TAT Wins in Two Award Categories: “Best National Tourism Organization” and “Communicator of the Year”

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TAT Wins in Two Award Categories: “Best National Tourism Organization” and “Communicator of the Year”

Bangkok, August 27, 2009 – The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) was named winner of the 2009 Australian Society of Travel Writers Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence in two award categories. Thailand’s national tourism organization won the ASTW award for “The Best International Tourism Organisation”, while Mr Pongsak Kanittanon, Public Relations Manager for the TAT office in Sydney was voted “Communicator of the Year”.The Australian Society of Travel Writers (ASTW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to reporting on the travel industry and serving the interests of the travelling public; promoting international understanding and goodwill; and promoting unbiased reporting of information on travel topics. The Society also believes that travel is a bridge between peoples.Now in its thirteeth year, the Society has more than 300 members. The ASTW membership consist of professionals engaged in writing, broadcasting, photographic, television and other electronic media production, as well as those involved in public relations and promotional activities within the travel industry. Members strive to provide readers, viewers and listeners with accurate information on travel destinations, facilities and services as well as on the structure and development of the travel industry itself. This is achieved through broadcast media, print media and online media.

The annual ASTW Awards night is held in conjunction with the Annual General Meeting. The annual Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence recognizes outstanding achievements by members of the Society as well as contributions made by travel and tourism-related organizations to help further the society’s founding mission and goals.

Full and Associate Writer Members are eligible to enter the Travel Journalism Awards, with prizes in the Destination, Trade and Photography categories. PR Members are eligible for the ASTW Communicator of the Year Award, chosen by vote by the writer members, for outstanding professional services to ASTW members.

This year, the prestigious awards presentation ceremony was hosted in Bangkok, Thailand, on 22 August.

The 2009 ASTW Travel Journalism Awards for Excellence for “The Best International Tourism Organisation” was presented to TAT in recognition of the tremendous and continued support that TAT has extended to Australian media representatives, members of the Society and individual members in their coverage of the Kingdom of Thailand as a travel destination throughout the year. This includes facilitating the shooting of film and video documentaries on Thailand; the sponsorship and organization of media familiarization trips; assistance and support extended to Australian media representatives including film crews, editorial teams, writers and photographers affiliated with broadcast media, publications, newspapers, as well as online media channels.

TAT also extends support to ASTW members by sponsoring “Thailand” travel supplements and special issues as well as by running destination marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns in a range of media throughout the year. Additionally, TAT works in conjunction with Australian travel wholesalers to develop Thailand travel packages. TAT Sydney is also an active participant in activities organized by the ASTW.

The 2009 ASTW’s AGM was hosted by the TAT and included a three-day stay in Bangkok and a series of six post-conference tours to different parts of Thailand. TAT also hosted the gala dinner held at the Centara Grand and Bangkok Convention Center @ Central World.

The Australian Society of Travel Writers
Web site: www.astw.org.au