Bangkok, 26 April, 2017 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will be hosting cultural and rustic trips for delegates attending the 2017 World Travel and Tourism (WTTC) Global Summit and their partners. The trips will showcase some of the unique Thai local experiences that can be enjoyed in and around Bangkok to industry leaders attending the summit on 26-27 April.
The Rustic Thailand and Bangkok Medley Tours will take place on 27 and 28 April, 2017, and will give world leaders in the tourism industry the chance to experience the cultural and historical attractions of Bangkok and a traditional way of life on the canals of Amphawa. This is in line with the TAT’s drive to promote unique Thai local experiences and Thainess to visitors.
Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Thailand has long been voted one of the world’s most popular destinations for tourism, so naturally we want to show off its attractions to the most influential people in the tourist industry. We will give VIPs the chance to enjoy uniquely Thai experiences such as visiting the breathtaking temples of Rattankosin via Tuk-Tuk or seeing a genuine floating market and exploring the charms of rustic Thailand – activities that showcase Thainess and a local way of life.”
Hosted by the Ministry of Tourism and Sports and the TAT, the 2017 WTTC Global Summit is taking place in Bangkok, marking the first time this event has been held in Southeast Asia. Leaders in a range of tourism fields will address the conference and there will be roundtable discussions about the future of tourism and challenges the industry faces.
These industry leaders and their partners have been invited to join these trips that promote the attractions of Bangkok and nearby parts of rural Thailand.
Tour 1, Rustic Thailand will take up to 50 visitors to Damnern Saduak floating market in Ampawa on 27 April. There, they will be able to enjoy the flower plantations and orchards before going to the market itself to see traders sell goods from their boats. In the afternoon they’ll visit Ban Pinsuwan Benjarong village where they’ll be able to learn a distinctly Thai way of decorating ceramics and even try their hand at creating their own masterpieces.
Tour 2, Bangkok Medley on 28 April, will give up to 50 WTTC visitors the chance to enjoy the attractions of Bangkok including the city’s oldest market, Pak Klong Talad, and glories of Rattankosin Island including the Grand Palace and Wat Pra Kaew. Visitors will travel in iconic Thai Tuk-Tuks, and lunch at Supatra River House before crossing the river to explore the canals of Thonburi and the famous Bangkok landmark of Wat Arun.
As 2017 has been delegated the International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development by the United Nations World Tourism Authority (UNWTO), the 2017 WTTC Global Summit will have the theme “Transforming Our World.” So travel industry leaders at the event will address issues including the future of travel and tourism; the impact of security threats and climate change and how to improve the ability of people to travel. There will also be discussions on digital borders, security, the growth of Chinese tourism and trends for luxury travel.