Destination Thailand 2015 at ITC Sonar, Kolkata

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

November 25, 2015

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Thailand is the ideal destination, whether it is for leisure or as an incentive destination. You will discover a friendly, refreshing, safe and beautiful country that you can experience while enhancing your knowledge. It is a country in transition from a nation of developing status, to one of international standing in many areas. This is what makes Thailand such a great place to visit. Thailand has a rich cultural background, incredible diversity and a climate suitable for travel almost year round – that was the main agenda of tonight’s event Destination Thailand 2015.

 

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Royal Thai Consulate-General, Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways International in Kolkata hosted ” Destination Thailand 2015 ” a tourism promotional event at PALA, ITC Sonar Hotel on 30th September 2015,.

 

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The event started with inaugural speech of Mr. Preecha Kaensa, Consul General, Royal Thai Embassy, Kolkata. He said “It is indeed a great pleasure for me to welcome you all here this evening. I believe many of you are already frequent guests of Thailand and would have continuously enjoyed visiting the various destinations and attractions around our country.” Indeed, Thailand remains one of the top tourism destinations in the world, with a vibrant history that we have inherited. Visiting Thailand, you will be mesmerized by the experience with 3 V’s : value for money, variety, and very Thai, in cultural grace and beauty. He also elaborates how Thailand promoting Samui, Krabi and Phuket as a popular destination among Indian travelers and Thailand’s traditional martial art Muay Thai.

 

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At the same event, Mr. Chanyuth Sawetsuwan, Assistant Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi said, “Thailand is known for its unique culture, history, shopping centers and theme parks. The theme of this year is “Discover Thainess” and that includes ecotourism and self-driven traveling”. Our new campaign will emphasise the priceless treasures of Thailand, which give Thainess its charm and makes us unique as a people, society and culture. ‘Thainess’ is the distinctive character, which creates the competitive advantage for Thailand.

 

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Mr. Sawetsuwan brought to our notice that their focus is also 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 substantial number weddings planned in Thailand in the coming months. He also thanked for making Thailand the world’s best wedding destination for four years in succession.

 

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The function received more than 150 guests. There were 4 stalls exhibiting Thai artifacts and delicacies: Fruit and Vegetable carving, making Thai Floral garland and Lanna Lanterns, traditional Thai-style painting of umbrellas as well as cooking demonstration of Thai rice flour dumpling.

 

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The highlight of the night was the lucky draw which prizes ranged from a beautiful piece of Thai porcelain to Vouchers of Pan-Asian restaurant at ITC sponsored by the Thai Trade Office in New Delhi. The final prize is a round-trip ticket sponsored by Thai Airways and a two- night stay accommodation in Bangkok, the capital city of Thailand sponsored by Thailand Tourism Authority.

 

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Tourism Authority of Thailand is 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 whole event and it was a magnificent experience to receive memento from Mr. Chanyuth Sawetsuwan, Assistant Director, Tourism Authority of Thailand, as a blogger. Meeting the pleasant Consul & TAT personnel face-to-face was gratifying. The event ended with a gala cocktail 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.