News: Thailand hits the heights again

Wed, 24 Oct 07

For the second time in three years, Thailand has been named the world's best tourism destination by a leading European travel magazine, while the country's state-run Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was honoured by Australia's travel writers...
Juthaporn Rerngronasa, Deputy Governor for Marketing of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced that Thailand again won the "Best Tourism Country" distinction through votes from 2,000 tourists and tourism operators conducted by Denmark's travel magazine "Stand By".
Presentation of the first award took place during the 12th Danish Travel Awards 2007. Thailand earlier received the same award in 2005.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Juthaporn said the TAT won "The Best International Tourism Organization" distinction from the Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW).

Aussie increase

TAT received the award as it had supported Australian writers and journalists, who travelled to write articles or produce documentaries in Thailand.
Articles about Thailand presented to Australian audiences help increase the number of Australian tourists in the kingdom.
In the past eight months, the arrivals of 300,000 Australian visitors were recorded at Suvarnabhumi Airport, an increase of 23 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Over 76,000 Australian tourists visited Phuket island from January through July 2007, an increase of 46 per cent year-on-year.

It is estimated that there will be about 600,000 Australians visiting Thailand in 2007. (TNA)-E004

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