TAT highlights the essence of Thainess with Thailand Tourism Festival 2016

By: Rajdeep Bhattacharjee

January 10, 2016

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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) in cooperation with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration announced the launch of the 36th Thailand Tourism Festival (TTF), which will be held from 13-17 January, 2016, at the iconic Lumphini Park, Bangkok. Aimed at attracting local residents and tourists from all corners of the world, the five-day Thai tourism showcase will be set amid the 360-rai (58 hectare) lush green public park in the heart of the Thai capital, nestled amongst the skyscrapers of Bangkok’s busiest business district.

 

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Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT revealed that, “It is TAT’s mission to promote Thai tourism among the Thai people and international visitors, and the TTF is an efficient way to stimulate domestic travel and disperse tourism revenue to all parts of Thai society. With a focus on content strategy, the TTF 2016 will provide a platform to raise awareness of Thai culture, traditions, heritage, and simple ways of life, as well as stimulate travel driven by the unique identities of our multi-cultural communities nationwide.”

 

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Following the success of the Thailand Tourism Festival 2015, the Thailand Tourism Festival 2016 will not only highlight the vernacular spectacle of colourful festivals and vibrant local fairs from the five major regions – North, South, East, Central, and Northeast – that tourists can enjoy all year round, but will also underline the beautiful Thai way of life along with world famous Thai hospitality.

 

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From lively festivities to exotic crafts and scrumptious delicacies, the TTF 2016 will provide visitors with first-hand experiences of what each region has to offer including the exquisite art of hand woven fabric from the North, the sacred rice rituals from the Northeast, the floating market villages from the Central Region, the cultural crossroads of the South, and the colourful seaside in the East. In addition, visitors will be able to enjoy the grand opening ceremony and live performances, as well as learn more about TAT’s latest campaigns including ‘Discover Thainess’, ‘12 Hidden Gems Plus’, and ‘They Said That’ (folklore tourism).

 

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Mr. Yuthasak said, “Under the Discover Thainess theme, the TTF 2016 is set to provide a glimpse into the harmonious mix of Thai cultures and quintessential Thai ways of life. And there’s no better venue than the serene Lumphini Park, which can be easily accessed by the BTS Skytrain and MRT. It is expected that thousands of local residents and international visitors will come along and take part in discovering the latest in Thailand’s tourism offerings during the five-day event.”

 

The 36th Thailand Tourism Festival will be open from 13-17 January 2016, 12.00 – 22.00 Hrs. The event is expected to draw more than 600,000 visitors generating about 500 million Baht or a 25 per cent increase over 405 million Baht of the 35th event. It is also poised to set the tone for the country’s domestic tourism for 2016, which is targeted to stimulate 150 million trips and 800 billion Baht in income.

 

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“TAT plans to elevate the TTF to an international level and to develop a further understanding of environmental mindfulness among Thai tourists. We will campaign for no littering, no drinking alcohol and no smoking at tourist sites, and encourage Thais to be good hosts and join us in the development of our country’s tourism to sustainability, so that Thailand retains our position as the leading destination in ASEAN,” Mr. Yuthasak concluded.

 

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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.