Thailand to promote provinces amid Bangkok unrest
Published on Jan 29, 2014
New TAT governor eyes opportunities to drive tourism outside the capital
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is planning to drive more tourists to the country’s provinces amid the continuing unrest in Bangkok.
Addressing a press conference in Malaysia recently, the TAT’s recently appointed governor, Thawatchai Arunyik, said he is urging the travel trade push more business to Thailand’s regional destinations, to avoid potential disruption in the capital.
Destinations that could benefit include the key tourism destinations of Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koh Samui, Hua Hin and Pattaya, and secondary locations including Kanchanaburi, Chiang Rai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Khai and Rayong.
“This is a good time for buyers to discover new destinations, especially those in the provinces bordering the Greater Mekong sub-region countries of Cambodia, Lao PDR and Myanmar,” Thawatchai said. “Those tour operators and travel trade buyers who take advantage of the opportunity to explore the emerging destinations will be able to reap the competitive advantage very soon.”
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