring countries.
Hosted buyers are carefully selected by the TAT with cooperation from its overseas offices and the private sector. The registration fee is US$200, EUR155 or Bt7,400 for each hosted company with complimentary air fares, accommodation and transportation to and from the venue provided.
Other local and overseas operators are also allowed to participate at their own expense. The registration fee is USD70 or EUR55 or Thai Baht 2,590 for each non-hosted buyer.
About 50 corporate buyers from Thailand will be invited to attend on the afternoon of the final trade day to give additional exposure to the sellers. This will be followed by two days of consumer participation on June 9-10.
The event is especially important for the small and medium sized enterprises which do not have the large marketing budgets to afford participation in the major international trade shows.
Meetings between buyers and sellers are arranged by a matching appointment system with 70% of scheduled appointments being pre-arranged before the mart opens, leaving the rest to be done on-site. Each appointment will last 15 minutes.
The official programme will begin on June 6 with a welcome reception in the evening at the Siam Paragon shopping and entertainment complex. The business functions will be held on June 7-8 at the Challenger 3, Impact Muang Thong Thani Exhibition Center, the world’s largest column-free exhibition hall, Asia’s largest indoor exhibition center and Thailand’s largest ballroom.
Interested parties wishing to find out more information on the Thailand Travel Mart (TTM) 2007 Plus Amazing Gateway exhibition should go to web site www.thailandtravelmartplus .com, or visit www.TATnews.org


SAS to launch Stockholm-Bangkok

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) will begin a new Stockholm-to-Bangkok route starting October this year.
It will be operated three times a week and is in addition to the existing Copenhagen-Bangkok flight. The new service is in response to increased demand for connections to Thailand from Scandinavia.
SAS director and general manager, South-east Asia, Mr Hakan Olsson, said: “All our flights to Thailand for this winter season have been sold out a year ahead.”
He said the new Stockholm-Bangkok flight would also benefit Singapore, where there are 800 Scandinavian companies and is home to about 4,000 Scandinavians. The island is the airline’s most important corporate market in Southeast Asia.
SAS has code-share arrangements with its Star Alliance partners for the Singapore-Bangkok-Singapore sectors. (TTG)



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