Amazing Thailand – Luxurious Event at ‘ITC Sonar Bangla’

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

May 28, 2015

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) held an event in Kolkata recently at the ITC Sonar to attract Indian tourists and luxury vacationers to Thailand and promote the country as a luxury destination, boost adventure tourism and attract the wedding segment. The event included consumer-connect activities to promote golf and biking trips in Thailand. The do also hosted wedding planners for familiarization trips to Thailand. 

 

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Soft-adventure activities such as ziplining, parasailing and snorkelling find their way into almost every Indian itinerary and most tourists no longer restrict themselves to Bangkok alone. The Indian market is moving beyond Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya. Chiang Mai, Chai Rai, Koh Kut, Krabi, Hua Hin and Koh Samui are seeing escalating demand.

 

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Ms. Runjuan Tongrut, Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi said, “We are looking at promoting Samui, Krabi and Phuket as luxury destinations among Indian travellers. The focus is on luxury travellers and the wedding segment. Besides traditional markets, Thailand is looking to attract the luxury-seeker and the well-travelled tourist that could be drawn by unexplored facets of Thai culture. This appears to be paying off with a substantial number weddings planned in Thailand in the coming months. We are looking at achieving a larger share of the luxury travel pie.”

 

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For the luxury-seeker, Tourism Authority of Thailand is engaging travel agents in promoting yacht excursions, helicopter transfers, limousine transfers and jet rides, high-end hotels and exclusive dining, shopping and entertainment experiences. As for me, I enjoyed the event. Meeting the pleasant TAT personnel face-to-face was heart-warming. The event ended with a lucky draw, music and finally a gala buffet dinner.

 

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About Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word ‘foodie’ and prefers, instead, the expression ‘food devotee’. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

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1915940_101100699948573_1759232_nRajdeep Bhattacharjee wears many feathers in his cap. A ravenous eater, a thirsty drinker, an enthusiastic traveller and a very sound sleeper – Rajdeep, once a wannabe hacker and now a Government employee, is an aspiring food critic and travel blogger. He hates the loose use of the word 'foodie' and prefers, instead, the expression 'food devotee'. For him, good food and honest people are the biggest motivators.

He is the founder of Gourmets Travel Guide, a website devoted completely to food and travel. Rajdeep is an avid blogger and one can find many of his sojourns aptly expressed on the website www.gourmetstravelguide.com.

Rajdeep had been recently chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to board the inaugural flight from Kolkata to Bangkok (TG – 336) and received accolades for wonderfully recounting the experience, from start to finish, in his blog. In fact, his travelogue was featured in Hangla Hneshel, one of India's foremost Bengali magazine dedicated completely to food and travel. Rajdeep doesn't stop there! One of his undersea walks also got featured in The Telegraph, one of India's leading dailies. He is also one of the chief curators and a selector for chefs and restaurants for Channel One's Resto Ranna episodes.

Zomato ranks Rajdeep among the top ten food connoisseurs in the city. He has also been ranked number 5 and 6, in this year's Network 18 and Burrp surveys respectively, as one of the discerning food critics in the country.

Rajdeep loves eating out at different restaurants. A true blue Bengali at heart and gut, experimenting with food and palates come naturally to him. And he doesn't mind leaving an endearing word or two for chefs who have displayed their talents on the plate and the restaurant management for the inviting ambiance of an eatery.

Rajdeep counts is as his forte the wonderful rapport he shares with different media houses. Thus his writings have already been picked up by top food journals and news dailies apart from the exposure he has to talk about them on social media. Reputation management of his clients come naturally to him be it on the virtual platform or in print.

He has been blogging for the last three years. When he is not writing on food and travel or working as a Government employee, you can most certainly catch him with a camera slung around his neck and travel gear ready to satisfy his inner wanderlust.