TAT Showcases “Thainess” to Global Editors

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Bangkok, June 6, 2013: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will convert the lush lawns of the Sampran Riverside into a lively folk community village for hundreds of delegates to a global media convention in Bangkok between 2-5 June, 2013.

Bearing the theme “Thainess to the World,” the evening will be held on 5 June, 2013, when the TAT hosts delegates to the 65th World Newspaper Congress, the 20th World Editors Forum, and the 23rd World Advertising Forum.

Delegates will be able to enjoy Thai and international cuisine, Thai cultural shows, and demonstrations of Thai arts and culture; such as, Thai Boxing, Umbrella Painting, Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Garland Making, Pottery Making, etc.

Being held for the first time in Bangkok and Southeast Asia, the World Newspaper Congress is the flagship event that brings the World Editors Forum and the World Advertising Forum together under one roof.

WAN-IFRA, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, has chosen the Centara Grand at CentralWorld as the main venue for the conference proceedings between 2-5 June, 2013.

At last count, more than 1,500 top newspaper owners, publishers and editors from over 70 countries are slated to attend.

Mr. Suwanchai Ritthirak, Advisor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand said, “This is a golden opportunity for Thailand to tell its story to the world’s top newspaper personalities, and what better way than to let them personally experience and witness the charm of Thainess.

“I hope that all the delegates will take lots of pictures and videos at the Folk Night and post them on their social media pages so that all their friends, families and colleagues can see how much fun they are having,” the Governor said.

Thailand has achieved record-breaking visitor arrivals, crossing the 22 million mark for the first time in 2012.  In January–April 2013, international tourist arrivals totalled 8,841,730, an increase of 19.04 per cent over the same period of last year.

TripAdvisor places Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok, at the top of its Travellers’ Choice Asia Destinations list of 25 cities, while Chiang Mai is in the sixth place.

In its 20 Global Destination Cities Index for 2013, Mastercard listed Bangkok as the world’s top destination city by international visitor arrivals, surpassing London. This is the first time an Asian city is in the top rank since the Index was launched in 2010.

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: www.tatnews.org