Tourism Authority of Thailand Dubai & Middle East Office to Host Road-Shows to Kuwait and Qatar
15 Participants from Thailand’s Travel Industry to Help Boost Tourism from the Middle East
(Dubai 29 April 2013): Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Dubai & Middle East office is hosting pre-ATM (Arabian Travel Market) road-shows to Kuwait and Qatar to help boost visitor numbers from the region. The two-day road-show is to take place on 1st May 2013 at JW Marriott Hotel Kuwait and 2nd May 2013 at ORYX Rotana Hotel Qatar. The delegation includes officials from TAT and representatives from a selection of hotels, resorts, tour operators and attractions as well as the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) which provide diversified range of travel-related services. The Thai delegation will be given the opportunity to meet with travel agents from Kuwait and Qatar to highlight Thailand’s appeal as a tourist destination as well as for meetings and exhibitions.
Speaking about the road-show, Mr Chalermsak Suranant, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Director for the Dubai & Middle East office said: “We are looking forward to meeting with our travel partners in Kuwait and Qatar. The GCC is an important market for Thailand and over the years the visitor numbers have steadily improved. In 2012, Thailand received 69,223 visitors from Kuwait which is 15% increase compare to 2011 and 37,718 tourist from Qatar which is 36% increase compare to 2011.”
With an average flying time of just seven hours from the Middle East, Thailand remains a popular tourist destination for visitors from the region, offering a diverse range of leisure attractions including shopping, sunbathing, gourmet dining and a lively entertainment together with a selection of family-friendly accommodation.
“TAT aims to use the roadshow as an opportunity to widely promote the destination in Kuwait and Qatar by focusing on family-friendly destinations, value-for-money and medical tourism. TAT also aims to promote new destinations such as Hua Hin and Krabi. The road-show also aims to create more business opportunities and wider networks within the region between Thai travel businesses and partners around the Middle East.” Says Mr. Suranat.
Moreover, this year marks the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Kuwait. Also, the road show in Kuwait intends to strengthen cooperation and mutual friendship of both countries in the field of trade and tourism.
To further boost tourism from the Middle East region, in February this year, TAT launched a new website www.tourismthailand-middleeast.org Available in three languages; English, Arabic and Farsi, the new Tourism Thailand-Middle East website is specifically designed to target tourists from the GCC and the Levant, providing potential visitors and tourists from the Middle East with a user-friendly guide to ‘Amazing Thailand’.
For further information on destination Thailand contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Dubai & Middle East Office at:
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Dubai & Middle East Office
133 Sheikh Zayed Road, Apartment # 1804,
Dusit Thani Dubai,
P.O. Box 450019, Dubai, U.A.E
Tel: +971 4 324 0184 Fax: +971 4 325 0187
[About Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)]
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was established on the 18th March 1960. TAT was the first organization in Thailand to be specifically responsible for the promotion of tourism. TAT supplies information and data on tourist areas to the public, publicizes Thailand with the intention of encouraging both Thai and international tourists to travel in and around Thailand, conducts studies to set development plans for tourist destinations, and co-operates with and supports the production and development of personnel in the field of tourism. Since the inception of the first local office of TAT in Chiang Mai in 1968, there are now 35 regional offices throughout Thailand. TAT has also established many overseas offices the first being in New York, which was opened in 1965. During the past 30 years, TAT has since established 26 more offices in different parts of the world, including the Dubai & Middle East Office, which is responsible for the promotion of Thailand within the GCC, the Levant, Iraq and Iran.