Bangkok, 16 August, 2016 – The entries are in, the votes are all counted and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce the names of the six bloggers who received the most votes in the TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign. These writers and photographers will soon be coming to Thailand to join an all-inclusive familiarisation trip in the Thai northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.
Nearly 200 people entered the Blogger Campaign and close to 3,500 people signed up to vote. The date for submissions was between 16 June – 31 July, 2016 and people were able to vote for their favourites until 10 August. TAT is now able to announce the bloggers who got the most votes in both the photography and story categories.
The top three most voted for stories are 1: When puppets come to life in the city of Bangkok by Ms. Genevieve Pendrageon aka Pen Drageon from Malaysia; 2: Experiencing the traditional Khantoke dinner by Mr. Marianito Vito Jr., PHD aka Jojo M Vito from the Philippines; and 3: Behind…by Mr. Maxime Maffei aka specialthailande from France.
The top three most voted for photographs are 1: Ruins From The Ancient City, Ayutthaya, by Mr. Ken Koh aka KenKoh.Asia from Singapore; 2: Flight over the sea (my aerial silk exercise) by Ms. Svetla Makarevich aka svetlafly from Russia; and 3: Enjoying the Beach life – Krabi by Ms. Jyotsna Ramani from India.
These six bloggers will be invited on a five-day/four-night trip to Thailand where they will see the sights of Bangkok before visiting Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai to experience many aspects of Thai culture including massage, cooking classes and Thai hospitality not to mention the chance to enjoy the stunning scenery of northern Thailand, and share their experience via social media platforms.
In addition, the runners-up in the fourth to sixth place in each category will each receive a limited-edition Sukjai (large size) the fun-loving mascot of TAT. The voters get the chance to win prizes too. Three voters have already been chosen via a lucky draw and will be sent their very own limited-edition (medium sized) Sukjai figure.
The TAT Newsroom Blogger Campaign is part of the TAT’s initiative that aims to encourage international travellers to “Discover Amazing Stories” in Thailand. Bloggers and photographers were invited to share their most amazing images and writing as a way of promoting the charms, attractions, customs and unique cultures of the kingdom. These stories and images were uploaded to the www.blogger.tatnews.org website so that blog readers, followers and members of the public could vote for their favourites.