Bangkok wins “Best Leisure Destination in Asia-Pacific” award for fifth time

Bangkok wins “Best Leisure Destination in Asia-Pacific” award for fifth time


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Bangkok, October 3, 2016 – Thailand has again been voted “Best Leisure Destination in Asia-Pacific 2016” by readers of the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific magazine. This is the fifth time the Thai capital has earned this distinction, having won it previously in 2011 and for four consecutive years from 2013 to 2016.

Altogether, Thai hotels, airlines and tourist destinations figured prominently in 7 of the 59 categories of the awards conferred by the magazine. The award of Best Leisure Destination in the Asia-Pacific was accepted by Ms. Sarima Chindamat, Director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) Office in Hong Kong.

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Ms. Yvette Man-yi Kong (left), Hong Kong swimmer joining in the Olympics 2016, and Ms. Sarima Chindamat (right), TAT Hong Kong Office Director accepted the award on behalf of the TAT.*

Other Thai winners of 2016 Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards were:
• Best Asia-Pacific Airline: Thai Airways (second runner-up)
• Best Economy Class: Thai Airways (first runner-up)
• Best Frequent-Flyer Programme: Thai Airways – Royal Orchid (second runner-up)
• Best In-flight Catering: Thai Airways (second runner-up)
• Best Business City in Southeast Asia: Bangkok (first runner-up)
• Best Airport Hotel in Asia-Pacific: Novotel Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (second runner-up)
• Best Business Hotel in Bangkok: Grand Hyatt Erawan (winner)

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “I am deeply pleased to see Bangkok and so many Thai travel and tourism companies earning these accolades. It reflects the hard work and commitment of our industry professionals to higher standards of service and product excellence.”

He added, “Bangkok meets the most important trend in the Business Travel world these days, which is the ability to perfectly balance business with leisure, or what is known as “bleisure”. On the business side, it has superb hotel facilities, excellent telecoms, mobile and Internet access and mass transit systems to get around the city. On the leisure side, there is no shortage of entertainment, superb restaurants, interesting places and things to see and do, excellent shopping and charming culture.”

The Governor pointed out that Bangkok is also good for the growing number of women business travellers. “There is no shortage of excellent spas to unwind and relax after a busy schedule,” he said.

The Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards is now in its 25th Year. The magazine confers the awards on the basis of votes cast by its readers and subscribers, people who travel for a living, using airports, airlines and hotel services, and visiting regional destinations.

*Photo courtesy of Business Traveller Asia-Pacific

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