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THAILAND
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Bangkok.
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tions to increase further awareness about Thailand
and especially to encourage return visitors,” said Ms.
Simpson.
TAT will continue to promote Thailand staples but
the Open to the New Shades campaign urges visitors
to look twice and find new experiences on well-established routes. “We will always promote Phuket and the
surrounding islands and beach attractions; these are the
still the introduction to someone’s first visit to Thailand. But what is encouraging is to see the  demand for
other provinces, in the north for Chiang Mai/Chiang Rai
and the Golden Triangle, Sukhothai in central Thailand or destinations like Pattaya, which has had a huge
facelift. Pattaya has been selected as the venue for TTM
this year,” she said. 
Bangkok will always be popular, especially for
shopping, but there are other reasons to visit, said Ms.
Simpson: the Chao Phraya River and the off-shoot channels, where you can meet and join locals for lunch; and a
blessing from a local monk.  
“Another reason to visit Bangkok is for the food. We
now have our first Michelin Guide Bangkok, featuring 98
Thai, Asian and international restaurants, including, for
the first time, 28 Thai street-food stalls. The 2018 guide
features three two-star restaurants, 14 one-star restaurants and 35 Bib Gourmand restaurants.
“Based on estimates by the UN World Tourism
Organisation, food tourism can generate US$150-billion
in revenue. In 2016, international visitor expenditure
on food totalled 326-billion Baht, 20 percent of tourism
revenue.”
F The 2018 Thai Travel Market will be held in
Pattaya, “a great opportunity for our travel
partners to visit”, said TAT South Africa representative, Lesley Simpson.
30 Travel Industry Review | February/March 2018
BEST BUYS
Thompsons has seven-night packages with accommodation at the Patong Merlin Hotel, flights ex-JNB (including taxes), return transfers and breakfast with free
Wi-Fi and a tour of Phuket. From R12,470. Book before
February 28. For travel April 16 – October 31, 2018.
Perfect Destinations’ Best of Thailand is three nights at
Kata Seabreeze in Phuket, two nights at Phi Phi Natural
Resort, three nights at the Krabi Chada and two nights
at Ibis Stathon in Bangkok from R13,990. Includes
breakfast, transfers and ferries, flights ex-JNB and one
internal flight from Krabi to Bangkok.
Four nights at the Patong Merlin and three nights at
the Bangsak Merlin with Perfect Destinations, including
flights ex-JNB and transfers is from R12,700.
Photo: Pullman Hotels





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